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Awesome Dual Author Visit!

posted Oct 16, 2017, 5:48 AM by Anne Reader   [ updated Oct 16, 2017, 5:54 AM ]



We were so fortunate to have both James Ponti and Stuart Gibbs visit our school last week for an author visit. Presented to Grades 4-7, there were moments that both gentleman had the entire crowd laughing out loud, and students were certainly engaged from start to finish. I'm so glad our kids got to experience this! 

Thanks, of course, goes to Nicola's Books for offering the visit to our school. The latest copies of the books are already processed and on the new book shelf for any students who want to read them!





James Ponti


Fill Every Shelf Grant Submitted!

posted Oct 10, 2017, 5:09 AM by Anne Reader   [ updated Oct 10, 2017, 8:28 AM ]


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— Anne Reader (@AReaderSTEAM) October 10, 2017

Great Visit to Inspire Creativity!

posted Sep 25, 2017, 1:53 PM by Anne Reader   [ updated Sep 25, 2017, 1:54 PM ]

Barney Saltzberg visited A2 STEAM today and gave us a wonderful presentation on how to nurture your creative soul... "My mother never gave me coloring books when I was a kid. Why would you want to color someone else's art? You should make your own!" 

Barney encouraged our students to take any mistake they make and turn it into a Beautiful Oops! He showed us several examples of how he has taken his artwork and turned it into something else, like how he took the equation 2+2 and turned it into a butterfly, a fish and a person. He also cited several real-life inventions that were the result of mistakes, like a slinky. 

All in all, his message was to stay creative and never give up, and we appreciate the time he took to show us how!

Joint Author Visit on October 12!

posted Sep 25, 2017, 4:53 AM by Anne Reader   [ updated Sep 25, 2017, 5:00 AM ]

Spy School series author, Stuart Gibbs, and Framed! series author, James Ponti, will visit A2 STEAM on Thursday, October 12 to speak with Grades 4-7 students. We are thrilled to have both authors out to present!

This event will highlight their new releases, Spy School Secret Service, and Vanished!, the next in the Framed! series. 

These are free events hosted by Nicola's Books, a local bookseller in town. At each event, students will have the opportunity to purchase books by the author and have them signed. If you would like to purchase a copy of the latest release, please fill out the form attached to this post and turn it in to Ms. Reader. 

There will be a small number of books available for purchase on the day of the event. Students can meet the author and get their books signed after the presentation concludes. We will also purchase copies of the books for the library so that students can check them out and enjoy. 

Beautiful Oops! Author Visit on 9/25

posted Sep 18, 2017, 11:29 AM by Anne Reader   [ updated Sep 18, 2017, 11:59 AM ]

Beautiful Oops! author, Barney Saltzberg, will visit A2 STEAM on Monday, September 25 to speak with K-4 students. This dynamic presentation will capture students' interest because Barney plans to illustrate his ideas using his iPad as he speaks! The message of his book, of course, is that there is no such thing as a mistake - just an opportunity to look at life a little differently. 

This event will highlight his new release, My Book of Beautiful Oops!, an interactive journal that is meant to be "drawn in, painted on, torn up, smudged or otherwise artistically wrecked." 

These are free events hosted by Nicola's Books, a local bookseller in town. At each event, students will have the opportunity to purchase books by the author and have them signed. If you would like to purchase a copy of the latest release, please fill out the form attached to this post and turn it in to Ms. Reader. 

There will be a small number of books available for purchase on the day of the event. Students can meet the author and get their books signed after the presentation concludes. We will also purchase copies of the books for the library so that students can check them out and enjoy. 

Awesome Author Visit with Debbie Diesen!

posted Sep 15, 2017, 6:32 AM by Anne Reader   [ updated Sep 15, 2017, 6:32 AM ]

Debbie Diesen visited our school yesterday to present to our K-2 students about being an author and also to read her new book, The Pout-Pout Fish and the Bully Bully Shark

It was truly an awesome presentation and it was clear that Ms. Diesen knew exactly how to interact with our youngest audience. We are thankful that our students got to experience meeting a real-life author and hope this inspires them to both read and write more at home and in school. 

Thanks to Nicola's Books for sponsoring this event! We hope to host many more in the future. 

Author Deb Diesen Visits 9/14

posted Sep 7, 2017, 12:46 PM by Anne Reader   [ updated Sep 7, 2017, 12:47 PM ]

Author Deb Diesen will visit with our K-2 students next week on Thursday, September 14 from 2-3pm. Deb is the author of The Pout Pout Fish books. She will be coming to discuss her latest release, The Pout-Pout Fish and the Bully Bully Shark. Students will have a chance to hear her speak, as well as get books signed after the event. 

These are free events hosted by Nicola's Books, a local bookseller in town. At each event, students will have the opportunity to purchase books by the author and have them signed. If you would like to purchase a copy of the latest release, please fill out the form attached to this post and turn it in to Ms. Reader. 

There will be a small number of books available for purchase on the day of the event. Students can meet the author and get their books signed after the presentation concludes. We will also purchase copies of the books for the library so that students can check them out and enjoy. 

Kerrytown Book Festival This Sunday!

posted Sep 6, 2017, 12:20 PM by Anne Reader   [ updated Sep 6, 2017, 12:21 PM ]

The annual Kerrytown Book Festival takes place this Sunday and there is quite an impressive lineup of authors on the docket! Of particular interest is Ted Sanders, the middle-grade author who visited our school a few years ago to showcase his book, The Box and the Dragonfly, a part of The Keepers series. 

He will speak at 1pm on the topic "Fantasy and Adventure" in the Kerrytown Tent. Even more exciting - Nicola's Books has received special permission to sell the latest book in the series, The Portal and the Veil, before its release date! 

Stop by the Kerrytown Book Festival this Sunday to hear him speak or pick up a copy of his new book! Happy Reading!

Welcome Back!

posted Aug 29, 2017, 10:32 AM by Anne Reader   [ updated Sep 5, 2017, 9:58 AM ]

Welcome back to the 2017-2018 school year! I can't wait for students to get going with book checkout and learning! 

Speaking of learning, do you want to know what skills your child will gain in the Media Center this year? Head on over to our Curriculum Page to find out a detailed list by month of the topics your child will learn during ILT class. 

Want to know when your student will visit the Media Center? Check our newly updated Schedule page to find out more. How about how many books they can check out and what to do about overdue books? Take a look at our Answers for Parents page. This is where many of your frequently asked questions will be addressed!

Want to volunteer in the Media Center or help support the program? Visit our Support page to sign up to help or to purchase items off of the student wish list. 

As usual, we have a year packed with literacy opportunities for our students. Already in the first 2 months of school, we have 3 author visits planned! 

   

  • Deborah Diesen, author of the Pout Pout Fish books, will be by on September 14
  • Barney Saltzburg, author of Beautiful Oops, will be at STEAM on September 25
  • Stuart Gibbs, author of the Spy School series, will visit on October 12
These are free events hosted by Nicola's Books, a local bookseller in town. At each event, students will have the opportunity to purchase books by the author and have them signed.



Our annual Book Fair takes place the week of November 27 - December 1. To find out more, please visit our Book Fair page to learn about volunteer opportunities, as well as access the online purchasing site. 



Feel free to drop by the library the first few weeks of school to introduce yourself or stop by on Curriculum Night! I look forward to meeting you and teaching your children. 

The Book Swap is Next Week!

posted Jun 8, 2017, 11:26 AM by Anne Reader   [ updated Jun 8, 2017, 11:27 AM ]

The Book Swap will take place next week for all interested students at A2 STEAM! This is a great way to get new titles into your home libraries at a super discounted price - FREE! Here is the schedule: 

Monday, June 12: Grades 6-8
Tuesday, June 13: Grades K-2
Wednesday, June 14: Grades 3-5

On the day of the Swap, all students who participate will receive a Book Swap ticket for the number of books they turned in (between 1-5 tickets). They will come down to the Media Center at their designated time to "shop the Swap". The books will be laid out on tables and students can choose 1 book for every ticket they have. These books are theirs to keep and enjoy! 

Students who wanted to participate but did not have a book to turn in were provided a book by the Media Center. We had enough books left over from the Used Book Sale to turn in a book for everyone who wanted to take part!

Our hope is that students will find fresh new titles to read over the summer and have yet another way of stopping Summer Slide. Happy Reading!

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