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THE KINGSLEY TIMES

Librarian's Corner | February 2021

Feb 4, 2021 11:59:16 AM / by Kristen Eckhardt

Welcome to the Kingsley Montessori School Library!
“The library is a symbol of freedom.”
-Sara Sheridan, author

 

NEW KMS LIBRARY WEBSITE

Happy February, Everyone! The KMS Library Website is active. I have had students bookmark it for quick access. You can do the same, or find it in My Kingsley. It is a resource I will continue to grow — please let me know if there is something you would like to see on it. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy seeing what is available to your children on their specific division pages. Parents of Toddlers and Pre K students, I recommend you view the Early Childhood page as a resource you can use with your child — it is a good landing spot for story resources, etc. Have fun!

Reading Together

The main take-away from January was our getting involved with BPL’s year-long reading program, Reading Together. Both Lower El and Upper El are officially enrolled and we are enjoying some of the books off of the monthly lists for class read alouds, and I am also finding other books related to each month’s theme from the virtual BPL stacks which serve as additional book shares. I am trying to always model for the students effective use of BPL and to showcase its many treasures. I am hopeful that even when our school library is brought back to life, this year’s use of this magnificent city resource will inspire kids (and families) to keep using it. If there ever was a time in our society to teach children about the merit and value of our public libraries, founded on the democratic belief that free people read freely, it is now. 

As for February, along with continued participation in Reading Together, LE and UE students are going to be logging into BPL’s fixed resources, like Encyclopedia Britannica online, Tumblemath, and more. The Upper El students will have a BPL guest librarian in to showcase effective use of Gale’s Children’s Reference, which is a powerhouse research database that will help them not only with school research projects now, but as they progress through upper grades. Great stuff!

Boston Public Library | Resources

*Please help your child come to school ready to participate fully in library class, with his/her BPL eCard # and PIN within reach (i.e., taped to their Chromebook)! Thank you!

Please contact me at keckhardt@kingsley.org if you have a question or query. I am so happy to help!

Be well and happy reading,

Kristen Eckhardt, School Librarian

keckhardt@kingsley.com 

 

Early Childhood Lower Elementary Upper Elementary

Click here to view BPL’s Early Childhood programming for February

Click here to access a book off of BPL’s February Reading Together list - the theme is Debut Author

(A is for Another Rabbit, by Hannah Batsel)

Click here to view BPL’s Kids’ programming for February

Check out NoveList K-8, a children's fiction recommendation resource with read-alikes, discussion guides, reading lists, and more:

-Go to bpl.org

-Choose “Books and More”

-Under “Learning and Research” choose “Online Resources”

-Under “For Kids” choose “Books and Reading”

-Choose NoveList K-8

-You will be prompted to log in with your eCard

-Once you are granted access to the program it is user-friendly and very helpful.

-Enjoy!

We all know printables are coming in handy during the pandemic as hands-on materials are not able to be used as much as we wish. BPL has you covered with free access to Scholastic Teachables:

-Go to bpl.org

-Choose “Books and More”

-Under “Learning and Research” choose “Online Resources”

-Under “For Kids” choose “All Kids Resources”

-Scroll down and choose Scholastic Teachables

-You will be prompted to log in with your eCard

-Once you are granted access to the website all materials are free!

Click here to view BPL’s Kids’ programming for February

Check out NoveList K-8, a children's fiction recommendation resource with read-alikes, discussion guides, reading lists, and more:

-Go to bpl.org

-Choose “Books and More”

-Under “Learning and Research” choose “Online Resources”

-Under “For Kids” choose “Books and Reading”

-Choose NoveList K-8

-You will be prompted to log in with your eCard

-Once you are granted access to the program it is user-friendly and very helpful.

-Enjoy!

Did you know that you can read all kinds of newspapers and magazines from around the world on BPL?

-Click here to learn how to use Pressreader.

-Click here to learn how to use rbdigital magazines.

(I am going to show the students these features next month but thought you’d enjoy a sneak peek.)

 

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