Rivendell Library

Scholatic Book Orders

New this year! Scholastic book orders will be online.

To see the latest book flyers and place your order, please go to: clubs.scholastic.com and use Kara’s class code: QPG3T. For additional instructions go to:  https://www.rivendell-school.org/scholastic-book-orders/

Through Scholastic books sales, Rivendell families can purchase books at highly discounted prices and our school receives free books for our library and classrooms!

Don’t forget to check out our Recommendations and Wishlist!

Questions? Contact Kara at kara@rivendell-school.org.

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.library

Jan Brett: Author and Illustrator

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Younger Kids Monthly Author Studies

Last Month Younger Kids Studied….

Jan Brett

Jan Brett is an American children’s book author and illustrator best known for the titles The MittenThe 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 bookscheck out the following titles and more in Rivendell’s picture book collection under “BRE”:

Berlioz the Bear

The Hat

Trouble with Trolls

Town Mouse, Country Mouse

The Mitten

Three Snow Bears

Hedgie’s Surprise

The Umbrella


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David Shannon: Author and Illustrator

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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 TimesTime, 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

No, David!

Too Many Toys

How I Became a Pirate (under: picture book, LON)
Pirates don’t Change Diapers (under: picture book, LON)

Barnes and Noble Bookfair

UnknownBarnes and Noble Night is this Friday!

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.)

Welcome Library Mentors


Library Mentors have been busy learning our library and are anxious to help! Mentors are available weekdays between 12:45-1:00 and can help you find your next favorite book.

Meet the Librarians

math 002I’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: kara@rivendell-school.org or library@rivendell-school.org

Library Volunteer

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.

Scholastic Book Fair a Success!

logo-Scholastic_Book_FairsThank you for a very successful Scholastic Book Fair!
We earned $1000 for the school, $560 in book credit to purchase books from Scholastic, and family book donations in excess of $500 in new books directly for the school library. All-in-all, the book fair was a great success!
We would like to thank these families for their generous donations of books for the school library:
Lewis Conant, Kaia Bennett, Jessalyn Wold, The McFarlands, Emmett DiMatteo, August & Iyla Straumanis, Jake Coester, Thomas, Josh & Steven Rogers, Aidan Clark, Allie Shellhammer, Alizée Barney, Alexa Coester, Olivia & Jordan Bird, Mirabelle Myracle-Martin, Isabella Tucci, Logan Lnyxwiler, Jamie Kate White, The Terpstra family, The Wright Family, Ky & Talia Berlin, Campbell Fix, Abbey Kellerman, Megan & Mason Holian, Miranda Hoyman, Dylan DeMoss, Aiden Henderson and family, Molly and Ellie Czerniak, Bea & Molly Comer.
For every book that was donated to our school library, Scholastic donated a book to one of their charities including Kids in Distressed Situations and Kids in Need Foundation. 
A huge thank you to folks who helped set up, run, and take down the book fair: Eva Tomlinson, Donovan Segelhorst, Lindsey Hurd, Cindi Coester, Sheila & Talia Berlin, Natalia Katz, and Sam & Larry Russell.