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Welcome to the Library Blog! My name is Mrs. Elizabeth Fanning and I am Waldorf's School Librarian and Media Specialist. You can also email me at Thank you!

Book Club Update!

Hello my fellow book clubbers!

This has been a wonderful last few weeks full of very insightful discussion!  Since there is no school on Monday, we will not be holding book club.  Please finish the book for the following Monday.  I look forward to talking to all of you about it!

~Mrs. Fanning~

Posted by Elizabeth Cohen on Thursday April 30, 2015
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Spring Book Club

Hey everyone!

Great first meeting!  Remember to go to your Library this week and get the book. If you have trouble getting it let me know.

We will be reading the first 49 pages for next Monday. 

If you are interested and haven't signed up yet, it is not too late!  Please Contact Kathy Bossuk at 516.742.3434 ext. 328 or or Sign up Here!!!

Posted by Elizabeth Cohen on Monday April 13, 2015
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Book Club

Hello everyone!  We only have a couple meetings for the Winter Session left!

We will host book club today (Monday 3/23), Thursday (make-up), and then our final meeting will be NEXT Monday 3/30 where we will finish discussing "A Wrinkle in Time".

I have really enjoyed meeting with all of you and hope to see some of you back for the Spring session!  Don't worry about missing the sun, if it is nice out we will sit outside!!!

Spring Book Club will begin Monday, April 13th.

Sign up here!!!

~Mrs. Fanning~

Posted by Elizabeth Cohen on Monday March 23, 2015
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Book Club Update

Hello my fellow book clubbers!

Unfortunately due to the snow, we missed this weeks meeting!

Let's aim to finish the book by next wread up to "April" for next Monday. That should be page 186.

Bring your Dollar words and your Characters retellings!

See you then,

Mrs. Fanning

Posted by Elizabeth Cohen on Wednesday January 28, 2015
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Naxos Music Library Now available!!!

Hello Everyone!

We are excited to announce that we now have access to the Naxos Music Library for both Classical and Jazz pieces. This is a wonderful resource that gives us access to thousands of full score recordings.

Naxos Music Library

To access the Music Library please go to the Library Database page.  You will see four links.  Two for the Classical Database and to for the Jazz Database. One set is for use on campus only (no password necessary) and the other is for use at home. Home access will require a password (upper right hand part of the screen). Unfortunately I can not post the password here.  Anyone who is interested may contact me through email at  I will gladly send the password to you.

Happy Listening my friends!

Mrs. Fanning

Posted by Elizabeth Cohen on Thursday January 22, 2015
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Book Club

It was wonderful having all of you at our second meeting!

It was so much fun to hear the story from the perspectives of the characters and I am looking forward to hearing from you and you chosen character again next Monday!

Read up to Part 2 (but stop there)!! I know there is a HUGE CLIFFHANGER!!! We will find out what happens next together!

Keep looking for those Dollar Words!

See you Monday!

Mrs. Fanning

Posted by Elizabeth Cohen on Thursday January 22, 2015
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Winter Book Club!!

Hello my fellow readers!!!

Winter Book Club has officially begun!

For our first book we are reading "Because of Mr. Terupt" By Rob Buyea


This book is about a 5th grade class, their brand new teacher, and all the drama that ensues during the year.  This teacher proves himself to be very insightful and helps each one of his students reach their fullest potential and be their best selves.  The author chose to write this book from the perspective of 7 students from the class.  This is interesting because you see how all the different personalities view the world. 

As we read, we have each chosen a character whose shoes we will walk in for the duration of the book.  We have already begun and it was such a different experience to actually PUT ourselves in the class.

For next week please read the next 50 pages.  That will bring us up to the "December" chapter.  Be prepared to tell what happensfrom the point of view of your character.  We are also going to compare that to how we would feel or what we would have done in the same situation. 

As an added bonus let's try to do Mr. Terupt's math project.  Everyone bring in at least 1 dollar word. The letter/cent key is listed below.

A=1 B=2 C=3 D=4 E=5 F=6 G=7 H=8 I=9 J=10 K=11 L=12 M=13 N=14 O=15 P=16 Q=17 R=18 S=19 T=20 U=21 V=22 W=23 X=24 Y=25 Z=26

Have fun everyone and I will see you on MONDAY!

Mrs. Fanning

Posted by Elizabeth Cohen on Tuesday January 6, 2015
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Book Club Guest Speaker

Hello Everyone!

This past Monday in book club we had a very special treat! 

After reading "A Long Walk For Water " by Linda Sue Park.  We were very lucky to be able to have one of our very own students come and talk to use about what she has learned about the difficulties that many African villages face in collecting water for their families. 

 Empress Helwig (12th Grade) gave a wonderful presentation and brought with her, the Hippo Water Roller that she built using the plans of South African inventors, Mr. Pettie Petzer and Johan Jonker. This invention changed the lives of many African Villages.  Instead of walking multiple times a day to a watering hole miles away with a 5 gallon jug on their heads (As Nya, the character in our story did), they could now make one trip a WEEK and collect 23 Gallons!  Since water collection was mainly a womans job, and occupied most of their time, they now were able to attend schools and get an education. 

Thank you Empress for donating your time and your knowledge to our Club! You really managed to bring the events of our story to life, and show us what people are doing to improve conditions all over Africa.

~Mrs. Fanning~


Posted by Elizabeth Cohen on Tuesday December 2, 2014
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Book Club Cancelled Monday Nov. 10th

Hello Book Clubbers!

This week we were not able to meet due to parent/teacher conferences.  We should have been up to page 130.  Unfortunately NEXT Week will be CANCELLED as well.  So when we see each other again on Monday the 17th, you should be up to page 260.  That should be nearing the end of the book.  I look forward to seeing you guys then and talking about all the things we missed!!

~Mrs. Fanning~

Posted by Elizabeth Cohen on Tuesday November 4, 2014
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Book Club Week 4!

Hello again! 

This week we finished "A Long Walk for Water" by Linda Sue Park.  Thank you all for your wonderful contributions to the discussion.  You all had such diverse points of view.  I really enjoyed discussing the elements of the book that you liked or disliked as well as how you tied the events of the book to a larger and deeper meaning. 

I am excited to be working on our Bulletin Board project together, and look forward to sharing this book with the rest of the school. 

I am very impressed with all of you and look forward to our next meeting about our new book!

Speaking OF...... Our new book IS...

So B. It
By Sarah Weeks

This book is about a 12 year old girl named Heidi, whose mother is mentally disabled.  She and her mother are cared for by their neighbor Bernadette who is afraid to leave her home.  So Heidi's world is very small.  She learns everything she needs to know from Bernadette and her books, but doesn't know anything about who she is or where she came from.  This is a novel of self discovery, of growing up, and loving people for who they are and what they have to offer.

For next week please read up to page 64.  We will discuss the first part of the book and continue work on our bulletin board!

See you MONDAY!!

Mrs. Fanning

Posted by Elizabeth Cohen on Tuesday October 21, 2014
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