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Doreen Cronin Coming to A2 STEAM!

posted Apr 19, 2017, 7:57 AM by Anne Reader

Doreen Cronin, Caldecott-winning author of Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type, is coming to A2 STEAM to debut her middle-grade novel for ages 9-13, Cyclone

From the publisher: 
"Nora's whole world plummets faster than the Cyclone roller coaster when her cousin Riley falls into a coma that Nora thinks is her fault in this warm, big-hearted debut middle grade novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author, Doreen Cronin. 

Riding the Cyclone, the world famous Coney Island roller coaster, was supposed to be the highlight of Nora's summer. But right after they disembark, Nora's cousin Riley falls to the ground...and doesn't get up. Nora had begged and dragged Riley onto the ride, and no matter what the doctors say, that she had a heart condition, that it could have happened at any time, Nora knows it was her fault. Then, as Riley comes out of her coma, she's not really Riley at all. The cousin who used to be loud and funny and unafraid now can't talk, let alone go to the bathroom by herself. No, she's only 10% Riley. Nora, guilt eating her up on the inside worse than a Coney Island hotdog, thinks she knows how to help. How to get 100% Riley back. But what Nora doesn't realize is that the guilt will only get worse as that percentage rises."

As always, books will be available for pre-sale through the form attached here. Please turn in all forms to your classroom teacher by Friday, April 28th. There will be a small number of books available for purchase the day of the event as well. Students will have the opportunity after the author visit to get their book signed and meet the author. 


Used Book Sale a Success!

posted Apr 13, 2017, 9:36 AM by Anne Reader   [ updated Apr 13, 2017, 9:36 AM ]

Thank you to everyone who donated books, sorted books, helped sell books or purchased books at the Used Book Sale! On the whole, the night was very successful! We raised over $400 that will go toward supporting the Media Center at A2 STEAM. In addition, many of our students went home with books to add to their personal libraries, which is the main goal of the sale. 

You may wonder what happens to all of the leftover used books once the sale concludes. We sorted through the remainders and saved 5 laundry baskets full of high quality books for our Summer Reading Initiative (more info on that in the coming months). Another 5 boxes were saved to supply the Little Free Libraries at A2 STEAM and at Olson Park. The remaining 23 boxes will either make their way to the Philippines or be used to boost prison library collections across the state. 

As you can see, ALL of the books donated to the sale support literacy within our direct community and beyond! Thank you again for supporting this worthy cause!

Used Book Sale This Week!

posted Mar 27, 2017, 9:20 AM by Anne Reader   [ updated Mar 27, 2017, 9:23 AM ]

Don't forget that the Used Book Sale takes place this Thursday, March 30 from 4:30-7:00pm. We have gotten a wonderful assortment of books for the sale, so there should be a nice variety to choose from. 

All items at the sale are only $.50! Proceeds from the sale go toward boosting the Media Center program at A2 STEAM. 

March is Reading Month Has Arrived!

posted Mar 6, 2017, 5:29 AM by Anne Reader   [ updated Mar 6, 2017, 5:29 AM ]

Watch the video to see what events are happening at A2 STEAM in the month of March! 

Jack Cheng Author Visit Gr 6-8

posted Feb 28, 2017, 6:51 AM by Anne Reader   [ updated Feb 28, 2017, 12:19 PM ]

Nicola's Books has once again offered us an exciting opportunity to visit with an author! Jack Cheng, native Michigander, has written his first book for publication, See You in the Cosmos, Carl Sagan. He will visit A2 STEAM on Thursday, March 9 from 1:50-2:50pm to speak with students in Grades 6-8 about his book.

Here is a short description from the publisher:

11-year-old Alex Petroski loves space and rockets, his mom, his brother, and his dog Carl Sagan—named for his hero, the real-life astronomer. All he wants is to launch his golden iPod into space the way Carl Sagan (the man, not the dog) launched his Golden Record on the Voyager spacecraft in 1977. From Colorado to New Mexico, Las Vegas to L.A., Alex records a journey on his iPod to show other lifeforms what life on earth, his earth, is like. But his destination keeps changing. And the funny, lost, remarkable people he meets along the way can only partially prepare him for the secrets he’ll uncover—from the truth about his long-dead dad to the fact that, for a kid with a troubled mom and a mostly not-around brother, he has way more family than he ever knew.

We are thrilled to have this opportunity brought to our school! As in the past, books will be available to purchase in advance and signed by the author. Students will have the chance to speak with him at the time of signing.

The Order Form is attached at the bottom of this blog post. Please turn in all forms to your classroom teacher no later than March 3. Limited copies will be available for purchase on the day of the event.

The Media Center will be purchasing copies of the book for our library. Happy Reading!

Read It Forward is Coming!

posted Feb 8, 2017, 7:48 AM by Anne Reader   [ updated Feb 8, 2017, 7:59 AM ]

We will have some very exciting events coming up during March is Reading Month, the first of which is the Read It Forward program! The idea behind Read It Forward is to get everyone in school to read the same book, which is currently a well-guarded secret. Excitement builds as students await March 1st and the big reveal! 

Once the program starts, students read the book, sign their name on the inside cover of 1 book, and then pass it on to a friend. This continues throughout the month of March, getting as many students and A2 STEAM faculty reading the book as possible. As an added incentive, once they've read it, students may come down to the Media Center to pick up a book-themed prize. 

Let's see how many of us can read this book in March! 

Gr 3-6 SciFi Junior High Forms Due Friday!

posted Feb 6, 2017, 9:42 AM by Anne Reader   [ updated Feb 6, 2017, 9:54 AM ]

We have an author/illustrator duo visiting grades 3-6 on Tuesday, February 21, hosted by Nicola's Books. Scott Seegert and John Martin have teamed up to write a new series called SciFi Junior High. Sure to appeal to students ages 8-11, we are thrilled to have this opportunity brought to our school! 

As in the past, books will be available to purchase in advance and signed by the duo. Students will have the chance to speak with them at the time of signing. If you would like to purchase the book ahead of time, please fill out the attached form and send in to school no later than this Friday, February 10. 

Limited copies will also be available for purchase the day of the event.  

SciFi Junior High Authors Coming to A2 STEAM!

posted Jan 19, 2017, 7:13 AM by Anne Reader   [ updated Jan 20, 2017, 11:36 AM ]

Nicola's Books has once again offered us an exciting opportunity to visit with both an author and an illustrator! Scott Seegert and John Martin have teamed up to write a new series called SciFi Junior High. They will be coming to A2 STEAM on Tuesday, February 21 from 1:50-2:50pm to speak with students in Grades 3-6 about their book. 

Here is a short description from the publisher: 

Kelvin Klosmo isn't just the new kid at school - he's the new kid in the galaxy Welcome to Sci-Fi Junior High: an inter-galactic space station with students of all shapes, sizes, smells, and... slime content. As the son of Earth's two most famous geniuses, Kelvin isn't just the smartest kid in the world....he's the smartest kid in the UNIVERSE. At least, that's what everybody at Sci-Fi Junior High thinks. 

So, maybe Kelvin lied a little about being a genius to fit in. And maybe a mad scientist is about to take over the universe unless Kelvin can stop him. Maybe everyone is doomed. 

Well, at least Kelvin won't have to worry about math homework anymore. 

Sci-Fi Junior High is an out-of-this-world story about friendship, accepting our differences, and the fight against evil... bunnies. Yes, evil bunnies - don't ask.

Sure to appeal to students ages 8-11, we are thrilled to have this opportunity brought to our school! As in the past, books will be available to purchase in advance and signed by the duo. Students will have the chance to speak with them at the time of signing. 

The Order Form is attached at the bottom of this blog post. It will also be sent out to families via Bloomz. Please turn in the forms to your classroom teacher no later than February 10. Limited copies will also be available for purchase the day of the event. 

The Media Center will be purchasing copies of the book for our library. Happy Reading!

Recent Grants Awarded to A2 STEAM Media Center

posted Dec 15, 2016, 12:52 PM by Anne Reader   [ updated Dec 15, 2016, 12:53 PM ]

The Media Center is pleased to announce that it was recently awarded two grants! The first, from the Ann Arbor Educational Foundation's Karen Thomas Fund, is given in the amount of $1000 to support the American Revolution study that occurs at A2 STEAM in 5th grade. 

In order to really delve deeply into the subject matter, students read both a biography of a person from the American Revolution time period, as well as an historical fiction. This allows them to gain a unique perspective on this period in our history. The funds from the grant will go toward increasing our collection of American Revolution biographies. Thank you, Ann Arbor Educational Foundation!

The second grant is a Donors Choose grant for $430 solely for contact paper. Before a paperback book can be added to the Media Center collection, it is covered with clear contact paper to protect it and extend its shelf life. As you might imagine, we go through a lot of contact paper at A2 STEAM! This grant enabled us to purchase 11 rolls just in time to start covering all of our Book Fair purchases! Thanks very much to those in the A2 STEAM community who donated to the cause!

Hooray for the Book Fair!

posted Dec 5, 2016, 7:51 AM by Anne Reader   [ updated Dec 5, 2016, 7:51 AM ]

Thanks to the A2 STEAM Community's generous support, we had an extremely successful Book Fair, earning over $6,000 for the Media Center! All proceeds from the Fair go directly back to the library through book purchases for students and staff. 

Thank you for supporting this fundraiser - I can't wait for students to check out all of the new books we will have on our shelves!

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