Thursday, November 25, 2010

Where in the world is Ms. Bartlett?

Beginning in October, every month I have been hosting a "Where in the world is Ms. Bartlett?" research challenge in the library. (Yes, it is an homage.) The clues are tough, and while it is aimed at students in grades 4-6 who should be familiar with encyclopedias, atlases, and other reference books, a lot of the younger students in grades 2 and 3 have been avidly participating as well.* November's challenge went like this:

Clue #1:

Clue #2:
Clue #3:

Do you know where I was in November? A group of grade 5 students plugged away at it and got the right answer!

*It should be noted that some of the younger students were very confused by the clues since I was standing right in front of them, so how could I possibly be somewhere else? Once it was cleared up that it was all make-believe (and that I hadn't just "sat around at Tim Horton's like other grown-ups"), things went swimmingly.

Monday, November 08, 2010

Owly animated short

The Owly books by Andy Runton are one of the most popular series at the library - and the stuffed Owly + Wormy toy gets a lot of love too! I couldn't resist posting this Owly animated short. To view, click on the image below and then click the Animated Short button.


Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Shark vs. Train book trailer

One of the new books that arrived last week is Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton in which a shark and a train compete in a variety of challenges. Not surprisingly, it was the first book of the new bunch to be borrowed. If any further evidence of its appeal and fantastic premise is needed, the book trailer embedded below should convince you:

Shark vs. Train from SLJ Trailee Nominees on Vimeo.