Tuesday, August 16, 2016

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

4th Quarter Reading Challenge Results

Thanks to all who participated in our 4th Quarter Reading Challenge! Our 144 participants read over 200,000 pages! All participants have been recognized on a poster outside of the library.

Here are the totals by grade level:
  • Kindergarten - 7,454 pages
  • 1st grade - 37,290 pages
  • 2nd grade - 35,665 pages
  • 3rd grade - 29,111 pages
  • 4th grade - 26,523 pages
  • 5th grade - 44,717 pages
  • Faculty/staff - 28,333 pages

The grade level winners are:
  • Kindergarten - Abram and Job DeJong - 1,528 pages
  • 1st grade - Caylee Meadows - 5,949 pages
  • 2nd grade - Peyton Curesky - 7,040 pages
  • 3rd grade - Madelyn Warrington - 3,741 pages
  • 4th grade - Najibah Alam - 8,377 pages
  • 5th grade - Bailey Beck - 7,038 pages
  • Faculty/staff - Ms. Knight - 9,748 pages

Grade level winners were announced on the morning news, and each student received a wonderful goodie bag from Ms. Knight!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Book of the Week: What If You Had Animal Teeth!?

What If You Had Animal Teeth!?, written by Sandra Markle and illustrated by Howard McWilliam, was a nominee for the 2015-2016 South Carolina Picture Book Award.

What If You Had Animal Teeth!? is an excellent book that will engage even the youngest readers in animal research. Readers will learn interesting facts about some familiar–and not so familiar–animals and how their teeth help them to survive.

The animals featured in this book (beavers, sharks, narwhals, elephants, rattlesnakes, naked mole rats, vampire bats, hippos, tigers, crocodiles, and camels) all have very different teeth, and students will enjoy comparing the animals and thinking about what it might be like to have the chompers they see on the pages.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Book of the Week: Ol' Mama Squirrel

Ol’ Mama Squirrel by David Ezra Stein was a nominee for the 15-16 South Carolina Picture Book Award.

Ol’ Mama Squirrel is a charming book about the protective nature of a mother. Ol’ Mama Squirrel is an expert at scolding, and she gives a firm “Chook chook chook!” to anyone or anything that comes near her babies and their home. She shames cats, owls, dogs, kites, airplanes, and even people, but she may have met her match when a grizzly bear enters the picture.

Ol’ Mama Squirrel tries and tries to get that grizzly bear to leave her babies alone, but he seems determined to make her whole family his next meal. So what’s a mom to do? Well, this particular squirrel does the only thing she can…she calls for reinforcements.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Saturday is Free Comic Book Day!

Saturday, May 7th, is Free Comic Book Day! Comic book stores will be giving away free comic books, and many stores may also be hosting special guests, contests, or other events.

Visit these local comic book shops to get your free comic books!

  • Borderlands – 1434 Laurens Road, Greenville
  • Richard’s Comics & Collectables – 1214 Laurens Road, Greenville (This site will have lots of guest artists/authors, a kids' coloring contest, a basement sale, cosplayers, and door prizes!)
  • Planet Comics – 2704 N. Main Street, Anderson (This is where Ms. Knight will be!)
  • 2nd and Charles - 2465 Laurens Road, Greenville

For more information on Free Comic Book Day, click here.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

It's Star Wars Day!

Today, May 4th, is Star Wars Day!

Fiction Addiction (bookstore located behind the Haywood Mall) is hosting a Star Wars Day party today at 4pm. There will be a Star Wars storytime, Star Wars-themed refreshments, and other activities. If you arrive in costume, you'll also receive 10% off your entire purchase!

May the Fourth be with you!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Book of the Week: Sky Jumpers

Sky Jumpers by Peggy Eddleman was a nominee for the 15-16 South Carolina Children’s Book Award.

Hope Toriella isn’t like most people in White Rock. Her town, one of the few remaining after the green bombs of World War III, doesn’t have most of the luxuries enjoyed by its predecessors, so everyone does their part to invent the tools they need to survive and thrive. Everyone except Hope, it seems.

Despite her best efforts, Hope is simply no good at inventing. Her inventions tend to end in disaster, and she sees herself as something of an embarrassment. Hope finds some measure of solace and freedom in sky jumping, something she’s really good at…and something she’s not exactly supposed to do.

Whenever she can, Hope sneaks off to sky jump into the deadly Bomb’s Breath, residue left over from the war. Few other people will even go near this dangerous barrier, but Hope enjoys the thrill of doing something so forbidden. Little does she know that she’ll soon have to use her sky jumping abilities–and fearlessness–to save the town that often makes her feel so alone.

When bandits take over the town and attempt to steal rare and valuable medicines, Hope and her friends escape in an attempt to find help. They must travel through the treacherous Bomb’s Breath, endure a brutal blizzard, and survive long enough to summon the guard back to White Rock.

But will that be enough to fight off the bandits holding the town hostage? What more will Hope have to do to ensure the safety of her town and everyone she loves? And will Hope realize that she’s more than just a failed inventor?

When push comes to shove, Hope’s tendency to take risks and “leap before she looks” might just be White Rock’s ultimate salvation.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Book of the Week: Hoop Genius

Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball, written by John Coy and illustrated by Joe Morse, was a nominee for the 2015-2016 South Carolina Picture Book Award.

Hoop Genius introduces readers young and old to James Naismith, the inventor of basketball. This young teacher, eager to find a way to keep an energetic group of boys engaged (and injury-free), used a soccer ball and a couple of peach baskets to create a fun new game. This game would eventually be spread far and wide and become one of the most popular sports in the world, all thanks to one teacher who wanted to make his students happy.

This informative picture book is great for read-alouds, particularly in physical education classes introducing the sport of basketball. This book could encourage young readers to do further research on the origin of this sport (and others) and could even inspire them to create their own new games to play.