Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Library Night!

It's the 3rd Tuesday again... you know what that means! Tonight is Library Night. The library will be open for special hours today for our students and their families. We'll see you at 4:30!

We are also having the second installment of our Parenting Series Tonight. Pizza will be served at 5:30 in the cafeteria, followed by the Literacy@Home lecture here in the library. I will be giving a presentation on how to make the library work for your student at home. I will distribute flyers with usernames and passwords to all who attend in order to access our wonderful databases and subscription websites at home! There will also be special breaking news from my six ace reporters- Mackenzie, Quimara, Andy, Daniel, Angili and Nick!

See you at 4:30, Eagles!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Sylvan Dell eBooks free online!

Hello, Forest North Eagles! I'm here to tell you about another great resource we have available for our students to use at school and home.

Sylvan Dell Publishing is now producing an online reading program with 45 eBooks, each with selectable English and Spanish text and audio. The books are fun, fictional stories involving animals and nature and with spectacular art, but there is a lot more. The back of each book has a 3-5 page educational section called For Creative Minds that you can explore with your child.

Also, each title has its own homepage loaded with 30-40 pages of cross-curricular teaching activities and three interactive quizzes and it is all free online. We think you’ll find this program an interesting integration of fun reading with the option of serious science, math, geography and language learning. It is all online, so with broadband access from home or the library you can make this a family reading and learning event.

Because our school has this eBook site license, you and your family have complete access to this resource from your home computer and we encourage you to enjoy it with your children. A flyer was sent home this week with instructions on how to access this resource at home. Call the library at 464-6790 if you need help, or attend any Library Night for a flyer with the passwords for all of our wonderful resources! I will also be discussing these resources at length on our Literacy at Home Parenting Series on 12/15 from 5:30-6:30. Pizza will be served in the cafeteria at 5:00 pm.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


Have you heard of TeachingBooks.net? All Round Rock schools subscribe to receive this awesome book resource. Get reading guides, author interviews, and reading lists to inspire your students and children to read! You can access the site at school, but also from home or at the public library. Contact the Forest North library or Kristen Fournier, librarian, for the remote access login username and password. Happy reading!