Library checkout is here. Follow these simple steps to get your library books!
1. Place a hold on a book in the library catalog or fill out the Book Request Form (check the library canvas class for the link)
2. Library staff will check the books out to you - you can have up to 5 out at a time
3. You will receive an email with the pickup dates and times
4. Come get your books
It's that simple. You can return your book Mon-Fri from 9-3 in the Risdon Main Office
Jason Reynolds wrote For Everyone before he wrote Ghost, before he wrote Long Way Down, before he wrote All American Boys, before he was a best selling writer and household name. Reynolds had a dream to be a writer, but hadn't yet made it. For Everyone is direct to the point and inspirational for everyone going after their dream. Turned into a video by 826 Digital, an organization devoted to inspiring teens to write, I share it with you now to inspire you at the start of this uncertain school year. We may not be able to be together right now, and we may not know when we may be together again, but we can all be inspired to dream.
Sync is offering their free summer audiobook program a little early this year.
What is it? Sync is a free summer program that pairs two audiobooks a week that you can download free(for keeps) using Sora(which you can access through Clever). You have to be at least 13 to sign up for the program. New pairs are published on Wednesdays. This week's pair is Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin and In Search of Us by Ava Dellaira.
The Everywhere Book Fest starts tomorrow, Friday May 1st. https://everywherebookfest.com/ and runs through Sat.
There are some really fantastic panels like
Dinosaurs, Ghosts and Gods Oh My!
I am My Own Hero
Illustration Fight to the Death
and some great authors:
Gene Luen Yang
Marie Lu and more
I know I will be there - will I see you?
Did you know that students, and teachers can nominate books for the Washington State Evergreen Teen Book Award as well as librarians? We want to hear from you! What books from copyright year 2019 do you think should be nominated?
The Evergreen Committee is currently accepting nominations for the Middle School and High School Lists for 2022. The books need to have a copyright year of 2019. Copyright year means the year that it was first published. Did you read an awesome Middle Grade or Young Adult book that was published last year that you want to nominate?
I have created a document that shows how to nominate a book and where to find the information you need to fill out the Google Form. The Evergreen Committee will be accepting nominations until September 1, 2020.
Jason Reynolds is the author of many middle grade and young adult novels including the Track series and Long Way Down. He is also the current National Ambassador for Young People's Literature.
"The National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature raises national awareness of the importance of young people’s literature as it relates to lifelong literacy, education and the development and betterment of the lives of young people" according to the Library of Congress site.
Jason has created his platform of Grab the Mic: Tell your Story, and will be interacting with readers both on a cross country tour (when conditions are better) and online through his Write, Right, Rite video series. You can check out the first one below. Sign up too for his newsletter which comes out tomorrow April 14th on the LOC website.
You can learn more about Jason Reynolds on his site.
Due to schools being closed before the completion of the Evergreen Teen Book Award voting completion, the commitee has extended voting until June 5th. Here are the links for students to vote for their favorite book for the Middle School and High School lists. You can only choose one!
Evergreen Teen Book Award HS List Voting https://sites.google.com/view/2020-evergreen-voting-template/2020-voting-hs?authuser=0
Evergreen Teen Book Award MS List Voting https://sites.google.com/view/2020-evergreen-voting-template/2020-voting-ms?authuser=0
I hope everyone is healthy and safe as we start Week 3 of our home learning. Keep up with what your teachers are sending home, and build time in to self-care as well. Take breaks between classwork and make sure to be reading a great book!
One of the things you could do this week is write a letter to an author. The hashtag #BooksConnectus has been making its rounds, and many children's authors are sharing their addresses, so that students may write to them. A number of them have been collected at Reading Connects Us so check out the list of authors there.
Another way to connect with authors is through Teachingbooks.net who are offering their content for free until September. They have lots of videos of authors taking about their books or their craft and even have some read alouds.
Hope these websites are helpful and fun.
Here are some authors reading their books online. Check them out.
K.A. Holt reading House Arrest
R.J. Palacio reading Wonder (this will be happening on Twitter live starting March 25th from 9-9:45 every day. You do not need a Twitter account.