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During the month of October, Library lessons were focused on characters.  I created a “Guess the Mystery Character” bulletin board to help students understand the importance of character traits.  Students looked at the silhouette of each character and then read the Wordle descriptions to guess which character was represented.  This year I focused on recognizable characters, but next year I plan on adding some more challenging upper-level characters to the mix.  :)


October ended with one of my favorite days:  Book Character Day!  This year, I dressed as the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland to go along with the Kingdom of Reading book fair and handed out free bookmarks to all students who visited the Library that day. Kids were really creative with their costumes this year – and had fun sharing information about their characters with classmates and Book Buddies!




Last Friday, I had the privilege of being part of the 4th grade team during Regions of Virginia Day at RES.  Each teacher was assigned a region to review and students rotated through the different classrooms to learn & review each area of VA.  I transformed the Library-Media Center into the Valley & Ridge region…a place where I used to live!

Students sat in front of the display and explained what they would see if they visited there: farming (dairy & poultry), apple orchards, wildlife, and many Virginia universities (Virginia Tech, Radford, JMU, & VMI to name a few). Then the students were given the opportunity to taste cheese (to represent dairy farms) and apple juice (to represent apple orchards). While snacking, they watched a slideshow of images from the region including Abingdon’s Barter Theatre (the State Theatre of Virginia), the Bristol Motor Speedway, Natural Tunnel State Park (where I once worked as a Summer Ranger!), the Apple Blossom Festival, state parks, and more. After the slideshow, students listened to music from famous musicians from the region (June Carter Cash, Patsy Cline, Ralph Stanley) and created contrast art (high ridges & low valleys, warm & cool colors) using oil pastels borrowed from Mrs. Edmonds.

Students who came to the Library-Media Center were excited to see this display about the Valley & Ridge region of Virginia.

Students created artwork that depicted the Valley & Ridge region at sunset.

Thank you to the Stern family for the delicious snacks!

Chesterfield County Public Library presents a special summer author event with Matthew Holm, co-author of the “Babymouse” and “Squish” series. Saturday, Aug. 2, 6:30-8:30 PM at Thomas Dale High School, 3626 W Hundred Rd, Chester, VA 23831. Register at

Eric Litwin, author of the now-infamous Pete the Cat books, has written a new book series!  His new title, The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut House, will be available on July 29!  Click here to go to The Nut Family website.

Even better, Eric Litwin will be coming to the Children’s Museum in Richmond on August 29!!!


Join New York Times bestselling author Eric Litwin as we celebrate the launch of his new picturebook series, The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut House.  He’ll be singing and reading and signing, it promises to be fun for the entire family.  The event is free, but the purchase of his new book is required in order to enter the signing line.  Food Trucks will be opening at 6pm so come early for dinner.

This event will be hosted by local Richmond bookshop, bbgb.  For more information and to pre-purchase copies of Eric Litwin’s books, be sure to visit the “Book Buzz” section on bbgb’s website!

I am SO proud of our Reading Roadrunners!  We have surpassed our goal of earning 7,000 Accelerated Reader points as a school.

As of today, our students have earned 10,113.8 points!!!

    • Kindergarten has scored an amazing 91.1 points so far.  Each book at that level is only worth about 1/2 point, so that’s the equivalent of reading about 182 books…WOW!!!
    • 1st grade has 609.8 points, which is approximately 1,219 books!!!
    • 2nd grade is rocking it out at 1,267 points!!!
    • 3rd grade has earned an impressive 1,525.2 points!!!
    • 4th graders are reading machines with 2,861.3 points!!!
    • 5th grade has read more than ever before with 3759.4 points!!!
And keep reading!  Students have until May 30 to take AR tests.  We have a BIG celebration planned on the morning of June 3.  Stay tuned for more info!

If you are planning on submitting a film for the first annual RES Student Film Festival, the due date has been extended to Friday, March 28th. The Film Festival Crew decided to do this so that students would have more time to complete their projects.  This should give the committee enough time to get everything organized before Fine Arts Night on April 10th.

Also, GCPS ITRT,Zoe Parrish, made this AWESOME promotional video to help remind students that are interested in submitting films.  
You may notice in the video that I am offering 3 passes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for student groups to visit the Library during lunch to complete their projects.  I’m hoping that this will make up for some lost time from all of these crazy snow days.  
If students are interested in obtaining a Film Festival Lunch Pass, they will need their teacher’s permission as well.  Passes will be available in the Library on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings and will be given out on a first come, first served basis.
Please let me know if you have any questions.  
Thanks so much!
Sue & the Film Festival Crew

Sunshine, rain or snow,

Randolph’s “Book Fair Fiesta!”

is ready to go!

Members of the “Book Fair Fiesta!” Student Crew volunteered their time to come to school on a Saturday to help on Set-Up Day.  The “Book Fair Fiesta!” was scheduled to open today, March 3rd, but due to the snow, opening day will be delayed.  Once we know when we will return to school, I will post an updated schedule on this blog.  Thank you for your support of Randolph Elementary School’s Library-Media Center!


Please click on the following Sign Up Genius link if you would like to know when your child is visiting the Book Fair Fiesta:


  • Classes will be coming to Room 104 for a Student Preview Day on March 3rd.
  • They will be able to purchase books from March 4th-7th from 8 AM until 3 PM.
  • In addition, the Book Fair Fiesta will be open from 5-8 PM during Spaghetti Dinner Night on Friday, March 7th.

This afternoon, the first meeting of the “No Girls Allowed Book Club” for 3rd grade boys took place.  The boys were introduced to Tom Angleberger’s Origami Yoda book series and had the opportunity to create their very own Origami Yoda puppets!

Origami Yoda, we made!

Next week, the No Girls Allowed Book Club will not meet due to PTA’s Roadrunner on the Run event.  The next club meeting will be on Friday, October 18th with a focus on joke books!

Third grade boys watched a video that introduced them to Star Wars Reads Day.

An example of an Origami Yoda puppet made during the No Girls Allowed Book Club on October 4th.

Calling all Star Wars fans!  Did you know that Saturday, October 5th is the second annual Star Wars Reads Day?

It gets even better!  Local bookstore, BBGB, is hosting an author event with none other than Tom Angleberger, author of the incredibly popular Origami Yoda books!  He will be at BBGB on Saturday, October 5th @ 1 PM to promote his NEW book, The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppet.

Dark times have fallen on McQuarrie Middle School. Dwight is back–and not a moment too soon–as Kellen, Sara, and the gang face a new Menace: the FunTime Educational Program. FunTime is supposed to raise students’ standardized test scores. Instead, it’s driving everyone crazy. The students turn to Origami Yoda for help.

If you are planning on attending, be sure to pre-order Tom Angleberger’s books so that you can get them signed at the event!

bbgb books 3100 Kensington Ave Richmond, VA 23221 Attending: Tom Angleberger