Amy VanDerwater                                                                                         



                                                                                                                    An artist lives in our old tree.

                                                                                                                    She works with mud and wool and fur.

                                                                                                                    to build a sturdy twig collage.

                                                                                                                    Her masterpiece is small like her.

                                                                                                                    Blue eggs will nestle in this art 

                                                                                                                    framed by branches way up high

                                                                                                                    An artist lives in our old tree.                              

                                                                                                                    Her museum is the sky.                                                             


                                              What can you do with your children over the course of the next few weeks? Read, read and read some more. The benefits of reading aloud are enormous. It is one of the most signifcant ways to jumpstart your children to reading independently and becoming lifetime readers.

                                                                                                                      WEEK 3: AT Home

                                             A fun idea from an educational group called WRITE SHOP, suggests taking a toy, a stuffed animal, a lego figure or whatever your child likes to play with, and then take  photos and keep a log to document where it goes and what it does for the day. This reminds me of the Flat Stanley books by Jeff Brown. A lttle boy wakes up flat and as a result he is able to go on wonderful adventures because of his new found flatness. It's a story that many children are familiar with and thoroughly enjoy.  Have a great adventure!  Go online to the Original Flat Stanley Project.                                                                                                                                                                                      

                                                                                                  Junior Library Guild @Home Digital Ebooks

                                              JGL@Home is an amazing resource that your children can use to read tons of books on line from elementary level through high school. The program is free and no login is required.  It provides unlimited access and the choices are updated from time to time. At a time when our libraries are closed, this resource is invaluable. You can use any kind of device as well. Choose the Stream level that will satisfy your needs especially, if you have a family with children of differing ages. You can go to Interesting Web Resources on this site, too. 



                                             We are beginning a new month, April and a variety of celebrations during the month. National Poetry Month starts things off, followed by: April Fool's Day, World Autism Day, National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day, Earth Day and Poem In your Pocket Day to name a few. Go to Suggested Reading Lists for books celebrating Poetry Month.                                                        Poetry is a natural segue to writing. Readers will discover rich vocabulary and images through figurative language. Rhyme and rhythm always delight children when poetry is read aloud. Poetry ranges across all content areas. Ideas, thoughts and feelings are also, expressed in poetry. I tell the children that poetry is like painting with words. The Poem Farm has a variety of wonderful poems by Amy Ludwig Vanderwater. See Interesting Web Resources.   



                                                                                                                Amy L. Vanderwater

                                                                                                                April's here!

                                                                                                                And we are here.

                                                                                                                So let's grow rows of poems.

                                                                                                                Each word is a poem seed.

                                                                                                                Plant and read.                                                                                                             








                                         Specific information regarding the day your child/children come to the library and how many books they can take out, is available on this website. See the information below. Please feel free to email or call if you would like. We will begin by becoming aquainted with library responsibilities and procedures. Location skills will be utilized by the students throughout the school year, so they can become independent when searching for books. The older students, grades 3-5,  will have an opportunity to navigate our Destiny electronic catalog. If a student forgets his/her books, they can renew the books and take out new ones when books are returned. It is helpful if the books are returned on time, so the children can enjoy taking out new books. On the library counter, poems and nonfiction articles are available to read or take home. Suggested Reading Lists and Websites are additional resources on this site.


                                               Specific information regarding: the days students 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, National School Library Content Standards and Technology. 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 technology/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

            Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. My extension is #2004.  malden@oaklandschoolsnj.org


    Mrs. Carolyn Malden

    Library Media Specialist

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