Check out all that is happening at the Bledsoe Library!
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Ahoy, maties!  Calling all bookaneers.  Visit the book fair from Nov. 4-9th to purchase a treasure of books. Arrrrrrgh!!  


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Week of 9/26/16
Our fourth grade students got to be the first ones to explore with our new Little Bits Snyth kids.  First, they explored how to connect the parts to create a circuit that produced sound.  Everyone got really excited when the first sound was made.  Then they tried to play a simple tune.  Several students played songs like Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Mary Had a Little Lamb.  
It was a HIT!

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Week of 9/12/16
Power Up at Your Library Day is a time to show how libraries, technology, and the community come together.  To promote this day, and to honor Anna Dewdney, author of the the Llama Llama books, kindergartners got the chance to Skype with our amazing Pearson librarian Brandi Grant.  After giving students clues and letting them guess where in the community she was, she read the book Llama Llama Time to Share to them.  Students then answered questions about character, setting, problem, and solution.  We have some very smart kindergartners!

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Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year.  I am so excited to be back in the Bledsoe library and to see all of our Bledsoe readers again.  We started the year with library orientations.  What better way to review the procedures of the library than to go on a Poke hunt?!  Pokemon Go... to the Library.

Pokemon Orientation

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We ended the year with another successful Mother/Daughter book club.  Ten girls and their mothers gathered to discuss the popular book Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt.  The discussions were rich, and the activities fun!

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Our students are enjoying working together on this community coloring page. 

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Battle of the Books

Our kinder, 1st, and 2nd graders are listening to books from our state’s 2x2 list. Each book is paired with another and will “battle it out” to advance to the next round. The books will be voted on, March Madness style. Stay tuned to see which book is our students’ favorite and will be announced the champion!


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It’s no mystery; these are great books!

Our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders are participating in a mystery reading program.  They are challenged to read a book without having ever seen the cover.  Once finished, they then fill out a Google form online.  Students who participate get to spin the wheel for a prize.


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Recently, Bledsoe hosted its first mother/daughter book club in the library.  Sixteen fifth graders along with their mothers read Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson, a graphic novel about roller derbys, friendships, and honesty.  We met this week to talk about the book and bond over our new favorite love, roller derbys!  After each deciding on our own roller derby name, we made bookmarks.  The event was a lot of fun and we all hope to have another mother/daughter book club soon.       




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Students are enjoying themselves at this simple Maker Space station filled with holiday activities.


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Olaf visits the Bledsoe Library!!
 Students have enjoyed seeing the book art that is in the Bledsoe library.  They are greeted with a tree and a huge smile from Olaf when they come to check out books.


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The book fair is a MONSTER-ous success!

Students are enjoying our monster-themed book fair.  From decorations, to monster collection boxes (money will be donated to another library in need), to skits, to songs, we are all having a fiendishly fun time!



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 Local Frisco Illustrator A.G. Ford visits Bledsoe

It was a treat to have Mr. A.G. Ford visit with our students last week. We learned so much about how books, movies, and even video games get the pictures to come to life.  All of these things start with a sketch or drawing in pencil or ink.  Then the illustrator makes the pictures come to life. He taught us that all drawings really start with four simple shapes.  He showed us how we can take a circle, square, triangle, and rectangle, and make ANY picture we want.  Many students went back to class begging their teachers for time to draw!
We are very fortunate that Mr. Ford lives here in Frisco and took the time to come share with our students. 
  

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Our second Tinkering Tuesday was a lot of fun!  Students made paper flowers out of old book pages and tissue paper.  We love to repurpose old books!



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Illustrator AG Ford will be visiting Bledsoe October 28th!



Illustrator AG Ford will be at Bledsoe soon.  We are excited to learn about his life as an illustator.  If you would like to pre-order one of his books and have it signed by Mr. Ford, please fill out and return the pre-order form that was sent home in teacher weekly emails to the library by Friday, October 9th.
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Maker Spaces coming to the Bledsoe Library



Who:    3rd Grade Students
What:   Maker Space Club
When:   Random Tuesdays throughout the year
Where:  @thebledsoelibrary
Why:    to gather, connect, learn, and create

A flyer with info should be emailed home soon for our 3rd graders.
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Student-led Book Clubs coming to the Bledsoe Library

Who:          4th and 5th grade readers

What:        Book Clubs led by students

When:       during student lunches

Where:     @thelibrary

Why:          To develop a community of readers


Student-led book clubs allow student groups to select their own grade appropriate

books, discuss issues, themes, and questions in a small group setting, take turns 

leading a group, and have FUN!


I'm looking forward to getting book clubs started this year!  

(Students are forming groups now, and we will begin the week of Sept. 14th)

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Students will be coming to the library this week to learn all about our new library automation system called LS2.  The system lets students search for books and other materials online and also check in and out books.  I love this new system and I think our students will too! 
 Students will also get to check out books this week, but before they do, they will watch this video, as a reminder of what not to do with our library books...

YouTube Video


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Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year

I look forward to seeing old faces, meeting new faces, and having an awesome year in the library!  
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This is our third year to host our fifth grade Poetry Jam!

Students visited the library to learn what a poetry jam is and to see me model it (I performed The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost).  They then spent time reading through poetry books and finding poems that spoke to them.  Students memorized, practiced, and presented their poems in class.  The top two jammers in each class performed in the cafeteria in front of their peers and parents.  It was a lot of fun and our jammers did an amazing job!


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Author Rob Buyea (boo yea) visits bledsoe!

Third through fifth grade students were super excited to meet Rob Buyea, author of one of our favorite books, Because of Mr. Terupt. His presentation was just as good as the book,  engaging, funny, and inspirational!  Students loved meeting him while he signed their own copies of his book.  In all, we had 75 students come to the author signing.  To top off the exciting event, the 4th grade girls' book club got to meet him personally during a Q&A session in the library.  We were sad to see him go but can't wait to read his third book Saving Mr. Terupt, which will be released in July.


Check out this video we made to promote Mr. Buyea's visit.

YouTube Video


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The First-Place Winner of 2,000 Scholastic Dollars and a personal visit from author Shannon Hale is Calvin Bledsoe Elementary School!


Thanks to Lori Cook, Bledsoe's Book Fair Chairperson and creative mind who planned, organized, and managed the book fair, as well as all of the parent volunteers, students, and teachers who helped make our fall book fair amazing, our school won first place in Scholastic's Fall Book Fair Contest.  We all loved visiting with Scholastic representatives as well as author Shannon Hale last Friday.  During GMB, Scholastic presented us with a banner and announced that we would would receive $2000 in Scholastic dollars.  Afterward, Shannon Hale spoke with both K-2 and 3-5 grade groups.  The fun event continued with a book signing in the library.  Students met with Ms. Hale as she signed their own copies of her books.  And to top the day off, the 5th grade book club, who had read Princess Academy by Ms. Hale earlier in the year, received a special treat during a Chat and Chew where they sat with Ms. Hale and had a Q&A during their lunch.  The day was a complete success.  Thank you Mrs. Cook for all you have done for our library and school.  We appreciate you!!


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Next school year's Lone Star Storytelling Festival is October 15-17.  The Frisco Public Library is currently seeking student storytellers to  share the stage with nationally and regionally recognized storytellers.  If interested, please visit http://www.lonestarstories.org/student_tellers to find the Audition Form and more information about the Frisco Public Library Student Teller Program. 

 Audition forms are due at the Frisco Public Library by 6:00 pm on Sunday, May 3rd.

 

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Bluebonnet Celebration!!

This year's Bluebonnet winner is the book The Day the Crayons Quit, written by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers.  Third-Fifth grade students who participated in the Bluebonnet Program celebrated in the library last week.  Forty students joined in the fun by eating lunch in the library and playing games.  The students had a great time and are already getting a head start by reading next year's Bluebonnet books now! 



 
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Katherine Fowler visits our 3rd graders!

Mrs. Fowler, a former FISD librarian and long time resident of Frisco, is visiting our 3rd graders this week in the library to share with them the history of Frisco.  Her stories are captivating and the students learn many interesting facts.  They also get a chance to look at and touch the many artifacts that Mrs. Fowler shares.  Her presentation prepares students with the background knowledge they will need for their 3rd grade field trip to the Frisco Heritage Museum.  




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In honor of Dr. Seuss's Birthday, students are reading his books, dressing up, learning fun facts, and playing games.  After checking out books, these second graders play Green Eggs and Ham Tic-Tac-Toe.


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It’s that time again!

Fifth grade students are invited to play

Tidbits and Trivia in the library during lunch.

It is a fun time where we eat lunch together and test our trivia knowledge.  Some questions are based on what the students have been learning in class, and others are just random questions.  Soak up those facts because you never know when the information might be useful to you!

Sign-up sheets can be found on the circulation desk in the library.  Tidbits and Trivia will be played on random Mondays throughout the rest of the year.

Our first Tidbits and Trivia winner is…. TYLER PETERSON from Mrs. Hannah’s class!   


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Author PAM CALVERT will be visiting Bledsoe soon!

Author of the popular picture book Princess Peepers, Mrs. Calvert will be visiting with our kinder-2nd graders on Wednesday, February 4th.  

Students have the opportunity to pre-order a copy of one of her books, which Ms. Calvert will autograph while here at Bledsoe.  All pre-orders are due by January 21st.


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Happy Holidays from the Bledsoe Specials Team


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The winter holidays are upon us.  In celebration, we have created our very own book tree.  The students are in awe of our library tree.  Swing by the library some time to check it out.



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The book fair is going on now!  Students are very excited to get books and to be greeted by these story book characters at the fair.  

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Hear Ye, Hear Ye

The Book Fair is coming to Bledsoe Elementary

Check out the 5th grade book club presenting a reader's theater script!


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Book Clubs are in full swing.  Our fourth grade girls book club just finished reading
Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea, rating it 10 out of 10!

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Thank you to everyone who participated in the Book Character Pumpkin contest.  Here are the winners:
3rd Grade
1st Place: Monty Berglund, Minecraft Handbook
2nd Place: Hannah Childress, Junie B. Jones, First Grade
3rd Place: Ashlyn King, Stellaluna

4th Grade
1st Place: McKenna Baker, Sisters
2nd Place: Chase Means, Garfield Treasury
3rd Place: Sarah Kautzor, Harry Potter

5th Grade:
1st Place: John Michael McCartney, The Minion Handbook
2nd Place: Rylee Cavaness, Puppy Tales
3rd Place: Hunter Pope, The Cat in the Hat

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Book Character Pumpkin Contest

These book character pumpkins are amazing!  Which one is your favorite?
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The Bledsoe Library is making space for
 CREATIVITY.  

Makerspaces are spaces that encourage creative thinking, problem solving, and collaboration. The Bledsoe Library has set up several of these spaces for our students and we look forward to seeing what our awesome Bledsoe students create.


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It's time for our Character Pumpkin Challenge! 


Students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades are invited to participate by choosing one of their favorite book characters and decorating a pumpkin to represent it.  See link here for guidelines.

  
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Author Janet Tashjian will be visiting Bledsoe Elementary soon.

Janet Tashjain will be visiting all Bledsoe students on Wednesday, October 22nd.  
Ms. Tashjain is the author of several books for middle grade students.  
She collaborates with her son, as she writes the stories and he illustrates in the margins of the books.
You can check out her website by clicking here: Janet Tashjain's Website

Students have the opportunity to preorder a copy of one of her books, which Ms. Tashjain will autograph while here at Bledsoe.  All pre-orders are due by Friday, Oct. 10th. 

View the author's flyer here:        http://goo.gl/zQyd9V

Click here for an order form:         http://goo.gl/yIMnx6
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 5th Graders:  World Read Aloud is coming in October.  We are organizing our 5th grade book club for it now.  We will be reading and meeting with another school from another state!  If you would like to be a part of the club and skype and blog about

One for the Murphys by Linda Hunt

please stop by the library to sign up.  Due to space, we only have 20 spots.  You will have to purchase your own copy of the book by Wednesday, October 1st.