13 Sep 2017

A new year, a new look

Welcome

We are excited to welcome back our community of learners to the ASD Libraries. And, we offer a warm invitation to all of our new families to stop by and learn what the libraries have to offer! Our libraries are community hubs for students, parents, faculty and staff. We encourage you to take advantage our our vast resources and variety of spaces.

Our ES Library is open from 7:45 am - 4:15 pm and our MS/HS Library is open from 7:45 am - 4:45 pm. Please visit our ES Library and MS/HS Library websites to learn more.

Reimagining ASD Libraries

Over the last three years the K-12 Library Team has been dreaming big. As we reimagine our spaces, we reimagine learning. Our goal is to ultimately transform our library spaces to create relevant, engaging centers for collaboration, communication and innovation with future learning in mind. Our libraries aim to be enticing, impactful, inspiring, and visionary. Our spaces and services will embody our core values and enhance learning experiences for our entire community.

The reimagining project included the following goals:


  1. Create distinctive ASD Libraries identity and signage.
  2. Develop collaborative, flexible study rooms and classrooms.
  3. Create multi-purpose learning areas using dynamic, flexible and varied seating.
  4. Enhance and showcase print collection with versatile, mobile shelving.
  5. Create flexible circulation system.

As a result of the giving of many donors and event proceeds, we were able to achieve these targets over a three year period. We have designed a distinctive visual K-12 Library identity creating consistent, recognizable library experience for our community.
We have designed a distinctive visual K-12 Library identity creating consistent, recognizable library experience for our community.

Our new library seating supports student learning by creating areas for collaboration as well as individual work. Furniture sizes, colors, and styles are comfortable, inviting, and functional. Our study rooms and classrooms offer students and teachers flexibility. Learning spaces can be easily adjusted with foldable tables on wheels and stacking, lightweight chairs. White boards and/or flat screens for projection are available in all rooms.

With our new shelving system, we can showcase a relevant and appealing print collection that enables student discovery and logical organization. Many shelving units are on wheels allowing for flexible space design. Shelves are used to create interesting seating areas for collaboration and independent study.

We have created open, student-friendly information points and self-check stations. The footprint of the circulation desk has been reduced and increased flexibility.

We look forward to more developments in the next few months as we receive more seating for our libraries and open the new Professional Learning Library. Stay tuned! We welcome your feedback as we seek to continually improve and reimagine the possibilities for ASD Libraries.

New Library Book Bags

All students in K1, K2 and Grade 1 have now received their new ASD Libraries book bag. Each bag is labelled with the student's name and class. Please ensure that students bring the bags to their library class on the library class day in the rotation.
All other students and parents may purchase a bag for AED 30. Please visit the ES Library to get yours today!

24 May 2017

Build-Your-Own Summer Reading Challenge


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Build up your reading strength this summer! Create your own unique challenge by reading a variety of books. Choose from the attached list or design your own challenge entirely! Turn your record into the library by Thursday, September 7. Receive a certificate from Mr. Advento and special recognition at the first ES Assembly.


  • Brilliant Builder: Read 10 books
  • Dynamic Designer: Read 15 books
  • Creative Constructor: Read 25 or more books

Click on the links below to print out your record sheet or to help you make your own creative sheet. We have provided some choices to help you build your challenge. Feel free to make up your own as well. How you construct your summer reading plan is entirely up to you!




Parents are invited to join us for a special Talk Tuesday about summer reading on May 30, 2017 from 8:45 - 9:45 am in the Elementary Library, Ground Floor.

Join Natasha Pollock and Mary Kelly Bello, ASD Librarians, and learn about ASD's e-resources that can be accessed from anywhere over the summer. Help support the reader in your family by participating in the Build-Your-Own Summer Reading Challenge. Also, get a head start and discover who the visiting authors for next year will be in order to read some of their books over the summer.

16 May 2017

K2 Students Inspire New Library Bags

A K2 student's persuasive letter.
Our K2 students care about their environment. They have been discovering how to reduce waste as part of their service learning in their classrooms. After learning about the negative impact plastic can have on the environment, students decided to write letters to the librarians and principals. Student wanted to help make a change. Why not replace our plastic library book bags with longer-lasting, cloth bags?

The librarians got to work designing a library bag. We wanted the bags to be easy to carry, to fit a range of different sized books and to last for a long time to prevent waste. We hope our students will use these bags for many years!


At a K2 assembly, Ms. Strate, Mr. Advento, Ms. Bello, and Ms. Pollock shared how they had read the students' letters. They were very impressed with the students' compassion and desire to take action to make a change to help our environment. The new library bags were revealed! Each K2 student received a bag with a special name tag.

Next year, all students in K1 and K2 will receive a library bag. And, our returning Grade 1 students will continue to use their bags. Any other student or family may purchase a bag for AED 30 from the Elementary Library.

Thank you K2 students and teachers for your initiative in helping to make a positive change and to set an example for all of our elementary school. You voice has made a difference!







23 Mar 2017

Memories for a Lifetime with Visiting Authors

Just when we thought it couldn't get more exciting - we continued with Week 2 of our Visiting Authors Celebration. Students were immersed in inspiring storytelling and drawing throughout the week. 

Students loved Matthew's sneak peaks of I'm Scared and I'm Silly. We also got to meet Babymouse as a Middle Schooler in the first volume of the series Tales from the Locker. And, we even got to see a glimpse of the new Squish animated TV series! Matthew drew all kinds of new Babymouse adventures -- she got to eat an ice cream stack as tall as the Burj Khalifa!

We were all in snitches with George's story of his real-life encounter with a Greek god. Ask any student in Grades 3-5 to explain how George learned his lesson when he declared, "I'm the son of Poseidon!" Our favorite of George's live drawings included Zeus riding on a triceratops and Poseidon battling against Captain Awesome and Super Turbo!

Victoria demonstrated and practiced drawing her famous characters Boomer, G.W., Bea and Astrid with our students. Each group then created an original story featuring an animal using both pictures and words. We had all kinds of stories from a cat who played ultimate frisbee to a bunny who battled a fox.

Students turned out in record numbers for our after school workshops. We had more than 60 students join in the fun for each of our three drawing sessions. Students drew some of their favorite characters right alongside some of their favorite authors.

Thank you to the parents who joined us for our Talk Tuesday session with our authors. Matthew, George and Victoria shared their views on the value of graphic novels and the importance of visual literacy. Our visiting artists encouraged parents to help their children understand that drawing and writing take practice. They also discussed the importance of developing skills in visual presentation, not just as an author, but across all professions. Most importantly, it is just good fun to read comics aloud with your kids!

We have learned so much about comics, story telling, drawing, and reading! Our students and teachers are buzzing with excitement. Students are drawing and writing everywhere they go! Although it is the end of our visiting authors visit, it seems that it is just the beginning of ASD's graphic fever! Keep it up ASD! 

It has been an honor to host Matthew, George and Victoria. ASD is one lucky school to learn from such talented, passionate and generous artists and authors. Our community has made memories to last a lifetime. 



15 Mar 2017

A SUPER First Week of Visiting Authors

In case you weren't sure whether we had visiting authors at ASD or a group of rock stars - let's clear it up. We have rock star authors on campus! The first week was electric! You can feel the excitement, the energy all across the school. It is truly a privilege to Matthew Holm, Victoria Jamieson and George O'Connor at ASD. 

We kicked off the week with a welcome assembly in the Elementary School. Our student librarians introduced our visitors and showed them some big Falcon pride!


Matthew, Victoria and George were thrilled to meet Fadi the Falcon and the camel from Tut, Tut! 

Each Elementary grade level saw all three authors in the theater this week and several groups began their workshops. Middle and High School students experienced small group visits within their art and language arts classes.

Grades 3-5 loved George's dynamic run-through of the Olympians series. We passed the "geek test" by showing our knowledge of Greek mythology! K1, K2 and Grade 1 drew dinosaurs and superheroes with George and helped read Kapow with super loud sound effects. George also led a High School drawing workshop and Comic Con Flex Block encouraging our young artists to draw fast, practice every day and to share their work with each other. 

Victoria's story telling with K1, K2 and Grade 2 was fun and inspiring. The students wrote and drew stories together and worked on beginning, middle and end. Victoria also shared her process for creating Roller Girl including her writing notebooks and original ink drawings. Middle School Art students got a sneak peek of Victoria's new graphic novel and began to draw comics together.

Elementary students loved learning about the creation of Babymouse and Squish with Matthew. Our Grade 4 students were lucky enough to get a preview of the new Babymouse Tales from the Locker series and well as the sequel to Sunny Side Up, Swing It, Sunny. Matthew worked with Middle School and High School Art students explaining his process for planning and creating a graphic novel in collaboration with his sister, Jennifer L. Holm.

Don't miss the after school workshops and Talk Tuesday session for parents:

SUNDAY, MARCH 19 
  • 3:15 - 4:00 p.m. ES Workshop with Victoria Jamieson ES Library | ES Students and Parents 

MONDAY, MARCH 20 
  • 3:15 - 4:00 p.m. ES Workshop with Matthew Holm | ES Library | ES Students and Parents 

TUESDAY, MARCH 21 
  • 8:15 - 9:15 a.m. Talk Tuesday: ​Reading is a Superpower: Graphic Novels and Literacy ES Library | K-12 Parents 
  • 3:15 - 4:00 p.m. ES Workshop with George O’Connor ES Library | ES Students and Parents 
  • 3:15 - 4:00 p.m. MS Workshop with Victoria Jamieson Room C309 | MS Students 
  • 3:15 - 4:00 p.m. HS Workshop with Matthew Holm Room B301 | HS Students

Please note, that signed books will be delivered to classrooms by March 23. There are a few more books left to purchase or feel free to bring in your copies from home. We can't wait for more exciting learning next week! 







9 Mar 2017

ASD Reads Graphic Novels

Calling all readers of our ASD Elementary School community! You are invited to show your participation in our celebration of graphic novels by adding a speech or thought balloon to our window display. Students from K1-5 shared their favorite book, favorite author or an insight about graphic novels in words and pictures.

Please stop by the library to view our display! We hope it will offer a warm welcome for Victoria Jamieson, Matthew Holm and George O'Connor when they arrive in our library on Sunday, March 12. 






8 Mar 2017

Family Opportunities to Celebrate Visiting Authors

The Visiting Authors celebration is a community-wide event and begins in just a few days!

Students from K1-Grade 12 will participate in presentations and workshops during the authors’ visit. Elementary students will engage in several grade level sessions with each author, middle school students will learn from the authors during their Language Arts classes and high school students will experience sessions within Art and other specific courses.

There are a number of workshops that include 

family participation. Parents, don’t miss the opportunity to engage with your children in these workshops with Victoria Jamieson, George O’Connor and Matthew Holm.

View the Family/Parent/Student Workshop Schedule

Read the ES Library blog to learn more about the Visiting Authors program at ASD from March 12-23.


21 Feb 2017

ASD Gets Graphic: Author Books for Sale and Signing



Don't miss your chance to purchase books and have them signed by our visiting authors! Book sales will begin on Sunday, February 26 in the Elementary Library.

We have several titles available by each of our visitors, Victoria Jamieson, Matthew Holm and George O'Connor. Prices vary depending on format, so please stop by the make your selection.

Students and parents are welcome to come by the Elementary Library throughout the day. Typically, the books usually sell out within a week. First come, first served!

When you purchase a book, we will label it with the name for the dedication and the class section for delivery. All books will be signed by the authors during their visit and returned to students homeroom classes by March 23, before Spring Break.

Please note, your are also welcome to bring in your own copies of books purchased outside the library to have labeled and signed.

14 Feb 2017

ASD Gets Graphic: Visiting Authors Coming Soon


We will celebrate graphic novels in our reading community with Victoria Jamieson, Matthew Holm and George O'Connor joining us as authors and artists in residence from March 12 - 24, 2017. Our students are getting ready, reading as many graphic as they can get their hands on! We can't keep the books on the shelves! Each grade level in the Elementary School is exploring graphics in both library class and in their classrooms. We are examining elements of graphic novels such an panels, gutters, captions, dialogue balloons, motion lines and more! Learn more about our talented visitors below and by exploring their websites.

Victoria Jamieson 
www.victoriajamieson.com


Victoria Jamieson is a children's book and graphic novel author and illustrator. Her works include Roller Girl, winner of the 2016 Newbery Honor, The Great Pet Escape, Olympig and Bea Rocks the Flock. She studied illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design, and went on to receive her MA in Museum Studies at the University of Syndey. After living in Rome, Montreal, and Australia, she moved back to the United States, where she began working as a designer with a children's book publisher in New York City. She now lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and young son. Along with writing and illustrating, she teaches children's book illustration at Pacific Northwest College of Art.

  

 


Matthew Holm

Matthew Holm is the co-creator of two critically-acclaimed and award-winning graphic novel series for children, Babymouse and Squish. Together with his sister, author Jennifer L. Holm, the pair created both graphic novel series, and raised the profile of the graphic novel in children’s literature, as well as proved how important graphic novels can be in getting children to learn to read. Babymouse and Squish have become staples on classroom and library shelves around the world, and have enticed even the most reluctant readers into reading for pleasure. Matt is also a professional graphic designer and the Consulting Creative Director for Hot Knife Design, Inc., of Boston, Mass. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and dog.


                         


George O’Connor



George O’Connor’s first graphic novel, Journey Into Mohawk Country, used as its sole text the actual historical journal of the seventeenth-century Dutch trader Harmen Meyndertsz van den Bogaert, and told the true story of how New York almost wasn’t. He followed that up with Ball Peen Hammer, the first graphic novel written by playwright Adam Rapp, a dark dystopian view of a society’s collapse as intimately viewed by four lost souls. Now he has brought his attention to Olympians, an ongoing series retelling the classic Greek myths in comics form. In addition to his graphic novel career, Mr. O’Connor has published several children’s picture books, including the New York Times best-selling Kapow, Sally and the Some-Thing, and Uncle Bigfoot. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.


                           

Student Librarians: Contributors in Our Learning Community

Our student librarians are contributors and leaders in our Elementary School community. Over the first half of the year, our student librarian team, made up of Grade 3, 4 and 5 volunteer students, have given hours of their time each week to work in the Elementary Library.

The student librarians volunteer during one of three times during the day; early morning before school, recess times or after school until 4pm. The team began the year with training sessions with Ms. Bello and Ms. Pollock, learning the layout of the library, the circulation system, and basic library procedures.

Responsibilities of the the student librarians include organizing shelves, assisting others in the library, cleaning books, shelving, managing the circulation desk and helping with special project such as visiting authors preparations.

We are excited to take our first ever student librarians field trip in March to the Emirates Literature Festival to see Francesca Simon, author of the Horrid Henry series.

We look forward to more outstanding work from our student librarians as the school year continues. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication and for setting an example for the rest of the community about what it means to give your time and make a difference!