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Mr. Nicholas Quick - Skyway Librarian

Hello Skyway Families,

This is Mr. Quick with our final Skyway Library newsletter of the school year. This year has been a wonderful experience for myself and students alike. We’ve accomplished so much, and the hope is that your student remains inspired to read through the summer. Please remind them to bury their noses in books alongside the vacations, sports, beach trips, and other outdoor activities that make summer so special.

We wrapped up our second book fair during the last week of April and it was quite successful. Not just in the funds we raised for the library, but in the collective effort put in by our Bookworms to host the fair. From the fair’s setup, daily operation, and tear-down, Skyway students were involved the entire time. Without their volunteering, the fair wouldn’t have been as streamlined and successful as it was. Meghan and I sincerely thank all parents who filled out the volunteer form and empowered their students to contribute. It’s a great foundation for them to build off as they learn what it means to volunteer and become valuable members of our community. They also pick up a thing or two about merchandising, cash handling, and customer service along the way - which will greatly benefit them as they approach working ages.

When the fair concluded, I placed an order for a new NBA team book set for the library. This completes the overhaul of the sports team collection, with new NFL, MLB, MLS, and NBA series on our shelves. My purchasing strategy is to get books students want to read on our shelves, and sports are a great topic to facilitate this approach. Our old collections were…well…old. As an example, the previous NFL series had the St. Louis Rams in it and they moved to LA in 2015. So refreshing these collections has been a priority and we can now check that box off as complete. (I will keep an eye out for an NHL set next year)

For K & 1st grade students, we read 25 books together this year. Each week we’d gather in the library den, talk about the previous week’s title, and then I’d read the weekly story with them. The full list of recited books is detailed below if you want to review, but we covered a wide variety of titles & authors. We also dove into classics with readings from books written in the 1960s, 70s and 80s. Dr. Seuss is a favorite of mine and he topped the list for most books read with six appearances.

I have some data from the library’s usage this year that I’d like to share:

17,377 = Total amount of circulations (books checked-in/out)
12,238 = Total amount of books available in the library
2,776 = Total amount of book reports submitted
117 = Book reports submitted by 2nd grader Faye B. (most in the school)
103 = Circulations of Dog Man: Mothering Heights (most popular title in the library)
83 = Check-outs by 5th grader Wyatt L. (most in the school)
21.95 = Average amount of check-outs per student in 4th grade (highest total/grade)

As you can see, the library is well-used within Skyway and I’m happy to be here to facilitate all this activity. I’m also incredibly proud of the effort all students put into our book report program. To have the volume of submissions we did is incredible! While Faye is documented above, I wanted to shout out some other students for faring so well within the standings: 
Ali H. (4th) – 91
Greyson G. (2nd) – 62
Lina B. (3rd) – 61
Hazel K. & Caroline B. (3rd) – 47 each
Graham K. (2nd) – 43

All in all, we’ve had an amazing year in the Skyway library. It’s been a pleasure working with your students and encouraging their reading development. Have a great summer!

-      Mr. Quick
15th May, 2024

 
K & 1st Grade Weekly Reading Log:
1. Put Me in the Zoo by Dr. Seuss
2. Llama Llama Mess Mess Mess by Anna Dewdney 
3. Berenstein Bears & The Double Dare by Stan & Jan Berenstein 
4. The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle 
5. Pete the Cat's Groovy Imagination by Kimberly & James Dean 
6. The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid by Linda Williams 
7. I Can Read with My Eyes Shut by Dr. Seuss 
8. If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff
9. Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson (+2nd grade)
10. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss (all grades)
11. Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by Kimberly & James Dean
12. Click, Clack, Peep! by Doreen Cronin & Betsy Lewin
13. Snow by Uri Schulevitz
14. Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss (+2nd grade)
15. The Big Honey Hunt by Stan & Jan Berenstein (+2nd grade)
16. I Am a Tiger by Karl Newson 
17. The Great Pasta Escape by Miranda Paul 
18. Our Library by Eve Bunting 
19. Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss
20. St. Patricks Day by Abby Mercer 
21. The Bears' Picnic by Stan & Jan Berenstein 
22. Arthur's Tooth by Marc Brown
23. Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein 
24. A Girafe and a Half by Shel Silverstein
25. Oh, the Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss

 

Key Library Dates

All Books are Due: 17th May 2024

Last Day of Library Specials: 24th May 2024

Last Day of School: 7th June 2024

 

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