Wednesday, December 17, 2014

We have a winner!

Students at McDonough from grades K to 3 voted for their favorite Ladybug Book Award nominee.

The winner for McDonough School is...

If I Built a House by Chris Van Dusen

It was also the winner for the state of NH! See the full results here.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Helpful Websites for State Research

Hi Miss B's class!

Here are a few helpful websites you can use to find information about your state:

If you use a search engine (like Google) try: 

  • typing in the name of your state and "for kids". The results will include kid friendly websites, so you can understand!
  • looking for web addresses that end in ".gov", ".us", or ".edu". They will have the most reliable information.

Here is an excellent database that you can use. It has lots of information on many different topics! 

Searchasaurus (you need to log in)

User ID: mcdonough
Password: 03104

** Don't forget to write down where you find your information so you can give credit to your source.**

Mrs. Farnsworth is happy to help you with anything, just ask!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

NH Ladybug Picture Book Award

Kindergarten through third grade students are participating in the NH Ladybug Picture Book Award selection process for 2014. In library, we have been reading the nominated books together. In December, students will vote for their favorite and their votes will help determine the winning book for this year!

Click here for more information about the Ladybug Award

So far we have two book reviews on our bulletin board for If I Built a House by Chris van Dusen (both 5 stars!). Students, it's really great to see what you are thinking! Let's add more reviews to our board!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Barnes & Noble Book Drive for McDonough!

When: November 1st - December 20th

Where: Barnes & Noble, South Willow Street, Manchester

Once again this year, Barnes & Noble's Annual Holiday Book Drive will collect books for Manchester Schools!

Look for the books with McDonough bookmarks on the table near the registers. You can purchase one for our library and they will collect them at the register and deliver the box to our school. 

Let's get some great new book to read!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Newly added!

Slowly, but surely I am getting new books, purchased with the money we raised during the spring book fair, processed, catalogued, and out on the shelved for students/teachers to borrow.

I will try to remember to let you know what's new by posting here on our library blog!

Here is a picture of some more picture books that were just added to our collection:

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Library Catalog

You can search to see what books our library owns and if they are available for you to borrow.
Look at the call # to see where a book is located in the library. If you need help please ask Miss Diniz.

New Additions to Our Library!

Here are a few of the new books that are ready for checkout. There are more to come!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

End of School Year Library Survey

The last week of school, I asked the students to share their thoughts with me about library class. I received some very positive and insightful feedback. Thank you students! 

Some of the ideas you gave me included: 
  • buying more sports, humor, animal, and history books
  • keep reading books aloud (I'm so happy so many of you said you enjoy that!)
  • do more craft activities 
  • develop more free-choice centers 
  • have a way to search for books (WHOO-HOO! Very soon, you will be able to search our library's book collection online to see what books we have and where they are in the library. I will teach you all about it next year!)

Monday, March 31, 2014

Door Decorating to Celebrate Reading - WINNER!

And the winner is...

Miss Goodale's third grade class! Congratulations!

They have won a gift basket with books and other special items from the book fair:

Thank you to all who participated! You all did a wonderful job. I hope you enjoyed yourself. It has been a lot of fun looking at all the creative doors celebrating reading.

Here is a complete list of results:

Door 11 (winner) - 165 votes
Door 1 - 130 votes
Door 6 - 79 votes
Door 22 - 75 votes
Door 15 - 16 votes
Door 14 - 6 votes
Door 17 - 4 votes
Doors 7,12, & 20 - 3 votes
Doors 3, 8, 9, 18,19, & 21 - 2 votes
Door 10, 13, & 16 -1 vote

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Book Fair

The Book Fair will be in the library Monday, March 24 to Friday, March 28, 2014. Visit with your family during Literacy Night from 6-8pm on Monday, March 24.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Online Safety Unit

Third to fifth grade students have been discussing online safety in library. Here is one great example of some of the ideas one third grade class shared on the topic:

Fifth graders will have a special guest speaker on Wednesday, February 19th. Officer Rondeau from the Manchester Police Department will be visiting to talk more with fifth grade students about the importance of being safe online.

Announcing Award Winning Books

New Hampshire's Ladybug Picture Book Award for 2013 goes to Little Dog Lost: The True Story of a Brave Dog Named Baltic by Mônica Carnesi.

The winner of our mock vote at McDonough was Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds.


Locomotive by Brian Floca


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Fisher Cats Reading Challenge

Two Free Tickets!

Students:  List five books you've read this school year. 

Parents/Guardians:  Help your child fill in the required information and sign the form.

If you return the completed and signed form to me, Miss Diniz, by Wednesday, March 5th, I will mail it in.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Library Class Behavior System

Starting this week, we are using a new behavior system in library. It is an upside down stoplight. Green is on top because we want to be on top, the best!

Our crocodile clips will be moved to yellow and then red if students need to be given warnings about their behavior as a whole class. If students do the right thing after receiving a warning, the clips will be moved back to green.

If the class ends library with the clips on green, we will put a sticker on their class reward sticker chart.

10 stickers = iPads for a whole library class with free choice to play any app