It's not because I don't love school -- or the amazing students -- or the crisp fall air and all-things-AUTUMN. I think it boils down to the bidding farewell to summer -- and all that summers represent to me -- that makes me a bit sad. I LOVE SUMMER and all that it brings. I love the long days, the hot weather, sunshine and even rainy summer days. It's something about the promise of new days, that are dressed up as summertime -- and those relaxed moments that the kiss of summer brings. Songs. Music. Heat. Barbeques. Picnics. Road Trips. And that reading! That glorious summertime reading: books read under trees, next to rivers, on top of mountains, inside tents, around morning campfires while sipping fresh brewed coffee. Sitting in boats, on docks, baking and basking in the warmth of the summer sun -- all the while skimming the newly turned page of yet another adventure, another mystery, another story.
Ah, summer. I definitely adore you and I'm going to miss you. Until the next one.
Meanwhile. I will heat up the apple cider, drag out some warm sweatshirts, look for some great pumpkins -- and gear up for FALL.
We are beginning to FALL INTO GREAT BOOKS in the LRC. Come join us. #ReadEveryDay
Photograph copyright 2016 by S. McCartan-Bruemmer
Just back from an amazing road trip down Route 66. We started in Chicago and made it to the California border, where we turned around and went east back to Flagstaff, Arizona. We then motored down AZ-17 and hung out with family members near Phoenix. I'm not sure if we ever got truly acclimated to the 120 degree desert heat, but we sure had fun! Please send us YOUR reading / summer pix and we will be happy to post in the blog or in our LRC online gallery -- as well as sending out a tweet here or there.
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Congrats to all our grads and welcome to summertime :) LRC Hours - open in July on Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 10 am - 3 pm. C'mon by and visit.
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We are getting ready for spring and we are celebrating, "Oh, the PLACES we are going!"
Nature Club created some amazing displays that helped get us into SPRING MODE! We are also checking out the Decorah eagles nest for some egg action and visiting classrooms and having fun with selfies and augmented reality. #ReadEveryDay: don't forget!
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Library Lovers' Month
Tons of things are happening in the LRC this month. We are enjoying SSR - sustained silent reading by our fireplace :) Check out the online activities supplements here.
December's chill: a great time to curl up with hot chocolate AND a great book. Only this December found Illinois to be a bit warmer than usual. We still managed to ramp up reading and our book circulation is once again breaking records - way to go KG readers!
Enjoy the break -- and come back ready-to-roll for 2016. Have a wonderful holiday season, and a prosperous and healthy new year.
A few December pics . . .
November brings lots of THANKFUL FEATHERS to the LRC. Students create feathers and indicate the authors / book titles for which they are thankful.
We are always grateful and thankful to U.S. Veterans who serve(d) in the military. The LRC was honored to be a part of the Veterans Day assembly this year with our student presentation of THE LIBERTY TABLE (check out the gallery of pics below). Thanks to the amazing KG kids who researched the history of U.S. military men and women who were killed or went missing while serving their country.
Book Blast took place, too -- where students BLAST their book in three minutes at the podium. Students convince their peers why the SHOULD or SHOULD NOT read their book selection! Ready, set, GO!!!
October in the Kelvin Grove LRC: Get your BOO on!
From the spook-tacular book fair, to Red Ribbon Week and Pumpkin Palooza, the LRC was a busy place for readers and researchers -- and we managed to have fun, too. Brown Bag Book Club continues to roll -- and attendance is growing. Don't forget to read a Caudill nominee so that you will have read a minimum of three nominees by February.
Cool pumpkins abound! Thanks to all the students who participated in the LRC PumpkinPalooza and Food Drive. We had fun AND the Lockport Food Pantry received some donations because of the efforts of our amazing student body.
Take a peek at some of our amazing, award-winning creations from this year and last :)
Robbie the Robot has made his debut in the KG LRC. Students have received orientation and viewed some student created projects. NEWBIE book section has been ransacked and is looking lonely and empty and waiting to be restocked . . . and students are reading.
The first day of school has already come and gone. You could feel the students' energy bubbling around the the building. The first day is a magical time: it can set your pace for the year. It can be filled with hopes and dreams and wishes . . . and jitters. I asked Siri to define the word "jitters". She said, "feelings of extreme nervousness". She also popped up a definition that looked like this:
2. slight irregular movement, variation, or unsteadiness, especially in an electrical signal or electronic device.
So maybe when my phone cuts out, it simply has a case of the jitters? Wicked cool, Siri!
When I was in 4th grade, my family moved from a pretty rough neighborhood in Cicero to the suburbs (a welcome, but scary change). I had first day jitters when I entered my new school. But my amazing teacher, Mr. Dykeman, helped changed that. He explained that oftentimes people felt nervous and worred about things -- like new schools and new people. "But", he said, "I don't buy into that. I prefer to think those feelings are excitement, and not nervousness or jitters. And, you know what? If you simply keep telling yourself that what you're feeling is EXCITEMENT, you will be amazed at just how great you feel." And he shouted out the word "EXCITEMENT!" one more time for good measure.
So I tried Mr. Dykeman's philosophy on for size -- and found it to be a great fit. Oh sure, I still feel jittery and nervous when there are changes or new things to learn, but remembering his words still helps me to this day. I just close my eyes and see Mr. Dykeman standing in front of his fourth grade kids, with his white shirt and colorful tie and black rumpled hair and great booming voice . . . and I switch it to EXCITEMENT! And things don't seem so bad after all.
Brown Bag Book Club will be reading:
Wonder (Grades 4 & 5) and Fish in A Tree (Grades 6 & 7)
I haven't figured out what we are reading in 8th grade yet. Any suggestions?
Watch for Brown Bag Book Club flyers and announcements coming soon to a backpack near you. I'm EXCITED!
"Books are the plane, and the train, and the road.
Mrs. B (Sharon McCartan Bruemmer) has served as District 91 Webmaster (2000) and Kelvin Grove librarian since 2001. Stay informed about "all things LRC" by popping in and reading blog snippets.