Amy Ludwig VanDerwater                                                                                                       


                                                                                                               I am planting

                                                                                                               tulip bulbs

                                                                                                               red ones

                                                                                                               in a row


                                                                                                               how tulip bulbs

                                                                                                               are smart enough

                                                                                                               to know

                                                                                                               when it is safe

                                                                                                               to peek a bud

                                                                                                               through quilts

                                                                                                               of winter snow.




                                                                                Welcome Spring                                                                                          

                                               An excellent family activity is to read aloud with your children each night.  Our busy schedules make this sound challenging. However, 20 minutes each day makes a significant difference for your children, not only with reading skills but also, establishing lifetime readers. If children see reading valued in the home, they carry that throughout their lives.  It is a terrific way to spend quality time together. For more information, (see below )read a copy of THE READ ALOUD HANDBOOK by Jim Trelease. Go to Suggested Reading Lists for some story ideas.

                                                March is a month filled with wonderful reading opportunities. The arrival of spring will be a welcome relief following the winter. It's Women's History Month and not to be forgotten is the birthday of Dr. Seuss and Read Across America. Third and fourth grade students will meet a local children's author, Edward Pickhardt, and attend a presentation of his book, Dusty the Dustball and Family:Their Adventure Begins. During the month we recognize Music in Our Schools, Youth Art Month and of course St. Patrick's Day. There are many family opportunities to engage in activities and reading moments together.

                                               Specific information regarding: the days they have book exchanges; how many books can be borrowed and what to do if a book is missing--- all of that information is located on my website under Library Policies.

                                              We follow the New Jersey State Core Curriculum Standards, English Language Arts program. Distinguishing fiction from nonfiction, elements of different genres, author/illustrator studies and research are just a few of the areas that are covered throughout the grade levels via literature and digital resources.

                                              THE READ ALOUD HANDBOOK by Jim Trelease (7th ed.) is a wonderful resource for anyone who would like to engage their children to read regularly and with joy. It is very easy reading and incredibly informative. Reading aloud is a key component to sucess in reading.

                                               An excellent digiital resource is SCHOLASTIC GO, formerly Grolier. You can use it from home. Login Name: large Password: oaktree. It contains encyclopedias, atlases, dictionaries and tons of great nonfiction information.

                                               Should you have any questions regarding the library media program, please do not hesitate to contact me. My extension is #2004.


    Mrs. Carolyn Malden

    Library Media Specialist

    "Anything and everything is possible as we grow and succeed, with each step, each day."