Fall is always a busy time in the library! Here’s what we’ve been up to.

Middle School

Maud Hart Lovelace Awards

Maud Hart Lovelace Award bookmarkThe middle school students began the year with introductions to the Maud Hart Lovelace Award. Any student who reads at least three titles from his/her division, they are eligible to officially vote for his/her favorite in this state-wide, student-chosen award.

The 6th-8th grade students learned about the Division II titles while the 5th grade students learned about the Division I titles (the 3rd and 4th grade students are participating in this division as well).

I am so excited for our students to be a part of this great program! To learn more about this program and review this year’s nominees, please visit: http://maudhartlovelace.org

Maud Hart Lovelace books
Book Talk

The 5th and 6th students came in for a book talk which included the following titles: The CandymakersIsland of the UnknownsMoon Over Manifest, The Archer series: The Billionaire’s CurseTrundle’s QuestJunoniaThe Girl Behind the GlassThe Penderwicks, and Leviathan.

Third and Fourth Grade

Minnesota animal research 

The Big Hungry BearPart of the Tundra and Bayou classrooms’ research project was to create a fictional story that included facts about their animal.

  • We learned about favorite and new online animal resources to assist the students with their Minnesota animal research endeavors.
  • During one of our lessons, we read Don and Audrey Wood’s The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear. Using this story, the students were able to find new ways to insert their own “facts” about the mouse or the bear throughout the story.
Library Scavenger Hunts

The 3r and 4th grade students have also begun to master the library scavenger hunts! In this activity, groups of students are given a list of book titles and their call numbers for them to find throughout the library. This activity builds familiarity with the library’s layout and confidence in finding materials independently.


First and Second Grade

Checking out the “new” library

The Jungle and the Prairie classes started off the school year with discussions about our new space and with tours to get to know their surroundings.

Friends School of Minnesota got a library makeover this summer!

We briefly reviewed how to use the catalog and how to log-in to check out books.

Checking-out books is second nature to the 1st and 2nd grade students!
To Market, To Market

To Market, To Market by Nikki McClureOur lessons have centered around the book To Market, To Market by Nikki McClure, which tells the story of how different foods get to a small farmers’ market in Washington.

The students have been sharing fabulous stories about their own gardens at home and experiences with apple orchards, maple syrup making, and so much more.


Getting to Know the Library

The Mississippi class has learned so much about the library.

  • They are checking out books with minimal supervision!
  • The students are also doing a great job remembering how many books they have checked out.
  • They have learned to use a ruler to mark the place where they had taken a book from the shelf.
Kindergarten in the library
Kindergarteners in the library
Friendship Theme

We started out reading a fun “library” book called I Took my Frog to the Library by Eric Kimmel. At our next lesson, we read The Big Hungry Bear and discussed saving the strawberry by sharing it with a friend.

Another tie to the class’ friendship theme came through reading Mary Hoberman’s rhythmic story And to Think That We Thought That We’d Never Be Friends which tells the tale of arguments coming to a halt when people join in the jubilant parade through the town, the sea, and the world.

We also read a delightful new picture book about an adventure near the ocean called Pig Kahuna by Jennifer Sattler.

What are your favorite memories of your library?