What's Happening at the Library
The Phoenix Public Library (PPL) will be holding a Star Wars-themed Amazing Library Card drive in October and November. Stop by one of the 17 city library locations to register for a card! Cards are free to all Maricopa County residents; all you need is proof of identification. Your library card will allow you to access a wealth of information including books, music, movies and a variety of online resources. Each library branch also hosts special programs, including children's story times and performances by musicians and other artists. Be sure to check and find out if your location is participating in the Star Wars Reads Day celebration on Saturday, Oct. 10 - it's going to be galactic fun!
There are several programs available to help you keep your child excited about reading over the summer. Children need to practice the reading skills that they have learned during the school year so that they will be fully prepared to enter their next grade in August. Below you will find information about three fun programs that feature activities and incentives to keep your child interested and motivated during the summer break.
Phoenix Public Library: Join the Phoenix Public Library summer reading fun from June 1st through August 1st. This year's theme is "Every Hero Has a Story". Kids can participate online and track reading success to earn prizes and to have the chance to win additional weekly drawing prizes. You can register online at maricopacountyreads.org. For more information visit phoenixpubliclibrary.org or call 602-262-4636.
Barnes & Noble: Barnes & Noble invites your child to participate in this year's summer reading program "Imagination's Destination". This program encourages students to let books transport them to the most exciting destination of all - the imagination. Activities in the Summer Reading kit are designed to reinforce learning and nurture skills. You can register for this program by visiting BN.COM/summerreading.
Bookmans: Bookmans Kids Club gives kids up through 12 years old a 10% discount on anything at their entertainment exchanges. In addition, they will send you a $10 gift certificate each year on your birthday! You can also participate in the Read 10 Get 1 Free program. This program runs year-round and you can enroll online at http://bookmans.com/signup or visit the Bookmans location at 8034 N. 19th Ave.
We have quite a number of students who have overdue library books, so please help your child find and return their book(s). You should have a special place in your home where your child can keep his or her books free from pets or younger siblings. A number of books end up at relative's homes also, so please check with grandparents, aunts and uncles, or other family members to ensure that your child's book is not there. You are responsible for paying for a book if it is lost or damaged so badly that others cannot use it. One of the easiest ways to keep our library healthy is to make sure that all students return their library books in a timely manner!
The final votes have been counted for this year's Grand Canyon Reader's Award contest. Students at John Jacobs participated in this contest and our school's votes aligned with the statewide winners. The winning book in the Picture Book category is "The Day the Crayons Quit" by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers. This is a delightful story about different colored crayons in a little boy's box of crayons who are tired of being used to color the same things over and over. They each write a letter to the boy and ask to be used to draw different things. The results are heartwarming and humorous! The winning book in the Intermediate (chapter) Book category is "Wonder" by R. J. Palacio. "Wonder" is an amazing story about ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial deformities. Auggie goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan. His story is compassionately revealed as he endures the taunting and fear of his classmates and struggles to be seen as just another student.
We would like to thank the First Book organization and volunteer members of Pi Beta Phi fraternity for the opportunity to receive new books for the John Jacobs library during their "Fraternity Day of Service" distribution event on Feb. 28th at the Burton Barr Library. We received copies of various "Curious George" titles, and were able to obtain enough copies of each title to be able to provide books to each of the libraries in the WESD. Thank you for these brand-new books which will be greatly enjoyed by the students in our district!
Throughout the year John Jacobs students are introduced to the Arizona Grand Canyon Readers Award program. Each year ten books in various categories are nominated to encourage Arizona students to read. At JJ, Kindergarten through third grade students enjoy seeing and hearing the ten nominated picture books as part of their weekly library visits. Fourth through sixth grade students receive a brief synopsis of the intermediate chapter books and are encouraged to read at least three of the books so that they are eligible to vote. Voting occurs in March and the winner is announced in April. It is always exciting to learn which book wins the award.
The purpose of the Grand Canyon Readers Award is to encourage Arizona young readers to become better acquainted with recently published quality books and to honor favorite books and authors. The award is sponsored by the Arizona Library Association.
Check us out! The John Jacobs library is available for students and staff to use during the school day. Books are checked out for 8 days, and are due back on your regularly scheduled library day (Days 1 - 6). Students - If you finish a book before your class is scheduled to come in again then you are welcome to stop in and check out a new book. Parents - We can set up an account for you if you would like to check out additional books for your child to read. We are always striving to add new books to the JJ library collection, so please come by and see what's new!
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