You guys! The library shelves are overflowing (hyperbole alert!) with the books we were able to purchase from your generous donations at the St. Al’s auction AND from your donations of used books. Since late November, we’ve added 215 books to the school library catalog! For you statistics fanatics, that total breaks down as 81 new books and 134 used. Plus, we’ve already used over 135 yards of book tape to protect our new-to-us books. What a spectacular way to end the calendar year!
Our library donations box will remain in the Commons for those of you looking to re-home your gently used books, from picture books to young adult novels. We also have a wish list on Amazon if you’re interested in purchasing an item in the new year. We in the library, both staff and volunteers, thank you for all your support and wish you a blessed Christmas!
There are not enough words to thank you for your generous donations at the school auction to help keep our school library a strong resource for St. Al’s. We are very excited to purchase many, many of the books the kids have requested and to add current works to our catalog. Plus, we can’t forget about the oh-so-important supply of book repair tape! Thank you and God bless you all for allowing us to continue to promote literacy and community at St. Alphonsus.
(Keep an eye on this spot for an update on our first wish list treasures!)
Guess what? We don’t only need new books in the library! If you have gently used children’s books that you no longer need at home, please consider donating them to our library. Look for the library book donation box near the school office. Questions about what we’re looking for? Email Melissa Rodriguez-Murphy at email@example.com.
Did you ever want to learn more about what goes on in our school library? Now is your chance! Volunteers are needed in the school library during the school day. There are so many ways you can help: from checking out books to helping with author events.
Jeffrey Brown, author of the Lucy & Andy Neanderthal graphic novels, as well as some of the Jedi Academy books, will speak with the students, demonstrate how to draw for comics/graphic novels, and answer any questions the kids may have about writing children’s books.
Books will be available for purchase at the event or download the order form here.
Our Fall fair starts soon, please shop the fair and support our library. We will be open before and after school! If you would like to volunteer, contact Lori Corcoro at firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s a fun and easy way to earn some volunteer hours.
Our online fair opens Sept. 9. Anyone can order and the books will be shipped directly to school in your child’s name. There are many more titles available in the online fair, use the click here to explore what’s available.
National Library Week: “Libraries Transform: Libraries Lead”
This week is National Library Week. Our school library has a collection of almost 8,000 books. Every class in the school comes into the library once a week to check in and out books. This school year our students have collectively checked out over 5,000 books!
The library is also used for school meetings, classes, testing, book clubs, STEM classes, coding club, school commission meetings, open houses, staff meetings, the read naturally program, and explode the code program. Over 70 middle school students attend book club each week!
All of this would not be possible without our three amazing library volunteers – Melissa Murphy, Miriam “Granny” Hansen and Sarah Salentine! They have put in a numerous amount of volunteer hours this school year alone!
We would also like to thank all the school families who support the school library with their book donations and generous spending at the Scholastic Book Fairs!
Liz Kessler, coming all the way from England, is the author of the New York Times best-selling Emily Windsnap series as well as three adventures about Philippa Fisher and her fairy godsister. She is also the author of the middle-grade novels A Year Without Autumn, North of Nowhere, and Has Anyone Seen Jessica Jenkins?
Special thanks to Jennie Bender and Secret Garden Books for hosting.