August is almost upon us

Canola_fieldWell, it’s a little cooler in the mornings here in Southern Alberta, canola fields are in full bloom, and my heart and mind are already turning towards heading back to school.  I’m curious about what the kids have been reading over the summer and looking forward to getting into some bookstores soon to find them some new treasures.

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Karon Argue

smoochThis past week we had local illustrator/author Karon Argue in our Learning Commons with her first book The Smooch (available through her website or at Bearberry Lane in High River, AB).  Karon’s presentation of winsome illustrations and rhyming text were a true delight to the kids. Karon’s personal story poignantly models perseverance and the importance of community and team work, values wonderfully portrayed in The Smooch.  Karon is now legally blind and uses assistive technology to continue to produce her vibrant illustrations. She has 5 more books in the works!  Watch for them!

Stacks of books

5230098773_babc34eb95_o (1).jpgA great way to start the holidays is to arm you and your family with stacks and stacks of books from your local library.  So let’s snuggle in with a good book or ten this vacation and read read read!

Big fun with a big box

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Thanks to the Cayley Store we had some big fun today with a big box in our Learning Commons.  Let’s hear it for creativity and artistic expression and Maker Space learning!   Awesome to see what the kids do when they have a big space to express their own wonderful ideas!

 

Choice

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It’s important to give kids choice and I am always happy to take student requests regarding what books they want in our Library.  If they get to pick them they will surely read them!

It was a little thing….but it helped

When the 2013 flood devastated the town of High River, I,  some of my colleagues and many of our students were affected.  The Clothesline project was a little thing, a simple thing…..but it helped. Recovery, healing and restoration is all about taking thousands of little steps.  This is one of them.  Enjoy!   Literacy for Life – Clothesline Project

Why I love Scholastic Book Fairs

MBF_Logo_FrightfullyI am really happy to host Scholastic Book Fairs in our school because it brings a book store right into our little school in our little community in rural Alberta, Canada!  The kids have so much fun exploring new books, sharing them with their friends and family and then of course, being able to bring them home for keeps!  Well-stocked home libraries are one of the best ways to encourage literacy in families and Scholastic Book Fairs in our school, help to create those libraries.  We host a fall and a spring sale for the kids and they are a real highlight of the school year.  Here’s to reading!

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