Steadily We March Along

We’ve been very busy learning in the library!

In early January, members of my 4th grade Technology Rocks Information Literacy group were treated to a video chat via Google Hangout with author Chris Grabenstein – author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library – we had a wonderful visit with him, and am so very thankful of his patience and flexibility while I frantically tried to fix our technology issues – we could see and hear him on our Promethean board, but he could neither hear or see us!  In his typical good-natured way, he offered his phone number so that we could speak to him via cell phone.Flower Hill ES 044WP_20150107_15_49_41_Pro

Just for fun, we celebrated Rubber Duck Day on January 13th and learned about the meaning of friendship.

Students learned about Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. and importance of the Civil Rights movement.   Dr. King once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”  In honor of Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. National Day of Service, Flower Hill students decorated 288 Valentine’s Day cards that were to be distributed to wounded soldiers at Walter Reid Hospital by WP_20150203_17_03_11_Provolunteers of Operation Second ChanceGWGVFD

My students also created four thank you posters that I delivered to the Gaithersburg-Washington Grove Volunteer Fire Department.   The firefighter second from the left, Charles Fowler, was especially pleased

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Dr. King is well known for his “I Have a Dream” speech, and I posed the question to staff and students …. “What is your dream for the future?” on an interactive bulletin board.  Some of their sweet and thoughtful dreams are here:

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In February, in addition to our regular lessons and work on inquiry projects, students also learned about many black history makers in celebration of Black History Month.  Every morning during the announcements, we spotlighted an important person, and students were encouraged to come down to the library to learn more about them by checking

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March promises to be another exciting month in the library.  Lots of learning, research, and creativity – including a week-long celebration of World Read Aloud Day where my students will be connecting with other classrooms around the United States to share information about each other’s state and read aloud to one another.  For more information about World Read Aloud Day, please visit    My students and I are looking forward to connecting with schools in Vermont, Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, Louisiana, and Texas!

Dr. Seuss’ birthday is March 2, and his birthday is celebrated with Read Across America Day, sponsored by the National Education Association (NEA).  Maryland offers Read Across Maryland, and students are encouraged to take the Radical Reader’s Pledge to read 30 minutes each day for 30 days.  For information about Read Across Maryland, please visit the website here:

…and let’s not forget Pi(e) Day on March 14 – who says you can’t have fun with math in the library?!

In 2014 … All You Need is a Book!



As we start 2014, I wanted to share some ideas for celebrating the love of reading with our students and with friends around the world. First,The Washington Post’s KidsPost January 1st article highlights some fun days of celebration throughout the year, and I am confident I can find books to tie in with each of  these themes! For example, reading  Eric Carle’s 10 Little Rubber Ducks for January 13th Rubber Duck Day, and Ferris Wheel!: George Ferris and his Amazing Invention by Dani Sneed for Ferris Wheel Day on February 14th.

Dr. Seuss‘s birthday is March 2nd and as he’s quoted as saying,  “You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.”   

There are two celebrations in March to foster a love of reading, and the first is in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday:  Read Across America Day is slated for March 3, 2014.




The second celebration is sponsored by LitWorld :  World Read Aloud Day … scheduled for March 5, 2014.  


I am looking forward to celebrating a love of reading with my students all week — and hope to Skype with many wonderful teacher-librarians around the USA!

Lastly, Read Across Maryland is typically declared by the Governor of Maryland for the entire month of March, so a am looking forward to finding out about this year’s program (the site has not yet been updated with 2014 information as January 1) and encouraging my students to continue reading – simply for the joy of it!


Happy New Year and Happy Reading!