Friday, August 29, 2014

Meet Ms. Rivera, library student teacher!

We are fortunate to have a teaching candidate from the Graduate School at University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana finishing out her training here in the Stone Library!  She is a black belt at the Dewey Decimal System and talented reader besides!  But I'll allow her to introduce herself: 
Hi!  My name is Ms. Rivera and I will be working with Madame Esme in the Library through October as I finish my Master’s degree in Library and Information Science.  I grew up in Chicago, but I lived in New York and Central Illinois for school before coming to Stone.  I love sharing my passion for children’s and young adult literature, especially fantasy and historical fiction and would be happy to recommend some great books!  In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends and my two cats, playing softball, and baking tasty treats.  I am thrilled that I will be working with such a bright and vibrant community, and I look forward to meeting all of you!
Welcome, Ms. Rivera!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Graphic Novel Wish List

How kind, some of you have contacted me with questions on how to support our lovely school library. First of all, thank you! Secondly, general donation information my be found on our "Wish List" tab, or by clicking here.  And best for last, if you want to help us start our school year out with a bang, please consider making a donation of any of the following brand new releases to the library, because you can bet our comic-loving and entertainment-loving kids will be asking for them our first week!

Comics Squad by a bevy of our favorite artists and authors, including Jenni Holm of Babymouse fame and the infamous author of Captain Underpants, Dav Pilkey;

Sisters by Raina Telgemeier, one of the most popular authors in our library today...this is the sequel to her bestseller, Smile;

You know that with the new movie coming out, lots of kids will be asking for Lois Lowry's Newbery-award winning title The Giver and its sequels, Gathering Blue, Messenger and Son (the book is better than the movie, by the way);

And finally, Andre the Giant:  Life and Legend by Box Brown, a perfect mix of biography and sports/wrestling with high appeal for reluctant boy readers especially. 

More copies = less squabbles and waiting lists, so donations of the same titles by different folks are welcomed.  Donations all receive a bookplate in honor of the donor inside. So sorry, donations are not in lieu of book return.  I would also like to mention, it is fully appreciated that not every family can donate books and it is not expected.  But we also appreciate that every family who reads aloud consistently to a child and encourages use of the public library gives a gift to our community: a lover of learning that is your child and our Stone student.  Thank you!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Back to School-a-Palooza at the Chicago Public Library!

Cast off your end-of-summer slump with our friends at the Chicago Public Library!  All sorts of concerts and activities through August 29th...and you can check out some books while you're at it.  Click here for a schedule of events near you.