Library/Mrs. Patricia Swedenberg

I am so excited that author and illustrator JoAnn Termini-Pira will be coming to visit the children in Nursery thru 1st grade on Thursday November 16th.  She will be sharing her book –I Am Not A Weed! No one likes to be bullied. This story is told by a proud confident dandelion who refuses to accept being called names. It is that simple. As he brings you into his world, you share in his emotional journey as he discovers his true inner beauty.

Another exciting event coming up is our first book fair of the 2017-2018 school year. It will be held on December 1 at Barnes & Noble located at 91 Old Country Rd. Carle Place, NY. Be sure to wear your pajamas and come for a reading of the Polar Express and have hot chocolate and cookies. Flyers will be sent home with all the information
Our theme for the next several weeks is -
Before you speak, Think and be smart. It’s hard to fix a wrinkled heart (author unknown)

I will be sharing the book Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes with the children.  Chrysanthemum is a funny and honest school story about teasing, self-esteem, and acceptance. The lessons will help get students interact as a community of students who care about each other and do their best to keep everyone safe and comfortable. While listening to the story we are going to really think about the main character's feelings and the author's message.  As I read the book, I will pass around a large paper heart.  Each time Chrysanthemum is teased because of her name, we will crumple up the heart. Every time someone does something nice we will try to smooth it out. By the end of the story, the heart will be a wrinkled mess that could not be smoothed out perfectly..  Words can be very hurtful, and we need to be careful of what we say so that we never wrinkle another person’s heart. If someone says something mean to you, it’s okay to say, “Please don’t wrinkle my heart!” or to simply say,“Ouch! That wrinkled my heart!”

The children in kindergarten and first grade will make a poster Happy To Be Me!

In second grade we will discuss Friendship Skills and make a list of things we can practice every day.

In third and fourth grade we will focus on using character traits ( cooperation, trust, inclusion, caring and courage) to discuss the appropriate way to solve the problems presented on character role play cards.

Other books I will be sharing with the children are Zero by Kathryn Otoshi. Zero feels how could a number worth nothing become something? Zero feels empty inside.                                                                                                        One by Kathryn Otoshi. In this story blue is a quiet color. Red’s a hothead who likes to pick on Blue. Yellow, Orange, Green, and Purple don’t like what they see, but what can they do? When no one speaks up, things get out of hand. 

Two by Kathryn Otoshi. Two is best friends with One. Whenever they'd get the chance, they'd dance! She'd sing and snap. He'd tappity-tap. What a pair they made! At the end of each day, they'd always say, "ONE, TWO, I'll count on you, 'til the end, we'll be best friends." Until Three jumps in between them

A friend shared this with me and I thought it was GREAT and wanted to share it with all the parents and care givers.         


Reading at home makes a big difference!

Things you can do to help your child;

Beginning readers should follow along with their finger on the words. Have them try to sound out unfamiliar words. Help after they have tried. Do not tell them the word immediately.
Be patient! Remember they are just learning.
Reread all their favorite books. This will help with word recognition, fluency and speed.

Read with your child (you read one page and your child reads the next page)

Allow your child pick out the book to read.

Ask  questions about what your child has just read. Why do you think that happened? What do you think will happen next?

When shopping have your child read the grocery list and help you find the item. This might make the shopping trip a little longer but the results are worth it.

Praise! Praise! Praise!

The Library is open during school hours and usually before and after school.  

-Books circulate for one week to students.

-Books must be brought to the library to be renewed.

-Students please keep your books in a safe place, handle them with care, and accept responsibility for returning the book(s).

-Parents and students are responsible for damaged books.

Get Caught Reading is a nationwide campaign to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read. helps kids select books that appeal to them by offering kid-friendly reviews and information about children's books and authors. The information is searchable by author, series, and special features. The companion site focuses on young adult literature.           

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