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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.

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.”

Holiday Book Fair at Barnes & Noble

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

From November 26 through December 9, we are holding an informal book fair at Barnes & Noble in Emeryville. Take this opportunity to do some holiday shopping. Nearly everything for sale in the store will count towards our book fair proceeds.

There are no formal teacher wishlists, but please email or speak with your teacher about what he/she might want added to the classroom library.

Our book fair ID # is 10146967. Give that to the cashier prior to making your purchases. You may pick up a voucher at the Havens Library, at Mulberry’s, at the scrip table or at the Havens Office desk.

New this year: shop online, or have your relatives/friends shop online. Go to www.bn.com/bookfairs. Then on the payment page, click the payment “change” button, scroll down and enter the book fair ID number.

Thanks so much for supporting Havens Library!

The Mother-Daughter Book Club series

Monday, November 8th, 2010

By Heather Vogel Frederick. Grades 4-8.


This is a delightful series of four (so far, more to come – we hope!) books set in Concord, Massachusetts with a cast of truly likable and realistic cast of characters. When the moms of four sixth grade girls decide to start a mother-daughter book club and introduce Little Women to the girls, we get to watch as the four very different girls become unlikely friends. In seventh grade the girls read Anne of Green Gables; in eighth grade it’s Daddy-Long-Legs; and in ninth the girls read Pride and Prejudice.

Through each book we watch the characters grow while going through middle-school trials and successes, then as they enter into high school we watch as they grow into wonderful, interesting and strong young women.

Please visit Ms. Frederick’s website at http://www.heathervogelfrederick.com.  It, too, is delightful.

The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall

Monday, November 8th, 2010

By Mary Downing Hahn. 153 pages. Grades 5-8.

As twelve-year-old Florence leaves the London orphanage for her great-uncle’s country manor house, she looks forward to getting to know the family she didn’t know she had. However, upon arrival she learns that her cousin Sophia died the previous year, and that Sophia’s brother James is sick, weakly and bedridden.

Shortly after she arrives, Florence begins to feel – and then see – the presence of her dead cousin Sophia, who is a selfish ghost intent on inflicting major harm to Florence and James.

Hahn does an excellent job in writing this creepy and compelling ghost story. Not for the faint of heart!

Luv Ya Bunches

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

By Lauren Myracle. 337 pages, grades 3-5.

Luv Ya Bunches takes place during the first week of school, and is written from the perspectives of each of four fifth grade girls who are trying to navigate the tricky waters of making friends, and trying to figure out why some girls are just mean. Our characters are diverse: Katie-Rose is Caucasian/Asian with two moms; Milla is blond and walks the line between “popular queen bee Modessa (Medusa) and her harpy Quin” and the other girls; Violet is ”the new girl” – African American; and Yasaman is Muslim.  So, lots of diversity, and many scenes that will be familiar to elementary school girls.

The author tells this story through the eyes of a video camera, narration, texting, and IMing. Totally relatable!

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!