Latest from the Library
Read a New Book Month; National Stree-Free Family Holidays Month; Safe Toys and Gifts Month; Universal Human Rights Month
Dec. 1 - Rosa Parks Day; Author Jan Brett's birthday
Dec. 2 - Author David Macaulay's birthday; Special Education Day
Dec 3 - Full Moon ("Cold Moon")
Dec. 4 - Author Sterling North's birthday; National Cookie Day; National Sock Day; World Wildlife Conservation Day
Dec. 5 - Walt Disney's birthday
Dec. 6 - Feast of St. Nicholas; No Mass today
Dec. 7 - National Pearl Harbor Day/Remembrance Day
Dec. 8 - Feast of the Immaculate Conception; Mass at 9:45 am
Dec. 9 - Feast of St. Juan Diego; Author Jean de Brunhoff's birthday
Dec. 10 - Human Rights Day
Dec. 11 - International Mountain Day
Dec. 12 - Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe; Hanukkah begins at sundown; National Cocoa Day; Poinsettia Day
Dec. 13 - Feast of Santa Lucia/ National Day of the Horse
Dec. 15 - Bill of Rights Day; National Cupcake Day
Dec. 16 - Las Posadas (December 16-24); National Chocolate-Covered Anything Day
Dec. 17 - Wright Brothers' Day; Clean Air Day
Dec. 19 - Author Eve Bunting's birthday
Dec. 20 - Last day of Hanukkah
Dec. 21 - First Day of Winter ( winter solstice); No School; World Peace Day
Dec. 22 - No School; Author Jerry Pinkney's birthday
Dec. 23 - Author Avi's birthday
Dec.24 - Christmas Eve; Egg Nog Day
Dec. 25 - Christmas Day; Happy Birthday, Jesus; No School; Author Pam Munoz Ryan's birthday
Dec. 26 - No School; Kwunzaa begins (December 26-January 1); National Candy Cane Day
Dec. 27 - No School
Dec. 28 - No School; Author Carol Ryrie Brink's birthday; Holy Innocents Day
Dec. 29 - No School; Author Molly Bang's birthday
Dec. 30 - Author Jane O'Connor's birthday; Author Rudyard Kipling's birthday; Author Mercer Mayer's birthday; Bacon Day
Dec. 31 - New Year's Eve
Great Holiday Books and Read Alouds
Follow this link to discover lots of books to read during the holiday season...both to read aloud and to read on your own
Stop in at the St. Stan's Library to read for the season! Check out the display of Christmas books and enjoy a good story that will remind you of the "reason for the season". There are chapter books, short stories, poems, Bible stories, legends, and Christmas traditions from around the world.
Find out about Advent, St. Nicholas, St. Lucy, St. Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe, las posadas, the origin of the Christmas tree, how to make Polish Christmas ornaments and much, much more.
What better way to prepare our hearts and minds for Jesus' coming?
"Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all people shall see it together." Isaiah 40:5
Best wishes for a blessed Christmas and a grace-filled New Year. Let's always remember the reason for the season and live the peace of Christmas all year long.
Reading Tips from Sylvan Learning Center
To visit Sylvan Learning Center, cut and paste the following link into your browser window: http://www.educate.com or click on the link below.
Connect your reading activities to seasons and holidays.
* Explore the seasons by reading about seasonal sports, weather and special events.
* Read about how seasons are different in different parts of the world.
* Look at maps while you are discussing what you have read.
* Read about holidays that are important to you and your family.
* Find books that have activities related to your favorite holidays.
Are you at home and you want to see if there is an AR quiz for a book you own, want to buy, or have borrowed from the public library? Want to check the book/reading level of a book you are interested in reading?
Welcome to the Accelerated Reader BookFinder!
The Accelerated Reader BookFinder is online! We are very excited to have the Accelerated Reader Enterprise Program up and running. Through this online version students will be able to take quizzes on over 140,000 books, with more being added every week. Taking a quiz will still be done at school only, but you can check to see if the book you are reading is an Accelerated Reader book by clicking on the following web address: http://tinyurl.com/St-Stans-Bookfinder. You can also copy and paste this address into your browser window and you will go right to the website. Don’t forget to bookmark the site as one of your Favorites.
This AR BookFinder allows you to search for a book by Title, Author or Topic using the Quick Search Tab. To search by Reading Level or Interest Level just click the Advanced Search Tab. Fill in as much information as you can and then click GO – the BookFinder will do the rest. Reading Levels and Interest Levels are all displayed once you have successfully found a book in the list. Reading Level is indicated next to the letters BL. Interest level is shown next to the letters IL.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Mrs. Nicklay ( or 452-3766, ext. 1211)
1. Predict/Infer *Look for important words. *Look at the pictures. *Try to figure out what will happen next.
2. Self-Question *Ask questions while reading.
3. Think About Words *Figure out words by thinking about letters/sounds and word parts. *Think about what makes sense and look at the illustrations.
4. Monitor *Ask themselves if they understand what they are reading.
5. Summarize *Think about the important parts of the story. *Include the characters, setting, and major events for the stories. *Include topic, main idea, and important details for informational reading.
6. Evaluate *Decide if they like what they have read.
Now you can explore and rate the Maud Hart Lovelace titles on Mackin's BookTalk! Read a summary of each book. Learn more about the author. Find similar books. Rate your favorites and see what other kids recommend.
Just go to www.mackinbooktalk.com and click on the Maud Hart Lovelace logos. Or, click on the Booktalk logo at the bottom of the www.Mackin.com home page.
See what other kids are thinking about the Maud Hart Lovelace nominees and rate them yourself!
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Please click at The Literacy Site once a day and forward this email to friends and family. Together, we can give more books to children in need and help spark a life-long love of reading.
Hey! Have you read any good books lately? Stop in at the library and tell me about them! I'm always looking for a good book to read and share with others!! See you soon :)