Check out a few of our 2018-19 Library Mentors celebrating Book Character Day! Thank you for all your help this year, Library Mentors!
Library Mentors had a fun field trip to CSU’s Morgan Library last week. We traveled on the city bus, transferred and rode the Max to campus.
Mentors were surprised to hear that Morgan library has 2 million books and a full staff of dozens of working students working the circulation desk, serving 30,000 students; in comparison to our library of 12,000 books,17 mentors, and 150 students.
We tried on Google Glass, and saw an Oculus Rift set-up, and talked about how a 3D printer works. We flew around and above the globe with Google Liquid Galaxy, and manipulated giant movable bookshelves.
The archives were particularly fascinating, where we handled a plexiglass-protected cuneiform receipt for cattle and sheep dating to 2350 BC; viewed a papyrus sheet from Egypt that was a letter between two monks complaining about carpentry work; held a pocket sermon book from 1740 which was published by Ben Franklin; passed around an Olympic gold medal won by CSU alumnus Glenn Morris; and were awed by a rare Fore-edge painted book, revealing hidden artwork on it’s gold edges when it’s pages are fanned.
It was a fun day of using public transportation, learning new things, realizing the comparative size of libraries, and seeing the relation of technology to the library! Special thanks to our middle school Library Mentors alumnae for accompanying us on our field trip.
Younger Kids Monthly Author Studies
Last Month Younger Kids Studied….
Jan Brett is an American children’s book author and illustrator best known for the titles The Mitten, The Hat and Gingerbread Baby. Brett decided she wanted to be an illustrator in Kindergarten and spend many hours writing and drawing as a child. She is recognized for her colorful depictions of animals and detailed page borders. She has said that she wants to create pictures that readers feel like they “could almost step into”. In addition to her original works, Brett has adapted several traditional Scandinavian and African folktales. She has also retold classics such as The Owl and the Pussycat and Goldilocks. She travels all over the world to research her stories and often draws inspiration for her illustrations from architecture and costumes.
If you’d like to read some of Jan Brett’s books, check out the following titles and more in Rivendell’s picture book collection under “BRE”:
Berlioz the Bear
Trouble with Trolls
Town Mouse, Country Mouse
Three Snow Bears
Younger Kids and their teachers explore a different author each month. In January, they enjoyed books by David Shannon.
David Shannon is a Caldecott award-winning picture book author and illustrator. Even as a young boy, Shannon knew he wanted to be an artist. He liked drawing illustrations to accompany the stories he read. The inspiration for one of his most popular books, No, David!, actually came from a book he wrote at the age of five after his many mischievous activities one day elicited this repeated response from his mother. Shannon has said that he often likes to use incidents and people from his own life and has been inspired by his daughter and the family dog. Shannon’s books are known for their bright colors and bold, engaging illustrations. His artwork has also appeared in a wide variety of publications, including The New York Times, Time, and Rolling Stone.
Parents may use their library barcode or ask Elisa at the front desk for a library card to check out books. The following David Shannon titles are in Rivendell’s picture book collection located alphabetically under “SHA”, except where noted:
A Bad Case of Stripes
Bugs in My Hair
David Gets in Trouble
David Goes to School
Duck on a Bike
Too Many Toys
It’s almost time! This Friday night, at 6:00 pm in the Fort Collins Barnes & Noble store, Rivendell students will perform our first ever Flash Mob, followed by a Poetry Slam. Don’t miss the fun!
There will also be an opportunity to buy books for our library and teachers, with a percentage of sales being given back to Rivendell. Wear your Rivendell gear and come show your school pride in this fun community event!
(If you can’t make it to the event you can still participate in the fundraiser by purchasing items online. See BN.COM/bookfairs and use Bookfair ID #11458312.)
I’m Kara Straumanis. I’m Rivendell’s Office Assistant and Programs Coordinator responsible for the Rivendell Library. I have an M.A. in Library and Information Science. Before moving to Fort Collins and joining the Rivendell staff, I managed the University of Iowa Art and Physics Libraries and worked in school libraries with the Iowa City Community School District. I love being able to connect kids with books, reading and information! I’m very happy to be part of this process at Rivendell. Have a question? See Kara in the Front Office. Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m Carol Fix. Both of my children attended Rivendell, during which time I spent 10 years helping in classrooms, contributing to fund-raising and event committees, and working in the library. Even though my children have moved on to attend middle and high schools, I still consider myself a part of the Rivendell library.
Because I’m self-employed, I have the freedom to spend time at school getting good books into the hands of enthusiastic readers! And, because I enjoy organizing people and promoting events; it’s in the library programs, including the planning and promotion of book fairs, that I put my degree in Public Relations to use.
Many thanks to all who attended the Barnes & Noble book fair! The kids had fun performing for their families and everyone enjoyed visiting with each other and shopping. Thanks especially to parents Kara Straumanis and Beverly Upham, teachers Sarah Maharry, Polly Walters and Tina Wood, and alumni Moran Smithwick, Allysa Warling and Campbell Fix; who helped with wrapping gifts, accompanying the singing and assisting at the wish list table.