Veazie Community School Library
April 30, 2020

Are you missing the VCS library? I know I sure am and can’t wait to see you (and our books) again! I wanted to share a few resources you can use now and over the summer to keep reading, writing, drawing, exploring your imagination and creating.

I’m sure you have seen several posts from authors and illustrators sharing read alouds and drawing lessons. Maybe some of you have even participated in them. Did you know that our Library Padlet (www.padlet.com/mshannon9/vcslibrary) not only features these, but also storytime and maker challenges from myself and other guest readers?

Be sure to share photos of the activities that your family is doing together, the creations you make with recycled and reusable materials, and of course, I love seeing pictures of our students “caught reading!” Email them to me at mshannon@veaziecs.org.

Happy reading and happy memory making. I miss you all! Love, Mrs Shannon

Returning Books

As we near the end of the school year, it’s that time again - collecting books! Many of you have reached out asking how you can return school library books. Beginning Monday, May 4 (weather permitting), there will be a tote outside the school entrance marked for library books. Please drop your books off here. If you would like to begin looking for your books at home and are unsure what titles you may have, please send me an email at mshannon@veaziecs.org.

Literacy Resources

Click on the blue underlined links to access.

Public Libraries: The Bangor Public Library is offering temporary library cards. For grades 4-8, all the Maine Student Book Award books (and many more!) are available using the app, Cloud Library. Tumblebooks is a great resource for our younger students. Both can be accessed right through the Bangor Public Library Website (under “Digital Library”) and apps using your library card. Email bplill@bangorpubliclibrary.org or call (207) 947-8336 with your name, address, phone number and email to get a card.

Scholastic Bookflix: Pairs interactive, fictional video storybooks with related nonfiction eBooks username:veazie password: flix

Storyline Online: Celebrity readers bring storybooks to life.

Epic: Unlimited access to award winning fiction, nonfiction, STEM, biographies, graphic novels, and more! Many of our teachers at VCS are already using the app and/or website to offer more reading opportunities. If your child already has a classroom account, they can continue to use that login information, or please email me to add you to our library classroom.

Scholastic Learn at Home: Keep reading, thinking and growing. Use our Bookflix account to access.

Wonderopolis: Learning from curiosity and wonder. Each day an intriguing question is posted and then offers an opportunity to explore in a variety of ways.

SYNC Audiobooks for Teens: A free summer audiobook program for teens ages 13 and up, returning April 30th. This year’s summer reading program will span 13 weeks and last until July 29th. Each week, participants will receive two audiobooks delivered through Sora, a student reading app. By the end of the program, teens will have the opportunity to listen to 26 new titles!

Junior Library Guild: Free eBooks for elementary, middle and high school students. Use the following login and passwords.

Elementary: Username: JLGELM Password: JLGFREE

Middle School: Username: JLGMID Password: JLGFREE

High School: Username: JLGHI Password: JLGFREE

Podcasts

Move over YouTube, this is engagement without the screen. Podcasts can be a great way to explore, relax, listen and exercise your imagination. Here are the links for a few I think you might like, or you can search on your favorite audio app.

But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids (all ages - simple questions, complex fun answers)

Peace Out (all ages - mindfulness and relaxation)

Wow in the World (all ages - the latest news in science and technology)

Noodle Loaf (ages 4-9 - science with interactive music creation and goofiness)

Tumble: Science Podcast for Kids ( ages 6-14 - science, discovery and the future)

Pants on Fire (ages 6-14 - kid vs. two adults, only one is an expert)

The Past and the Curious ( ages 8-14 -little known history facts with a twist of
humor)

Smash Boom Best (ages 8-14 - debate “Dragons vs. Unicorns”, “Pizza vs. Tacos”
and more)