logo

Category

Library Blog

Upcoming Author Visit for Grades 1-3

Through our partnership with the Book Stall, they are bringing us children’s  author/illustrator Jon Agee the afternoon of Tuesday, Oct. 2. I got a chance to meet Mr. Agee this summer at the national library conference and he is very engaging and fun so I am very excited that our students have the opportunity to meet him.  He will be talking with our 1st-3rd grade students.  Ms. Taubensee and I are collaboratin
Read More

Dr. Seuss and Harry Potter

As we are getting ready for the move to our new library space in the coming months, we are busy going through the books in the library and sprucing up the collection. We are finding that our Dr. Seuss books and our Harry Potter books are looking quite well-loved and worn with ripped pages and broken spines. Before I buy fresh copies, I thought I would reach out to our SFX families to see if any of you have any gently
Read More

Chipotle Summer Reading Rewards

If your child completed a summer reading program at any public library, please ask him or her fill out this form and return it to Mrs. Sawyer by next Friday, September 7th. Proof of participation in any summer library reading program, or completion of our Tower of Books Challenge, earns your child a voucher for a free kids meal from Chipotle! Simply bring your library reading program certificate or your Tower of Book
Read More

Welcome Back to the Library!

Hi! I am so excited to see all our students when they return to school on Wednesday. Plans are progressing for our new library and in the meantime, we are making the most of our existing space and getting it ready for students to return. Be sure to stop by the library during the family orientation on Aug. 21 when students can learn about some of the authors coming to SFX this year, review our online databases to supp
Read More

Owl Diaries Author Coming to Evanston Public Library

I hope everyone is enjoying this lovely summer. I wanted to share with you that the author of the very popular Owl Diaries beginning reader series is coming to the Evanston Public Library on Friday, August 10 at 2:00 p.m. and all are welcome to attend. This series is very popular with our SFX 1st and 2nd grade students from last school year and I know many of them would love this rare chance to meet the author who is
Read More

Free Digital Literacy Resources

Dear School Parents, We’re excited to announce a great reading resource called Capstone Interactive eBooks. This summer, Capstone is providing free access to thousands of ebooks that can be read from school, home, or on-the-go. These eBooks can be used with a laptop, a desktop computer or an iPad. Best of all, Capstone Interactive eBooks provide critical supports like text-highlighting and read-aloud audio and are re
Read More

Many Thanks from Your SFX Librarian

It’s hard to believe it is June! What a wonderful year I have had with all of our SFX students! They are such book enthusiasts and a delight to shepherd through the world of literacy. It was so exciting to end our year with an amazing author visit with Liesl Shurtliff. She enthralled our 3rd-5th grade students and had them perform a readers theater of Snow White. Liesl even made time to celebrate with our 4th-6
Read More

Liesl Shurtliff and Mystery from Author Andrew Clements

As the school year is drawing to a close, our 3rd-5th grade students are getting very excited about Liesl Shurtliff’s visit to SFX this Friday. If your child would like their own personal copy of one of Liesl’s books, please fill out and complete the order form and return it to the office by Tuesday, June 5 along with a check made payable to the Book Stall. 20% from the sale of Mrs. Shurtliff’s book
Read More

Please Return Library Books

As the school year comes to a close, we need to make sure all SFX library books make their way back to school. We have asked students to return their school library books to the school library by the end of the school day today, June 1st. Please help your child remember to return all of their books! Please email me at lindasawyer@sfx-school.org if you have any questions. Mrs. Sawyer
Read More

Wilmette Public Library Summer Reading

Today, Alice Joseph of the Wilmette Public Library came to SFX to speak with our Kindergarten-4th grade students about the wonderful offerings the library has to offer this summer. In addition to their summer reading program, they have tech programs, writing programs and a wealth of other fun events like concerts and movies. There are also great volunteer opportunities for middle school students to earn service hours
Read More

Liesl Shurtliff Author Visit Order Form

As part of our upcoming spring book fair, which is taking place June 6th-8th at the SFX Library and the Book Stall, we will be hosting author Liesl Shurtliff here on Friday, June 8th. She will be speaking with our 3rd-5th grade students about her newest book, Grump. If your child would like an autographed book, please fill out the order form and return it to the library no later than June 5. A portion of the proceeds
Read More

Great America Read to Succeed Tickets

The tickets for the children who completed the Great America Read to Succeed Reading Club have arrived and will be sent home this week via your child’s classroom teacher. Please note the dates listed on the vouchers for the eligible time frame to use the free admission passes as they expire before the end of summer. If for some reason, the voucher doesn’t makes it way home, please don’t hesitate to
Read More

Little Free Library

As spring is now here and the weather is finally starting to feel spring-like, I would like to draw attention to our new Little Free Library. It popped up over the winter and is located in front of the school on Linden Avenue. Last school year, our then 3rd grade students (along with their fellow Poetry Pals partners from two other schools) created the tiles that make up the outside of the library. Much thanks to SFX
Read More

Book Cafe in May

What fun we had last week during our Book Cafe. The students did a great job discussing our featured book and decoding ciphers from the book. In May, we will meet on Thursday, May 31  during 3rd-5th grade recess and lunch. Dessert will be provided.  The discussion is open to all students in 3rd-5th grade.  We will be reading Jack the Fairly True Tale of Jack and the Beanstalk by Liesl Shurtliff. Ms. Shurtliff will be
Read More

Last Call for Bluestem Reading Challenge Completed Forms

Just a quick reminder the deadline to complete the Bluestem Challenge is this Tuesday, May 1. Any SFX 3rd-5th grade student who reads all of the 20 Bluestem nominees and turns in the Bluestem Reading Challenge form to me no later than May 1st will get to attend a special pizza party in the library at the end of the school year. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions. Mrs. Sawyer Libr
Read More

First Grade Library Checkout

Throughout the school year, first grade students visit the library weekly and they checkout 5 books that they keep in their classrooms to have for reading during the school day. These books are a mix of picture books, beginning readers, and, as of last week, transitional chapters books-books with controlled vocabulary but more pages and fewer illustrations than beginning readers. Starting this week, first grade stude
Read More

Bluestem Reading Challenge Deadline is Approaching

I hope you had a blessed Easter and are enjoying the Easter break. Just a reminder the deadline for the Bluestem Challenge is approaching.  I encourage all students in grades 3-5 to take the Bluestem Challenge. The Bluestem Award is an Illinois Readers Choice award for students in grades 3-5. The nominee list is created by librarians and educators from across the state.  Any SFX 3rd-5th grade student who reads all of
Read More

Election Results

While adults very busy voting in primary elections yesterday, our SFX students have spent the last week voting in the Illinois Readers Choice Award elections and here are the results: For the Monarch Award, which is for Grades K-2, I read to the students the 20 books that were on the nominee list over the course of a few weeks and they cast their votes. Check out the enthusiasm of some of our voters here . Our studen
Read More

2018 Battle of the Books Update

Congratulations to our 4th-6th grade Battle of the Books team members. Our three SFX teams competed Monday against 9 teams from three other schools-Baker Progressive School, St. Joseph, and Chiaravalle School. One of our SFX teams, The First Timers came in 2nd place in the individual team competition and in the overall school competition SFX came in 2nd. I couldn’t be prouder of how well these students worked t
Read More

Book Cafe Returns

After a bit of a hiatus, Book Cafe is returning on Wednesday, April 25 during 3rd-5th grade recess and lunch. Dessert will be provided.  The discussion is open to all students in 3rd-5th grade.  We will be reading The Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman. Registration for Book Cafe is limited to 15 students. To register, please complete this form and return it to Mrs. Sawyer no later than Friday, April 13. Mr
Read More

Monday’s Author Visit with Jacqueline Davies

What a wonderful day we had with our One Author, One Community featured author Jacqueline Davies. Mrs. Davies spent all day Monday on campus and she saw students in grades JK-8th grade giving four very distinct, age-appropriate presentations. With our JK and Kindergarten students, she shared her book The Night Is Singing, which is her evocative poem-book about the sounds we hear as we drift off to sleep. Working with
Read More

2018 Battle of the Books Update

Many of our 4th-5th grade students have been furiously reading in preparation for the Battle of the Books. All 4th-5th grade students have been placed in teams with their classmates and next week they will be competing during battles taking place in the library. There are two rounds for each battle. During the first round students work with their team to earn points. In the second round, students work individually to
Read More

Author Visits Last Week and Looking Forward to Our Next Author

What a wonderful week we had last week when we were fortunate to host two author visits. On Monday, author Tammi Sauer engaged and enthralled our K-2 students with her incredible storytelling. Children fell in love with her and her endearing new book character, Wordy Birdy. On Friday, bestselling children’s author Andrew Clements concluded our week by speaking with our 3rd-5th grade students. He delighted us as
Read More

4th Grade Mock Caldecott Results and ALSC Youth Media Awards

Today was a very big day in the world of children’s literature. This morning, the Association of Library Services to Children (ALSC) announced their annual award winners for outstanding children’s books published in 2017. This is like the Academy Awards of children’s literature. A complete listing of the award winners can be found on the ALSC website One of the awards announced today was the 2018 Ca
Read More

Monday’s Upcoming Author Visit with Tammi Sauer

Thanks to our friends at the Book Stall in Winnetka, picture book author Tammi Sauer will be coming to SFX the afternoon of Monday, February 12. Last week, I read Ms. Sauer’s newest book, Wordy Birdy, to our Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade students. They adored the zany book. Many asked how they could get a copy. I handed out order forms and told the students the forms needed to be back no later than Friday, Fe
Read More