If your school celebrates the 100th Day of School, it’s coming up fast! And it can be celebrated in the library or media center, too. Here are some fun ideas – many are free printables. And of course, our 100th Day Pinterest Board has many more suggestions for your perusal. Enjoy!
We're heading into the last days of the year (!) and you're probably looking ahead to February and Black History Month - our "Black History Month in the Library" Pinterest board has tons of helpful (and free) resources, display ideas, and programming ideas to help you prepare.
And as we head into 2018, here's a great eSchoolNews article from two seasoned school librarians on "The biggest lessons librarians learned in 2017." Our favorite quote from the article: "Student choice is essential to help students discover their passions and flourish."
Here at Penworthy, we are thankful for books, libraries, and librarians. We'll be closed on Thursday and Friday (11/23 and 11/24) in observance of Thanksgiving - here's wishing you and your loved ones a very healthy and happy holiday!
And as you are no doubt aware, the latest Star Wars film (The Last Jedi) will be in theaters on December 15th. Here are a few resources you may find useful:
"I believe that the important message of picture book month is that the picture book is an enduring piece of literature, a magical combination of words and art, whose impact on literacy is unparalleled." – Diane de Las Casas
Happy Picture Book Month! Did you know that you can apply a "twibbon" to your Twitter or Facebook profile picture to spread the word? And that it's really fun to say twibbon? Also, you may want to check out these completely magical illustrations based on favorite picture books from a very talented group of artists (the above drawing is from one of them).
Other upcoming events of interest include:
And fittingly, all of our 8x8 Penworthy Prebound picture books are discounted by 20% through 11/11 - enjoy!
Brace yourselves! If you're in need of some fun and, above all, easy winter activity and programming ideas, we have you covered. Our Winter Pinterest board has a ton of suggestions chosen especially for ease of use and low cost, including such gems as a candy cane hunt in the library, Frozen family night, making snow slime, gingerbread coding, and of course, free printables.
And you may want to check out our Library Displays board, which has tons of winter-themed ideas. Enjoy!
International Games Week (previously International Games Day), an initiative of ALA, is coming up October 29-November 4, 2017! The aim is “to reconnect communities through libraries around the educational, recreational, and social value of all types of games.” Gaming, from board to video, is a logical extension of what libraries do, and is a great way to encourage young patrons to spend more time in the library. Here are some ideas and resources for International Games Week, or for ongoing gaming programs at any time of the year:
Happy fall! Schools and libraries across the country will observe National Bullying Prevention Month this October, culminating with Unity Day on 10/25. Since 2006, the initiative has helped shift thinking away from bullying as normal childhood experience, and toward the understanding that it is damaging and unacceptable, but can be stopped through education. Facebook, Disney, Instagram, CNN, Yahoo! Kids, and many others now support the initiative. Here’s a round-up of helpful resources on this timely topic:
The development of information literacy skills allows students to become astute and thoughtful consumers and creators of information. October is Information Literacy Awareness Month, offering a great way to introduce or reinforce this necessary skill set to your young readers. We’ve put together this round-up of helpful resources and articles by fellow educators:
–The Prague Declaration of 2003, “Towards an Information Literate Society”
The International Day of Peace is approaching on Thursday, September 21 - an ever-timely topic. This year’s theme is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.” Here’s a round-up of ideas and activities, many of which require minimal planning.
And Penworthy's diversity collection includes titles focusing on themes of acceptance, tolerance and peace.
“If you want to end the war then instead of sending guns, send books. Instead of sending tanks, send pens. Instead of sending soldiers, send teachers.”
- Malala Yousafzai
We’ve put together this Comprehensive Reading package to help you be ready for back-to school season! It’s free with your purchase of $750+ through 8/31, and is perfect for helping young readers build language and comprehension skills in a fun, engaging way. The package includes:
Also, a quick note on September book-related observances – we’ve been adding lots of Library Card Sign Up Month and Banned Books Week pins (displays, crafts, event ideas, etc.) on our Trending Topics Pinterest board if you’re looking for new ideas. Enjoy!
Penworthy works with schools and libraries across the country to provide Penworthy Prebound Books, library bound books, board books, and puppets.