Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

3rd, 4th & 5th grade students will be introduced to Follett Shelf this week during Library class.  Students will learn how to access their Follet Shelf accounts to borrow and read eBooks that have been purchased by Randolph Elementary School.  They will also be able to save notes, highlights, and bookmarks that they can access after returning the eBooks.

In addition to their regular library books, students will be able to check out one eBook at a time.  They will be automatically returned after a 14-day loan period.

Reading Olympics participants will find that we have many of this year’s titles available in this digital version as well as in print!

Once 5th graders receive their iPads, they will be given the opportunity to download an app to access Follett Shelf more easily.

Click here to view the 36 titles that are on the 2014-15 Reading Olympics book list.

4th & 5th grade students who are interested in participating in RO will be given permission slips in August when we return to school.

Future Reading Olympians may begin reading from the list now…or they may wait until the first formal meeting in the beginning of September.

Please note:

  • Reading Olympians will work in teams to collectively read from the list of 36 books between September and March.
  • Team members will be required to come to weekly meetings, which will be scheduled during the 4th & 5th grade Core Extension block on Wednesdays.
  • In the meetings, students will share information on the books they have read with their teammates.
  • Students will be required to take and earn at least an 80% passing rate on the Accelerated Reader (AR) test for each book read.
  • Students must read a minimum of 6 RO books before April 1.
  • There will be deadlines which RO participants must meet to continue working with their teams.
    • 2 books from the RO list by November 1.
    • 4 books by February 1.
    • 6 books by April 1.

More information to come soon.  Happy Summer Reading!

Click here to check out our new Follett Shelf eBook collection!

You will need to use the username and password I provided you during Library classes.  If you forgot, please contact me.


Some of the children have expressed an interest in purchasing the Minecraft Essential Handbook at the RES Book Fair Fiesta.  Unfortunately, the publisher has not yet released this title.

Because this title appears in the Book Fair advertising, children can pre-pay the $5.99 cost for this book at the Book Fair.  I will keep a master list of all of the pre-paid orders.  The pre-paid orders will be shipped directly to RES as soon as the books are available.  Each child who pre-pays for this Minecraft book will get a FREE Minecraft poster as an apology for not being able to get the book during the Book Fair at school.

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!

This week, students in grades 3-5 are beginning a unit to explore the science of snowflakes.

We are reading Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin to learn more about the life of Wilson Bentley.

After the story, we are watching a BrainPOP video that explains how snowflakes are formed.  Research about the science of snowflakes will continue during Library classes throughout December and January.


Click here to make your own virtual snowflake!

This week, students learned about the exaggerated world of tall tales!  Paul Bunyan has become one of the most well-known book characters at RES thanks to a week devoted to his stories for all students – from Kindergarten to 5th grade!

Next week, 3rd-5th graders will be creating STEM projects based on a problem that Paul Bunyan has in one of his tales.  Kindergarten & 1st graders will be making a Paul Bunyan character that’s sure to be very tall!  Second graders will finish constructing an activity to review the important elements of tall tales.

Last week, when the 3rd grade boys visited the Library for the No Girls Allowed book club, they were thrilled to discover that they enjoyed reading joke books!  Mrs. Spessard led the group on some hilarious adventures!

A 3rd grade boy reads jokes to a friend during the No Girls Allowed book club.

Boys competed in a joke matching tournament during the No Girls Allowed book club.

This week, the No Girls Allowed book club focused on scary stories.  They listened to an audio recording of “The Viper” from Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.  Then they read four short story beginnings and added text to make the story even scarier.  Finally, the boys began a round-robin scary story-telling adventure.  This story will be completed during next week’s book club meeting.

Boys worked together to begin telling a scary story during the No Girls Allowed book club meeting.