January 24th and 25th the library media center hosted author/illustrator Elizabeth Uhlig. Pre K through 5th grades were treated to stories and passages read aloud from the many books Elizabeth wrote and illustrated. Students listened attentively to her presentations and viewed her artwork. Much of her artwork was three dimensional and the children got so excited to see fabric, felt, buttons and textured paper used as illustrations. At the end of the presentation, students asked questions and related their own publishing experiences to her’s.
Grants are a vital component of a solid school library. Grants enable programs, resources and learning experiences to create opportunities for the students. Donors Choose has funded an iPod touch for podcasts and early readers, digital flip camcords for making and editing movies, earphones and mics for creating MP3 file book talks and several Chromebooks necessary for building technology in the library. Kids in Need Foundation’s grant has enabled a group of students to study food, culture and customs of different countries. Lowe’s has funded the library to buy leveled Fountas and Pinnell books to target at risk readers in a one to one tutoring program. Target has provided funds as well for a group of students to go to see a Broadway play. LAst but not least, NYC Fund for the Public Schools is funding desktops and iPads for the library.
The P.S. 54 Library Media Center is alive and thriving. Friday, January 4th, thirty two students well on their way to be Reading Ambassadors and one actual Reading Ambassador, Gjonzef from 4-407, had lunch with Principal Pardo. Reading Ambassadors are required to maintain a reading log, read 15 books both fiction and nonfiction ( which must be in five different Dewey decimal areas), write five “I read because…..” and write two book hooks for a fiction and a nonfiction book. Various incentives along the way include a reading button at 5 books, lunch with the principal at 7 books, a reading bracelet at 10 books and Reading Ambassadorship at 15 books. Being a full fledged Reading Ambassador entitles students to a golden ticket that gives them entrance to a Reading Ambassador Ball, a formal dance. The only staff and students permitted to attend this event are Reading Ambassadors. Staff are fiercely reading in order to keep up with students. Stay tuned……..
On December 18th, 2012, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders were treated to a very special visit with author, Steve Metzger. Mr. Metzger is a best selling Scholastic author of over 60 children’s books.He is most widely recognized for his series books Dinofours. Mr. Metzger sat down and read aloud his book, Detective Little Boy Blue. He explained the writing process to students and many made analogies to their own experiences in writing and publishing each month. Mr. Metzger presented a slide show and also showed children how a book is made from start to finish. He ending the sessions by autographing his book for students.