Hayner Library

Hayner Library Activities 

The Hayner Library Summer Reading Program, “Reading by Design”, continues through June and in to the first week of July.  The last day to turn in reading sheets for their program is Friday, July 7th. 

Don’t forget to check the Hayner Library list of events taking place throughout the summer.  On Wednesday, June 14th, the library is offering an activity titled “Fire and Ice”.  OMG Josh will be featured on Wednesday, June 21st.  His program is “Build a Better Story”.  It sounds to me like a great program to attend to get an early start on Young Authors. 

“BLAST OFF WITH BOOKS’

I hope that all of our Evangelical School families are enjoying a great summer.  I hope, also, that our Evangelical School summer readers have ” Blasted Off With Books” by now.  Please remember to keep track of titles and time or pages read. The sheets are due back the first week of school.  If you are in need of ideas for books to read, may I suggest books related to space?   With the solar eclipse coming up on the first day of school,  this would be a perfect time for students to learn more about the planets and solar system. There are wonderful books dealing with space for all ages.  Please have your child continue to read throughout the summer.  Make sure your child is a  “summer leaper”, not “a  summer slider”.

Be a Leaper, Not a Slider

You may have recently heard your child say that he wants to be a “summer leaper”, not a “summer slider”.  A “summer leaper” is the term used for a child that gains in reading skills throughout the summer by continuing to read.  A “summer slider”, on the other hand, is used to describe a student who does not  read over the summer.  A student who does not read can actually lose some of the skills he has learned.  Please make sure that your child is a “leaper” not a “slider” this summer.  A great way to accomplish this is by participating in Evangelical School’s Summer Reading Program.  I would also recommend that you sign up your child  for Hayner Library’s Summer Reading Program.  The Hayner Program begins with sign up on Saturday, June 3rd, and ends on Friday, July, 7th. If you do not live in the Hayner Library district, your child may participate in your town’s public library program. 

Bluestem Reading List

 Students who will be in fourth and fifth grades in the next school year, had a list of titles that are Bluestem nominees for  2017 – 2018  attached to their Summer Reading Program flyer.  Students who read at least four of the nominees by next February will be eligible to vote for their favorite book.  Please encourage your child to participate.

Rebecca Caudill Reading List
Attached to the middle school Summer Reading Program flyer last week, was a list of the Rebecca Caudill nominees for  2017 – 2018.  Students must read three of the books to be able to vote for the award next February.  Students are highly encouraged to participate.

Middle School Summer Reading Program

Students currently in grades five through seven are highly encouraged to participate in Evangelical School’s Summer Reading Program.  Students are to keep a record of pages read over the summer to earn reading rewards.  The program sheet will be sent home on Wednesday, May 16th.  It is extremely important that students continue to read throughout the summer. 

“Blast Off With Books” Summer Reading Program

3…2…1…Blast Off!  Evangelical students currently in kindergarten through fourth grade are invited to blast off with books this summer by taking part in our Summer Reading Program.  More information about the program will be coming home on Wednesday, May 17th.  Please encourage your child to participate.  I am hoping that by reading this summer all of our students will be “summer leapers”, not “summer sliders”.

 

 

 

Raging Rivers Program Change

Raging Rivers is kicking off a new program for the 2017 season.  The program is titled “Raging A’s Days”.  This new program is replacing the “Raging Rivers Raging Reader” program.  Students in kindergarten through high school are encouraged to participate.  Any student that brings a 2016 – 2017 report card with an A on it between June 17th and June 30th  will receive a free one day admission to the park.  

100_0021      I am delighted to be the Evangelical School librarian.  This is my sixteenth year in this position.  I have previously been a classroom teacher- teaching fourth grade in Lockport, Illinois,and third grade here at Evangelical School.  My son, David, attended Evangelical School from kindergarten through sixth grade.

 

floral library     The Evangelical Library serves all students in kindergarten through eighth grade.  Students in kindergarten through fifth grade visit the library once a week for a thirty minute period. At the library, students are presented a library lesson. The lesson may be on an age-appropriate book, an author study, or a library skill. The last ten minutes of library is reserved for students to select and check out books. Students are not charged for overdue books, but there is a charge for damaged or lost books.

Students in fourth and fifth grades can participate in voting for the state of Illinois’ Bluestem Book Award. A student must read or hear four of the twenty nominees to be eligible to vote. Voting takes place in late February. The twenty nominees are available for students to check out from the library. Each classroom also has a set of the nominees.

Book orders are sent home once a month beginning in August. This is a wonderful way to purchase age- appropriate books at a reasonable cost to add to your child’s home library. The school benefits from the sale of these books.

Book Fairs are held in the fall and spring. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade are welcome to visit the Fair at designated times with an adult. The school also benefits from the sale of books at the Book Fair.

Family Reading Night takes place each year in the fall. This is a night to recognize the importance of reading by celebrating with our school families. The night encourages families to spend quality time reading together.

Family Reading Night serves as a kick-off for our Young Authors’ Program. Students are highly encouraged to participate. Information on this very worthwhile learning experience will be sent home in November.

Kindergarten through fifth grade students participate in the following programs during the school year: Book-It, sponsored by Pizza Hut; Raging Readers, sponsored by Raging Rivers Water Park; and Read to Succeed, sponsored by Six Flags Theme Parks.

Students in middle school visit the library for an hour . Students spend time on author studies, library skills, and activities that correlate with the lessons of classroom teachers. Reading for pleasure is also stressed. Students are given time to read for enjoyment and to share books with fellow students.

Students in grades six through eight are able to participate in voting for the state of Illinois’ Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award. A student must read or hear three of the twenty nominees to be eligible to vote in February. The nominees are available for check out from the library. Each classroom also has a set of the nominees.

Book orders are sent home once a month. This is a wonderful way to purchase age-appropriate books for a student to add to his home library. The school benefits from the sale of these books.

Book Fairs are held in the spring and fall. Middle school students may visit the Book Fair on their own at designated times. The school also benefits from the sale of books at the Book Fair.

Teen Read Night takes place in October. This is a night for middle school students to celebrate reading by engaging in enjoyable activities with fellow students.

Evangelical School’s Young Authors’ Program kicks off in November. Students are highly encouraged to participate in this very worthwhile learning experience.

Sixth grade students may participate in the following programs during the school year: Book-It, sponsored by Pizza Hut; Raging Readers, sponsored by Raging Rivers Water Park; and Read to Succeed, sponsored by Six Flags Theme Parks.

“Reading is a gift that provides endless enjoyment and sets readers on a path of lifelong learning.” Jesse White, Illinois State Librarian