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Around the time of Halloween it's great fun to tell aloud some of my favorite spooky stories.  Often the students ask me, "Where's the BOOK of that story?  I want to read it!"  It's a great opportunity to introduce our digital natives to the ancient art of storytelling and spoken word performance.  This week, 2nd graders helped provide the sound effects to the old tale from the British Isles, "An Unwelcome Visitor".  4th graders heard my version of "The Princess Aman-Rah", about the fictional, evil Egyptian monarch, which I first heard at a storytelling event put on by the Texas Storytelling Association.
Whooooooooooooo!  Spooooooooooky!

Book Madness Reading Challenge!

The SRS Library is inaugurating a new reading incentive program just for 7th and 8th grade students!  Book Madness is the brainchild of Librarian Mrs. Mount.  After pulling together a diverse list of some 36 books and their annotations for Middle School Readers, Mrs. Mount used a Google form to poll 7th and 8th grade students about the titles that looked most intriguing to them.  The attached powerpoint highlights the Sweet Sixteen titles which students will be reading until March Madness.  At that time, the "brackets" will be revealed and students will place votes on their favorite books.  All students participating will be invited to a Skype & Lunch session with a YA author TBD.  As you can see from the PowerPoint, we've got some grrrreat titles, including classics, biographies, dystopian, sci-fi, graphic and high stakes adventure.
Read On!  And let the Madness begin!
Some of our 7:30 a.m. crowd in the Snyder Learning Center/SRS Library.  Sixth Graders get in some last study time for today's big test.
Fourth Grades participated in a library version of Pokemon Go:  Student Pokemon Teams earned points by visiting as many areas of the library possible and taking selfies with their Pokemon characters.  The REAL objective?  To learn to use the library "street signs" in order to find materials by call number!