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!

Scholastic BOGO Sale Wednesday!

posted Jun 2, 2017, 11:49 AM by Anne Reader   [ updated Jun 6, 2017, 6:33 AM ]

We are hosting a Spring BOGO sale so that students can stock up on summer reads at a low price. Go home with 2x as many books for your personal libraries! 

This is a one-day only event and will take place on Wednesday, June 7 from 8:00-4:30pm. Most books will cost between $4 and $8, if that helps your family plan for the day. Tax will be charged at the sale, so a $4.99 book will ring up as $5.29 (but the bonus is that you get TWO books for that price!)

Parents are welcome to come in throughout the day or after school until 4:30pm to shop the sale. Credit cards and checks made out to A2 STEAM at Northside will be accepted forms of payment, along with cash. Happy Reading!

AADL School Visits

posted May 30, 2017, 7:04 AM by Anne Reader   [ updated May 30, 2017, 7:07 AM ]

The Ann Arbor District Library will once again visit A2 STEAM to promote its Summer Reading Game to all students. Scheduled for the afternoon of Thursday, June 1st, students will be grouped by grade level and enjoy a short story, some booktalks and an overview of the game. We hope your students will be as excited by it as we are!

K-2: 1:30-1:50pm
3-5: 2:00-2:20pm
6-8: 2:30-2:50pm

Last Week for Checkout & End of Year Raffle

posted May 22, 2017, 3:55 AM by Anne Reader   [ updated May 22, 2017, 5:15 PM ]

This is the last week for all students to do book checkout during their regularly scheduled library classes. Like last year, students who return or pay for their books by June 5 will be eligible to enter into a raffle for different prizes. 

Each student will receive 1 name slip to enter into 1 raffle envelope of their choice, if they have returned or taken care of their library obligations. Only students will all materials accounted for will be eligible. Raffle items are pictured below.

If your student(s) have books outstanding, please return or pay for them as soon as possible. We are in the process of inventorying our collection to make sure all materials are accounted for, and this helps our process tremendously. 

If you need to pay to replace an item, please send in cash in a clearly marked envelope or write a check to A2 STEAM @ Northside. If you find and return the book before the end of the school year, a full refund will be issued.

Poster Choices

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BOGO Book Fair on June 7th!

posted May 15, 2017, 8:39 AM by Anne Reader   [ updated May 15, 2017, 8:45 AM ]

Calling all BOGO lovers! This year we will host a Buy One Get One Scholastic Book Fair so that you can stock up on books for summer! 

The BOGO Sale is a one-day only event, on Wednesday, June 7th from 8:00-4:30pm. 

We are looking for volunteers to help during the event! Please sign up here: 

Thank you for supporting this important literacy promotion!

Doreen Cronin Shines at A2 STEAM!

posted May 10, 2017, 7:36 AM by Anne Reader   [ updated May 10, 2017, 7:37 AM ]

What a fantastic author visit! 

Doreen Cronin, best-selling author of over 20 picture books, visited A2 STEAM Monday to talk with our older students about her new book, Cyclone. She had an important message for our kids that stressed the importance of never giving up in the face of criticism. Did you know it took her 5 years of rejection letters before a publisher accepted her Click Clack Moo, Cows That Type manuscript? 

She also helped our students understand the fundamental differences between giving helpful feedback and straight out criticism. Since our work here at A2 STEAM focuses on the PBL model and plus and polish feedback, our students were well prepared for the conversation! 

Doreen graciously signed copies of her books after the assembly and spent several minutes talking with each student about books and their likes and dislikes. We are so happy to have had the experience and look forward to reading future middle grade chapter books she publishes!

Cyclone Book Trailer

posted Apr 25, 2017, 7:44 AM by Anne Reader   [ updated Apr 25, 2017, 7:45 AM ]

Want to find out more about the book, Cyclone, by Doreen Cronin? Watch this book trailer! 

Want to purchase the book and get it signed by the author? Turn in your form & money by Friday, April 28th to Ms. Reader!

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. 

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