Monday, February 13, 2012

Win-Win Situation! Our School Benefits From Public Library Surplus!

    I am so thankful for a recent opportunity that rolled around for our school book room! Each year, the Williamsburg Regional Library buys numerous copies of the Battle of the Books texts so that many copies of the books can be in circulation during the busy prep months for 4th and 5th grade students. After the competition, the library has more copies than it needs to keep in circulation of the texts. 

   The children's services department allowed local schools to come out and obtain sets of books so that they may be given a second life in an instructional way. The library gave away the titles as whole sets, ranging from 8-15 books in each set. Fellow teachers at our school graciously came out on their own time to help pick up books for our school, too! :) I am very grateful to them for their support! 

   MW teachers, I will be shelving books as complete sets over the next couple of weeks. (I put two sets on the fourth grade shelf today! :) They will either be a part of the 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade collections, depending upon the difficulty of the text. Although a few are titles we do own, they will serve as much needed replacement copies of worn texts, or help beef up the size of a set. Here are the titles that we were able to acquire. You can click on the titles to learn more about the books. Enjoy!

The Gollywhopper Games by Jody Feldman 
The Middle of Somewhere by J. B. Cheaney
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
The Captain's Dog by Roland Smith  
The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs by Betty Birney
Blood on the River by Elisa Carbone
Fish in Room 11 by Heather Dyer
Juliet Dove, Queen of Love by Bruce Coville 
Walking to the Bus Rider Blues by Harriette Robinet
Romona's World by Beverly Cleary  
Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie Tolan
Kneeknock Rise by Natalie Babbitt
Mr. Chickee's Funny Money by Christopher Paul Curtis
The Seven Professors from Far North by John Fardell
A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck



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