June 10, 2016
Dear Parents and Guardians,
We are fortunate that the Gordon-Nash Library, a privately-funded public library, is right down the street from the New Hampton Community School. Having the library in close proximity to the school makes it easy for collaboration and outreach that benefits both groups. Here are some of the highlights of this year’s partnership:
This past fall, there was an eight-week Project Promise Library Club for students in grades 3-5. Students walked to the Gordon-Nash Library where NHCS and library staff coordinated to provide literacy and library experiences for club participants.
In the spring, there was a similar eight-week club for primary grade students with read-alouds and experiences geared to a younger age group.
This year, there were three eight-week Project Promise Math Clubs held at the school, using materials and lessons from Bedtime Math, Inc., a non-profit organization that gives kids in grades K-2 and 3-5 opportunities to work with age-appropriate math concepts in engaging ways with unusual, fun materials. These materials were free to the Gordon-Nash Library and clubs were run by NHCS and library staff.
In fall and spring, kindergarten students walk to the Gordon-Nash Library monthly for Storytime in the Children’s Room. Each student also chooses a picture book to bring back to their classroom, using a special NHCS teacher account.
In October, the Children’s Librarian took part in the fourth grade’s re-enactment of the “Because of Winn-Dixie” party, playing the part of the librarian in the book.
During the One Book-One School event in March, take-home materials were available at the Gordon-Nash and the Children’s Librarian read along with the schedule so she could discuss the book with students who visited the library.
The Friends of the Gordon-Nash Library sponsored the “Why Read/Why Write?” essay contest for fourth and fifth graders and provides recognition and certificates to all participants, as well as free books to multiple first-place winners.
Details of the Gordon-Nash Library’s Summer Reading Program will be coming home with your student next week. We know the importance and benefits of having our students continue to read over the summer months, and becoming involved in this opportunity can assist with this goal.
When you see the Children’s Librarian, Mrs. Hunewell, other Gordon-Nash Librarians and members of the Friends of the Gordon-Nash Library, please take a minute to thank them for their continued support of our students at NHCS!
Have a great weekend!