Library News

May 2022

We have several fun reading activities planned for May!

May 2-6 | The Book Swap

Your child may bring in 1 to 3 books by April 29. Please don’t send in any more than 3 books per student. Each book your student brings in must have a book swap card completed and placed inside the book. During the week of May 2-6, students will have the opportunity to choose books from the book swap during their library visit. This will be a great opportunity for your student to get some new books for summer reading! 

May 6 | Literacy Friday: Lunch & Listen

A special guest will read aloud while the students eat lunch or have a snack.

May 9-13 | Storywalk

Classes will visit the storywalk of "The Giving Tree" set up near the fire pit.

May 13 | Literacy Friday: Guest Teacher Visit

Teachers will share a picture book, a reading skill, and an accompanying activity.

May 17 | Columbus Library Summer Reading Program

A Columbus Library spokesperson will be sharing about the Summer Reading Program.

May 20 | Literacy Friday: Read-a-thon

Students will find fun ways to read and spend time in a good book with their reading buddies.

May 20 | Book Character Parade

Each student will choose a favorite book character and dress as that character. All character costumes must be worn over normal school uniforms. Accessories may include hats, wigs, etc. Students must have a copy of the book that their book character is from. The parade will be at 2:00 around the MCS parking areas. If parents would like to attend, they may park in the upper gravel lot and walk over to see their child participate in the parade.

Thank you for supporting your child’s love of reading!


Students in 2nd grade recently learned about the Caldecott Medal and held a Mock Caldecott vote.

What is the Caldecott Medal?

"The Randolph Caldecott Medal, frequently shortened to just the Caldecott, annually recognizes the preceding year's 'most distinguished American picture book for children'. It is awarded to the illustrator by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association." (Wikipedia)

We discussed what are the criteria for the Caldecott Medal and then Mrs. Johnson chose 6 picture books written this year for us to vote on. After reading each book, we discussed each of the criteria and if we thought the books met them. Each week, we compared two picture books and voted for our favorite. At the end of three weeks, we voted for our favorite out of the three winners.

We read:

  • "Unbound" by Joyce Scott and Melissa Sweet (Winner for Mrs. Rucker's class!)
  • "Hurricane" by John Rocco (Winner for Mrs. Ragan's class!)
  • "Mel Fell" by Corey R. Tabor
  • "The Lost Package" by Richard Ho and Jessica Lanan
  • "Stroller Coaster" by Gabi Garcia and Ying Hui Tan
  • "Have You Ever Seen a Flower?" by Shawn Harris

On January 24, 2022, the official Caldecott Medal winner, "Watercress" by Andrea Wang, was announced. There were so many books being considered, we didn't end up reading the actual winner, but we did read two of the books selected as Caldecott Honor Books: "Have You Even Seen a Flower?" and "Mel Fell".

We had a lot of fun learning about the Caldecott Medal and participating in our Mock Caldecott vote!