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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!

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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Book Club: Week 3!!

Hello everyone!

I hope you had a wonderful Columbus day!  For this coming Monday, please complete the book.  We will discuss our thoughts surrounding the ending as well as choose a new book for our next few weeks.  I am really excited to talk to you all now that you have read "Long Walk For Water" in it's entirety.  There was a really nice twist!!

Last week, I was beyond impressed with our conversation.  We talked about the hope and encouragement that Salva's uncle was able to give him in this one simple sentence.

"Do you see that group of bushes?  You need only to walk as far as those bushes.  Can you do that, Salva Mawien Dut Ariik?" 

This one simple statement carried Salva, from those bushes, to the next rock, and the next, and the next, all the way to America.  You are all so insightful in how you apply that saying to your own lives.

There was also a passage in the book about an old man who was able to sniff out the honeybees and fruit in order to find them all something to eat.  We talked about how amazing it was that he was able to do this and thought that maybe it was because where he lived, they foraged for honey often, giving him the oportunity to develop this ability.  This lead us into a discussion about what special abilities we have developed from our own culture.  We talked about how some of us are very good at growing food and others have developed the ability to tune out street noise. Some can not taste preservatives and High Fructose Corn Syrup because it is in almost everything they eat while others have developed the ability to taste and avoid these elements.  Others have developed abilities to help protect them from allergies as well, such as sniffing out peanuts and other allergens.

It has been very interesting exploring another culture and another world with you.  As one of you so aptly said "I like that this book tells you about a different part of the world instead of a typical American school."  Well I agree my friends, and I look forward to many more adventures with you.

~Mrs. Fanning~

Posted by Elizabeth Cohen on Wednesday October 15, 2014
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Book Club: Week 2!


We were a small group yesterday because the 5th Grade is in Glenbrook.  Their contributions were missed and we look forward to having them back next week!

This week we read up to page 50.  The chapters were packed with many ups and downs as Salva and Nya experienced the world of Sudan.  This brought up conversations about the cultural differences between the children of America and the Children of the small villages like the ones that Slava and Nya belong to.  Even though children are very similar all around the world, their experiences, needs, and desires are very different.  We thought about how in America, electricity and water are something we expect, as well as toy stores!  But for Salva and Nya life is very different. They have to collect their water everyday, and they hope for enough food.  Their wishes are for safety, food, and being with their families rather than the newest toy that has just hit the market shelves.  It was a really interested day.

 The reading assignment for next week is page 75.  This is only 25 pages for the week.  This will give the 5th grade a chance to catch up. 

Remember to write down a few comments or questions you would like to talk about when we see each other, and pack yourself an extra snack!

See you all on MONDAY!!

~Mrs. Fanning~

Posted by Elizabeth Cohen on Tuesday September 30, 2014
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Book Club: Day 1

Hello my fellow readers!!

It was so wonderful seeing you all on Monday.  I look forward to our next meeting and hearing what all of you have to say.

Monday we talked about Sudan, Africa and how in the 1980's many of their villages were attacked for oil, or other resources.  Many of these boys, were separated from their families and had to find their own way to safety.

We then read the first few pages of the novel and discovered some very interesting things about the Sudanese culture both in the 80's and in the 2000's.  We learned that Nya (2008) walks back and forth to the watering hole twice a day to get water for her family.  This takes all day and is her only task.  When we meet Salva (1985), he is sitting in the classroom describing his surroundings before the attack.  This brought up an interesting question. When does Nya go to school if she is walking back and forth from the watering hole each day?  Our group had a wonderful discussion about different cultures and the roles of boys and girls in those cultures, as well as the changes that have taken place in our own culture since the times when women often stopped going to school at a certain age (or never went) in order to learn how to care for the home.  I was very impressed with the thoughts of our group, since all I did was ask when Nya went to school, and the rest was all your own thoughts. 

I am looking forward to hearing what you have to say next time we see each other.

Remember, there is no book club next week, as I will be away.

For our next meeting, please read up to page 50DO NOT READ AHEAD!  I know you are could all finish this book in two weeks, but it is important that we stay together in the reading and get to talk about what happens.  Stopping in the right place is just as much part of the assignment as reading it.

See you all on the Monday September 29th!!



Posted by Elizabeth Cohen on Wednesday September 17, 2014
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