21 Apr 2014

April is Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month in the United States, a time for celebrating the beauty, sound and rhythm of words. Poetry is the art of using words to express an emotion, capture an experience or create an image. Some say that poetry is a way of saying something in a way that has never been said before.

We like to read and celebrate poetry all year in our library. We have a wonderful collection of hundreds of poetry books. Some of our newest titles include:
  • Beast Friends Forever by Robert L. Forbes is a collection of children's poetry about animals and friendship.
  • Dare to Dream by Jill Corcoran pairs biographical and inspirational poems about people who changed their own lives and the lives of people all over the world. 
  • Follow Follow: A Book of Reverso Poems by Marlyn Singer is a collection of poems in which characters from famous fairy tales relate their side of the story.
  • Leave Your Sleep: A Collection of Classic Children's Poetry Adapted to Music is a beautifully illustrated collection accompanied by an audio CD featuring musical adaptations by Natalie Merchant.
  • Poem Runs: Baseball Poems and Paintings by Douglas Florian describes a mean-armed pitcher, a daisy-picking right fielder, and a lightning-swift base stealer, in a celebration of the magic of baseball.
  • Out of This World: Poems and Facts About Space by Amy E. Sklansky includes poems about planets, stars, rockets, moon landings and satellites. Each poem is supported by additional facts and explanations in the margins as well as gorgeous paintings.
Here is a slideshow of some of our newest additions to the poetry collection. Stop by to check some out!

If you are looking for poetry, don't forget about our ebooks available on the eResources page! Take a look at these cool book trailers to learn more about some of the poetry available on StarWalk Kids:

TumbleBooks also has some fun poetry titles including Animals in Camouflage and Chicken Scratches.

1 Apr 2014

Destiny Quest: Our Library Catalog App

Our Elementary students use Destiny Quest in the ES Library to access our online library catalog. Using either iPads or laptops, they log in to their personal library accounts and have the ability to perform a variety of helpful tasks.

Destiny Quest allows students to do the following:
  • Search for resources in our library collection 
  • Submit and read ratings and reviews 
  • Place holds and create lists 
  • Discover the Top 10 Most Popular titles and New Books 
  • Maintain lists of books they are "Now Reading," "Want to Read" and "Have Read" 
  • View your Account information including checkouts and holds 
  • Use the Resource Lists posted by teachers and librarians to find resources on a variety of topics
Destiny Quest home screen:
Top Ten ES Library Check-Outs
Our Grade 2 students have spent the last few months becoming experts at searching for books using Destiny Quest. They can search by subject, author or title and find the books using their knowledge of fiction and nonfiction call numbers. 

Students in Grades 3, 4 and 5 regularly use Destiny Quest to check on their personal accounts, search for books and also submit reviews on their favorite titles. Reviews posted by fellow students are a great way to find the next great book to read.

Each entry includes title details, reviews and
suggestions for similar books.
The best part is that Destiny Quest is a free app that families can easy set up on their devices at home. For instructions on how to set up your Destiny Quest app for first time users click here

Alternatively, you can access Destiny Quest through any browser from the ES Library website using your family computer.

As always, we are happy to help! Please stop by the library to see us for a quick overview or for help setting up Destiny Quest on your personal device.