The Spring 2018 Book Fair: Paws for Books

The Spring 2018 Book Fair is on its way!

The fair will be open from March 12 through noon on March 16, but the online fair will be available starting March 2.

Click the image below to visit our personalized Scholastic Book Fair home page for dates and times.  (Please note that online shopping and eWallet will not be active until closer to our start date.)  


NEW this spring . . . eWallet!  An eWallet is a digital payment option that gives students a secure, cash-free way to shop the fair.  Parents can pre-authorize a spending amount online which can be looked up or scanned at checkout.


Student eWallets are available for setup starting February 26, and parents may add additional funds at any time or even delete the eWallet.  Any unspent funds will be released back to the credit card on file after the last day of the in-school book fair.


Look for this banner on our book fair home page.


Have You Tried Your New Library PASS?

The Cobb County Public Library has just implemented the Library PASS (Public Library Access for Student Success) program for ALL students in CCSD Schools!

This groundbreaking program allows students to use their Student ID to access all of the amazing resources the Cobb County Public Library has to offer, including nearly 100 online databases, thousands of eBooks and eAudiobooks, streaming videos, and over half a million physical items in the library collection.

When logging in, students will be prompted for their library card number; they will enter their Student ID (“media key”) number in that field.  The next field asks for a PIN; students will use their birthday, in MMDD format.  Students in grades 2-5 are being introduced to PASS in the Media Center will receive login stickers.

The letter below outlines some of the features of PASS and also includes a directory of all Cobb County Public Library locations.

PASS Introduction Letter 2018

Click on the PASS Logo below to get started!


What is the Lexile© of that Book?

Our Destiny library catalog includes the Lexile© level for many, but not all, of the titles in our Media Center.  Perhaps you are reading a book from your own bookshelves or from the public library and would like to know the Lexile© level.  Follow the link below to the Lexile© website, and enter the book title in the box in the top right corner.  You can also use this site to generate a list of books in your range.  Keep in mind that books on this list might or might not be in our Media Center!  You will need to search Destiny to see if we have specific titles.

Lexile© is a registered trademark of MetaMetrics, Inc.

Second Grade Target Bats Project

Second Grade Target students are starting a project on various species of bats.  After an introduction to the information gathering process, students were provided with QR code stickers to lead them to selected websites.  Students may also click on the image below for the Blendspace with the web sites Mrs. Peterson and Mrs. Kuhn prepared. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) Accessed 28 August 2017


2017 Summer Reading Challenge

It is time again for the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge.  Summer is the perfect time to read just for fun — continue with a series or discover new favorites — it’s all up to you!  Click on the button below to log your minutes; your username and initial password are on the sticker your teacher gave to you.

Remember to change your password to read2017 the first time you log in.

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

Follow these links for more information about the Summer Reading Challenge:

Screencast Introducing the Cobb Summer Reading page

Cobb Summer Reading (FAQs, Links to Reading Lists, etc.)

Cobb County Public Library


Bookaneer Book Fair Coming Ashore Soon

We are already in the second week of September, fall break will be here in three weeks, and then the book fair arrives!  This fall’s book fair theme will be Bookaneer Book Fair.  Books are ships that can take our imaginations on a voyage to faraway lands.  Come shop the book fair for some treasures of your own.

Click on the image below to visit Vaughan’s personalized book fair site.


2016 Summer Reading: Be a Reading Superhero

Reading challenge imageClick on the logo above to log your minutes on the Scholastic site.

The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is back! This year’s theme is Be A Reading Superhero, and students around the country will once again be “Reading for the World Record” as they attempt to surpass last summer’s 286,611,349 minutes of reading.

Each student has received a bright orange flyer with personal login information for the Scholastic Reading Challenge.  The white sticker on the flyer shows the student’s randomly generated ID and password; it is strongly advised that students log in and change their password to read.

Here are several useful links:

Cobb Summer Reading has links to the Scholastic site, to the Cobb County Public Library site, and to reading suggestions for all grade levels.

This short screencast shows how to locate the lists of suggested titles and series.

If you have misplaced your flyer, click here for a copy:  Cobb Summer Reading Letter 2016.

In addition, visit any Cobb County Public Library

  • To pick up your stamp card (earn a free book!)
  • For help logging in if you forget your username or password
  • For a schedule of their amazing summer programs

Enjoy your summer, and Happy Reading!



Groovy Book Fair a Far-Out Success

groovy flowers

The Spring Book Fair had plenty of flower power and was a fabulous success.  Addie Outlaw and her team of amazing volunteers helped in many ways, from decorating before the fair to packing it all away.  The fair generated almost $2300 in profits for the Media Center.  These funds allow us to purchase additional electronic databases as well as print materials for our students.

Thank you again to all who shopped with us.

groovy logo

Reading about Animals in Winter


The current Media Center focus for our kindergarteners, first graders, and third graders is how animals behave in winter.

Kindergarteners quickly notice that rhyming words are causing much confusion for Bear in Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep!  He is very tired and drowsy, but he repeatedly misunderstands what Old Man Winter is asking him to do.

Sleep Big Bear 2

After exploring the book It’s Winter, first graders complete a chart comparing animals who are asleep in winter with those who are active in winter.  The cut-paper illustrations are striking, and they emphasize that an informational book does not always have photographs.

Its Winter

Third graders learn a new term, the subnivean zone.  This is the area just below the snow yet still above ground.  The book Over and Under the Snow contrasts the activities of a skier above the snow with the hidden animal kingdom just below.  Students have enjoyed visiting author Kate Messner’s web site and watching the video clip of a fox listening intently above the snow and then diving headfirst to catch his dinner.

Over and under the snow