Thursday, July 24, 2008

Wells Fargo Volunteers Help Again!

Eight volunteers from Wells Fargo came to help in the Lowell Media Center on Saturday August 2nd from 9 a.m. – noon. Tasks they worked on included shelving books, changing spine labels, labeling shelves, and other miscellaneous tasks relating to a library.

School began on Monday August 4th and because of the Wells Fargo's volunteers, our media center was up and running!
Lowell Tigers say, "Thank you Wells Fargo!".

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Grand Canyon Readers

The Grand Canyon Reader Award (formerly the Arizona Young Reader Award) is a reader award program offered through the AZ Library Association for students in Arizona. Students vote annually on their favorite book in the following categories: Picture Book, Non-Fiction, Intermediate and Teen. At Lowell, kindergarteners through third graders are read the books and then using the SMART Board, vote for their favorite book. Sixth through eighth grade student join a club that meets once a month during their lunch break to discuss the books. A luncheon celebration is held at the end of March. Students present book talks on their favorite title trying to persuade the others to vote for their favorite.

Adopt a Shelf

Lowell 4th and 5th graders have an opportunity to help keep our library shelves organized. They sign up to adopt a shelf for the school year. Their names are posted on their shelves and once a week they come into the media center and make sure that the books are correctly shelved. It helps make our library a special place!
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
A collection of Playaway Audio Books is now available for checkout at the Lowell Media Center. A whole story or more is stored in a device similar to an iPod. Head phones or external speakers can be attached for listening. Students can attach their own personal headphones to the Playaway devices.

Commercial sites that sell the Playaways are Borders, Barnes and Noble, and Amazon. A website devoted primarily to Playaways can be found at:
The Velveteen Rabbit

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Nursery magic is very strange and wonderful, and only those playthings that are old and wise and experienced like the Skin Horse understand all about it.
"What is REAL?" asked the Rabbit one day. "Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?"
"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. 'It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real. It doesn't happen all at once. You become. It takes a long time. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."

The Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas

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From Harper Collins: In a city that runs on a dwindling supply of magic, a young boy is drawn into a life of wizardry and adventure. Conn should have dropped dead the day he picked Nevery's pocket and touched the wizard's locus magicalicus, a stone used to focus magic and work spells. But for some reason he did not. Nevery finds that interesting, and he takes Conn as his apprentice on the provision that the boy find a locus stone of his own. But Conn has little time to search for his stone between wizard lessons and helping Nevery discover who—or what—is stealing the city of Wellmet's magic.