Ms. Wharton's kindergarten class visits the library on Fridays 2:15-3:00
Ms. Wurtz's 1st grade class visits the library on Mondays 1:15-2:00
Ms. Lewis's kindergarten class visits the library on Mondays 2:15-3:00
Ms. Foster's 1st grade class visits the library on Fridays 1:15-2:00

VISIT 1 (August 7 or 10):
We read If You Take a Mouse to School, by Numeroff.
We identified where to find NARRATIVE books (fiction) and INFORMATIVE books (non-fiction.)
We practiced saying Ms. Reth-mei-er (sounds like Reth - my - er) or Ms. R.
We learned our three jobs in the library: 1) always use walking feet (instead of running, climbing, or jumping); 2) sit criss-cross applesauce on the floor in front of the stage during storytime; 3) listen, like we do in the classroom.
Students checked out two books each, which they will have for one week.
We discussed putting the books somewhere safe at home, instead of on the floor, so that pets and younger brothers and sisters can't reach them.  We also discussed keeping the books away from water, and drying our hands before we read them.

VISIT 2 (August 14 or 17):
We are reading:
The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians, by Carla Morris, illustrated by Brad Sneed
Chu's First Day of School, by Neil Gaiman & Adam Rex
Corduroy, by Don Freeman

This will be our first time of returning books into the bookdrop by the desk, as we practiced last week.  The computer is set up to allow students to check out two new books each week, after returning the two he/she checked out last week.

author; illustrator; front cover; spine of book; series; call numbers (on the spine of the book; they help us find a book on the shelf.)
I will pick up a book backward and ask, "What's wrong?  I can't read the book this way" and ask for feedback from the scholars.  We will identify the words under NEW INFORMATION as they give me directions.
Read up to the three stories, as time allows.
Scholars will be asked to raise hands if they have a bear at home like Corduroy, or a different favorite toy or stuffed animal.  Scholars will be asked to raise hands to show if their favorite toy or stuffed animal reminds them of Corduroy in some ways, and if theirs are different than Corduroy.
Scholars will look for either NARRATIVE books (under the television, and easy readers are under the window seats; "narrative" is the term Spalding Reading uses for "fiction) or INFORMATIVE books (by the stage area, including the shelf with three rows of biographies; "informative" is the term Spalding Reading uses for "non-fiction.")

VISIT 3 (August 21 or 24):
We are reading:
The Day the Crayons Quit, by Drew Daywalt. pictures by Oliver Jeffers

We changed our format to have more books on display.  

VISIT 4 (August 28 or 31):
We are reading:
The Day the Crayons Came Home, by Drew Daywalt. pictures by Oliver Jeffers
You Are a Lion! And Other Fun Yoga Poses, by Taeeun Yoo

As I'm getting to know our scholars, I would love to receive pictures they drew of what they like to read (examples: sports, a certain character, bugs, dinosaurs, LEGO's) and with their names on them.  I will keep a collection of these.  Feel free to add words if you would like.  Thank you, parents and guardians! 

February 1, 2016:

We read:
Library Lil by Suzanne Williams
Snow Sounds: An Onomatopoeic Story by David A. Johnson

We learned the words:
onomatopoeia (words that sound like what they mean)
fable (a tall tale; examples: Paul Bunyan and his great blue ox, Babe; Library Lil)

February 8, 2016:

We read:
Library Mouse by Daniel Kirk
Tools We Use: Librarians by Dana Meachen Rau

We learned the words:
informative (non-fiction; based on facts)
narrative (fiction; stories)
biographies (true stories about a person)

Scholars wrote and/or drew their own little books they could fold, bring home to show family, then can bring back to display on our library shelves.

We reviewed where they can find the following in our library:
book drop
library card
informative books (in back of stage; they have a number on the spine of the book)
narrative books (under windows; they have "E" on the spine of the book)
chapter books (they are also part of the narrative collection, but are under the television; they have "FIC" on the spine of the book)
biographies (the last section of three shelves in the informative area)