Library News

January 2019 Library News

Happy New Year Everyone

Well, it certainly feels odd that it is not cold and snowy outdoors! I usually comment on how we all stay warm snuggling up with books but still, we are all back to school and ready to begin reading again. This month we will start out the New Year with a celebration of World Braille Day that will hopefully result in students and staff reading and talking about books through the winter months. Mrs. Brown has some things up her sleeve for your students that I will reveal over the next several months-so stay posted to your Library News!

Book Club will be starting out the New Year on January 17th with a thought provoking, historical book that takes place in 1967, Long Island, New York. THE WEDNESDAY WARS by Gary D. Schmidt.  During the 1967 school year, on Wednesday afternoons when all of his classmates go to either Catechism or Hebrew school, seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood stays in Mrs. Baker’s classroom, where they read the plays of William Shakespeare and Holling learns much of value about the world he lives in.

This month younger students will be reading about winter weather, winter sports, Dr. Martin Luther King, and at the end of the month-Groundhog Day.  We will of course also spend time reading about Louis Braille.  January is the birth month of Louis Braille, who created the Braille Code system of reading that revolutionized the educational outcome for Blind and Visually Impaired readers all over the world.  Happy Birthday Louis!

Wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year filled with good books. As always, please feel free to contact me via email or phone if you have any questions or comments.  I always enjoy talking to families about what their students are reading!

Sincerely,
Janell A. Brown
Ohio State School for the Blind Librarian
jbrown@ossb.oh.gov
614-468-8857