Please join us in celebrating Black History Month! We’ve created displays of books honoring the history and culture of African Americans and their contributions to our world. We’ve included books that are written and/or illustrated by African-Americans and books that have received the Coretta Scott King book award.
Stay tuned throughout the month as we’ll be adding videos to this post. The videos will be of door displays about notable African Americans that are being created school-wide. The videos will be narrated by students and played throughout the month on our news show, Good Morning Greyhounds. We’re also working on creating QR codes to post around the library of these videos as well as other notable African Americans.
For more resources and information about Black History Month, you can read the February 2019 newsletter from the Cobb County School District’s Social Studies Department: https://www.smore.com/bue6k
Help us celebrate diversity around the world and in our students by celebrating Multicultural Children’s Book Day this Friday, January 25. This day celebrates people of all colors and cultures as well as people with different abilities. This includes books with these types of characters, authors or illustrators.
We’ve pulled out TONS of books for display to celebrate diversity and will be reading books during upcoming lessons as well as encouraging students and teachers to check out these amazing books. If you’d like to learn more about multicultural children’s book day or support the program, please visit https://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com and if you do celebrate, be sure to share it on Twitter with #ReadYourWorld.
We may be nearing the end of the school year, but we’re still keeping busy in the media center! We’re celebrating several special national events this month and kicking off a special new program in the media center – an ongoing book swap called Book Swap @ The Mill: Take a book. Leave a book.
Book Swap @ The Mill will allow students to donate new or gently used books and take a book they are interested in reading. After reading the book, they can keep it or bring it back for another student to read. They can also leave books for other students to read. Students can visit the Book Swap @ The Mill as often as they like, but we do ask that you only take one book at a time. We want to give all students an opportunity to benefit from this program. You’re always welcome to donate more than one book at a time to help other students who may not have books of their own to donate.
The Book Swap @ The Mill program that will help us celebrate Children’s Book Week (May 1-7) and help kickoff the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge and the Cobb County Public Library Summer Reading program. We’ll keep the Book Swap @ The Mill open during the entire school year, so if you have a book you enjoyed but don’t want to keep – swap it!
Below is a list of all the a-may-zing events we’re sponsoring this month:
Children’s Book Week: May 1 – 7. Learn more about this important celebration that began in 1919 at http://everychildareader.net/cbw/about/
Free Comic Book Day: May 6. Locate a comic book store near you at http://www.freecomicbookday.com/StoreLocator to get your free comic book on Saturday, May 6 and visit the media center on Friday, May 5 for free comic strip pages for you to create your own comics. By the way, in the library, comics are called graphic novels (think BabyMouse & Lunch Lady books) and we’ve created a special section of these books. We’re in the process of ordering more graphic novels for next school year.
Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge Kickoff: May 8. Program runs through September 8. More information will be sent home soon.
Cobb County Public Library Summer Reading Program Kickoff: May 15. Program runs through July 29. We have bookmarks that we’re giving away in the library with details but you can learn more at http://www.cobbcat.org/summer-reading-program/
To celebrate all these events with one special activity, we’ve created a Poet-Tree! Write an original poem (alone, with a friend or with your whole class) and we’ll hang your poem on the Poet-Tree!
The United States Constitution was ratified on September 17, 1787 and turns 226 years old this year. Although Constitution Day is actually on September 17th, but it will officially be celebrated on Friday, September 16th.
Want to learn more about this important historical document? Visit these online resources:
http://www.constitutionday.com/ (official website for Constitution Day)
http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_zoom_1.html (scanned images of the original Constitution)
http://www.constitution.org/constit_.htm (typed copy of the Constitution with embedded links)
http://constitutioncenter.org/media/files/constitution.pdf (a printable version of the Constitution)
We may still be in school, but the official kick-off to the Summer Reading Challenge starts today! Letters were sent home on May 4 with more details and stickers with each individual student login information. If you did not receive a letter, please email us and we’ll get a new one for you.
Also, the Cobb County Library Media Program has created a special website focusing on summer reading! You can visit it at: www.cobbsummerreading.com