Time to Vote!

It’s time to vote for the Monarch, Bluestem, and Rebecca Caudill awards. These are awards where the books are chosen by student’s votes. The Monarch Award is Illinois’ Reader’s Choice Award for Kindergarten through Third Grade. The Bluestem Award is Illinois’ Reader’s Choice Award for Grades Third through Fifth. The Rebecca Caudill Award is Illinois’ Reader’s Choice Award for Grades Fourth through Eighth. You can pick up a ballot and vote for your favorites by stopping by the Youth Services desk or by checking the Bluestem and Rebecca Caudill shelves.

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Readers’ Choice Award logos by Illinois School Library Media Association.

Newbery Award

The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

This year’s Newberry Award winner is The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill.  “This compassionate, hopeful novel invites children everywhere to harness their power, and ask important questions about what keeps us apart and what brings us together” said Newbery Medal Committee Chair Thom Barthelmess.

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Earth Science with Edna

This is our new friend, Edna.

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Her hobbies include reading, exploring, and watching the latest Disney movie with a big bucket of popcorn.  Her most favorite activity is learning about science and experimenting with ideas.

Edna’s latest area of interest is gardening.  She loves the smell of flowers and enjoys eating lots of different fruits and vegetables- except for Lima beans!  She would really like to have her own garden, but she’s not very good at keeping even a cactus alive!

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Edna’s not-so-healthy cactus

Lately, she has been reading about a different way of growing plants called, hydroponics.  Hydroponics is a way of growing plants without soil.  How can this be?  Edna always thought that soil was needed to make plants grow!  Technically plants need soil for its nutrients and as support system for its roots to hang on to. SO…if you put the nutrients that the plant needs right into the water and if you have something to support the plant and its roots, the plant won’t need the soil.  It’s very scientific and Edna needs to do some more research.

Watch this fun video to learn more!

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and the perfect time to learn more about this amazing civil rights leader. You can check out books from the library or learn more about the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial that was completed in Washington, D.C. in October 2011. The National Park Service notes that this memorial for Martin Luther King, Jr. “is the first African American honored with a memorial on the National Mall and the fourth non-president to be remembered in such a way. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s message is universal: a non-violent philosophy striving for freedom, justice, and equality.”mlk-panorama

Photo Credit: National Park Service, Nathan King.

2017 Reading Resolution

Now that it is the new year, it is resolution time! Or as I prefer to think of it, time to create a new challenge. This year I have created a reading challenge for myself. I want to try and read 100 books during 2017. Goodreads is the website that I will be using to keep track of how many books that I read since it already has a reading challenge feature. But there are many other types of reading resolutions that you could set for yourself! Maybe you have a list of books that you’ve always meant to read but haven’t yet, or maybe you just want to try reading more books in other genres like mysteries or sports books!

Does anyone else have a reading resolution this year?