The Librarian's Corner


Welcome back to school Banta Mustangs! Thank you so much for letting me be a part of your wonderful school. We are so excited to welcome you back into the library. You will see so many good things occurring here. First of all we will have a makerspace (tinker time it was formerly known as) for students to enjoy at lunch time.

There will be supplies for you to use and create with during your lunchtime recess. Classes will start their library time on August 30th. During this time, we will talk about books, read a story and discuss book care as well as how many books you can check out at a time. This will be left up to your child’s teacher’s discretion.

We will also have a program called “Read-to-a-Dog” come to our library this year. This program is very special to me, and such a great addition to any library that children visit. Essentially, we work with Alliance of Therapy Dogs (ATD) and have up to four therapy dogs visit us. Teachers who sign up to be a part of this program, bring their classes to the library and students can take turns reading to the animals.

Most likely we will have two sessions, one for our TK/K-3rd graders and then a second one for our 4th-8th grade students. Research shows that sometimes reading to a furry friend is just what students need to feel confident in building those reading skills. Please look for this program late-September or early October.

I will also choose books to review in this area as the year goes on. One in particular that comes to mind as we start the year is Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen. This book is great for when students come back to school as it is about a cuddly lion who shows up at the library one day and learns how to follow the rules. The story teaches you when you must follow the rules, as well as when it might be okay to break them. The illustrator Kevin Hawkes adds to the book’s character. He is quoted as saying, “Illustrating Library Lion was like going back to the libraries I knew as a child. I wanted the illustrations to remind me of those simple days when a visit to the library was as exciting as a trip to the zoo, only better!”

Quote taken from Back to School Read Alouds - Elementary Librarian

Librarian’s Corner by Mrs. McDaniel