21 Feb 2017

ASD Gets Graphic: Author Books for Sale and Signing

Don't miss your chance to purchase books and have them signed by our visiting authors! Book sales will begin on Sunday, February 26 in the Elementary Library.

We have several titles available by each of our visitors, Victoria Jamieson, Matthew Holm and George O'Connor. Prices vary depending on format, so please stop by the make your selection.

Students and parents are welcome to come by the Elementary Library throughout the day. Typically, the books usually sell out within a week. First come, first served!

When you purchase a book, we will label it with the name for the dedication and the class section for delivery. All books will be signed by the authors during their visit and returned to students homeroom classes by March 23, before Spring Break.

Please note, your are also welcome to bring in your own copies of books purchased outside the library to have labeled and signed.

14 Feb 2017

ASD Gets Graphic: Visiting Authors Coming Soon

We will celebrate graphic novels in our reading community with Victoria Jamieson, Matthew Holm and George O'Connor joining us as authors and artists in residence from March 12 - 24, 2017. Our students are getting ready, reading as many graphic as they can get their hands on! We can't keep the books on the shelves! Each grade level in the Elementary School is exploring graphics in both library class and in their classrooms. We are examining elements of graphic novels such an panels, gutters, captions, dialogue balloons, motion lines and more! Learn more about our talented visitors below and by exploring their websites.

Victoria Jamieson

Victoria Jamieson is a children's book and graphic novel author and illustrator. Her works include Roller Girl, winner of the 2016 Newbery Honor, The Great Pet Escape, Olympig and Bea Rocks the Flock. She studied illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design, and went on to receive her MA in Museum Studies at the University of Syndey. After living in Rome, Montreal, and Australia, she moved back to the United States, where she began working as a designer with a children's book publisher in New York City. She now lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and young son. Along with writing and illustrating, she teaches children's book illustration at Pacific Northwest College of Art.



Matthew Holm

Matthew Holm is the co-creator of two critically-acclaimed and award-winning graphic novel series for children, Babymouse and Squish. Together with his sister, author Jennifer L. Holm, the pair created both graphic novel series, and raised the profile of the graphic novel in children’s literature, as well as proved how important graphic novels can be in getting children to learn to read. Babymouse and Squish have become staples on classroom and library shelves around the world, and have enticed even the most reluctant readers into reading for pleasure. Matt is also a professional graphic designer and the Consulting Creative Director for Hot Knife Design, Inc., of Boston, Mass. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and dog.


George O’Connor

George O’Connor’s first graphic novel, Journey Into Mohawk Country, used as its sole text the actual historical journal of the seventeenth-century Dutch trader Harmen Meyndertsz van den Bogaert, and told the true story of how New York almost wasn’t. He followed that up with Ball Peen Hammer, the first graphic novel written by playwright Adam Rapp, a dark dystopian view of a society’s collapse as intimately viewed by four lost souls. Now he has brought his attention to Olympians, an ongoing series retelling the classic Greek myths in comics form. In addition to his graphic novel career, Mr. O’Connor has published several children’s picture books, including the New York Times best-selling Kapow, Sally and the Some-Thing, and Uncle Bigfoot. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.


Student Librarians: Contributors in Our Learning Community

Our student librarians are contributors and leaders in our Elementary School community. Over the first half of the year, our student librarian team, made up of Grade 3, 4 and 5 volunteer students, have given hours of their time each week to work in the Elementary Library.

The student librarians volunteer during one of three times during the day; early morning before school, recess times or after school until 4pm. The team began the year with training sessions with Ms. Bello and Ms. Pollock, learning the layout of the library, the circulation system, and basic library procedures.

Responsibilities of the the student librarians include organizing shelves, assisting others in the library, cleaning books, shelving, managing the circulation desk and helping with special project such as visiting authors preparations.

We are excited to take our first ever student librarians field trip in March to the Emirates Literature Festival to see Francesca Simon, author of the Horrid Henry series.

We look forward to more outstanding work from our student librarians as the school year continues. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication and for setting an example for the rest of the community about what it means to give your time and make a difference!