The Scholastic Book Fair will be coming to Boulan Park's Media Center on November 10-14. With the theme of Sir Readalot's Castle, our library will be transformed into a "Kingdom of Books" with decorations from Boulan as well as Troy High National Art Honor Society students.
Your child will be receiving a parent letter soon and a sneak peek pamphlet about the hot items at the book fair. Or, you can preview the letter here. Check the schedule to see which day your child will be attending the fair.
BRAND NEW THIS YEAR: Load the book fair app on your phone or on your child's device! This free app will give you access to videos and podcasts about the books that will be at the fair, along with summaries, AR reading levels, and prices. Shop the fair with your child before you go!
Would you like to honor your child's teacher by purchasing a book as a gift off the teacher's wish list? We will have a display listing the books at the book fair that each English teacher would like to have in his/her classroom library. This would be a wonderful holiday gift for your child's teacher!
We are having a special Parent Shopping Event during Parent-Teacher Conferences on November 12. Please stop by the Media Center from 12:30-3:30 pm or 5:30-8:30 pm to have some treats and get your holiday shopping started early! Students will be able to create a wish list to bring home to you.
Can't make it to our fair? Don't worry--shop our online bookfair November 2-22! Your purchases will arrive at school before Winter Break in time to give as holiday gifts.
We all remember the "Book Fair-oh" from last year...
The big question is this:
What will Mrs. Chatel's costumes be this year?!?
Come to our fair to find out!
Book Club Skypes with Author Paul Durham
Students who attended the October 22 Book Discussion Club meeting were "lucky" to chat with author Paul Durham via Skype about his middle-grade novel The Luck Uglies.
The meeting started with students enjoying shamrock-shaped cookies (the symbol of the notorious Luck Uglies) and brainstorming questions to ask.
Through their discussion with Mr. Durham, students asked about their favorite characters, about his inspiration for writing, and about the rest of the books in the series. Mr. Durham even gave students a sneak preview of the sequel coming out in March, which no one else has read yet beside the publisher!
The Book Discussion Club will meet again on November 24 from 3-4 pm in the Media Center. Students have chosen to read former Troybery nominee Atherton by Patrick Carman.
Over 260 Smith students have signed up to take the Troybery Challenge! Students have until October 30 to sign up and get the entry form. Encourage your child to sign up now!
Mr. Rexer and Mrs. Casko have been encouraging their 8th grade US History students to read Troyberys that are historical fiction. They brought their classes in to the media center to learn how to write reviews in the library catalog.
Take a look at the Troybery room in September....compared to now! The shelves are becoming bare! It is wonderful how so many students have checked out former Troybery books.
The Book Discussion Clubs at Boulan Park and Smith Middle Schools will have the honor of hosting author Paul Durham via Skype chat!
The topic of our virtual Q&A session with Mr. Durham will be The Luck Uglies, his middle-grade fantasy/adventure novel.
Smith's Club will chat with Mr. Durham on October 22 from 3-4 pm , and Boulan's Club will chat with him on November 5, 2:35-3:30 pm.
Mr. Durham has asked that anyone who attends the club meeting has read his book. Check The Luck Uglies out in the Media Center or purchase it there for $15. See Mrs. Chatel for an order form.
All students are welcome! We hope that you will join us for this great opportunity to chat with an author.
From the publisher:
Strange things are happening in Village Drowning. Not that there’s much eleven-year-old Rye O’Chanter hasn’t already seen. Rye has grown up on Drowning’s treacherous streets—its twisted rooftops and forgotten cemeteries are her playground. But a terrifying encounter on the night of the Black Moon has Rye half-convinced that the monstrous Bog Noblins have returned from the forest Beyond the Shale. It's the same forest that mysteriously swallowed Rye’s father soon after she was born.
Mrs. Christina Chatel, MLIS
A teacher librarian at Boulan Park and Smith Middle Schools in Troy, Michigan.