Hello and Happy November! We are so delighted to extend a greeting from the Library Learning Commons of WWPS. We have had such a wonderful start to the year! Our library is a super busy spot where students can often be seen doing a wide variety of things: snuggled up on a cushion enjoying a book, huddled together collaborating on a project, reading and researching on our Chromebooks, building something intriguing at our Spark Table or making something unique in our Creation Station.Literature in our Library:
We have over 9000+ print resources in our library that are constantly flowing in and out of our library. Our students love to read and much of our collection has truly been hand-picked to reflect the diverse interests and needs of our students.Currently, our Graphic Novel section is very, very popular. Graphic Novels (such as, Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi and Bone by Jeff Smith) have a unique mix of pictures and words, challenging the students’ visual literacy skills, along with their decoding and comprehension. Our grade 6s were so fortunate to take part in a workshop with Jennifer Haines from The Dragon, a fabulous bookstore in downtown Guelph that specializes in comic books and graphic novels, to learn more about this growing genre.New Spaces in our Library:
Our library has changed a lot over the past few years. Last year, we introduced the
Spark Table into our space and the students loved discovering and playing with the materials there. This year, we have also added a space that is inspired by the makerspace movement. For now, we are calling it a Creation Station, although aspects of it align with the concept of a Tinkerlab and Makerspace. Our library is definitely a space where students are researching and learning by reading AND a space where students are discovering and learning through hands-on exploration. We are always looking for donations of unique materials (scraps of fabric, beads, buttons, metal bolts and screws, etc.) for our Creation Station. Scholastic Book Fair:
Yahoo! The Scholastic Book Fair is returning to Westminster Woods. It will arrive on Thursday, November 26th and will be here for the week. We will be hosting Family Events to celebrate the Fair, as well. More details are to follow in the weeks to come.Parent Volunteers:
If you are free to volunteer in our library for an hour or two during the week, please let Ms. Furnival know (firstname.lastname@example.org
). We would love 1 or 2 more parent volunteers to help with shelving books and book repairs. During the promotion of the Book Fair, a volunteer form will be sent home. Several parents always volunteer their time to help make this event run smoothly and we would love your help, again, this year. Thanks!
Teacher Librarian @ The Woods