Library News and Reminders
It’s been a great year so far in our beautiful Linus Pauling Library. We have new books, non-fiction and fiction, English and Spanish, arriving almost every week. Book checkout is fast and furious. We have a lot of voracious readers in our school.
In late November we held our annual Scholastic Book Fair and sold over $1200 worth of books and merchandise. Consequently our school now has close to $500 credit for Scholastic books. We will use most of it to add additional copies of our most popular books.
We continue to have library XLT during six of the seven periods, we honor a different country each week, and we have a lot of chess games going on during lunch break. Our library is also the broadcast center for our daily announcements which often include “Shout-outs” from our students.
Last month we invited Oregon author Deborah Hopkinson to speak to our students. Ms. Hopkinson specializes in non-fiction and historical fiction. She explained her process of researching primary resources to write her books. She also autographed four books for our library.
Last week our library hosted the National Geographic Geography Bee. 35 brave students participated with 8th grader Alex Barth taking home the gold medal. Next month 12 teams will participate in the annual Oregon Battle of the Books competition. The 16 novels selected for this year’s competition, including one by Ms. Hopkinson, are among the most popular checkouts in the library.
The most popular authors this year appear to be Veronica Roth, James Dashner, Rick Riordan and, of course, Jeff Kinney, writer of the wildly popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. We recently joined the Junior library Guild which will bring us four newly released novels every month for the entire year.
Drop by our library and see what’s going on. You’re always welcome and we think you’ll be impressed.
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