This has been a very exciting period for the Diener/Kadner Library.
First, our Book Fair theme, “One World Many Stories,” helped spearhead the Fair and led to a week-long event that was truly enjoyed by children, parents, faculty, staff, and members of the community at large. This success was due in great part to the truly outstanding planning and support from the parent body. As a result of the leadership of Cheryl Banton, along with our three co-chairs, Jennifer Cohen, Shandy Gabbay, and Owen Kugel, plus our treasurer, Robyn Sokol, the Book Fair truly exceeded all expectations! The great efforts of so many parents truly made the Book Fair experience meaningful , special, and fun for our students.
I particularly enjoy the time before the Book Fair when every class comes to the Library to see what is new and exciting and being offered at the Fair. How wonderful it is to see excitement in the eyes of children about books!
As always, our Bookmark Contest was a major hit with the students. In fact, the students submitted 130 entrees to our three judge panel. The judges’ job was a particularly daunting task because our students are so creative and submitted so many amazing designs. The 18 winners are: Kindergarten: Aiden Yedidsion and Peter Tevonyan; 1st grade: Haley Kohanarieh, Lindsay Shepard, and Levi Shmuel; 2nd grade: Kaila Harunzade and Samuel Ghalili; 3rd grade: Chloe Messian, Jonathan Ryan, and Savannah Davis; 4th grade: Michael Neman, Sasha Stone, and Samantha Harnick; 5th grade: Avi Engelman, Zack Lechter, and Sabrina Yadidi; and 6th grade: Sophie Levy and Noam Haykeen. Their designs will be reproduced and given out to all of our students during January.
Two authors, Erica Silverman and Stacey Laura Lloyd, visited our school and autographed their books. Erica Silverman made a presentation to all grades and spoke of the creative process that goes into a published book. She spoke about the importance of imagination, and how it contributes to the writing process. She had a wonderful time meeting our students and answering their thoughtful questions. The students were very excited about their opportunity to meet these authors.
This time of year is a special one for the Library, since there are so many fabulous Hanukkah stories that are loved by our students in every grade. Our collection of Hanukkah books is vast.
With the arrival of January, our Kindergarten classes will be visiting the Library on a regular basis. They are already excited about the opportunity and responsibility that come with checking out books for the first time.
The two new lists below provide a listing of excellent titles for your personal Jewish libraries. The first is “In Celebration of Jewish Book Month: A Selected List of Recent Books for Children and Teens for 2012.” The second is “In Celebration of Jewish Book Month: A Selected List of Recent Books and DVDs for Adults For 2012.”
These two annotated bibliographies are publications of the Association of Jewish Libraries of Southern California. Importantly, our Library already has most of these titles. In addition, you can also go to your public library and check these items out.
Also, the American Library Association has a webpage entitled Great Web Sites for Kids! Just click below:
And remember The Children’s Reading Foundation’s slogan is:
Read with a child. It's the most important 20 minutes of your day.