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February @ the Library


Celebrate the Chinese New Year February 16, 2018


The Chinese New Year is a celebration of the Lunar New Year (lunar means moon). It is a very important celebration in Chinese culture. Families and communities look forward to spending time together sharing the many customs and traditions that are part of this holiday. Click on the image below to learn more about the holiday, its customs and for directions for making activities so that you can also join in the celebration!

screenshot for Topmarks Chinese New Year web site

Click on the image above for information and activities from

Click on the movie below to learn all about Chinese New Year from Panda Express.




Grace Lin's booksimage of Grace Lin's name stamp

Grace Lin was a visiting author to Pine Bush in the 2013-14 school year. Students loved her nonfiction, picture books and chapter books, especially how they celebrated her Chinese culture. 2018 is the Year of the Dog - read her books and visiting her web site for activities to learn more about it.


Click on the name stamp for Grace Lin's web site


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Celebrating Two Presidents' Birthdays


image of website logo      World Book Kids 


Use our online encyclopedia links above to learn about Abraham Lincoln and George Washington and then visit the Art for Kids - How to Draw web site below to learn to draw them. Maybe you can make your own biography book just like our Ordinary People Change the World series - don't the drawings look similar?


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Abraham Lincoln's birthday observed on Feb. 13      George Washington's birthday observed Feb. 20



January @ the Library


New year, new Fiction Section! photo of window display


After careful thought, research and discussion with teachers and students, the library has "genre-fied" the FICTION section (chapter books). This means that these books have been labeled with one genre, sorted into genre groups, and then shelved in alphabetical order by the author's last name. Students have been exploring new genres and finding different books within their favorite genres. There was a bit of work moving books and changing information on the library catalog - but we think it was worth it!

Explore our genre categories with the puzzle below.
The puzzle was made at using genre definitions that were adapted from Fountas, Irene C. & Gay Su Pinnell. Genre Quick Guide Grades K-8+ Portsmouth: Heinemann, 2012.

screenshot of puzzle

Click on the puzzle to test your genre knowledge!



December @ the Library


Learn about Computers and Coding

Telling a computer what to do and how to do it is called coding or computer programming. (Just ask Moby from BrainPOP!)
Would you like to learn how to code? This month many people are celebrating Computer Science Education Week and the Hour of Code for Grades K-5 (click links to learn more). Click on the images below for a few video introductions to coding and then try some of the links to online coding activities. We will be learning some basic coding in the library this week with a Bee-Bot robot.

image from DK Coding web site   image from BrainPop computer programming web page

Visit DKFindout  and Login to BrainPOP to learn about coding.


image of Bee-bot emulator

Click on the image above to try the Bee-Bot emulator
or download the free Bee-Bot app for your tablet.



Online Coding Activities


image of Computer Science in Education Week logo                     image of Hour of Code logo


Click on the images above to for online coding activities.



  image Google celebrates coding        image of Google Doodle Coding Activity

Click on the images to celebrate coding with Google.


image from Google's Made With Code web page
Google also has a web site designed especially for girls to get them more involved in computer science. Made with Code allows users to show their creativity through many different projects through coding, even a holiday emoji. Be sure to explore the Projects, Mentors and  About links to learn how girls are making a difference in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).


Books about Coding


We also have a growing print and electronic book (eBook) collection in our library if you prefer to read books to help you understand specific programming.

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    < Print books in the library How To Code, books 1-4

   eBooks about computers at Capstone Interactive > 

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Click on image for Capstone Interactive

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Click on this image to read ePointPlus eBooks about coding with on Scratch, Python, Lego Mindstorms and more (login info can be found on the Destiny home page).




November @ the Library


Try our new Digital Magazines with Flipster!

• Students can read current and back issues of the four magazines pictured below at home or school using tablets and computers. Students can login to their Destiny library account for the username & password for our school's Flipster account.
Use Flipster online using the web browser of your computer or mobile device.
• Get the free Flipster app to read our magazines offline (app is available for iPads and iPhones, Android Phones and Tablets, and side-loaded to Kindle Fire Tablets.)
• To access back issues in your desktop or mobile web browser, open the most recent
issue of a magazine and select the All Issues menu item in the right column to see all
available issues.
• To access back issues in the mobile app, tap on the info icon associated with the magazine you are interested in. From the Details Screen, you can browse all available back issues.image of Flipster logo

Click on the Flipster logo to read articles the following magazines:


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October @ the Library


Charles R. Smith Jr. will visit us on Oct. 24!

We are so excited to have award-winning children's book author, poet and photographer come to our school! A huge thanks to our PTA for hosted the event.

Visit our library and get to know him through his books - we have many available for checkout. Visit his website and learn how "Mind, Body and Spirit reflects all that he does" and be inspired by his poetry, photos, videos and audios.

We will learn more about Charles R. Smith Jr. this month in the library.
His video below is an awesome introduction. Please click play and enjoy I Am A Poet.




 Our "Dance With Me" Music Video

(with words from Charles R. Smith Jr.'s book)

cover image of Charle R. Smith book



Library Map updateimage of library map title page

The library is a great place to explore - but you may need a map! Biographies, magazines and graphic novels were moved to different areas of the library. Books were moved to different shelves to make room and make it easy for students to get what they need. Click on the About our library link on the left to view the new map slideshow.


September @ the Library


Welcome back to school!


Please remember to watch for the signs inside and outside the library!

It is so great to watch our students as they grow and become independent library users. It takes teaching, learning and practice to develop this skill over time and I love to see their confidence grow. The signs, labels and posters used throughout the library serve as friendly reminders about what to do to make the library a better place for all!

Lesson Weekphoto of library Lesson Week sign

Lesson week = 30 minute lesson.

Lessons vary by grade level and will focus on library skills, literature appreciation and digital literacy skills. Lessons may include direct instruction and hands-on activities with books, iPads, and ChromeBooks.

*There may not be time to checkout books during a lesson, but students can ask their classroom teacher to come to the library at another time during the week when Ms. Harmon doesn't have a class scheduled.

photo of library Exchange Week sign

Exchange Week

Exchange week = whole class book exchange.

You have to return your library books in order to get more!
Students in grades 1-5 may have up to 5 library materials (books, magazines, or audiobooks) checked out to their account.
Kindergarten students may have up to 2 items



Patron Pledge and I PICK...library books!

Students will learn and review the concepts on the posters below. The posters remind all of us about how to use the library and make great choices for reading and research.


image of PBE library patron pledge     image of I PICK library sign

Click on the thumbnail images above to view our
Library Patron Pledge and the I Pick...Library Books! poster.
 (The I PICK poster is adapted from the book selection method suggested in the Daily 5 book,
a resource that many of our teachers use in class.)



September is Library Card Sign-Up Monthlibrary card ad!

Don't forget to visit Guilderland Public Library's-Get a Library Card page for information about another important school supply.. .a free public library card! You will need it to check out library materials when you go there.

Our school does not require library cards to check out books, but information will be sent home this month to help you manage your Pine Bush Elementary library account (see current books out, place holds, organize lists, visit suggested websites, recommend and review books and more!)





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"Read an eBook Day is a celebration of modern storytelling..." *
Click on each of our resources below to find and enjoy an eBook of your choice.
The library link on the left called, eBooks & Audiobooks, will provide more information about how to get started with OverDrive and how to search for eBooks on Destiny and TumbleBooks.



TumbleBook Logo Opens Destiny OPAC @ PBE Logo for Overdrive
click to login login with your student id (Destiny) login with your student id (Destiny)
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use login from the library  use login from the library   


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September 17th is Constitution Day

For more information about Constitution Day visit the Constitution Center. You can also read an eBook from TumbleBooks (click image of the book cover. You may have to type the title in the search field at the top.)






Review the 2016-17 school year in the library...

Some clip art from Clip Art Gallery