Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.
Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967) was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form jazz poetry. Hughes is best known for his work during the Harlem Renaissance. He famously wrote about the period that "Harlem was in vogue."
April Rain Song
Let the rain kiss you
Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops
Let the rain sing you a lullaby
The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk
The rain makes running pools in the gutter
The rain plays a little sleep song on our roof at night
And I love the rain.
Birthplace: Chicago, IL
Location of death: Key West, FL
Cause of death: Heart Failure
Remains: Buried, Westlawn Cemetery, Chicago, IL
Poet, cartoonist, playwright, performer, recording artist, and songwriter Shel Silverstein is best known as the award-winning author of iconic books of prose and poetry for young readers.
Information from: https://www.poets.org/poetsorg
Friday, March 3rd!
Your passport to everywhere ReadQuest is a one-day event that brings K12 students from all over the country together to celebrate the power of reading—and the incredible places it takes us. So what do you do? You take an accelerated reader test. That's it, that's all. But the fun thing is that you and thousands of other students in the U.S. are also taking tests. Our goal is to beat last year's number of tests taken which was....3, 692, 364!
ONE DAY ONLY! CHOOSE TO SUCCEED!
Logos, pictures and some content are from the Renaissance Learning website. To get more information go here:
Some of books our staff at CMS love: To Kill a Mockingbird, Pride and Prejudice, The Mysterious Journey of Edward Tulane, The Little Prince, The Secret Garden, Death be not Proud, The House of Spirits, Ocean at the End of the Lane, All I Ever Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, ...well, you get the idea.
It was scavenger hunt time for our students. Their job was to pick up a game board from Mrs. G., then figure out which staff member chose which book. It was interesting to see the variety of choices and speaking of variety of books, you should see the choices that the students selected. Check out the bulletin board in the hallway if you drop by the school. It is wonderful to see and very cool to see students stopping to check out the board between classes.
A group of bold book lovers, determined to find that next great read, celebrated Valentine's day by speed book dating. That's right. These adventurers spent lunch time going from table to table looking for something that might interest them and conversing about books!
I selected titles that I thought they might enjoy...chosen because I liked them, or other students recommended them or (heaven forbid) by the cover!
I had fun arranging the event for them and according to the feedback I received they had fun too!
Our library is a busy place. We have lots of students coming in before school. You'll find them working on homework, reading, studying, playing chess, doing research or assignments on computers or playing computer games, visiting quietly and yes, they are still checking out books as well! I can safely say that our students love their library.
Here's the thing about libraries....they are not just about books any more. Of course books are first and foremost but the purveyors of books (librarians) are the greatest and cheapest treasures you will find. Yep, I said it! I'm a treasure.
I am always on the look out for new books or series of books that will engage our students. I am there for them when they need help finding that just right book, or when they need research help whether it's on the computer or from all the wonderful nonfiction books we have. I am there for them when they want to share a new book that they are excited about. I want every student who visits our library to learn to love books. I am there to help them.
But that's not all I do. I am also a technology troubleshooter (with help from our district technology gurus). I manage our lab calendars, I edit our daily bulletin, I apply for grants to help me purchase new materials, I manage our AR points program, I am a test proctor, I coordinate and collaborate with teachers...I could go on but you get the idea. One thing I do not do is wear my hair in a bun or say "SHHHHHHH" all the time. Not gonna do it. What I am is always welcoming, always ready to help, and always ready to recommend a great book.
Needless to say I absolutely love what I do and, after 18 years on the job, I still love it and I suspect I always will.
James Patterson! You inspire us to read and get involved in sharing our love of reading. SO, we decided we wanted to honor you for your commitment. You once said “I think it’d be a cool and doable thing if we encouraged everybody in the country — it won’t be everybody — to pick a book they loved and give it to a stranger. I think it’d doable, and a cool thing for person giving and receiving the book. For a day we all think about books more. You go out, you go into wherever — the train, wherever — and say, ‘I just want to give you this book, I love it.’”
So that's what we are going to do. We are going to give away books we love in the hopes that someone else will love it too.
CARPINTERIA MIDDLE SCHOOL
RECEIVES GRANT FROM JAMES PATTERSON AND SCHOLASTIC READING CLUB FOR SCHOOL LIBRARY
CMS received a grant today from bestselling author James Patterson to support its school library. Additionally, Scholastic Reading Club will match each dollar of Patterson’s donation with bonus points that teachers can use to acquire books and other materials for their classrooms.
CMS was selected from thousands of applications for funding grants. James Patterson and Scholastic Reading club announced in March 2016 that Patterson would donate$1.75 million to save school libraries nationwide in the second installment of his School Library Campaign. As part of an ongoing effort to keep books and reading a number one priority in the United States, selected school libraries will be receiving grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. Since the grant program’s launch in 2015, Patterson has donated $3.5 million to school libraries nationwide, with all funds being personally donated by Patterson.
I had previously tried to win a grant for our school but I knew it was a long shot. I wrote another grant asking for $4750 to buy a selection of graphic novels and high interest books and a new bookcase to house them. Mr. Patterson personally read and selected the winning recipients of the grants.
It was very exciting to open the email indicating that we had won. I felt like we had won the lottery. Our students are just as excited and have spent the last few days creating wonderful thank you cards for Mr. Patterson.
James Patterson talks about the importance of early reading, school libraries, and why he does what he does:
To learn more, go to mediaroom.scholastic.com/scholasticreadingclub and follow #PattersonPledge on social media.
Since the beginning of the year I have been considering what I could do to generate more interest in reading and books with all of you.
As a child I would spend hours at my local library reading and looking for that next great read. I manage to escape a home enviroment that was tumultous at best and overwhelming at other times.
After I became a full time librarian I was determined to find that just right book for all my students. I wanted to turn them on to reading. I wanted them to love reading as much as I did.
Did it happen...sometimes. Then I received this email from a friend who worked at the local public library...
Hi Pat, I have to share before I forget. Tonight we had a young redheadded girl that did an outstanding job with our evening story time, her name is Bronte......She mentioned how much she loved going to the library in elementary school. So of course I had to ask what school she went to.....She said LaMariposa and she "loved her librarian" "She was the best reader....and I loved to hear her read" I told her that I would tell you...she said, " Oh, she won't remember me." I just can't resist sharing. Anyway ...just in case you need to be reminded.....You are making a difference!!
That girl was a senior in high school and I did remember her. Of course I don't remember a lot of my old students but I do remember the ones who really loved to read. I like to think that in some small way I helped her and others get there.
That is my passion and that is what I want to do for you as well. Come see me. Let me help you find that great book...the one book that will change you from a person who reads because they are required to read "20" or "30" minutes a day to a person who loves to read. One that can't wait to delve into that next book.