Welcome to the Mt. Sinai Elementary school Library website!
Library is going to look very different for students this year. Since students cannot physically come down to the library in person, we will be doing in class library lessons as well as in class library book check outs! When students would like to request a book, fill out the “HELP I NEED A BOOK” form (extras below) so Ms. O’Reilly can pull the book and check it out for them. There is not an online catalog to search our school library books at the moment, so feel free to research popular books and I am sure our library has them! On the off chance we do not, or it is currently checked out, there is space for a backup option, as well as different genres (types of books) that students are interested in to choose from. If the library does not have either of your choices, we will pull options from the genres selected for students to pick from. If time allows there will be a mobile library cart for students to pick from frequently with all different kinds of books so no worries if you do not want to fill out the “HELP I NEED A BOOK” form. If you have any questions about library services at the elementary level please feel free to email Ms. O’Reilly at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will get back to you with an answer!
Fill out form online: https://forms.gle/CqvepC8uaK3Mh4cx6
HAPPY SNOW DAY!
Feburary is Black History Month - I read "She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World" (link below) for todays read aloud. Included in the book were important Black Women who persisted such as Claudette Colvin, Harriet Tubman, Oprah Winfrey, Florence Griffith Joyner, and Ruby Bridges. After you watch the read aloud, do a little research on these important women and find a fun fact to share with your classamtes and Ms. O'Reilly when we get back to school!
How to talk about what is going on today with your children:
Research from Harvard University suggests that children as young as three years old, when exposed to racism and prejudice, tend to embrace and accept it, even though they might not understand the feelings. By age 5, white children are strongly biased towards whiteness. To counter this bias, experts recommend acknowledging and naming race and racism with children as early and as often as possible. Children’s books are one of the most effective and practical tools for initiating these critical conversations; and they can also be used to model what it means to resist and dismantle oppression.
Ms. O'Reilly's Read Aloud: https://youtu.be/8A5gnSo4hzI
Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library
by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Eric Velasquez
In luminous paintings and arresting poems, two of children’s literature’s top African-American scholars track Arturo Schomburg’s quest to correct history. Where is our historian to give us our side? Arturo asked. Amid the scholars, poets, authors, and artists of the Harlem Renaissance stood an Afro–Puerto Rican named Arturo Schomburg. This law clerk’s life’s passion was to collect books, letters, music, and art from Africa and the African diaspora and bring to light the achievements of people of African descent through the ages. When Schomburg’s collection became so big it began to overflow his house, he turned to the New York Public Library, where he created and curated a collection that was the cornerstone of a new Negro Division. A century later, his groundbreaking collection, known as the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, has become a beacon to scholars all over the world. Ages 9–12.