Thursday, October 13, 2011

Our visit to the library

I'm so happy to share with everyone that we were able to go to the library today! It rained on and off but while we were walking there was barely any rain! We caught some rain when we got close to the library but aside from that-it was just puddles on our path! The library truly is a spectacular place to encourage the love of learning and books and I highly encourage families to bring your children to the library. It's absolutely free and there are wonderful programs available for children. I sent home information regarding how to open a library card and programs at Albany public libraries.

It was quite a walk for the class but I'm proud to say everyone did an awesome job walking safely and carefully on the streets. It was actually calming to walk on Delaware Ave.-I'm so accustomed to walking classes through the busy traffic of Manhattan-I always get so nervous! When we got to the library, Ms. Rebecca, the librarian read Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen. 
It's a fantastic story. It reminded me of the beautiful lion statues that stand in front of New York City's public library.
After the story, the class asked Ms. Rebecca some questions such as if they could borrow movies, if they could bring books home to mom, and what her favorite book was. She told them they can borrow movies if there is a grown up with them, they can bring mom or dad to the library with them to borrow books and her favorite book aside from Library Lion is The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. Everyone got to browse the children's area of the library, explore different books and listen to stories. Here are some photos from our trip:
Ms. Rebecca talks to the class
Ms. Rebecca reads Library Lion
A.R reading a book she chose
J.M checks out the cover of a book she found
D.K's little sister accompanied the class on the trip. The class adored her!
D.K's mom reading a story to D.K and G.S
Ms. Selma (Ms. Kacey's sub) reads a book to J.A

When we came back to school, the kids all helped to make a thank you card for Ms. Rebecca. Some children drew pictures for the card and everyone signed their name! Together, everyone suggested things to write inside the card.

 The card says, "Dear Ms. Rebecca, We hope your day has been good! We will come back and read books! Thank you! We love your books!" I delivered her the card after school and she loved it! She said our class was a joy to have and that we are welcome to go back for a field trip again! We may go back again in the spring!

Big thanks to our chaperones today-D.K's mom and T.W's mom. Our class loved having you two!
Happy reading everyone!