You might ask yourself, "Who are those people in the library?" Unlike TNT's new series, The Librarian, we are not part of an "ancient organization hidden beneath the Metropolitan Public Library" (tntdrama.com). However, we are alike in that we have solved a few mysteries, recovered lost items, and diverted some last minute tragedies over an assignment or two.
Collectively, we are a team of three, Mrs. Lankau, Mrs. Rodriguez, and Mrs. Smalley, and as Mrs. Rodriguez mentioned earlier this year, together we have over 100 years of experience in education. We want to support our school community however we can, and we want our students to be successful here at Summer Creek and beyond.
We are featuring the newly weeded and improved general fiction area. It highlights the classics, high interest books for reluctant readers, and favorite authors whose books don't fit into the following genres in our bookstore arrangement: Science Fiction/Fantasy, Chick Lit, Guys Read, Graphic Novels, Historical Fiction, and Mysyeries. The pictured display invites students to...
To see a list of High Interest fiction or a list of classics, click on the links above. To learn more about favorite Young Adult authors, click on their official websites below, or the "Find a Favorite Author" link above.
- Gary Soto
- Gary Paulson
- Terry Pratchett
- Cynthia Rylant
- Madeline L' Engle
- Richard Peck
- Lois Lowry
- Pete Hautman
- Matt del Pena
- Margaret Haddix
To search for more YA authors in the general fiction area, look for the first three letters of their last names - found on the spine label.
Weeding the Library has nothing to do with dirt!
Ramona Riviere's Classroom Library
The new school year is an exciting time to launch new projects and goals, and this, the 7th year of SCHS, is no different. After listening to student requests for the "next new book in a series," numerous new Tayshas books, and the monthly delivery of the hottest books right off the press from The Junior Library Guild, we, the librarians, realized the need to "weed" the library. Weeding in the library, however, has nothing to do with dirt or gardens or flowers, but it is an essential part of collection management.
Weeding keeps the library relevant and up-to-date, and it creates space for our patrons' latest requests. Weeding also allows us to identify books that need a facelift or forgotten stories that could be highlighted for our readers. We also consider the future usefulness of an item, the needs of our users, the budget, and the option of interlibrary loans. So, the big question for us is what to do with all these beautiful books that we remove from our shelves, and we immediately thought of our teachers. We advertised, "Free Books!" and you filled up boxes of books for your Classroom Libraries. Ramona Riviere affirms, "This inclass library has turned into a coffee shop for my room. Kids are actually reading during down time!" She even started "Java Journals."
If you have not selected books for your classroom library yet, don't worry! We still have books for you, and we are still cultivating the collection! Just come by the library workroom to handpick some titles or send the students.