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To wrap up National Library Week, we took time to honor the Libraries of the World. Students shared books and traditional clothing from other lands and we had a wonderful international feast in the Library. This is the 4th International Day at the Pratt Library and each year we have a great time!
Wednesday was Graphic Novel Day. The LMA provided popcorn and M&Ms and students enjoyed watching a film based on a Graphic Novel. Aidan C. of the LMA created displays on Doctor Who and Riverdale.
Thursday was "Get Caught Reading Day." Students were not told of the day's theme. Members of the LMA gave out "Caught Reading" tickets to students who were reading for pleasure. Once redeemed, the tickets earned students a Ring-Pop and entry into a prize drawing. Our two winners were Ashkon S. and Olivia P. Winners received a SIGNED copy of Allison Varnes' Property of a Rebel Librarian.
Original Poetry Contest Winner, Mariam A.
For her Poem entitled "Beautiful Brown Eyes," Mariam wins a book of her choosing.
Beautiful Brown Eyes
Described as the dirt under your shoe,
the ordinary, the dull and the boring, always unwanted.
Wished for deep blue like the sky above or the ocean beneath,
or emerald green, rich in color sparkling magnificently like a clover in autumn.
But what is not realized is that brown simply doesn’t describe them.
Under the sun they glisten, like amber and sepia against honey, flooding the wings of a delicate monarch.
They gleam like Axinite and sustain vast mystery with raw emotion.
They tell an untold tale filled with ravenous treasures.
They hold natures warm hug while glowing like a fiery flame dancing below the nights opalescent sky.
They grasp the sunset and unravel twilight.
Your eyes are anything but ordinary.
Magnetic Poetry Competition
Dr. Allison Varnes visits Bolles Middle School to talk to kids about writing and their Right to Read.
Honoring Poet and Bartram Alumna, Ms. Gardner McFall
"The Bartram School for Girls was founded in 1934 by four Jacksonville families: the Atwoods, the Gibbs, the McCrorys and the Osbornes. It was located at Glynlea, the home of their friend, Madeleine Downing Knight, on the south bank of the Arlington River and was originally named Glynlea School. Miss Olga Pratt was the founding head of Glynlea, assisted by her colleague, Miss Lula Miller. The school relocated in the spring of 1938 to its permanent campus on Little Pottsburg Creek and was renamed Bartram School. In 1991 it merged with The Bolles School and became the current middle school campus and home of the girls boarding program."
~The History of Bolles - The Bolles School. https://www.bolles.org/about-us/the-history-of-bolles.
It is my honor to be the Librarian for a school with a rich history of empowered women, like Ms. Pratt and Ms. Miller. Another such woman is Bartram Alumna, Gardner McFall, '70. During National Poetry month, The Pratt Library would like to honor Ms. McFall, a graduate of our school and a published poet, currently residing in New York. Ms. McFall gifted our library with a copy of her collection of poems called On the Line. Please see the attached photos, and visit Ms. McFall's Website, to learn more about her work and her experience at The Bartram School for Girls.
National Poetry Month!
Thank you to these 6th and 7th grade girls who helped make our National Poetry Month display so creative!
National Library Week Celebrations!
April 8th-12th the Pratt Library will continue the tradition of celebrating National Library Week!
The Library Media Ambassadors and I have finished another wonderful Book Fair!
We started with a pizza party on Sunday night (2/17) where we set up the book fair, created the book fair job schedule, and trained on the register. Then from Tuesday through Friday (2/19-2/22), the LMA took the reins and ran the book fair!
Students purchased books not only for themselves, but for their teachers from Teacher Wishlists. The selection of titles from Follett was PERFECT! They also donated their change so that we can contribute to Love Grove's food pantry. For each purchase and donation, students earned raffle tickets. We had five grand prize winners: Kate Y., Catherine H., Elizabeth M., Claire H., Lucas H. Each winner received a paperback book from the fair and a gift card to the School Store.
Our total Book Fair profit (30% of revenue) was $1041.72!
Every year, we donate our Book Fair profit to a deserving school or organization. This year, for the 3rd consecutive year, Love Grove Elementary school is our Beneficiary. We hope that Love Grove enjoys the books purchased from these funds for many years to come. We certainly love the opportunity to enrich their library collection. The LMA look forward to doing it all again next year!
This year, our Book Fair will be through Follett Book Fairs.
Here are the deets:
When: February 19th to February 22nd during Zero Hour, Activities, and Lunch
Where: The Pratt Library
Why: To raise money for Love Grove Elementary School's Library Program. Our goal is $1500 in sales.
What: Books, Raffles, and Prizes
Who: Hosted by Mrs. Sanborn and the Library Media Ambassadors
Raffles and Prizes
1. Earn 1 raffle ticket for every book purchased.
2. Earn 2 raffle tickets for donating your change (must purchase a book).
3. Earn 3 raffle tickets for each book that you purchase for a Teacher's Classroom (See Wish List Poster). This is a great way to thank your favorite teachers and help them to grow their classroom libraries.
4. Raffle Drawing will occur during lunch on 2/22.
Five tickets will be drawn.
Prizes: Winners receive a book of their choice from the book fair. and a $20.00 gift card to the School Store!
Please stop by the Pratt Library this month to check out books that honor and share the Black American experience.
Resources for understanding Social Justice
Resources for Black History Book Suggestions
Montague, Brad, and Robby Novak. “The Story of Martin Luther King Jr. by Kid President.” SoulPancake, YouTube, 19 Jan. 2015, www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xXZhXTFWnE.