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I am the elementary librarian at The American School in Japan.

2021-22 Bookmark Challenge Winners


Grade 5 : Claudia 5C, Mia K. 5C, Ayumu 5J, Toby 5J, Jiin 5R, Michika 5R, Paige 5R and Sayuki 5V

Grade 4: Ayu 4I, Mustafa & Jiho 4K, Connor 4M, Zella 4M and Sawa 4S

Grade 3: Sophia 3B, Emma 3Be, Audrey 3R, Coraline 3T, Cailey 3T and Linn 3T

Grade 2: Edda 2T, Tom 2T, Ethan T. 2Y, Kayra 2Y, Mirabelle 2Y and Rina 2Y

Grade 1: Ayana 1F, Calla 1F, Finn 1F, Nina 1H, Keina 1H, Sylvia 1H, Rei 1R and Keito 1S

KG Participants: Arisa, Emma and Sam

2021 BookMark Challenge

Be sure to:

Color in your bookmark using colored pencils or pen. Do not use crayons.

Outline your images using a black fine line marker or Sharpie.

Shade in your background using a colored pencil.

Don’t forget to write your name and class on the back of your bookmark before turning it in to Ms. Pretz or Mrs. Notter during library class or recess.

Welcome Back

LIBRARY FAQ’s

Are we still practicing the 4W’s when we are in the library?
Yes, Yes and Yes!

Where do I go for library news and information?
Go to The Noisy Librarian Blog 

Where do I go to look up titles, check my account, and hold information?
Go to Destiny Discover and Sign in with Google. 

What do I need before checking out a book?
Helping Hand

How many students can safely browse for a book in an aisle?
4

What is the maximum number of books I may check out?
2

How many days until my books are overdue?
2 weeks

When can I check out books?
Library class
Recess ( Grades 1-2 beginning September 23rd and Grades 3-5 beginning September 9th)

How many students are allowed to sign in during recess times?
30 students 

Where do I return my library books?
Book Drop Box located outside of…the library, office, or second floor of the cafeteria building.
DO NOT put books in a Book Drop Box on library days. Bring your books with you for Mrs. Notter to check-in.

What is the maximum number of books I can put on hold?
2

When may I pick up books that I placed on hold?
After you receive a Google chat message from Ms. Pretz or Mrs. Notter, please come to the library to pick up your book.

Librarian Picks: Week of August 23

These are books I have read this week that support ASIJ’s Portrait of a Learner, DEI and SEL.

As I read books this year, I will modify the catalog to make it easier for you to search for books to support ASIJ’s Portrait of a Learner. Catalog Search by Subject Example below:

Rain Boy by Dylan Glynn

Prompt to promote a class discussion: “Play was better together.”

Global Citizenship/DEI/SEL

The Big Umbrella by Amy June Bates

Prompt to promote a class discussion: “Some people worry that there won’t be enough room under the big umbrella,” the narrator warns. “But the amazing thing is…there is.” 

Global Citizenship/DEI/SEL

Pair Rain Boy and The Big Umbrella with Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller or One by Kathryn Otoshi

The Circle of Caring and Sharing by Theresa Larsen-Jonasson

Prompt to promote a class discussion: “The animals took turns passing the stick to speak. Some gave a loud roar, and others a squeak.

Collaboration/Communication/DEI/SEL

The Whatifs by Emily Kilgore

Prompt to promote a class discussion: “Do you ever have good Whatifs?”

Mindset/SEL

Speak Up, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell

Prompt to promote a class discussion: “Speak up for anyone who might need help.”

Mindset/DEI/SEL

A FEW MORE FANTASTIC NEW PICTURE BOOK READ ALOUDS!