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What's Happening in the Month of October?
National Book Month; National Pizza Month; National Stop Bullying Month

Oct. 1 - Feast of St. Therese of Lisieux, 

Oct. 2 - Feast of the Guardian Angels; United Nations World Habitat Day

Oct. 4 - Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

Oct. 5 - United Nations World Teachers' Day

Oct. 6 - World Smile Day

Oct. 7 - Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

Oct. 9 - Columbus Day

Oct. 15 - Feast of St. Teresa of Avila

Oct. 16 - Dictionary Day; United Nations World Food Day

Oct. 24 - United Nations Day

Oct. 31 - All Hallows Eve

October - A Good Month to Read a Mystery!
Do you like a good mystery? Ghostly tales? Suspensful stories that keep you on the edge of your chair? Well, we've got the collection for you at the St. Stan's library!

On the shelf beneath the windows you'll find a wide variety of spine-tingling, hair-raising, sleuth challenging books to read during the month of October.

Learn about "El dia de los muertos", the day of the dead, which is celebrated by our Mexican-American brothers and sisters in Christ as they gather with family to remember those who have gone before. We're also highlighting books about angels and St. Francis of Assisi whose feast days we celebrate this month.

Don't forget about the Feast of All Saints and All Souls Day which we will be celebrating on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2. The library has biographies about the lives of many individual saints and plenty of collections that contain information about several saints in one book. Looking for someone in particular? Just ask and Mrs. Nicklay will be happy to help you with your search!

OCTOBER READING TIPS Sponsored by Sylvan Reading Center
Reading Tips
Sponsored by Sylvan Reading Center

* Since Halloween falls during the month of October, why not read a good ghost story. If you find a couple that are really good, invite some friends over, turn down the lights and read the spooky stories to each other by the glow of a flashlight.
* Jump into a fantasy world this month. Gather some friends to reenact a part from your favorite fantasy book. Invite parents and neighbors to be your audience.
* October has been designated National Cookie Month. Work with your children to create a batch of home made cookies. Snack on a few while reading your favorite book.

* October 16 is the day that Noah Webster was born in 1758. Webster was the American teacher and journalist whose name became synonymous with the word "dictionary" after his compilations of the earliest American dictionaries of the English language. Every day this week, choose to learn a new word from the dictionary. Try to use the word throughout the day.

To visit Sylvan Learning Center, click on the following link or cut and paste it into your browser window:

They're Here!
The books that have been nominated for the 2017-2018 Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award are here!!!

Maud Hart Lovelace grew up in Mankato, Minnesota at the turn of the twentieth century. She loved to read and write and began penning stories at an early age. Eventually she wrote her famous Betsy-Tacy series which describes her childhood in "Deep Valley". Her books provide us with a wonderful snapshot of life in Minnesota in the late 1800's and early 1900's. After her death in 1980 an award for excellence in children's literature, the Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award, was established. The exciting thing about this award is that this award is not chosen by adults. It is chosen by the young people for whom the books are written.

Here is a list of the nominated titles:

2017-18 MHL Nominees



Division I - grades 3-5


Divison II - grades 6-8

*While there are none for this year's list, please be advised that an asterisk indicates titles for mature readers. The nominee lists are not intended to be an automatic recommendation of the books. Since selection policies vary, please apply your specific selection criteria to each title and purchase those titles that best meet the needs of your library or school.

**Go to the "Hot Books" area on this webpage to find out more about the nominated books or visit the official Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award site at the following web address:

MN Star of the North Nominees Are Here Too!!
Here is the list of the 2017-2018 Nominees for the Minnesota Star of the North Award for picture books (Gr.1&2)


2017-2018 Star of the North Nominees

*NOTE: When discussing Native American people and their names/naming ceremonies, teachers are sometimes interested in having students create their own Native American names. This trivializes Native American history and culture and also lacks the understanding and recognition that there are over 500 federally recognized Native American tribes/nations in the U.S., each with distinct cultural traditions, languages and naming practices within them. Unfortunately, in the book, the author does not specify the nation/tribe to which the family identifies so it lacks that specificity and may convey the message that all tribes have the same naming traditions and ceremonies. To learn more, read Debbie Reese’s Towards a Common Understanding of Native Peoples in the U.S. (or, Why Alexie’s THUNDER BOY JR. Needs a Note to Readers) here:

Note taken from Anti-Defamation League’s Book of the Month 3 / November 2016 / © Anti-Defamation League
Full Document here:

Easy to Use AR Quiz/Book Level List Available at AR BookFinder
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: 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.

Read on!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Mrs. Nicklay ( or 452-3766, ext. 1211)

Reading Strategies Guide
Good Readers:
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.

--Houghton Mifflin

Explore and Rate the Maud Hart Lovelace Titles on BookTalk
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 and click on the Maud Hart Lovelace logos. Or, click on the Booktalk logo at the bottom of the home page.

See what other kids are thinking about the Maud Hart Lovelace nominees and rate them yourself!

Pass On the Gift of Reading!
Pass it on!

Access to books is essential to reading development. However, 61 percent of low-income families have no books for the children in their homes. Over 80 percent of childcare centers serving low-income children lack age-appropriate books. Now you can help each day with a free click!

Visit The Literacy Site at daily and click the red "Give Free Books" button. This quick, simple action helps give a book to a child in need, many times the first book of their own.

There is no cost to you! Funding for the books is paid by site sponsors and goes to First Book, an award-winning nonprofit that uses all funding generated by The Literacy Site to provide free books to children from low-income families -- books that they can take home and keep.

The Literacy Site is new, and its success depends on the number of people who visit the site and click every day!

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.

Thank you!

Note from Mrs. Nicklay
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 :)