News & Notes for K-8 Teachers
June 2010

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Curriculum Connections

You can help students maintain the gains they’ve made in reading during the school year. Encourage students to participate in one or more of the Library’s summer reading programs. Find out more about what is happening at the Library this summer by reading the articles below and checking out our website.

Have a wonderful summer. We look forward to welcoming you back in the fall.

graphicSummer Reading Club Begins June 1

Calling all detectives and super sleuths! This summer encourage your students and their parents to join the Library's summer reading club, The Amazing Book Caper. Participants will uncover clues as they read, and each participant will receive a reward when they successfully solve the mystery. The mystery runs from June 1 through July 31.

In addition to the reading club, the Library is planning fabulous programs for kids of all ages. Our popular Skokie Nights series on the Village Green outside the Library returns and will showcase some great performers including Ac Rock, Cirque Amongus, and Josh and the Empty Pockets. Summer storytimes, science programs, and other fun awaits! More information about summer programs is available on our Calendar of Events on the Library website.

This year we will award the Skokie Public Library Reading Trophy to the school with the highest percentage of students completing our Summer Reading Club. This is a traveling trophy. It is awarded during a ceremony held at the winning school at the beginning of the school year and the trophy remains at the school for one year. Last year’s winner, Middleton School, hopes to be able to repeat their winning performance. Encourage your students to sign up and bring the trophy to your school for 2010-2011.


photosAnother way to help students maintain reading gains is our fun literacy program, BOOKING WITH A BUDDY. Students entering 1st through 3rd grades in the fall can register to participate. They are paired with a volunteer who reads with them for an hour each week from June 28 through July 29. Volunteers are junior high school or high school students as well as interested adults. Preregistration is going on now. Encourage students and their parents to learn more about the program on our website or by inquiring at the Youth Services Desk.

Summer Reading Lists

Help us support your efforts to encourage reading during summer vacation. Send us your summer reading lists and we’ll make sure we have copies of the titles for students to check out when they visit the Library. We’ll also keep the lists at our Youth Services Desk for easy reference when students or parents have questions.

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The Reading Corner

Voice of Youth Award Voting

photoDuring National Library Week, 13 Skokie schools participated in voting for their favorite Voice of Youth Award (VOYA) author. To be eligible to vote students had to have read three titles from the VOYA list of recommended titles. We appreciate the support from librarians and teachers who invited us to booktalk the VOYA titles, encouraged students to read these wonderful books, and cheered on the voters. Here’s a picture of the VOYA display at Oliver McCracken Middle School.

The votes are all in and counted. So, here are the winners for 2009-2010...

     1st place Oggie Cooder by Sarah Weeks
     2nd place Punished by David Lubar
     3rd place Rules by Cynthia Lord

Now Youth Services will try to arrange a visit to the Skokie Public Library by the winning author during the 2010-2011 school year. If we’re successful, students from the school with the largest number of votes cast are invited to hear a presentation by the author.

While all this is going on we’re also busy finalizing our list of recommended titles for 2010-2011. I can already tell you it is going to be a fabulous list! Three teams of librarians (3rd/4th grade, 5th/6th grade, and 7th/8th grade) have been reading and discussing titles throughout the school year. On April 1 each team submitted a list of 20 recommended titles to Jan Watkins, Head of Youth Services. Jan has the difficult job of paring down each team’s list to 10 books. Keep tuned for the unveiling of the finalized list.

Voice of Youth Award Winning Authors Ann Martin and Laura Godwin Visit Skokie

photoAnn Martin and Laura Godwin, co-authors of the 2008-2009 Voice of Youth Award, book visited Skokie Public Library and talked with students from East Prairie School on Tuesday, April 27, 2010. Martin and Godwin co-authored The Doll People, published in 1999 and two sequels, The Meanest Doll in the World (2003) and The Runaway Dolls (2008).

In February the East Prairie students sent Martin and Godwin questions about the authors and the writing of The Doll People. The authors used those questions to shape their presentation, talking with students about their favorite dolls as children, their siblings, things they do for fun, and how they collaborated to write The Doll People. Martin and Godwin also announced that they are currently working on a fourth book about the Doll and the Funcraft families.

Ann Martin spoke at the Library that evening about her writings and her career as an author. One hundred fifty adults and children attended her presentation.

Bookbags for Teachers

Make one request for bookbags and you’re done for the year! As you prepare your curriculum units for next school year, consider making a list of topics for which you would like supplementary materials (books, DVDs, CDs) from Skokie Public Library. Send the list of topics to Susan Carlton via , along with the projected start date for each unit. We’ll track your "standing order" and make sure your bookbags are filled and ready for pick-up one week before you begin each lesson.

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Elementary Tech

Keep in touch over summer vacation

graphicSchool may be closed for a couple of months, but we're online 24/7 with all kinds of ways for you to keep in touch and enjoy your library from wherever you are over summer vacation. You can even take us mobile on your cell phone or PDA!

  • Put our Mobile Library Website in your pocket for quick access from the beach or ballgame to information about Library programs, events, and new item listings.
  • Browse, reserve, and renew Library materials on our Mobile Library Catalog.
  • Keep up with the latest news and join the conversation on the Skokie Public Library blog network.
  • Follow us on Facebook and talk to us on Twitter.
  • Check our Flickr photostream for photo highlights of summer fun at the Library and in the community.

Look for the "chicklets" on our website for one-click access to Skokie Public Library on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Yelp, and YouTube, as well as to the Library’s blogs and SkokieNet.

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