MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Friday, April 6 - NO SCHOOL
Thursday, April 12
Wednesday, April 18
Friday, April 20
Friday, April 27 - HALF-DAY
Run for Change, Sunday, April 29
AMNH Young Naturalist Congratulations
Booking it in Today's World
Spring Break is behind us. Did you spend some quiet time with a paperback? In many cases, these old-school vacation fantasies have given way to new realities. Today’s announcement by the Pew Research Center reveals that more than one in five Americans say they have read a book in electronic form during the last 12 months, and that e-readers have increased the average American’s yearly book consumption from 15 to 24 books. With this news in the air, it seemed apt to check in with our Lead Librarian, Nadine Renazile, on her thoughts about books today:
How do you like to read a book? That is the question 21st-century parents, librarians and educators are asking. Do you prefer the classic print, an e-Reader, or listening to an audio book? In the 21st century, "The book" caters to almost all of the senses. We can listen, touch and view simultaneously. Our interactions with reading in the classic sense have been transformed. We are engaging in books through a transliterate lens. According to Sue Thomas, Professor of New Media in the Faculty of Humanities at De Montfort University, transliteracy is "the ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms, tools and media." At TSC, students are using transliteracy all the time through the ways they access books, find videos correlating to the books, and create responses to their reading. How are you experiencing transliteracy?
All classes at The School at Columbia will visit the Book Fair on either Thursday, April 12 or Friday, April 13. Parents are invited to accompany their child’s class to the Fair. Details about student book purchases and the class visit schedule are being sent home today, and are available on our website.
We are still accepting used books donations. Bring your gently used children's books to the MPR stage April 9 and 10. No adult books, board books, videotapes, or DVDs, please.