Genres in Week 40

Of course next week, students in grade 4 and 5 will be mostly thinking and talking about Ali Sparkes’ visit to our school! Read our previous posts to learn more about that:

https://isgrguldlibrary.blog/2020/09/24/pre-order-ali-sparkes-books/

https://isgrguldlibrary.blog/2020/09/20/ali-sparkes-and-other-library-things/

During our library lessons next week, we will be focusing on genres. We will be discussing, and playing with, questions like: What is a genre? Why do we have them? Why do we use genre stickers in our library (instead of organizing the books by genre)? We will be looking at different books that are examples of different genres. This will help students create an image and a “feel” for the different genres.

This is an example of the use of genre stickers in a public library in Sweden.

For an overview of the genre symbols we use in our library, download this pdf file:

On Tuesday, September 29th, we will have our Aquarium Club! All the students who have been attending (you know who you are!), please be present this week as well. We will be discussing whether we will be having 1) several goldfish 2) a salamander 3) a turtle. We will be looking at the pros and cons of every option. We hope to reach a consensus, rather than “the majority wins”. But we will see if that is possible! A decision will be posted next week on our library blog!

Just as a heads up: we will open up the annual (online) Baker Book Sales (now partnered with Scholastic) for all ISGR students, parents and teachers on Sunday, October 4th. More information about that in next week’s blog post!

And as always; Happy Reading!

10 ways to inspire your children to read - Beneylu Pssst

Pre-Order Ali Sparkes Books

The moment is here!

UPDATE (29/9 16:04): If you haven’t yet, and you wish to order an Ali Sparkes title also, please do! Out of the 44 books, there are only 8 books left. Including two NEW titles: Frozen in Time and Car-Jacked. These were not on the list before, my apologies! We try to update the Google Form several times a day, so that the drop-down menu only shows the titles available. This is to avoid disappointment.

We just want to emphasize again that students who have not purchased a book, are still very welcome to the Meet & Greet! They can ask Ali a question, and we will have bookmarks ready to be signed by her as well.  

You can pre-order one of Ali Sparkes Books by filling out this form.

Here is it how it works:

All PYP and LGRP 4 and 5 parents receive a link to a Google Form via a message on Managebac and Schoolsoft, and this library blog. This is the order form. We have 44 books available. So first come, first serve. We prioritize orders for 4th and 5th grade students. For most titles, there are two copies available. Except for the SWITCH books, there is only one copy available of each title. And for the Finding the Fox book, we have got five copies of that title. If the requested title is not available, we will contact you with another suggestion. Information about the books can be found on the Ali Sparkes website. See the available books to order, below:

The school is not making any profit from these book sales. This is offered as a reading promotion event, and as a special opportunity to Meet & Greet with Ali Sparkes and have a book signed by her. The last day to place your order is on Wednesday, September 30th. When you have placed the order, you will swish the total amount to Fleur (number is on the form). Remember to add your child’s name and his/her class as the message in the swish!

Students will then, at the Meet & Greet on Friday 2/10, pick up their pre-ordered book. When they have their book, they will Meet & Greet with Ali Sparkes, and they can ask her to sign their book!

You can, of course, still be part of the Meet & Greet event if you don’t purchase a book. We ask all students who have pre-ordered a book, to come to the Meet & Greet between 14.30 – 15.00. Everyone else who is interested in talking to Ali Sparkes is welcome between 15.00 – 15.30. This is to avoid having too many students in one space. We will also set up different walking routes/places to stand in line, so Ali doesn’t get swamped by too many children at the same time!

Please email Fleur if you have any questions: fleur.doornberg.puglisi@staff.isgr.se. Thank you!

Happy Reading!

Ali Sparkes! And Other Library Things

Yes! Yes! Yes! British Author Ali Sparkes is coming to our school! She will be working with the PYP and LGRP 4 and 5 students, and we are so excited! The original plan was for her to visit back in March, but we had to cancel that for obvious reasons.

We got to know Ali Sparkes back in the Spring of 2019, when she did a presentation via Skype for our PYP 3 students (who are now in PYP 5!), as part of their fantasy writing unit. We loved her so much, that we asked her to come to our school the next year (which then was cancelled). But now, here she is! Or will be, very soon.

Ali Sparkes will be at our school in week 40, from Wednesday, September 30th through Friday, October 2nd. She will engage the PYP and LGRP 4 and 5 classes in a presentation and a writing workshop. She will spend one hour with each class.

On Friday, October 2nd there will be a Meet & Greet with Ali in the library from 14.30 – 15.30. You can pre-order books through Fleur, and have them signed at the Meet & Greet. Because of COVID-19 precautions, only students (no parents) will be allowed at the Meet & Greet.

Next week (39), Sophie and Fleur will inform the students during their library lesson about Ali Sparkes’ visit. We will show the students our Ali Sparkes library books. We will also tell them about the Meet & Greet and how to pre-order books. Students will receive Ali Sparkes book marks with the Meet & Greet information, which you can download below as well.

Pre-ordering books works like this: On Thursday, September 24th (between 3 – 4 pm), all PYP and LGRP 4 and 5 parents will receive a link to a Google Form via a message on Managebac and Schoolsoft. This is the order form. We have 44 books available. So first come, first serve. For most titles, there are two copies available. Except for the SWITCH books, there is only one copy available of each title. And for the Finding the Fox book, we have got five copies of that title. If the requested title is not available, we will contact you with another suggestion. Information about the books can be found on the Ali Sparkes website. See the available books to order, below:

The school is not making any profit from these book sales. This is offered as a reading promotion event, and as a special opportunity to Meet & Greet with Ali Sparkes and have a book signed by her. The last day to place your order is on Wednesday, September 30th. When you have placed the order, you will swish the total amount to Fleur (number is on the form). Remember to add your child’s name and his/her class as the message in the swish!

Students will then, at the Meet & Greet on Friday 2/10, pick up their pre-ordered book. When they have their book, they will Meet & Greet with Ali Sparkes, and they can ask her to sign their book!

Please email Fleur if you have any questions: fleur.doornberg.puglisi@staff.isgr.se. Thank you!

Now on to our other Library Things! On Tuesday, September 22nd we will play Board Games! Students from grades 2 and up are very welcome to join us. Again, just the students – no parents. It went very smoothly last time, and we had a lot of fun. We are looking forward to it!

Next week, during our library lessons, our focus will be on the different sections we have in the library and what kind of books we can find there. Many of our student have been at ISGR for quite some time, so they know where to find the different types of books. But it still a good idea to check-in with the students, and clarify anything that is unclear.

And Sophie has cataloged even more new books for us!

Last Friday, we had a great Aquarium Club session. We found out quite a bit of information and we have a few answers to our questions. We will meet again on Tuesday, 29/9 to make a final decision!

This turned out to be a long blog post, with lots of information. Thank you for taking the time read it all!

We are looking forward to a reading-full week!

Happy Reading,

Your Library Team Fleur and Sophie

Done and Going to Do

We have had a great week! We have seen many students who showed us exactly how to put the books where they belong. Even though most of us know how to browse books and how take care of them, it is still a good idea to interactively model an important skill like that. In line with the Responsive Classroom practices, it is best to proactively communicate and model the expected behavior, rather than assume students already know a certain skill, and then get frustrated when the students don’t put the books back where they belong.

It was so much fun playing board games last Tuesday! Great to see many familiar and also new faces. Some students joined in with our Dixit game, others played independently and made friends in the process!

On Tuesday, September 15th, we will have the next session for our Aquarium Club. We hope to see all students who were there last time to join us again. (Sorry, we can’t take on any more members at this time!). Here’s a photo from our brainstorm session last time:

Next week at ISGR, we will focus on our health and wellbeing. Students are encouraged to reflect on their lifestyle choices as healthy (and unhealthy!) habits are established very early on!

We are trying to keep up with the book series we currently have in our library. This means purchasing the latest installments, as well as replacing lost copies. We now have the complete set of the Alex Rider series!

Complete Alex Rider Series

Before the summer, we bought many autobiographies in Swedish of inspiring, important figures. Here they are, in case you missed them:

Exciting news for our Grade 4 and 5 students (both LGRP and PYP students): British author Ali Sparkes is coming to our school and will lead writing workshops! We had planned for her to come last March, but that was the peak of the corona pandemic, so we had to cancel. Now she will be at our school in week 40, Wednesday through Friday. We will have a special (COVID-19 adjusted) Meet & Greet on Friday, October 2nd. More information about that (how to purchase her books and have them signed) will be posted on this blog on September 20th!

Next week in the library we will remind ourselves what it means to find a “just right” book. Through stories, practice and sharing, students will learn how to find a “just right” book. Depending on the reading level and developmental stage the students are in, we approach the “just right” book idea from different angles. See below for examples.

To conclude this blog post, we would like to draw your attention the International Dot Day occuring on Tuesday, September 15th. How will you celebrate?

We are looking forward to a great week!

Happy Reading,

Your Library Team

Books and Board Games

What a whirlwind of a week it has been! We noticed that many students remembered to return their books. Hurray! That meant they could check out new books to read. Thank you for your support!

We hope you have enjoyed our PYP Open House last Wednesday. It was incredibly strange to “talk” to you online that way. I couldn’t actually see any of you, only myself and the slide with the library information. I do hope it was informative and useful. Now with the precautions surrounding COVID-19, we don’t see any parents up in the library. Those are the rules and I understand, but I do miss that contact! We hope all of this blows over soon, and we can welcome the parents to the library in real life.

Our Aquarium Club last Tuesday was very productive. We spent about half an hour brainstorming ideas, discussing pros/cons and politely (dis)agreeing with each other. I was impressed with the language our students used; “I disagree with that, because…” or “I like that idea, but I am worried that…” We ended our conversation with three interest groups: water (fish), land (snake? lizard?), and land/water (turtle). Each student chose what they are most interested in finding out more about. Next time we meet, on September 15th, we will work in these interest groups. The idea is that, in the end, we present each other what we’ve learned and we try to come to an agreement (compromise, maybe) of what we will do with our aquarium. One student has already suggested we should have three tanks, so we could have fish, a turtle AND a snake/lizard!

Next week, on Tuesday September 8th, we will have our first Board Games afternoon. It takes place in the library, of course, after school from about 14.30 until 15.00ish. Students are welcome to play the games provided (memory game, Tsuro, falling tower) or a game they have brought from home. I will be leading the first round of Dixit, after which the student can play it on their own. You don’t have to sign up. You can just show up and join the fun!

During our Library Lessons, we will focus on how to browse books in the library. Through Interactive Modeling (a Responsive Classroom practice), students learn why and how we browse books in the library. It is important for students to know why we ask them to put the books exactly where they belong. Most of them know already: so someone else can find the book again, and so books won’t get lost. It is important to communicate clear expectations. This contributes to a safe and predictable library community, which frees up our minds to learn new things (and read great books!).

PYP F students will be checking out books for the first time this week. So exciting!

If you have any questions, comments or ideas to share, please email us directly at fleur.doornberg-puglisi@staff.isgr.se or sophie.arnold@staff.isgr.se. Thank you!

Now that Autumn has really started, we can say…

Happy Reading!

Routines and Returns

We’ve had two weeks of library lessons, and it’s starting to feel like a routine already! A meaningful and joyful routine! Students have been returning their books, and choosing new ones. Students have relaxed into their quiet reading times. A privilige to watch!

We noticed that the younger students need some more time to remember to return their books during library lesson. In some classes, we had about half the students who had forgotten their books! There’s always the chance to come after school (14.30 – 15.00) to swap out your books, but we would like you to encourage your child(ren) to remember to return their library books on their library day! Thank you!

For the next few weeks, we ask PYP 1 students to check out one book per lesson. In the other classes applies the rule: if you have returned your book, you can check out a book! We are now starting with two books a week in PYP 2 and up.

PYP F have started coming up to the library! Very exciting! This week, Fleur will lead the session and read them a story. They can browse the books a bit too. From next week on, PYP F students can check out one book during their weekly library session.

We’ve started a new sanitizing routine. Before and after each library lesson, we sanitize the scanners and desks since all students check out their own books, which means all students touch the scanner. Our library lesson starts with circle time. When that ends, students can go find their books, check them out and have quiet reading time. In our new routine however, we gently spray the students’s hands with hand sanitizer before they find their books to check out. With this new routine, we hope to limit the spread of any virus, but especially COVID-19 (of course).

Last week we had a lot of fun playing games to learn how to respond to the chime (“Stop, look and listen”). Finding Wally, Wenda and Woof was a success, and I have a feeling we will play this game again! This week during library lesson, we will focus on how to move and speak in the library. We will play movement and other games (depending on class dynamics and developmental level) to playfully learn how we can move through the library in a safe and respectful way, as well as how we use our kind and soft voices in the library.

The first meeting for our Aquarium Club is tomorrow! (Tuesday, September 1st). Parents of the students who have expressed interest, have received a message with more details. We are super excited and curious to see what the students come up with!

We’ve got so many new books to offer our students! We now have the first two series of the Warriors books, as well as many stand-alone novels and new parts of series we already have. Check out our displays!

We are looking forward to another great week with the students! We are also looking forward to seeing you (online) for the PYP Open House on Wednesday, September 2nd.

Happy Reading!

Your Library Team,

Sophie and Fleur

So Good to See You All!

It was so, so good to see all of our wonderful ISGR PYP students again in the library! They’re enthousiasm (and focus!) was inspiring. We’ve practiced entering the library safely, quietly and quickly. It is important we do that so we can all be safe, and make the most of our library time together. And we certainly did! The First Grade students also learned how to scan their own book.

LGRP students will start visiting the library from next week on. It was a bit of a puzzle to fit everyone in, but we managed and are very happy about that! Sophie, our librarian, will be supporting the LGRP classes on Monday, and during their Wednesday and Thursday time slots.

To get an idea of what our “Quiet Reading Time” looks and sounds like, take a moment to look at these videos. Some “Quiet Reading Times” start or end with shared reading, which is a fine beginning (or ending). We do make sure though, that all students get at least 10 minutes of sustained silent reading per library lesson.

Next week, we will focus on how to respond to the chime. When students hear the chime, students are expected to “stop, look and listen”. It is a way of getting their attention when everyone is spread throughout the library and busy finding, scanning or reading their books. We will play a fun game with it too: Where’s Wally?! It is one thing to respond to the chime when we are in a practice (interactive modeling) situation, but it is another thing when we are very focused on something fun (like finding Wally!). It is important to have a signal like the chime, so students know when to listen for instructions in a calm and predictable way.

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Fun Fact: Wally is known as “Waldo” in North America. “Wally” is his original name.

Next week, on Tuesday September 25th, we will have our first ISGR Library Club event. Students are welcome to come to the library after school (14.30 – 15.00) to choose a book from the “Yellow Box”. Books in the Yellow Box are withdrawn books from our library. They can be withdrawn for different reasons: we have too many copies, we have replaced them with updated versions, the spine is broken, etc. They’re free, and still fun to read! To avoid crowded spaces, we ask that parents do not join their child to look for books.

We have already two volunteers signed up for this term! One volunteer for Wednesday afternoons, and one for Fridays. Thank you Jayne and Patty! If you’d like to volunteer with us, please contact Sophie or Fleur. You can learn more about volunteering in the library if you click on the “Volunteer!” tab on this library blog. Sophie would appreciate a volunteer for Mondays, as there will be many students visiting the library to switch out their books (and Fleur doesn’t work on Mondays). Thank you in advance!

We are looking forward to a great second week. You will hear more from us during the Open House event on Wednesday, September 2nd. And of course, you can expect another blog post before that time!

Until then,

Happy Reading!

Yours,

Sophie & Fleur

Can’t Wait to See You!

Welcome back! We hope you’ve had a restful and joyful summer break!

We did! Sophie visited an ice library, and Fleur did lots of reading on her balcony.

We are ready for another great school year in the library! We’ve put up our displays, with a ton of new books. Library cards are updated, and furniture has been moved around a bit. We are excited! You too?

Here are the Read-A-Thon books ready to go out to our very patient Read-A-Thon participants!
These Read-A-Thon books need to be processed, but we are hoping to have them ready by next week!

We will have our library lessons, library club (on Tuesdays this year), and your favorite books as usual. This year, we will also have an “aquarium club“. We’ve got an empty aquarium/tank in our library at the moment. Student volunteers will inquire into what the best way is to use it (Fish? Other animal? No pets at all?). Let us know if you’d like to be part of our aquarium club!

This week and next week, students will check out one library book. From the third week on, students will be invited to borrow up to two library books per lesson. You are welcome after school (between 14.30 – 15.00) to switch out your books, on any day! Students can have up to three books checked out on their accounts.

During the first six weeks of school, we will focus on routines and expectations in our library. This is in line with the Responsive Classroom approach we follow at our school. “Responsive Classroom is a student-centered, social and emotional learning approach to teaching and discipline. It is comprised of a set of research, and evidence-based practices designed to create safe, joyful, and engaging classrooms and school communities for both students and teachers.” Read more on their website, or go to their YouTube channel.

If you have any questions, please contact us at our new email addresses: fleur.doornberg-puglisi@staff.isgr.se and sophie.arnold@staff.isgr.se. Fleur works mostly with PYP students and teachers. Fleur is in the library Tuesday – Friday. Sophie works with LGRP students and teachers, as well as with PYP. Sophie is in the library Monday – Thursday.

We can’t wait to see you back in our library again! We are looking forward to a great year of library learning and reading adventures!

Yours Sincerely,

Sophie & Fleur

P.s. It is not too late to do the ISGR Summer Reading Challenge! Last day to hand it in is on Friday, August 28th.

Hello Summer Break!

And poof! The school year is finished. Well, “poof”? Not really. So much happens in one year. Learning, reading, thinking, caring, changing, connecting, growing, feeling, creating. Now it is time for a fun, well-deserved Summer break.

Join our ISGR Summer 2020 Reading Challenge:

We have moved the library around a bit, trying out a new configuration. All of our sections are still in the same place though (except for the Swedish picture books; they are in the silent room now), so students can return in August and find their favorite books in the same place!

We would like to thank all the students for their enthusiasm, ideas and stories in the library. Thank you to our parent volunteers for helping us run the library smoothly; you put in a lot of time and energy! Thank you also to our parent community for their ongoing support.

We wish you a wonderful, readingful and restful Summer!

Sunny Greetings,

Sophie & Fleur

Returning Library Books

It is this time of year where we would like to see all library books back on the shelves. The library is open next week for students to return their books, but we will not have library lessons. This gives us a chance to check if all books are returned, chase up on overdue loans, and go through our “lost books” list so we know which titles we should remove from the system.

If your child has overdue loans, we will send you a message directly via email. If you have any questions about your child’s loan, please contact us: fleur.doornberg-puglisi@isgr.se and sophie.arnold@isgr.se

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and support!