Please plan to stop by the Learning Center when you’re at Hiawatha for Open House on Tuesday, Sept. 18 from 6:30-7:30.  I’d love to see you!  We are sharing our space that night with Jennifer Borch, our new teacher for English Language Learners so be sure to stop by and meet her as well.



It’s been great to reconnect with all of the children and many parents over these first few days of school.  Our library times have been filled with stories, fingerplays, chants, and cheers.  We’ve talked about book care and met Skoob, the library’s Shelf Elf.  Student helpers each week will wear a Skoob badge and help their friends to remember to pick up after themselves and get the space ready for the next class.  We appreciate all of the help when students work as a team!

Please remember that parents are welcome to set up family library accounts and borrow from our collection at any time.  Stop by and visit, and come see what’s new!

You should have received information last week about summer reading programs and challenges and incentives. But just in case something was lost in the “backpack shuffle” you can find details here about promotions from TD Bank, the Vermont Lake Monsters and Price Chopper, the Champlain Valley Expo, and Barnes and Noble. You can also pick up a summer flyer and schedule at the Brownell Library or call 878-6956.

We are so fortunate to have such a wonderful public library here in the village of Essex Junction.  Children’s librarian Mary Graf visited Hiawatha earlier today and explained the summer reading program opportunities to our students.

Here are the highlights.  Be sure to look for the flyers in backpacks at the end of this week!

Summer at the Brownell Library! from Kathy Lawrence on Vimeo.

Have you ever wondered which of our books circulates the most?  Wonder no more!  Here’s a list of our 2011-12 top ten overall:

#1:  Guinness Book of World Record Records 2012  (31 circulations)

#2:  I Spy Christmas (30 circulations)

#3:  Geronimo Stilton: The Coliseum Con (27 circulations)

#4:  Inside the Titanic (27 circulations)

#5:  Ripley’s Believe it or not! (27 circulations)

#6:  Guinness Book of World Records, 2011 (25 circulations)

#7:  Bone #3: Eyes of the Storm (24 circulations)

#8:  Star Wars:  Death Star Battles (24 circulations)

#9:  Geronimo Stilton #2:  The Secret of the Sphinx (23 circulations)

#10:Soldiers of the U.S. Army  ( 23 circulations)

It’s interesting to note that all of these are classified as non-fiction. (3 are graphic novels)

Top circulations for fiction chapter books were all for books that were part of a series (Magic Tree House, Wimpy Kid, Time Soldiers, Geronimo Stilton, Ivy and Bean, Humphrey)

The winners hands down for our early readers are books by Mo Willems, along with the Fly Guy series by Tedd Arnold.

Image:  Gold  Top Ten Winner

This week your child will bring home a note about our annual Book Swap. After we cut off circulation (June 1) we still want students to be able to find something new to take home to read for the summer. So each year we ask families to look through their bookshelves at home and consider finding books that the children can trade. (No toddler or baby books, please!)  Every child will get one new-to-them book even if they have nothing to bring to trade.

We are collecting books for the Book Swap next week (Tue-Fri) after the Memorial Day weekend.

Students will be given a “book buck” for every book they bring in to trade.  (10 maximum bucks).  Then they’ll “shop” during one of their last library times of the year.  It’s lots of fun and the kids look forward to it every year.

'Hourglass' photo (c) 2010, John Morgan - license:

Though it seems incredible to me, the year is winding down quickly.  For the library, that means:

1.  All books, magazines, DVDs, etc. need to be brought back by June 1.

2.  When your student’s account is clear, they can help themselves to a reward from our once-a-year prize box.

3.  Parent accounts will need to be cleared as well.  Please return materials by June 1.

4.  The 11th annual Book Swap is just around the corner!  (More details coming home next week!)

5.  We’ll discuss summer reading program options and send related materials home.