Just a little something to make you smile. Come on, admit it, you sang it in your head right
…in the Bird City Times that is. Bird City Library will once again have its own unique column “Library Lines” featured in the Bird City Times. We will list new book selections, events planned for the library and update the community who haven’t quite found us online yet. Please check it out starting this week! Have a great day!!
We had a wonderful final day with our Summer Reading Program, “Every Hero has a Story”. Today the kids learned about Animals as Heroes-focusing specifically on different types of service animals. They also made Dalmatian paper bag puppets. Then we moved onto “Everyday Heroes” where the kids learned about different members of their community who serve in many different ways. The kids shared stories of family members who volunteered at the church, worked at our school and some on the volunteer fire department here in Bird City. They then when on to make their own Firemen cutouts. We ended the day with “SuperHero Bingo” where everyone won prizes and Mrs. Reeves shared a wonderful cake. We want to thank all the kids, parents and other adults who supported our reading event this summer. It was a Blast!!!
This months recommendation is “Songs of Willow Frost” by Jamie Ford, the heart-wrenching tale of 12 year old William- a young boy growing up in a Catholic orphanage during the Great Depression. William is lonely and isolated in his position as the only Asian child in the orphanage and has clear memories of his mother and having someone who loves him. During a rare outing with his friends and fellow orphans William attends a new movie and is shocked to see a beautiful Asian woman onscreen who looks exactly like the mother he misses. Making it his personal quest to find the mysterious “Weepin’ Willow Frost”, William escapes the orphanage to track her down at a movie premier event. At this point the story is taken over from his mother’s perspective 13 years in the past, before the depression has effected the country. Liu Song is a lonely, beautiful girl with enormous talent but trapped in a culture that is unique and has many restrictions put upon women. When she loses the mother she loves and her only true support in life, she must make devastating choices that effect not just herself but her child. When William finally comes face-to-face with his mother and his past, he then has to decide how those choices will direct his future. While not any easy read because you learn to care so much for each of these broken, lost characters I really enjoyed this book. A look at the overwhelming sense of powerlessness experienced during the depression, not just for women and children but immigrants who came here searching for the American dream, is complex and interesting. This book draws the reader in and begs you to see that sometimes people make the right choice and sometimes they make the only choice they have the option to make, its living with the decision afterwards that defines you . Hope you enjoy it—–Dian
We started our Summer Reading Program this afternoon by discussing the characteristics of different superheros. The kids played the “Name their Superpower” game with Mrs. Reeves showing them different Marvel and DC comic characters. They discussed what they would want as a super power if they could have one. The group then built their own Super hero (and heroine) models to create colors, logos and costumes.
Next week, the kids will be learning about Heroes throughout History. Please feel free to join in the fun!!
Looking for new read this month? Well we have them at Bird City Public Library. Check out reviews below of each title we’ve added:
“Buried Giant” by Lazuo Ishiguro: “The Buried Giant does what important books do: It remains in the mind long after it has been read, refusing to leave, forcing one to turn it over and over . . . Ishiguro is not afraid to tackle huge, personal themes, nor to use myths, history and the fantastic as the tools to do it. The Buried Giant is an exceptional novel.”—Neil Gaiman, The New York Times Book Review
We had a great day with Smokey Hills Public Television speaker Cris Wilson today. 18 kids, (and 4 parents) enjoyed a presentation of the PBS program “Super Why”. The kids got to make their own Superhero mask and listened to a reading of “Clifford the Firehouse Dog”. The kids also shared their ideas on what makes a hero, and named some of their heros as……their parents, police, fire department and even the city employees who are working hard to get the water back on in town! After the event the kids socialized and checked out Bird City’s collection of other “Clifford” series books.
“Summer Slide” is the tendency for students, especially those from low-income families, to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year. It happens when children do not engage in educational activities during the summer months.
Reach findings on “Summer slide” show:
- Children in low-income households fall behind an average of 2 months in reading during the summer. And, summer slide is cumulative, with these learning losses building up each summer.
- Its estimated that 4-6 weeks of each new school year is spent “reviewing” information already learned previously by students instead of focusing on new information.
- Summer learning loss accounts for two-thirds of the 9th grade achievement gap in reading between students from low-income households and their higher-income piers.
- Students from low-income households with access to books over the summer see significantly more gains in reading scores from spring to fall than students from high-income households with access to books and those from low-income households without access to books.
- Difference in children’s summer learning experiences during their elementary school years can ultimately impact whether they earn a high school diploma and continue to college.
So lets work together to avoid “Summer Slide” for all Cheylin Students. Plan on attending our 2015 Summer Reading program “Every Hero has a Story” beginning on June 30 @ 2:00 pm at the Bird City Public Library. For more information call :(785)734-2203