As a librarian, I read a lot of books. A lot of books. More books than types of beetles exist. But only a few stand out among the rest, a few that really remind me how much I like reading opposed to what I do for work.
One of those books is The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg. Claudia and her little brother Jamie run away from home, in part because Claudia doesn’t feel appreciated. An initiating event that has shown up in many stories, but the setting is what makes all the difference: the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. While fishing for coins in the fountain and hiding from the guards, Claudia and Jamie find a mystery that must be solved.
I loved the way the author uses all the details of the museum. I always wondered what happened at night in the space, and the thought of spending all the time with the art and artifacts, is a fantasy. Claudia is relatable and sympathetic for a protagonist.
I would recommend this for those who like Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library especially.
Today we made our way to the library for the first time this year. We met Mrs. Shuttleworth. She checks out our books to us at the circulation desk. Mrs. Miller is here until November when Mrs. Bryden-Miller returns from her maternity leave. Mrs. Becker-Sabik reviewed the procedures of the library and helped us find great books to read. We will go to the library every week in Language Arts class!
(Pictures will be coming soon!)
When we returned to class, we talked about the blog. I passed out permission slips for this blog. I like to add pictures of students and the work that we are doing in class. Please contact me if there are any questions about blogging!
My TBR pile: that’s a pile of books To Be Read this summer.
OK, my summer reading is already started. My students recommended books for me to read. I posted the list on this post. Once I read a book, I’ll write a review here. Let me know what you’re reading and what you think of it.
I always love getting book donations! Natalie donated THIRTEEN new books to our library.
We are so excited! We always welcome book donations AND you get a cool sticker in the book which identifies YOU as the person who donated the book.
You will forever be remembered in Ms. Haseltine’s library.
My students created today’s post. Inspired by this post I had the students create book spine poetry today while we visited the library. Our librarian Mrs. Bryden-Miller got in on the fun. Check out what we did…