We Can Be Heroes in the Fight Against Hunger

In this Holy Year of Mercy, the Work of Mercy for April is to Feed the Hungry, as designated by Bishop Deely. Every day we teach our children every day about the importance of spiritual nourishment. If you choose to educate your students about how hunger affects children around the world (including Cumberland County where 1 in 5 children experiences food insecurity), please know that there are excellent resources in the community to make the reality of food insecurity relevant to our students and that there are ways we can make a difference. In the library  The Kid’s Guide to Service Projects: Over 500 … Continue reading We Can Be Heroes in the Fight Against Hunger

What are We Learning in the Library?

In the library, learning to ask good questions is probably more important than knowing all the answers. Students ask themselves what they’re looking for, so they know where and how to look for what they need. When they learn how the library works, they start asking really good questions. Until about fifth grade, we get by with observational questions like, “Have you noticed that the informational books about dogs are all on the same shelf?” Or, “If you’re not sure what you want, is it better to browse, use the catalog, or ask Ms. Contrino?” By fifth grade, most students know how to … Continue reading What are We Learning in the Library?

Teen Read Week! Why It Matters.

Oh yeah! Teen Read Week is a national literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) aimed at teens, parents, librarians, and educators. This year’s theme is Read For The Fun Of It. Why? Students who read independently become better readers, score higher on achievement tests in all subject areas, and have greater content knowledge than those who do not (Cullinan, 3). By highlighting great YA (Young Adult) series available in the library, we hope to encourage our upper grades to use the library to its fullest. On Wednesday, we had a mini-matinee (ten minutes long) featuring book trailers for series … Continue reading Teen Read Week! Why It Matters.