Welcome to the M. P. Library Media Center for the 2016 – 2017 School Year

Greetings from the Meridian Park Library Media Center!

Welcome to the 2016 – 2017 school year in the Meridian Park Library! With over 600 students this year, we are going to busy reading, checking out many fabulous books, and learning how to access and use information in the 21st century! Students will visit the library with their classes once per week, and may visit on their own as their class schedules allow during the week. There is no student supervision in the library before school begins in the morning. After school, students may stop by the library to return, renew, and check out new books. Parents can also check out books from the MP library. Please stop by at any time to set up an account for yourself.

As I do every year, I will run the Sasquatch and Young Readers Choice (YRC) chapter book award programs for fourth, fifth, and sixth graders, and the Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book (WCCPB) award program for kindergarten, first, second, and third graders. Stay tuned for more information about these programs in upcoming newsletters, as well as on the library website.

We will have a one-day-wonder Scholastic Fall Book Fair on Friday, November 18th. This year’s theme is “Bookaneer Book Fair”

The Book Fair will run during the school day as well as the evening along with PTSA’s Movie Night. Students will have a chance to preview the Book Fair on Thursday, November 17th. It will be a fun event for everyone. Last year’s one-day book fair was a huge success, as well as a lot of fun. Book fair profits benefit all MP students through the purchase of new books and the support of author visits and other literacy events.

If you would like to help out at the book fair by volunteering a few hours of your time, please let me know. My contact information is 206.393.4125 and jenny.hillger@shorelineschools.org.

The Library Staff

Jenny Hillger, Teacher~Librarian

This is my 13th year in the Meridian Park library, the best place in the whole school! I am so lucky to know and work with every single MP student. My greatest joys come from introducing students to new books, authors, and genres of literature, as well as helping students learn how to use information and research their favorite topics. I am a huge fan of Greek mythology, as well as legends, fairy tales, mysteries, adventures, fantasies, historical fiction, and poetry. I also love books that make me laugh. Mo Willems, Patricia Wrede, Carl Hiaasen, Jennifer Holm, Avi, Rick Riordan, and Patricia Polacco are just a few of my favorite authors.

Mike Adams, Library Technician

I could not run the library without Mr. Mike, library technician. Mr. Mike has worked in the library since 1998 and he knows everything! If you have a question, he has the answer. He is a professional musician.

If you have questions about the library, would like to set up your own library account, or would like to learn about our online library catalog, please stop by the library before or after school.

Happy Reading,

Jenny Hillger, MP Teacher~Librarian

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Wrapping Up Another Great Year in the MP Library Media Center

Dear MP Families,

We had fantastic literacy assemblies at Meridian Park during the month of May. Author/illustrator Dana Sullivan gave five presentations to kindergarten through sixth grade students on May 12th. While the younger students learned about the process of writing a picture book, older students learned how to write a simple story with a twist and learned how to create graphic novels. Dana’s presentations were lively and engaging. I would like to thank our PTSA, the Shoreline Public Schools Foundation, and the Shoreline-LFP Arts Council for helping to fund author visits during the 2015-2016 school year.

On Friday, May 27, professional zaniac Alex Zerbe visited Meridian Park to kick of King County Library System’s Summer Reading Program – “On your Mark, Get Set, Read!” Alex was hilarious as well as inspiring. A big “Thank You” to KCLS for sponsoring Alex’s presentation.

Please take advantage of the summer reading program, which begins on June 1st, as well as other great literacy programs sponsored by the King County Library System this summer.

KCLS’s Summer Reading Program

Thank You!

Thank you for your amazing support of the library throughout the 2015 – 2016 school year. With our book fairs, we were able to raise funds that we used to purchase library books for K-6 students, support our Sasquatch and Young Readers Choice reading programs, and sponsor amazing guest authors Suzanne Williams and Dana Sullivan this year.

End of Year – Turning in Library Books

As of Monday, June 6th, students can only have one book at a time on their library accounts.

All library books are due on Tuesday, June 14th.

Mike Adams, library technician, will send email notices, as well as hardcopy letters, to families beginning on Wednesday, June 15th, if books are still out.

Students who cannot find their overdue library books can choose to either pay for the books ($10 for a paperback or $20 for a hardcover) or replace them with like copies.

If replacing or paying for lost library books is a financial hardship, please contact me (jenny.hillger@shorelineschools.org or 206-393-4125).

 

Students who still have library books checked out on the last day of school will not receive their report cards. Report cards will be held in the office. Students can pick up their report cards once they have resolved their library book issues.

 

 

Summer Reading

Look on the Meridian Park homepage for links to the MP library website and lists of great books that students can read throughout the summer.

 

Have a great summer!

 

Sincerely,

 

Jenny Hillger, Teacher~Librarian

 

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Welcome to the 2015 – 2016 Year in the MP Library

Greetings from the Meridian Park Library Media Center!

Mr. Mike, library technician, and I are gearing up for a wonderful year in the MP library. Students will visit the library with their classes once per week, and may visit on their own as their class schedules allow during the week. Parents can also check out books from the MP library. Please stop by at any time to set up an account for yourself.

During class library visits, students will learn how to use the library, how to access and use information effectively, as well as learn about authors and genres of literature.

As I do every year, I will run the Sasquatch and Young Readers Choice (YRC) chapter book award programs for fourth, fifth, and sixth graders, and the Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book (WCCPB) award program for kindergarten, first, second, and third graders. Stay tuned for more information about these programs in upcoming newsletters, as well as on the library website.

We will have a one day Scholastic Fall Book Fair Blitz on Friday, November 20th. The Book Fair will run during the school day as well as the evening along with PTSA’s Movie Night. Students will have a chance to preview the Book Fair on Thursday, November 19th. It will be a fun event for everyone. If you would like to help out at the book fair by volunteering a few hours of your time, please let me know. My contact information is 206.393.4125 and jenny.hillger@shorelineschools.org. Book fair profits benefit all MP students through the purchase of new books and the support of author visits and other literacy events.

For more information about the MP library, policies, and activities, please visit the library website at this address: http://schools.shorelineschools.org/mplibrary/

If you have questions about the library, would like to set up your own library account, or would like to learn about our online library catalog, please stop by the library before or after school.

Happy Reading,

Jenny Hillger, MP Teacher~Librarian

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District Elementary Librarians Receive Shoreline Foundation Initiative Grant

Thank you Shoreline Public Schools Foundation!

Informational Texts Purchased with a Shoreline Public Schools Foundation Intiative Grant

Informational Texts Purchased with a Shoreline Public Schools Foundation Intiative Grant

Click here to view a slideshow of books purchased for the MP library with grant funds.

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Shoreline elementary librarians would like to thank the Shoreline Foundation for supporting literacy development in all nine elementary schools. This year the Foundation funded a generous grant of $13,500 to help us develop our core collection of informational texts. We began to build core collections of nonfiction texts that include interesting and engaging topics and text features that make them accessible to all students, and are aligned with the Common Core State Standards .

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Library media specialists work to address the Common Core State Standards in English/Language Arts by continuously looking for informational texts that are not only rich in content and vocabulary, but are also accessible to all students. Informational texts that effectively include the use of text features are best suited to meet this need. Text features help the reader to locate, identify, and understand information. Informational text features such as tables of content, indexes, glossaries, headings, captions, and bold print draw the reader’s attention to key aspects of the text. Graphic text features such as graphs, charts, tables, diagrams, and photographs support readers with additional ways in which to access and comprehend data.

camarosAs students delve deeper into the English/Language Arts Common Core standards over the next several years, they will need access to complex texts in all content areas, specifically science and social studies, which are rich in academic vocabulary. Therefore, we must have high quality nonfiction texts available for all students, written at a range of reading levels to accommodate student learning styles and progress.

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The inclusion of high quality informational texts will help to prepare students for higher learning, careers, and success in all aspects of life. These texts will support direct instruction in content areas and the reading skills necessary to use them effectively, small group work, and independent studies.

I am incredibly grateful to the Foundation for their generous support of the elementary library program!

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Spring Scholastic Book Fair, April 13 – 17

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Dear Meridian Park Families,

¨Scholastic’s “Book Fair Under the Sea will run Monday through Friday, April 13 – 17, from 8:40 AM until 4:00 PM, except the 12th when it will close at 1:00.

¨The Book Fair will be open during Family Fun Night on Thursday, April 16, from 5:30 until 8:00.

¨There will be a drawing for free books beginning at 6:15 for Kindergarten ~ 4th Grade, and at 7:45 for Fifth and Sixth Grade. (All students entered in the drawing, must be present to win.)

¨Look at the Teacher/Classroom Wish Lists to find ways in which to support your children’s classrooms.

¨”Books for All” Program

This program helps us get books into students’ hands and supports non-profit child-advocacy organizations. For every dollar donated by a parent, child, community member, or staff member, Scholastic Book Fairs matches it and donates to a non-profit agency such as Toys for Tots and National Center for Family Literacy. To participate, send in $1.00, or place it in the jar at the cashier’s station at the Book Fair, located in the library, or contribute your spare change.

¨Book Fairy Program

This program uses Book Fair profits and donations (see above) to provide gift certificates to students from the Meridian Park Book Fair-y, so that they may purchase books at the Book Fair.

¨Meridian Park’s book fair profits benefit Meridian Park students with literacy programs and the purchase of new library books.

We hope to see everyone at the Book Fair.

Sincerely,

Jenny Hillger, Teacher/Librarian

 

 

 

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March News

Library News

 Greetings MP Families,

In February, we hosted local author Kim Baker. Ms. Baker’s first children’s novel is Pickle ~ The (Formerly) Anonymous Prank Club of Fountain Point Middle School. Her presentations to second through sixth graders included information about her writing process and different ways we communicate through writing, including codes and cyphers. Students enjoyed the assemblies. A big “Thank You” to our PTSA for co-sponsoring author visits at Meridian Park!

March and April are a time of several reading, literacy, and book-related events in the library, as well as the school as a whole.

2015 Read-a-Thon

It’s time for students to read, read, read! Our annual PTSA fundraiser will begin on Monday, March 9th, and will run through Sunday, March 29th. Students can turn in their pledge money beginning on Monday, March 30th. To be eligible for prizes, students must turn in the pledge money by Friday, April 3rd.

Funds raised help to support field trips, before- and after-school clubs, the Fall Carnival and much more.

Student prizes include gift certificates to spend at the book fair in April, a keychain or bracelet, t-shirts, a pizza party, and a gift card for a local movie theater.

Read-a-Thon packets should go home on Wednesday, March 4th.

 Sasquatch & Young Readers Choice

March 27th Voting Party for 4th, 5th and 6th Graders

Intermediate students who have read at least three Sasquatch and YRC books, taken the Reading Counts quizzes for them, and posted comments and ratings, will be invited to the voting party on Friday, March 27th. Once a student has met the requirements, s/he must sign up in the library in order to come to the party. Please encourage your intermediate student to participate. It’s not too late! Students have been reading the 2014 nominees since last fall.

Scholastic Book Fair “Under the Sea”

April 13 – 17

Our big Scholastic Book Fair will run the week of April 13 – 17 in the library.

Hours will be 8:40 – 4:00 Monday through Thursday, and 8:00 – 1:00 on Friday. The book fair will also be open during Open House on Thursday, April 16th, from 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm. More detailed information will be sent home the week before the fair.

We depend upon volunteers to help our book fairs run smoothly. If you are able to volunteer for a 1 ½ to 2-hour shift, please let me know. Email: jenny.hillger@shorelineschools.org. Phone: 206-393-4125. Thanks!

 

 

 

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Guest Author Kim Baker – Assemblies on February 9th

Greetings MP Families,

Kim Baker, author of Pickle, the (formerly) anonymous prank club of Fountain Point Middle School visited Meridian Park on Monday, February 9th.  Ms. Baker presented five assemblies to second through sixth grade students. She shared how she came up with ideas of stories, her writing process, and background information about her life. Her presentations were both entertaining and educational. Students really enjoyed themselves.

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February 2015

Greetings MP Families,

We have local author Kim Baker visiting Meridian Park on Monday, February 9th. Ms. Baker, author of the middle grades book, Pickle, will give presentations to second through sixth grade classes in the library throughout the day. The schedule is below. If you have time and would like to participate in one of the presentations, feel free to join us.

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Author Assemblies on February 9th

9:30 – 10:15          Fifth Grade, including 4/5

10:30 – 11:15          Sixth Grade

12:20 – 1:05          Second Grade, including 1/2

1:15 – 2:00            Third Grade, including 2/3

2:05 – 2:50           Fourth Grade

 

Pickle: What new kid at school hasn’t dreamed about making friends, being part of a club, and even perhaps playing a prank and not getting caught? Sixth-grader Ben Diaz wants to expand his circle of friends, and he thinks starting the year with a prank is a good way to do it. However, he is not going to include Hector in the prank. Why not? It just so happens that Hector’s grandmother is the principal of their middle school (and she has no sense of humor). After succeeding with his initial prank, Ben decides to form a school club, the League of Pickle Makers, to use as a guise for their pranks. As the pranks escalate, readers will know that the culprits will eventually get caught. Even though this is a fast-paced, humorous story, it tackles the true meanings of friendship. (Review from Booklist.)

I’m also excited to let you know that my Shoreline elementary librarian colleagues and I received an extremely generous $13,500 grant from the Shoreline Public Schools Foundation to purchase nonfiction books to help students reach Common Core State Standards. Each elementary school will receive approximately $1500 to spend on a variety of high quality and high interest nonfiction books for kindergarten through sixth grade students. I cannot wait to purchase new books with these funds.

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I am sending an enormous “Thank You” to the Foundation for their generosity.

 

 

Fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students have until the third week in March to read at least three Sasquatch- and Young Readers Choice-nominated books and complete the related activities (Reading Counts quizzes, ratings and recommendations) in order to participate in the voting party.

 

Because time flies and it’s never to early to volunteer…

The spring Scholastic Book Fair will run the week prior to Spring Break, April 13th – 17th, in the library. If you would like to volunteer before, during, or after school to help with cash register sales, please let me know (jenny.hillger@shorelineschools.org).

 

Happy Reading!

 

Jenny Hillger, Teacher~Librarian

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December 2014 News!

November News from the MP Library

Greetings MP Families,

The first trimester flew by in the library – the fall book fair, lessons with students, and beginning the Sasquatch and Young Readers Choice reading programs with intermediate students. I would like to thank all of the fantastic volunteers who made the fall book fair a roaring success:

Scott Soper, Christine Pinto, Caral D., Linda Tsai, Jill Steinberg, Linda Burt, Cherry Mendoza, Dana Doerksen, Tien Peng, Krista Keller, John Williamson, Rebecca Wagoner, Ann Yee, Rhonda McRae, Jennifer Scott, Diane Baskin-Thompson, Suzy Cowgill, Tracey Poole, Tricia Norton, and Rosemary Trimmer. (My apologies if I left anyone’s name off of this list.)

Birthday Books

I would like to begin a Birthday Book Club at MP. What is a Birthday Book Club? The birthday book club allows you to select a brand new book for the MP library in honor of your child’s birthday.  The book will be placed in the permanent library collection for all to enjoy.  Your child will be presented with the book and will be the first person to check it out of our library.  A bookplate will be placed in the front of the book acknowledging your family’s donation to the library.  If you’re not sure what title to donate, please visit the MP library website for suggestions. Currently, I would like to replace many of our well-loved and well-worn classics with new hard cover copies, including the following Roald Dahl books – James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, The BFG, Witches, The Twits, and the following E.B. White books: Charlotte’s Web, The Trumpet of the Swan, and Stuart Little. If you have any questions, you may contact me at jenny.hillger@shorelineschools.org. Thank you for supporting our students’ love of books.

Reading Ideas for Everyone

If you are looking for book suggestions for your children, I recommend looking at the following websites: GuysRead.com and KidsReads.com.

GuysRead – (from the website) “…This is the place to come if you’re looking for something to get a guy reading. We’ve collected recommendations from teachers, librarians, booksellers, publishers, parents, and guys themselves.  These are the books that guys have said they like.  We’ve gathered and grouped them to make them easier to find.”

KidsReads – This site offers lists of series, information about the latest book releases for children of all ages, and contests that children can enter.

Have a great holiday season!

Happy Reading,

Jenny Hillger

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Welcome to the 2014 – 2015 School Year

Greetings from the Meridian Park Library Media Center!

 

We are gearing up for a fantastic year in the MP library. Students will visit the library with their classes once per week, and may visit on their own as their class schedules allow during the week. Parents can also check out books from the MP library. Please stop by at any time to set up an account for yourself.

 

During class library visits students will learn how to use the library, how to access and use information effectively, and about authors and types of literature.

 

I will run the Sasquatch and Young Readers Choice (YRC) chapter book award programs for fourth, fifth, and sixth graders, and the Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book (WCCPB) award program for kindergarten, first, second, and third graders. Stay tuned for more information about these programs in upcoming newsletters, as well as on the library website.

 

Our small fall Scholastic Book Fair will be held Wednesday through Friday, October 8 – 10.  The book fair will be open before school, during the morning, and in the afternoon during parent-teacher conferences, 8:40 – 4:00. Please stop by and support the book fair. It will be a fun event for everyone. If you would like to help out at the book fair by volunteering a few hours of your time, please let me know. (206.393.4125; jenny.hillger@shorelineschools.org. Book fair profits benefit all MP students through the purchase of new books and the support of author visits and other literacy events.

 

For more information about the MP library, policies, and activities, please visit the library website at this address: http://schools.shorelineschools.org/mplibrary/

 

If you have questions about the library, would like to set up your own library account, or would like to learn about our online library catalog, please stop by the library before or after school.

Happy Reading,

 

Jenny Hillger, MP Teacher~Librarian

 

 

 

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