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California Young Reader Medal Award 2012

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

In all grades, the students are reading (or listening to) the books that are nominated for the 2012 CYRMA. This is a statewide contest in which the students, upon completetion of reading, get to vote on his or her favorite of the books. This is a great activity in civic responsibility; but really the students just love to participate and vote.

We tell the students that the winning authors are so pleased to get this award because it is given to them by the very people for whom they write the books. At the acceptance speeches, the authors really do mention this.

Kindergartners through third graders are read the five nominees in the Primary Category. The fourth and fifth graders are read the three nominees in the Picture Books for Older Readers Category. The fourth and fifth graders also have the option of reading the three nominees in the Intermediate Category (this is self-started and completed). A few fifth graders participate in reading the nominees in the Middle School Category.

For more information, please visit the CYRMA website.

Congratulations to our Poster Contest Winners!

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Each year the California School Library Association (CSLA) has a poster contest for the students, with the theme of “@ your library.” Students are encouraged to think about what they love to do at their library, what they read, books they love, etc.

We had a large number of students participate in the contest this year (you would know, because you had to sign a permission to publish waiver). We also had seven winners or almost-winners here at Havens! It’s so exciting!

Caitlyn Gong won for the 1st through 2nd grade category, for the second year in a row! And Karen Nguyen won in the 3rd through 5th grade category. For all winners, and to see the winning poster for the entire state, please visit the CSLA website.

We will continue to participate in this contest, and will introduce it to the students in September of 2012.

Read Across America March 2, 2011

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, celebrate reading with your family by participating in Read Across America Day. Have a read aloud event in your home and take turns reading. At Havens, we will participate in the event in different ways in different classrooms, but we will all celebrate reading.

Study after study has shown that “the more children read, the better they read. And the more they read outside of school, the better they do in school. Continued exposure to reading and vocabulary encourages learning and the expansion of new ideas.” (California Teachers Association, National Education Association, and California School Library Association)

So, check your local newspapers and news sources for information about Read Across America celebrations in your area!

Self-Selected Reading Boosts Vocabulary

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

“Research consistently shows that by far the best way to boost vocabulary is through wide, self-selected reading. Picking up words by reading is faster than word study and gives children more complete knowledge of words. Wide reading, in fact, has a positive influence on nearly every subject taught in school. Wide self-selected reading requires access to lots of books.” Stephen Krashen, University of Southern California (original article at: http://www.twincities.com/ci_14070492?source=email)

Mr. Krashen is well-known in the library and literature fields in looking at how reading affects learning, and is an advocate of redistributing the millions of dollars the U.S. is currently pouring into standardized testing into other avenues in which our students could benefit from more widely.

Thank you for supporting the Havens Library, its programs, and its staff. We appreciate you, and we love to be able to offer your children the ability to access “lots of books.”

Book Fair Thanks

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Thanks for supporting Havens Library through our recent book fair here at Ellen Driscoll Playhouse. We will be able to thoughtfully add wonderful new books – both for pleasure reading and to support curricular units. We appreciate your ongoing support, even when economically times are tough!

Havens Book Fair is Here!

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

This year we are back onsite, with our book fair located in the Ellen Driscoll Playhouse. The Storyteller, children’s book store in Lafayette, has provided a number of excellent books for you to choose from. Book Fair hours are:

  • Wednesday, October 27 from 6-8pm (yes, during the World Series)
  • Thursday, October 28 from 1:30-4pm
  • Friday, October 29 from 1:30-4pm

This is the library’s main fundraiser for the year. We hope to see you there!

Fun Summer Vacation Websites

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

With just a few more weeks until we come back to our beautiful new school, there is still time to visit these websites that are all about summer (courtesy of School Library Monthly, June 2010).

Take in a drive-in movie. Visit http://www.drive-ins.com to find your closest drive-in theater.

Learn about fireflies at http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/bugs/firefly.

Explore baseball and visit the Baseball Hall of Fame at http://community.baseballhall.org.

If you can’t get to a children’s museum in person, visit an interactive one online at http://www.childrensmuseums.org/visit/visit.htm.

I hope you are enjoying your beautiful summers, and see you at the Open House on August 29.

Ms. Remer

Quick Tips to Get Your Child to Choose Reading this Summer

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010

These tips are from Reading Today, a publication from the International Reading Association:

1) Schedule weekly trips to the public library to pick out books your kids want to read.

2) Have your child select some library books they would like you to read aloud.

3) Encourage your child to read in bed.

4) Purchase an inexpensive camera and notebook. Have your child create a picture journal of summer experiences.

Summer Reading

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010

Summer is the perfect opportunity to read to your heart’s delight, for your own fun and interest. Reading in the summer is a proven way to help your children retain the knowledge they have obtained during the previous school year; additionally, we know that it is a relaxing yet entertaining way to spend a long summer afternoon.

We have come up with some of our own recommendations for your kids to read, or for you to read aloud to them. We will put together another list of books that we think are especially great family read-alouds. To find these lists, please see the links embedded in this post, and on the right side of this blog.

Happy Summer, and Happy Reading! We will see you in our new digs on Highland Avenue in September.

2010 Book Award Winners Are Announced

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Each year on January 15th we look forward to learning which books have won the various awards given by the American Library Association (ALA). Congratulations to the authors and illustrators of these fabulous books! The following link will allow you to see all of ALA’s winners and honor books: http://www.ala.org/ala/awardsgrants/index.cfm

About the Randolph Caldecott Medal
The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

2010 Winner(s)

The Lion and the Mouse The Lion & the Mouse
illustrated and written by Jerry Pinkney, published by Little, Brown and Company Books for Young Readers
 The screech of an owl, the squeak of a mouse and the roar of a lion transport readers to the Serengeti plains for this virtually wordless retelling of Aesop’s classic fable. In glowing colors, Pinkney’s textured watercolor illustrations masterfully portray the relationship between two unlikely friends.

2010 Honor(s)

All the World All the World
illustrated by Marla Frazee, written by Liz Garton Scanlon and published by Beach Lane Books
Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors
illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, written by Joyce Sidman, and published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
About the John Newbery Medal


The Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

2010 Winner(s)

 When You Reach Me When You Reach Me
by Rebecca Stead and published by Wendy Lamb Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books
 Twelve-year-old Miranda encounters shifting friendships, a sudden punch, a strange homeless man and mysterious notes that hint at knowledge of the future. These and other seemingly random events converge in a brilliantly constructed plot.

2010 Honor(s)

 Claudette Colvin Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice
written by Phillip Hoose, and published by Melanie Kroupa Books/Farrar Straus Giroux, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group
 Evolution of Calpurnia Tate The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
written by Jacqueline Kelly and published by Henry Holt and Company
 mostly-true The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg
written by Rodman Philbrick, and published by The Blue Sky Press, and imprint of Scholastic, Inc.
 Where the Mountain Meets the Moon Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
written by Grace Lin and published by Little, Brown and Company Books for Young Readers