The Library Blog

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 fanninge@waldorfgarden.org. Thank you!

Hello Book Clubbers!

I have finally selected our book for this session.

We will be reading "Esperanza Rising" By Pam Munoz Ryan

This is an inspiring novel about a wealthy girl and her family in Mexico.  When tragedy strikes, they are thrust into the trials of The Great Depression, changing everything they once knew about themselves and their world.

I look forward to exploring this book with you.

See you Monday!

Mrs. Fanning

Posted by Elizabeth Cohen on Thursday April 3
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Spring Book Club March 31st!!!

Calling all Readers

5th Grade and up!!

We are about to begin our Final Book Club session for the year!

Please sign up with Kathy Bossuk to participate in the Spring Session.

Book Club will begin March 31st.

In our first meeting we will select our book so don't miss it! 

Your input is important to the group!

See you then!

~Mrs. Fanning~

Posted by Elizabeth Cohen on Thursday March 20
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End of Winter Book Club Session

Hello my fellow Book Clubbers!

We only have 2 Mondays left in our Winter Session.  Next Monday there will be no book club because of parent teacher conferences.  So the next time I see you will be March 17th.  Please finish the book.  We are going to be working on our personal interviews and exploring what we want to be when we grow up.  Such a wonderful thing that we get to choose instead of picking our careers out of a HAT!!!

Thank you for all of your energy this session.  Thanks to you your enthusiasm we were actually able to read TWO BOOKS!!!

I am looking forward to the Spring Session which will begin March 24th!

See you next time.

~Mrs. Fanning~

Posted by Elizabeth Cohen on Wednesday March 5
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5th-12th Book Club

Hello my fellow book clubbers!

Thank you for a very lively and wonderful reading of "Out Of My Mind".  I enjoyed listening to all of your thoughts.

Our next book for this session will be, "City of Ember" by Jeanne DuPrau.  After 2 very serious novels of children living with disabilities, it's time for a nice breather!  This is a wonderful story of a secret city shrouded in darkness.  They have no sun, and no moon, and are entirely dependent on electricity.  However, their generator is old, and beginning to break down.  There are frequent blackouts.  They need to figure out a way to save the city, or escape before the lights go out forever. 

Next week will be February break so we will not meet. Our next Book Club will be

February 24th.  Please read Chapters 1-7 stop before Chapter 8.

Posted by Elizabeth Cohen on Monday February 10
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Calling all 5th-12th graders!!

A new season of Book Club is about to begin!

Mondays 3:20 - 5:00 | Library: Jennings Reading Room

Start Date: Monday, January 6th

Please sign up online by clicking HERE!! 

You may also sign up by contacting Kathy Bossuk at 516-742-3434 X328 OR bossuckk@waldorfgarden.org

We will be reading "Out of My Mind" by Sharon Draper

 

About the Book:

Amazon.com Review

Eleven-year-old Melody has a photographic memory. Her head is like a video camera that is always recording. Always. And there's no delete button. She's the smartest kid in her whole school—but no one knows it. Most people--her teachers and doctors included--don't think she's capable of learning, and up until recently her school days consisted of listening to the same preschool-level alphabet lessons again and again and again. If only she could speak up, if only she could tell people what she thinks and knows . . . but she can't, because Melody can't talk. She can't walk. She can't write.

Being stuck inside her head is making Melody go out of her mind--that is, until she discovers something that will allow her to speak for the first time ever. At last Melody has a voice . . . but not everyone around her is ready to hear it.

Posted by Elizabeth Cohen on Monday December 9, 2013
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The Wonder of "Wonder"

Hello Book Club!

Thank you for some very creative discussions today!  Now that we have officially finished the book, I enjoyed hearing all of your points of view about the ending, how you felt about the different characters, who you connected with, who you didn't, and who you recognized in your own lives.  It was wonderful to see that so many of you not only identified with Auggie, but felt the urge to stand by him.  I too was very impressed by his characters strength.  I look forward to the continuation of our "project" after the break, and sharing our passion with the school!

Have a "Wonder"ful Thanksgiving & Happy Hannukkah!

Mrs. Fanning

Posted by Elizabeth Cohen on Monday November 25, 2013
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Original Coverage of the Assasination of JFK

Today and for the next four days. CBS News is streaming their original news coverage of the assasination of John F. Kennedy.  Their news is being played as it was seen during the event in real time. 

The coverage can be watched live HERE.

 

Posted by Elizabeth Cohen on Friday November 22, 2013
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Book club Week 3

Hello Fellow "Wonder" Readers!

This week we will be reading through page 185. Stop just before we switch into Justin's point of view. 

As always: write three questions or topics you would like to discuss from the reading.

The PRECEPT for this week is:

"If at first you don't succeed, try try again!"

Please watch yourself this week and tell us about one event in which you did not give up!

Thank you once again, for a wonderful meeting.

See you next Monday!

~Mrs. Fanning~

Posted by Elizabeth Cohen on Monday October 28, 2013
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Book Club Week 2

Hello Fellow Book Clubbers!

Today was one of the most amazing book discussion I have ever had.  Thank you so much for sharing all of your thoughts with me!

This weeks PRECEPT is:

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

This week we will:

1. read to page 130.  (This week it's Via's point of view!!)

2. bring another three questions or thoughts you would like to discuss with the group.

3. write one way you honored our precept this week.

4. think about how your insecurity makes you special (there is definitely a way)!

Until our next meeting... Happy Reading!!!

~Mrs. Fanning~

P.S. A very special thank you to our generous book club gnome who once again fortified us with delicious healthy snacks!

 

Posted by Elizabeth Cohen on Monday October 21, 2013
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Book Club Update

Hello Book Clubbers!

Thank you for a wonderful first meeting!

Since there is no school on Monday, we will obviously not be having Book Club.  Instead we will read for this week AND next week and meet on Monday the 21st.

Please read up to Page 88.  Also, write down some questions or comments to bring with you for us to discuss. 

See you soon!!!

~ Mrs. Fanning ~

Posted by Elizabeth Cohen on Friday October 11, 2013
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