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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Let's Pick Up Some Books

President Obama in a Washington
D.C. bookstore with daughters
Sasha and Malia over Thanksgiving
break.  Books make a great gift, oh yes!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Discover Wordle

Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds”
from text that you provide. The clouds give
greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak
your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and
color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print or save them to the Wordle gallery.


Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Toolkit

This resource enables you to navigate
the journey from PreK through high
school. It's  designed to help us track
and support progress at each stage.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Storyline Online

Delight yourself or someone special
by inviting them to
relax & listen to
Storyine Online.  It has lots of
tales for the young & young at heart! 

Your storytellers will be
members of The Screen Actors Guild.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Fall Rhyming Fun

Orange Pumpkin, Orange Pumpkin

Kathy Law has created a delightful rhyming book
that's similar to "Brown Bear, Brown Bear"
and she's made it a free printable.  

There is also a project for youngsters.  They create
a mini version of this tale by sequencing Kathy's story.
Children then match the pictures or perhaps you
can have them create their own illustrations.

Learning the Fry Sight Words

Children are more successful
in learning SIGHT WORDS
when they are included in a 
phrase or a sentence.  

If you are teaching a child to read 
words on the Fry List, as we are at
Parkside Elementary School, then
"BATTER UP" is the game for you!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Go On.....Be Nosey!

We like the idea of
inspiring kids
to be "nosey."
Let's make it a daily habit. 

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Sunday, September 15, 2013

A Resource We Find Exceptional

Try this in your READING TOOLBOX: "Rhyme-A-Week"

We first posted about this fantastic site last April.  
It was Parkside's "go-to" poetry & nursery rhyme selection when
The Reading Room staff began working with Kindergarten
aged pupils in January 2013, at the beginning of 2nd semester.   
We now know it's a valuable tool for anyone working with
children who are just learning to read & write at the primary level.
Please share with a friend; we hope you follow our blog too. 

ABOUT A-Rhyme-A-Week 
The Rhyme-a-Week phonological
awareness program features 30 different nursery rhymes.

The phonograms or "rimes" emphasized in the program were
first identified by Richard Wylie & Donald Durrell in

Examining a list of 1, 437 words commonly spoken
by children in primary grades
(Murphy, 1957), Wylie & Durrell
identified 37 rimes that accounted for nearly 500 words of Murphy's list.

In determining the order of rhymes and rimes to present weekly, 
they follow Fry's (1998) suggested consideration of frequency.

Library Book Sale Sept. 19-21st

The annual Friends of the Library book sale and raffle is set for September 19th to 21st, coinciding with the Lawrence County
Fall Festival in Lawrenceville, Illinois.

The book sale is from 9:00 A.M. until 6:00 P.M. on September 19th and 20th as well as on September 21st from 9:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M.  All types of books will be offered at the event.

Proceeds from the sale will be used to help fund the library's summer reading program.

Lawrence Public Library is located at 814 12th Street in Lawrenceville and serves all of Lawrence County.  It's located one  block south of the courthouse square.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Learning Sight Words

Parkside professionals guide youth throughout
the school year to learn SIGHT WORDS.

Thanks in advance for helping promote efforts
to create fluent, confident readers by
encouraging and helping the children
in our learning community.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

A Book is Man's Best Friend

        “Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend.
          Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."  

Sunday, August 11, 2013

August Song

School begins this week and we're 
looking forward to seeing pupils,
both old and new in The Reading Room. 

Thank you to LittlePinkPebble
for the beautiful artwork in
"August Song" (link above).
You can follow this
artist via Face Book.

Please tell a friend about
our Reading Room blog and join
us throughout the school year.

Monday, August 5, 2013

NPR's TOP 100 Books for Kids

"Send 'em this way!"

GREAT books to suggest or read to kids
ages 9-14.  Thanks to National Public Radio
for a description of each one and photo of its cover.  

Please share this with your network.

Monday, July 29, 2013


Read with youngsters
and talk about the
things they're discovering
because "more" is better! 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

This Week at the Library

it's the final day of
the summer reading program
"Cookies Around the World"
and the
drawing for Holiday World Tickets!
 Thursday July 25th
2:00 to 3:00 P.M.  

814 12th St.
Lawrenceville, IL 62439
(618) 943-3016

Mon - Wed - Fri: 10am-5pm
Tue - Thu: 10am-7pm
Sat: 10am-3pm
Sun: Closed

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

This Week at the Library

Oh it's standing room only
for this wonderful, fun event!
The Lawrence Township Public Library's
Summer Reading Program hosts
our favorite, their annual Pet Show
on Thursday July 18th
2:00-3:00 P.M.

Guests and owners will be in the lot
across from the library.  Every pet
shall win a prize.  Don't miss the fun!

814 12th St.
Lawrenceville, IL 62439
(618) 943-3016

Mon - Wed - Fri: 10am-5pm
Tue - Thu: 10am-7pm
Sat: 10am-3pm
Sun: Closed

Monday, July 15, 2013

Inspire Kids to Read!

                We know a "love" of reading
holds no child back! 
The ideas (above) are great ways
we can all involve kids
with books:  fun, varied, and

are probably different than what
you & they might expect. 

Get excited about literature & learning!

After all, it's your relationship with
a youngster that opens the the door to
the wide, wide world of books.    

Friday, July 12, 2013

"Be a Famous Writer" Contest

You are invited!
To celebrate a 5th Year of hosting 
Mrs. P. invites teachers to enter
if their pupils are in Kindergarten
through 4th grade. 
Complete details below:

Join or follow Mrs. P. at...........
Mrs. P Blog 
Mrs. P Ism's 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

This Week at the Library

The Summer Reading Program resumes this week, following the 4th of July holiday! 
Nitro Joe will be at the 
Lawrence Township Public Library
on Thursday July 11th
2:00-3:00 P.M.

814 12th St.
Lawrenceville, IL 62439
(618) 943-3016

Mon - Wed - Fri: 10am-5pm
Tue - Thu: 10am-7pm
Sat: 10am-3pm
Sun: Closed

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Free Read Aloud Resource


Sign-up today for
Read Aloud's "15 MINUTES" Newsletter &
download a free JumpStart® learning activity workbook.

Great for Kindergarten through fifth graders!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Nonfiction Reading Roundup

"The Sheriff
and the Nonfiction Trail"
This is a fantastic movie that zeros in on 
difference between nonfiction & fiction books. 

Fifth grade teacher John Salsich has a creative
collection of videos created just for children.
Where's the LOVE button when you need one?

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Happy 75th Birthday Caldecott

The Caldecott Medal was named in honor
of nineteenth-century English illustrator
Randolph Caldecott. It's 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 young people. 

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Reach for the Moon

"Reach for the moon, because
if you don't make it you'll land
        among the stars."
                                                                ~William Cullen

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The List for a Second Half

We're getting 
started on part two of the year
with an ABC "To-Do List."

Why Not zebras?

After all having fun when
reading, growing, and helping
youngsters experience learning
success is a win-win for everyone! 

How will you spend
the second half of 2013?


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Writing Every Day

Homes and classrooms where writing is
an every day activity are ones to emulate!
Ideas are at every turn for youngsters.

Find out more at the link above and at