New Professional Development Material!


Come take a look at some of the new professional development materials we have in the library.

Do you need a tool to hook your most reluctant readers?  Try using comics in the classroom with these great new resources:

Teaching Visual Literacy: Using Comic Books, Graphic Novels, Anime, Cartoons, and More to Develop Comprehension and Thinking Skills

“This book puts into practice what we’ve long known but often ignored: one picture is indeed worth a thousand words! The chapters offer an up close and practical look at how images in all their many forms can be used to motivate reluctant readers.” (Donna E. Alvermann, Distinguished Research Professor )

Adventures In Graphica:  Using Comics and Graphic Novels to Teach Comprehension in Grades 2-6.

Drawing on his own success using graphica with elementary students, literacy coach Terry Thompson introduces reading teachers to this popular medium and suggests sources of appropriate graphica for the classroom and for particular students. Taking cues from research that supports the use of graphica with students, Terry shows how this exciting medium fits into the literacy framework and correlates with best practices in comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency instruction. Adventures in Graphica contains numerous, easy-to-replicate, instructional strategies, including examples of how graphic texts can be used to create a bridge as students transfer abstract comprehension strategies learned through comics and graphic novels to traditional texts. (From the book description).

Let us know if we can help you with one of these titles or anything else.  Free delivery included!


Destiny Quest Now Available From Anywhere!

That’s right, you can now get on quest from any computer, anywhere.  Teachers and students can now look over Kenwood’s library catalog from home.   Just click here.  Want to learn more about Quest and our new catalog?  Click on the tab at the top of the page.

CPL Summer Reading Game

The Champaign Public Library will host their summer reading game kickoff on 5/26/12.  See below for the details!

Event Type: School-age Kids
Date: 5/26/2012
Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Time: 2:45 PM

 Aargh you ready to “Treasure Your Reading” this summer? Jump on board with Swords and Roses. Their crew will present an action-packed program filled with swashbuckling, singing, and stunts. Early registration for the library’s summer reading adventure will be available for children (fourth-grade graduates and younger).

Library: Main Library, 200 W. Green St.    Map
Location: Robeson Pavilion Room A & B
Contact: Children’s Services
Contact Number: 217/403-2030

Smart Board Training…Lunch and Learn 5/15

I will be offering our next round of training this Tuesday at lunch.  As always, I will have duty from 11:40-11:55.  The topics for the week are:
1.  Using “Infinite Clone”
2.  The “Drag a Copy” action
Both of these techniques are used to build interactive Smart lessons.
Bring your lunch and join us if you can!  If you cannot join us on Tuesday, I would be glad to come and work with you anytime.

Smart Board Training on Tuesday, 5/1/12

Our next round of Smart Board training will take place on Tuesday, 5/1/12 at lunch in the library.  We will review backgrounds, using the snapshot tool and introduce the basics of grouping objects together.  I will have to go outside from 11:40-11:55 for recess duty.  Otherwise, we will be training from 11:00-12:20.  We hope to see you then!

The Reading Tent at Camp Kenwood!

On Saturday, February 19, students at camp Kenwood got to come and relax in the “Reading Tent” at Camp Kenwood.  Many of the students had never been in a tent before and they all seemed to really enjoy it.

Battle of the Books is almost here!

Battle of the Books is almost here!  By now, students should have completed reading all 30 of the titles for the competition.  The  team has now picked our “expert books”.  They are reading these books each day for ten to fifteen minutes in order to really get to know them.  They also  study questions for these books inorder to prepare.

We will be attending the 2:00-4:00 battle on Saturday, February 25 at the main library.  

Unfortunately, for the first time in almost a decade, I will be unable to attend.  I have a legal meeting in St. Louis dealing with a family issue.  Mrs. Denzer, our clerk, and Ms. Morgan, our student teacher, will be there with the team in my absence.  Feel free to make this a family event.  Come to the competition and cheer us on and by all means, read and enjoy these books with your child.