Sunday, May 26, 2013

Celebrating Children's Books

Due to End-of-Year testing, we celebrated Children's Book Week one week late.  It was also the last week of school, so we combined our field day and book character parade.  The art teacher came up with the idea to have a book themed field day to go along with our book character parade.  It worked out great, because after field day, we used the station signs to decorate the path of the parade.  During our spring Book Fair, the students voted for our principal to dress up as Sponge Bob.  Personally, I don't consider Sponge Bob to be a book character. 

The day began with our field day.  Some of the events were The Very Hungry Caterpillar Obstacle Course, Green Eggs and Ham Relay, Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau Relay, a modified version of Quidditch, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Bean Bag Toss, Hop on Pop Sack Race, and many other awesome book themed games.
One my favorite events

Green Eggs and Ham Relay

Students had to dress a teammate in scuba gear for Manfish...

Students worked on their math skills with this "Quidditch" game.

Can you believe  Mouse was once a clown? 

The sack race is always a POPular event.
After lunch, students and staff were replaced with book characters.  Some of the student characters were; Clifford the Big Red Dog, Fancy Nancy, Alice in Wonderland, Little Red Riding Hood, The Grouchy Ladybug, Charlie Brown, and others.  Some of the staff characters were; Olivia, Fancy Nancy, Pirate,  Mouse from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, The Cat in the Hat, Chicka, Chicka..., Thunder Rose, Sponge Bob, and others.  The Dance Team performed before the parade.

Charlie Brown with Snoopy

Thunder Rose, Sponge Bob, and Fancy Nancy Doing the Cupid Shuffle

A Mouse and Her Cookie

Olivia, Cat, and Medusa
We received several compliments about the field day and book character parade.  We look forward to doing it again next spring.  I hope to get the students more involved with planning and set up next year.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Dream Library

I'm ready to do some decorating in the library.  Our school colors are red and white.  I refuse to paint the walls red.  I don't want to leave them white either, but I could live with white walls.  I see myself in an art gallery library.  Please help me with paint colors.
Since there are blue tile insets, I will be able to incorporate my favorite color ;).  The current shade of blue is not working for me. 
This is a work room beside the circulation desk.  The orange counter tops are throughout the library.  Hate is a strong word, but that's how I feel about the counter tops.  I hope there is a remedy for the orange.

Rockhill Public Library could be the inspiration for my dream library.  http://www.bondarchitectsinc.com/img/projects/Libraries/rockhill-public-library_02.jpg  The blue walls might be a little too dark.  Maybe the counter tops could be painted grey. Check out the site, and let me know what you think.

What does your dream library look like?