Wednesday, November 9, 2016



Thank you to everyone that submitted a Book Character Pumpkin!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Scholastic Reading Counts

Reading Counts  

Reading Counts is a program that all of our 3nd-5th grade students are encouraged to participate in.  The 3rd-5th grade students have been hard at work taking quizzes!  The program runs from September to May.  In May, we have a celebration for the students that reached their goal.


    The way the RC program works is that a student reads a book in their reading level, takes a quiz about the book on a computer.  They can only take quizzes on computers or iPads at school.  If the student answers at least 8/10 questions correct (80%), they earn points.  Students are encouraged to check out at least one Reading Counts book each week.
   It is recommended that a student take the quiz within 24 hours of completion of the book, when possible. If a child gets less than 8 correct, they may retake the quiz after 24 hours.
    If you would like to find out if the books your child has at hame have a RC quiz for them or not, you can go to this website:

    If your child checks out books from the public library, they can use this same web link to find out if those books have RC quizzes or not.

    Please don't hesitate to contact Mrs. Fellows for any questions you may have regarding Reading Counts.  

~Keep Reading~
Mrs. Fellows

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Another Great Start!

So happy to have the students back in the library again!  The books are flying off the shelves, and Reading Counts is moving full steam ahead!

This year, pirates have invaded the library! 

Here's a sneak peek at some of our new books.

We have kicked off our Pizza Hut Book It! Program once again!  The Book It! Program is all about turning kids who read because they have to, into kids who read because they WANT to.  Through Book It!, your child has the opportunity to earn a certificate for a free Personal Pan Pizza from Pizza Hut by filling out the calendar that was sent home, and by meeting the monthly reading goals that were set.  Return this calendar to the library at the end of the month to receive this certificate.  There is no purchase necessary.  HAPPY READING!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Still Here

Yes, I'm still alive and reading....of course!  Just wanted to give you a quick update.
*We just wrapped up our One School, One Book, The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies.  It was a HUGE hit!  I loved hearing the kids shout out the answers to the daily trivia!
*Due to the contest I'm running (see below), the library computers are always busy!
*New books!!!  The "book sniffer" has been very happy lately!  Thanks to the generosity of the HEF (Hudsonville Education Foundation), our library has been awarded $125 to purchase books to add to the Easy Reader section of the library.  Thank you HEF!!  I'll post pictures later.

LIBRARY NEWS………unnamed WARM UP TO READING COUNTS!…… Does a warm cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows sound good to you?   Then, get reading!  From Feb. 22 – March 4 Mrs. Fellows will treat 10 students from each grade (3-5) that pass the most RC quizzes (chapter books only).  * YUMMY HOT CHOCOLATE WITH MRS. FELLOWS ONTHURSDAY, MARCH 10!   **You MUST take/pass quizzes that are in, or around your reading level.**   This only counts for books read this year.  : )

Keep Reading
~Mrs. Fellows~

Friday, November 7, 2014



I am overwhelmed at the amount of students that brought in pumpkins!  Thank you so much Alward families!!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Lots of stuff going on....

In my spare time (ha ha ha) I thought it would be fun to do a Pumpkin Decorating Contest.  I stumbled across some really cute ideas while I was on Pinterest, I just couldn't resist!

Here are the basics:

Paint and decorate a pumpkin as your favorite book character and win a prize!  Prize will be a party with food involved....hmmm, gotcha thinking, don't I? 

About the contest
    • The purpose is to celebrate reading and to have fun.
    • This project is completely optional. Participation is not required.
Contest Rules
    • Pumpkins must represent a favorite book character.  
    • On the entry form you must have the title and author of the book written on the form.
    • Get the book information first before even starting to decorate the pumpkin. 
    • Absolutely no real carved pumpkins.   Foam pumpkins found at craft stores are encouraged, those can be carved.  (Real pumpkins will quickly rot)
    • To decorate you can use paper, glue, paint, markers, pipe cleaners, fabric, or other craft items on the pumpkin. 
    • Let your creativity soar!

Contest Dates
    • Pumpkins may be turned in to the library from Mon. Oct. 20 to Wed. Oct. 29.
    • Judging will take place on Thursday, Oct. 30.
    • Pumpkins may be picked up, and taken home on Oct. 30.
Click these links for the rules and the form - 

Last week I had the unfortunate task of talking to all the students about Book Care, again.  I typically talk about this at the beginning of the school year only, but the books are being returned to the library in horrible condition.  Sticky, dirty, full of crumbs, you name it.  I could really use your help at home reminding them to take care of the books, ultimately it's their responsibility.  If you'd like to purchase some gallon sized ziplock bags for your child's book, that might be a good solution also.

And finally......NEW BOOKS!  These are a few of the books that have been added to our library, they are waiting to be checked out!

Keep Reading ~ Mrs. Fellows

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Exciting news for Reading Counts!

Scholastic Reading Counts has an App for our school iPads!!!  We're so excited to get that on our iPads, kids are taking quizzes like crazy now!  A big thanks to Mr. Ski and Mrs. Ploeg for helping with that process, we couldn't have done it without them.

The Pizza Hut Book It! calendars will be coming home with your students on Monday, Sept. 29.  Please help them keep track of the minutes they are reading at home.

A big shout out goes to Mrs. Szymanski's Pre-K class, every student brought back their library book today! Way to go!

Keep Reading ~
Mrs. Fellows