Last Reading Night this year!

Join us Monday, 4/13/15 from 6-8 pm for the last reading night this school year!

Be sure to stop by so you can…

  • Tour the Makerspace
  • Practice your origami skills
  • Read interesting books
  • Checkout & return books
  • Take Accelerated Reader tests

We’ll have activities to support these special events:

  • School Library Month
  • National Poetry Month
  • Wimpy Kid Month

Reading Night on 2/9

Join us on Monday, 2/9/15 from 6-8 pm in the media center for our next Reading Night. “Read to Your Child” day isn’t until February 14th, but we’ll have books ready for you to sit and read aloud to your child. We encourage all the dads, older brothers and uncles to come out and read along with us.

As always, students will be able to take AR tests and even return books and checkout new ones. Don’t forget to take a moment to fill out a heart for our “We Love Reading” display for the month of February. We’ll post comments on Twitter to show the world how much we love reading at Garrison Mill!

Another amazing reading night!

We were super excited to have our special guest, Katy Malone from the Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art at Kennesaw State University! The museum currently has an exhibit featuring art and science and she brought several books along to go with that theme. Katy Malone also had a challenge for our students – build a bridge using only 12 inches of tape and 3 sheets of printer paper. The bridge had to be sturdy enough to hold up a Hot Wheels car. And guess what? The designs were all different, but the students were successful in their efforts!

I was able to read a favorite book – Snowflake Bentley written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin. It tells the story of William Bentley’s life and how he was able to photograph snowflakes showing their delicate beauty. Afterwards, students made snowflakes for us to display in the media center and some to take home as well.

We also learned about Augmented Reality, which is something we’ll explore more when the makerspace is up and running. We used a free app (available for Apple or Android devices) Chromville where you can download coloring sheets. First, you color the sheet and then you use the app to scan the sheet and then it comes to life. Writing about it doesn’t do it justice, you have to see it to fully grasp how awesome this app is for students.

As a special bonus this Reading Night, students were able to see the new books we recently received and check them out that night. You can see all the new books by clicking on the “2014 New Books” link in the Resources area on Destiny Quest.  We also had door prizes – posters and books from our recent book fair.

It was a fun night with lots of reading, creativity and experimenting. Be sure to make plans to join us in February – we’re already working on something exciting!

Reading Night on Monday 12/15

Be sure to join us on Monday, December 15 from 6-8 pm in the media center for our second reading night of the year.

Special Events include:

  • Demonstration of Augmented Reality – one of the elements that we’re going to have in our makerspace
  • Door Prizes – goodies from our recent book fair!
  • Preview and opportunity to checkout our brand new books that just arrived!
  • Reading great books
  • Read-alouds & crafts with Mrs. Kenworthy
  • Special Guest Katy Malone, the Outreach & Education Coordinator from the Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art at Kennesaw State University
  • Taking AR tests

It’s sure to be another fun night – don’t miss it!

Reading Night is a success!

Our first reading night of the year was a success! We were fortunate to have seven Lassiter High School athletes join us to read stories and create crafts with the students. LHS even donated lots of goodies to use as door prizes – including the biggie – community passes that gives the recipient free admission to all LHS athletic events during this school year.

We also had a representative from the Cobb County public library on hand in case anyone needed a public library card or just had a question about services. Parents were able to sign up for their own media center account to check out up to 5 books at a time. They were also given information sheets about several of our online resources and how to access them from home. In between the four storytime/craft events, students were able to take AR tests as well as checkout new books and read the sports-related books we had pulled to go with our theme for the night.

Be sure to make plans to attend the December Reading Night – we’re already working on something really exciting!

Save the Date! Reading Night on 9/29

Mark your calendar for our first Reading Night of the year on Monday, 9/29 from 6-8 pm in the media center. We’ve been working on some exciting things for this first Reading Night and will post more details later, but here’s a little sneak peek of what’s in store…

    • Special Guests
    • Door Prizes
    • Stories and Crafts
    • Tutorials for Parents

It’s going to be an exciting night that you don’t want to miss!