Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Hip Hop Librarians at TXLA 15

Here's the official Hip Hop Librarians Book Cart Drill Team performance video from the Texas Library Association Conference in April!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Popsicle Parties for all of Forest North

I'm proud to say we earned popsicle parties in every single class before the end of the last day of school!  Thanks so much to staff, students and their families for looking under beds and car seats for books, and for diligently paying for replacement copies for books that are permanently lost. Check out Ms. Johnson's class enjoying a treat for their responsibility!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Pickle Parties for Responsibility!

Three exceptionally responsible classes kept every single person's photo ID badge safe and sound this year!  Mrs. Albin's Kindergarten class, Ms. Johnson's 2nd grade class, and Ms. Velasquez's 4th grade class all kept all their cards safe and sound.  Ask them for tips on how to keep your class' cards safe next year.  Here's a snapshot of them enjoying a "YOU'RE A BIG DILL" pickle party during the last week of school!

Combating Summer Reading Slide!

Our "Combat The Summer Reading Slide" book giveaway to selected students resulted in 52 students receiving 177 appropriate reading-leveled books and 52 high-interest comic books. 

The new and gently used books were donated by Kristen Fournier (through her membership on the Texas Bluebonnet Voting Committee), Titan Moon Comics, and by the community.  Happy Summer Reading!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Polly Holyoke releases sequel to Neptune Project!

Polly Holyoke, author of 2014-2015 Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee Neptune Project, visited us back in January.  

The sequel, The Neptune Challenge, has just been released!  She will be signing copies at the Book Spot, near RRHS, on 6/13, from 12:00-1:00PM.   

The address at the Book Spot is 1205 Round Rock Avenue, Round Rock TX.  I can't wait to get this new book!

Get more information about Polly and her publicity tour at her website.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Library Summer Hours & 2nd Annual Lock In!

As we begin to think about summer and all the wonderful progress students have made with reading this year, this information from Keylene Beers is a good reminder about summer reading:

What happens when kids don’t–or do–read over the summer?

1)   Kids who don’t read during summer vacation lose two to three months of reading achievement. (“The Effects of Summer Vacation on Achievement Test Scores”)
2)   Elementary students who read 10-15 books at home over the summer gain as much in reading achievement as students who attend summer school. (“Addressing Summer Reading Setback Among Economically Disadvantaged Elementary Students“)
3)   Middle school students who read only five to six books over the summer don’t suffer from that summer reading loss. (“Summer Reading and the Ethnic Achievement Gap“)
More information about the guidelines and what to do can be found on her blog.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Forest North Talent Show 2015

Who's got talent?  The Forest North staff, of course!  Check us out!

Here are some vintage performances too, in case you missed them:

Popsicle Party Update!