What a treat for our 4th-8th graders...an author visit at Mary Collins School with the one and only Lemony Snicket! If you missed Mr. Snicket at school today, you can go see him tonight at 7pm at Copperfield's Petaluma.
On a beautiful September morning eleven years ago today four planes crossed the sky on a deadly mission. Two crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City; one crashed into the Pentagon building in Washgton, D.C.; and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. The impact of the events of September 11, 2001 changed the world forever. We're reading "America is Under Attack" with our 4th-8th graders this week in the library. The discussions with your kids have been amazing!
Oh what fun we had meeting three famous graphic novelists...Raina Telgemeier, James Burks and Doug TenNaple!
*Did you know "Smile" is a true story?
*Did you know in "Cardboard" they bend the cardboard into a man, and he magically comes to life?
*Did you know in "Bird & Squirrel" that squirrel is afraid of his own shadow?
If you've never had the opportunity to read in graphic form, you should try it soon! All books were purchased by FCVL and are now available for checkout in the library.
This week the older students at MCCV have been reading about and discussing one of our planet's most precious natural resources, our oceans. We learned about an oceanographer, Dr. Curtis Ebbesmeyer, who studies how the ocean moves by tracking trash. We learned about a cargo spill of Nike tennis shoes and another spill of floating bathtub toys, and how he is using the data he is collecting to help protect the ocean from the damage this drifting garbage can cause. Happy Beach Day!
This week we've been talking about the differences between "fiction" and "non-fiction" books. According to Scholastic Children's Dictionary, by definition:
Fiction: Stories about characters and events that are not real.
Non-fiction: Writing that is not fiction, especially information about real things, people and events.
The kids are asking each other, "Did you get a non-fiction book or a fiction book?" I love it when they talk "library talk."
It's an exciting week in the library. There's so much interesting conversation about the Olympics among the students and staff, and we have found the perfect story to read together. Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds is the true story of Sammy Lee. At the 1948 Olympic Games in London, Dr. Sammy Lee became the first Asian American to win a gold medal. Dr. Lee is a guest at the 2012 London Olympics and will celebrate his 92nd birthday on August 1. Happy Birthday Sammy Lee!