Oh how I wish I had found this video two weeks ago to show the classes! Here is librarian Mary Evelyn Smith from Liberty Elementary School in Worthington, Ohio telling it like it is at the end of the year!
Have you ever wondered what goes on in the library when all classes are done and all the books are checked in and inventoried? There is, of course, a little cleaning to be done, but the library is not the quiet place you might imagine. In fact, it is a constant hub of activity on the last day. For example, many students pop in with end-of-the-year treats and gifts (got a nifty miniature whiteboard/chalkboard for my desktop) and hugs. I will miss them! And classes come in to play things like “Music Bingo” with Mrs. Falk. We have turned into a virtual bingo hall these past two days. Here are some fifth graders learning musical symbols and playing bingo:
K5 students had a blast on their last day of library with each one writing a book review on one of their favorite books in the St. Eugene Library. Mo Willems was a particular favorite, as were Walt Disney and Mary Pope Osborne (the much loved Magic Treehouse adventures). But many different authors and books were also chosen. Students placed a book stick in the shelf to mark the place where they found their book, then they wrote their reviews, writing down the title, author, and giving the book one to three stars. Finally, they drew a picture of their favorite part of the book. I hope to do a book display in the fall for the incoming K5 class with these reviews attached. The new K5 will love seeing and checking out all the favorites from this class! Thank you, Mrs. Andres for the great idea. Wonderful job, K5!
What a wonderful idea and a great way to celebrate a birthday and benefit the library! Special thanks to the 7th Grade Class for donating books to the St. Eugene library for James’ 13th Birthday. The 7th grade Class was able to donate over 50 new and gently used books in addition to a monetary donation. Thanks again 7th Grade for all your generosity! It’s a gift to have students like you!
For April’s National Poetry Month, we asked students to put a poem in the pocket on the door of the library. Many did! I had a great time reading them: short poems, longer poems, serious, silly, some with drawings, some typed up neatly, and lots of deep thoughts about life. All were a delight. Here are a smattering of the poems that we received:
From Matilda in Grade 1:
I saw a mouse in a house eating cheese with the bees.
Eliana Grade 1:
The wind goes to different places. It is a golden place. a trick is near so get ready for a treat. The wind goes east and west and north and south to golden places you, yes you, will never know.
Natalia Grade 1:
A little star is far just God can see it because he made it. The moon is not far for God, too. I can only see it in a telescope.
Milla Grade 2:
I love all animals. Some you can have as pets and others you can’t. Animals can fly or swim. We are animals. I’m glad we are animals.
The 3rd grade boys got a little silly:
Ryan Grade 3:
Dogs are lean Cats are green Horses are keen I am me And bears are mean
John Grade 3
Life is like a tree it is long and hard my life is like a flower it is bright and good
Sean Grade 3
Bunnys are white dogs are blue and I’m making some stew well, I’m eating you
Jacob Grade 3
Firecrackers are like roses that are about to explode
And finally Emily in Grade 3:
Life is a roller coaster Going round and round I don’t know when it will stop because I promised to go around life can make you vomit like a roller coaster does but just keep on swinging Because life never was, but is, life itself.
Elise Grade 4
Make life as much of an adventure as you can Don’t make life just another thing to cross off your bucket l
Bucket List Be Artistic Live Complete everything you try Make every moment worth it Make all your dreams come true
Here’s a beautiful one from Carlos Grade 6
April Rain silently falls, April Rain, so clear, so pure. Gentle rain drops slowly fall, streaking down my face, like small silver tears. A wave of cold passes over me, I’m surrounded by a gentle breeze, with an icy touch. A bumpy carpet of grass Decorates the earth, the earth is rough and uneven The earth…root of all nature. From the earth giant trees do grow, They stand great and tall displaying their magnificence Proudly hanging their branches outstretched. Tiny dewdrops hang, from the branches of the great trees, Liquid gem drops. The birds do sing, like small chirps of lightning, A soft chorus of feathered angels.
And Charlie Grade 7 with a Shel Silverstein impression:
Do you want a horse that you don’t have to force into leaning morse code to find the power source? Of course!
I think everyone had fun and so did I!