Jen E on January 29th, 2013
And the Winners Are…
Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Peter Brown
Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen
Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo, illustrated by David Small
Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski
Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz
Bomb: The Race to Build—And Steal—The World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
Jen E on January 19th, 2013
"In his own life's example, he symbolized what was right about America, what was noblest and best, what human beings have pursued since the beginning of history. He loved unconditionally. He was in constant pursuit of truth, and when he discovered it, he embraced it. His nonviolent campaigns brought about redemption, reconciliation, and justice. He taught us that only peaceful means can bring about peaceful ends, that our goal was to create the love community." ~ Coretta Scott King (1)
On Monday, January 21, our nation will pause to remember the life and work of pastor and Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year will also mark the 45th anniversary of Dr. King's assassination.
To learn more about Dr. King or how to participate in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, click here. You can also check out many excellent resources on Dr. King available at Frankfort Library. Click on the titles below to request a copy, or view a full list of resources for adults and children.
(1). John T. Woolley and Gerhard Peters, The American Presidency Project [online]. Santa Barbara, CA. Available from World Wide Web: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=40708.
rcuzzo on December 18th, 2012
I spent a good part of last week speaking to the wonderfully enthusiastic students at Chelsea Intermediate, and I had the great pleasure of sharing some of my favorite books with them. I was so happy to be back, and I was even happier to discover that some of the students remembered me from my visit last May.
The Weather Channel keeps saying we're going to have a White Christmas, so who knows when the snow's going to show up? And, I wanted to make sure that these students had some great 'cures for cabin fever' during the winter break. Check out this list if you're looking for a few good reads while the snow is falling (fingers crossed!) outside your window. Happy reading!
~Rachel Cuzzo, Youth Services Education Specialist
The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver. Would you travel to a land called Below to save someone you love from an eight-legged soul sucker? Liza did, and she just might regret it.
Jack and Larry: Jack Graney and Larry, the Cleveland Baseball Dog by Barbara Gregorich. The true story of a boy and his dog. A boy, who just happened to be a professional baseball player, and a bull terrier that just wanted to be part of the pack
Wonder by R.J. Palacio. This is the story of an ordinary boy named August Pullman. So far, his life has not been easy, but it's about to get a lot better.
My Sister, the Vampire: Switched by Sienna Mercer. Olivia never dreamed she'd have a sister with a huge secret. And Ivy never imagined she'd be related to someone who wears so much pink! First in a series!
The Ghost of Graylock by Dan Poblocki. Haunted asylum. Murderous ghost of a nurse. Most would stay far away. But, Neil Cady considers himself an expert on ghosts. So, he heads out to Graylock Hall on the belief that ghosts can't really hurt you...
Forgive Me, I Meant To Do It by Gail Carson Levine. Ever had to apologize for something when you weren't really sorry at all? If so, then these poems are meant for you.
The Adventures of Jo Schmo: Dinos are Forever by Greg Trine. Jo Schmo, the next in a long line of crimefighters has a lot of questions to answer when her Uncle George sends her a bright red cape with a note that says 'use it well.' First in a series!
Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier. Some call him the greatest thief who ever lived. Peter, who was born blind and orphaned, would just call himself unlucky. Until he discovers three pairs of magical eyes that will change his life forever.
Silhouetted by the Blue by Traci L. Jones. Serena Shaw. Seventh grader. Made for a pair of ruby red slippers in her school's production of The Wiz. But ever since her mom died last year, her dad's had a terrible case of "the blue," and she's had to be the adult in the family. Can she handle it all?
Baffling and Bizarre Inventions and Weird and Wacky Inventions by Jim Murphy. Yep, you guessed it. Some of the most baffling and bizarre, weirdest and wackiest inventions that ever came from the baffling, bizarre, weird and wacky wonderfulness that is the human brain. Think that a horse doesn't need water wings? Or that dogs don't need underwear? You are so wrong.
Sarah on November 24th, 2012
“I need to find a book to read for school,” says Student A.
“Okay,” I say. “Does it need to be a certain Lexile?”
“Yeah, it needs to be 1150.”
And then I sigh and say, “Okay, this is going to take some time.” Why? Because not only do we have to find a book that’s on shelf in our library that Student A might like (challenging enough on its own), but we also have to find one that is in Student A’s assigned “range.”
What is a Lexile? A Lexile is a score to rate either a reader or a book. These lexiles are reading measurements assigned by a private company called MetaMetrics. When students take their standardized tests, they are given a reader Lexile score, which is supposed to measure how well a student reads. Then on the other hand, whenever a book publisher pays MetaMetrics to measure their book, MetaMetrics assigns their books a number score that shows how “difficult” the text of the book is by measuring word frequency and “syntactic complexity.” The idea is then to match your student’s Lexile score with the corresponding text Lexile score, and, voila, you have achieved “targeted reading,” a student reading books that are not too easy or too hard for them, but just right.
Some would say that education systems in America have been flowering into testing-driven powerhouses for a while, so why the increase in popularity for Lexiles these days? The new Common Core education standards are linking themselves up with a Lexile-based approach, so that’s part of why Lexiles are in vogue more than ever. Why does Common Core use these scores when some think they pigeon-hole our readers into numbers? Because, according to the standards, high school and elementary school textbooks aren’t as hard as college and work reading is. The idea is that they want readers to scale their reading in difficulty as they get older. However, Lexile does not take into account content in their ratings.
As a librarian, I read a lot of reviews of books to see whether they are worthy of purchase for the library. These reviews give grade-range suggestions, not lexile scores. How do reviewers judge a book’s grade level? Sure, they take into account the complexity of the text and “word frequency” but they also take into account the content, which Lexile does not take into account. That’s why you get an adult fiction book (Life Expectancy by Dean Koontz) and a kids chapter book (A Dear Dumb Diaries book by Jim Benton) BOTH with a score of 1000L.
So that’s what Lexile is. Your teacher gives you the range you need to get books in. How do you find out what Lexile a book is? Well, IF a book publisher has paid to have their books rated by Lexile, then you can find the score in several ways; here are four options. (Keep in mind that a lot of books have not been rated yet.)
1.) Go directly to Lexile: www.lexile.com.
2.) Find the “Find A Book” option in the nav bar on the top of the page.
3.) Enter your Lexile range in the measurement box.
4.) Choose your areas of interest. For maximum results, choose all.
5.) Limit your choices with the options on the right hand side.
6.) Now you have to find out whether or not the library owns the books you would like from the list, so go to our SWAN catalog. Search for the name of the book and limit it to on shelf at FPLD. OR ask a librarian!
1.) Go to our web-site: www.frankfortlibrary.org and choose the Research tab at the top.
2.) Scroll through until you find either Novelist or Novelist K-8. I’ve chosen Novelist K-8 for the images.
3.) Log in with the barcode on your card, if necessary. If you are in the library, skip this step. If you are at home, you’ll need your current Frankfort Public Library card. (To apply for a card online, go here.)
4.) Click on Advanced Search.
5.) Enter the Lexile you’re looking for, and limit as much as you like.
6.) Go to our SWAN catalog. Search for the name of the book and limit it to on shelf to see if the item is at FPLD. OR ask a librarian!
Scholastic Book Wizard
1.) Go to Scholastic.com’s Book Wizard.
2.) Enter the range you are looking for.
3.) Go to our SWAN catalog. Search for the name of the book and limit it to on shelf to see if the item is at FPLD. OR ask a librarian!
Ask a librarian—and be patient!
Finally, keep in mind, this from Lexile.com itself: “Teachers and parents can best serve a student's literacy needs when they treat him or her as a unique individual, rather than as a test score or a grade-level norm or average. The reading abilities of young people in the same grade at school can vary just as much as their shoe sizes. However, grade-leveling methods commonly are used to match students with books.” http://www.lexile.com/about-lexile/lexile-overview/
--Ms. Sarah, Youth Services Librarian, Book Finder
sanderson on September 28th, 2012
If you are looking for a “fast” hour of hands on activities, register your children in kindergarten through second grade for the Mad Science Jr. Program on Monday, October 8. The children will have the chance to design, build, and test ramps for speed. There will be a variety of materials to use as they explore the way different objects move. Which group will be able to build the most unique ramp? Which item will roll the farthest, the fastest, the shortest, or the slowest? If your child likes to explore and investigate, you won’t want to miss this morning of fun! Registration is now open at www.frankfortlibrary.org.
Youth Service Assistant