Archive for January 2014

For the past week or so, I have been working on reconstructing the entire library collection database due to a malfunction I recently discovered.  The system had been showing items that are supposedly checked out to students, but are actually sitting on the library shelves or had been checked out to other students.  It’s been a long process, but there seems to be an end in sight.

Students who visited the library this week have been borrowing books from sections of the library that have already been inventoried and re-scanned.  Other sections are marked off and unavailable until I can complete the scanning process.
Thanks for your understanding.  I will keep everyone updated with the latest news on this blog.
Sue Vaughan

The 2014 ALA Youth Media Awards will be presented tomorrow! I’m anxious to learn which books will be chosen to win the Caldecott, Newbery, Coretta Scott King, Pura Belpre, Geisel & other major awards!  There are quite a few books for children that deserve to be recognized.  Time shall tell!

Students in grades 3-5 are working on some TOP SECRET projects this week.  I’m sorry I can’t post more at this time, but you will know about them soon enough!

This week, students in grades K-2 are continuing to learn about and explore the world of Caldecott award-winning books.  Kindergarten and first graders have been listening to the sweet tale of Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes, while second graders are enjoying the thrilling tale of Jumanji  by Chris Van Allsburg.  Both tales this week feature black and white illustrations!




For the past two weeks, the circulation system in the RES Library-Media Center has not been working properly.  Today, I am working on rebuilding the system.  Then I am going back through the shelves to locate books that have been returned, but may not be showing up as “returned” in the system.

This will be a lengthy process.  Please be patient while I work to recover and repair the corrupted files.  During this time, I will not be checking in/out books to anyone.  I am announcing this to all students during Library classes as they come to visit me.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Sue Vaughan

This week, students are being introduced to the world of children’s book illustrators!

According to the ALSC website, the Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association.

Every January, only one Caldecott Medal is awarded to the illustrator of the most distinguished American picture book for children.  Caldecott Honor Medals are also given out if a need is seen.

In Library classes, we are going to be exploring Caldecott Award-winning titles and creating a mini booklet to share what we loved about each story.  The first story we shared was the amazing wordless tale of Tuesday by David Wiesner.  Check out the student reactions to this story!