Thankful for new books!

Good-bye Halloween…
Hello election, presidents, coding, spies, national parks, museums, sports, graphic novels, biographies and more!

Thank you to everyone who supported our book fair by volunteering their time and/or buying books! Many of the books shown below are from the almost $1,000 worth of new titles that we earned from your purchases!  (Many are still being processed including favorite fiction titles.) I know they will be enjoyed by students and staff for years to come!!

A special thanks to my co-chair, Heather Hester, for her time, dedication and creativity!

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Also, congratulations to all who entered the pumpkin contest! The pictures have been shared on our Twitter and Facebook pages as they came in. The top 3 vote getters this year were…

Alivia Gao “The Book of Life”

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Luke Nehring “Origami Yoda”

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Eleni Kanellos & Hope Louis “The Duckling and The Cookie”

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And an honorable mention to Taki Iskos for his Cubs themed pumpkin! Go Cubs Go! #FlytheW

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The Great Pumpkin Decorating Contest is back!

(2014 Pumpkin Entries)

2016-2017 Guidelines:

One entry per child/group. (one entry=one book display)
Pumpkins/gourds may be created individually, with friends, or as a family.
Pumpkins should be decorated in a way that represents a book or book character rather than a TV or movie character.
Be creative! Feel free to use pumpkins/gourds of various shapes and sizes!
Please do not carve pumpkins!
Bring your decorated pumpkin to school by October 26th.
Students and teachers will be voting on October 27th and 28th.
Pumpkins need to be taken home on Halloween.
Have fun!

How to be an Avoca West Viking!

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Thanks to Mrs. Scozia for helping the 1st graders create Viking self-portraits, and Ms. Michael’s 4th graders for their words of wisdom! If we all follow their great advice, this year will be be the best year ever!  Pop in the ITC to see more portraits, find books about Vikings, and/or create your own inspirational card to be displayed in the front hallway!

Welcome to a new year of reading!

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My promise to each and every student is to share the magic of reading!

Visitors are always welcome!

While I will be updating this blog from time to time, I will be using our Facebook and Twitter accounts almost daily to share resources, new books, student book reviews, author visit highlights, inspiration, and more! Please follow us on Twitter @avocawestITC and be sure to “like” our facebook page, Avoca West ITC. I’m looking forward to an amazing year!

Mrs. Geidner

See what’s blooming in the ITC!

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On Monday April 11th, our 3rd-5th graders were treated to a visit from best-selling author, Peter Brown. Our students were engaged from start to finish, and were so inspired by Peter’s presentation. Needless to say, there is a long hold list for Peter’s first novel, The Wild Robot. Thank you to The Book Stall in Winnetka for sponsoring this visit!

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In other news, we are in the midst of a major weeding project! It’s time to make room for all the wonderful new titles we are so fortunate to add to our collection each year. I am deeply grateful to both my student and parent volunteers who have helped me undertake this massive task! I truly could not do it without them! Get ready to enjoy a fresh, updated space!
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Winter happenings in the ITC!

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Cold temperatures and gray skies are the perfect excuse to curl up under a blanket with some great books! Many new titles have arrived in the library recently! Be sure to stop in and check them out!

More Flags, More Fun!

The Six Flags Read to Succeed challenge is back and is open to students in grades k-6! Read for six hours and earn a free ticket to Six Flags! Please return your completed reading logs to Mrs. Geidner by February 26th! Unfortunately late logs cannot be accepted. Additional copies of the parent letter and reading log are below.
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Battle of the Books!

Good luck to all of our 4th and 5th graders who are participating in the Battle of the Books at the Glenview Public Library! You have worked hard to prepare and will make Avoca proud!

Welcome Aaron Reynolds!

Thank you to The Bookstall in Winnetka for bringing best-selling author, Aaron Reynolds, to Avoca West last week! Kindergarten-3rd graders learned and laughed a lot as Mr. Reynolds stressed the importance of writing what you are passionate about. He also read aloud his most recent book, Nerdy Birdy, which teaches children how to break the “friendship force field” and embrace not only the commonalities that they share with others, but also the differences. A wonderfully positive and powerful presentation!

Fall into Reading!

Our annual pumpkin decorating contest is back!

(2014 Pumpkin Entries)

Pumpkin Contest Rules:

One entry per child/group. (one entry=one book display)
Pumpkins/gourds may be created individually, with friends, or as a family.
Pumpkins should be decorated in a way that represents a book or book character rather than a TV or movie character.
Be creative! Feel free to use pumpkins/gourds of various shapes and sizes!
Please do not carve pumpkins!
Bring your decorated pumpkin to school anytime during the month of October, ideally the week of 10/19.
Students and teachers will be voting during the last week of October.
Pumpkins need to be taken home on Halloween.
Have fun!

Summer is (almost) Here, and the Reading is Easy!

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It’s All About Them Books! No Kidding!

Click on the link above to watch a fun video reminder that all library books are now due! The first grade level to have all books returned and fines paid, will enjoy a special prize! Thanks for getting all of our treasured books back to be enjoyed again next fall!

Summer is (almost) here, and there is no better time to get lost in a great book! I have attached several reading lists with suggested titles. Future 6th graders can’t go wrong by getting a head start on some of the titles from the 2016 Rebecca Caudill list. Likewise, future 3rd-5th graders can start reading books from the Bluestem list! The 2016 Battle of the Books (BOB) list is for future 4th & 5th graders who would like to get a head start preparing for next winter’s book battles! (More info about BOB can be found on Glenview public library’s website-see link below.)

2016 Rebecca Caudill List

2016 Bluestem List

2016 Battle of the Books List

Still looking for more reading fun? Try some of these links to area reading programs, ebooks, more lists, games, author visits, and more!
Book recommendations & resources for parents: http://readkiddoread.com
More book recommendations & contests: http://www.kidsreads.com/
Book reviews by kids for kids: http://www.spaghettibookclub.org/
Arbordale ebooks: http://www.sylvandellpublishing.com/sitelicense.php?sc=A1GFYP
Free online summer reading club: http://www.bookadventure.com
Free Barnes & Noble book club:www.barnesandnoble.com/summerreading
Author & book events at The Book Stall in Winnetka:http://www.thebookstall.com

In addition, don’t forget to sign up for any of the amazing summer reading programs at the Glenview, Winnetka, Northfield, and Wilmette public libraries!

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Wilmette Public Library

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I hope you will find these resources to be helpful!

It’s been another great year in the ITC filled with great books and your wonderful children!!   Best wishes for a summer full of great stories, imagination, and adventure!

Mrs. Geidner