Tuesday, December 10, 2013

This week we are talking about other ways that people celebrate. 
One is Saint Lucia Day, which is celebrated on December 13th.

Click the "The Polar Express" book above to go to the Barnes & Noble storyline online website where you can choose to watch and hear Chris Van Allsburg, author and illustrator of "The Polar Express," read his book.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013


We're sharing traditions in the library. This is a gingerbread house that my family made for the Festival of Trees, a tradition that I love. While we were at it we also made 10 mini gingerbread houses that we will give away at the Christmas Sing. 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Candy Cane the Library Elf

Candy Cane the library Elf enjoying his favorite book.
There is an Elf on a Shelf visiting the library during the month of December. He will be watching to see who is showing the 3 R's and we will give tickets to students who are on task and showing us how a library should look and sound. Students that earn tickets can put them in a drawing for prizes at the Christmas Sing.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message
Written by Chief Jake Swamp, illustrated by Erwin Printup, Jr. 
This book is based on the Iroquois Thanksgiving Address, 
an ancient message of peace and appreciation for Mother Earth and all her inhabitants
 - the message is still spoken at ceremonial and governmental gatherings.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Tuesday, November 5, 2013


Why did the Pilgrims leave their friends,
homes and sometimes family to travel to America?
Find out more about the Mayflower and Pilgrims here.

What do you know about your Ancestors?
What sacrifices have they made for you?
Do you have ancestors that came through Ellis Island?

Monday, November 4, 2013

My Grandpa
Grandpa with Morgan
Grandpa (bottom right) with his family

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Wild Things

There may be "wild things" around the school this week for Halloween.
It's fun to dress up and pretend,
but I hope you go too WILD like Max in this story.

Cat & broomstick origami

Origami books seem to be some of the most popular books in our library. Click on the link under this picture to see a video on how to make these fun cat & broomstick origami figures.

Monday, October 21, 2013


5 little bats sitting on the floor
1 flew away and then there were 4
4 little bats sitting in a tree
1 flew away and then there were 3
3 little bats tasting witches brew
1 flew away and then there were 2
2 little bats just having fun
1 flew away and then there was 1
1 little bat who likes to pretend
Won’t fly away because he is your friend


Library Workers (Minions) Needed.
Please help the library be more organized and efficient...
  • Be proactive...
  • Put books away where they belong.
  • If you see a problem, fix it.
  • Be responsible and show respect.

  • Synergize...
  • Spend a few minutes every week straightening.
  • If everyone works together, I know we can have a better library.

  • Think with the end in mind...
  • Be on task. 
  • Straighten then find a book you want.

Friday, October 18, 2013

This week we read the book "Doug Unplugged" by Dan Yaccarino, about a robot that learns everything by being plugged in and downloading facts. Then, one day Doug decides to go out into the city and discovers he can learn more through his experiences. This month the PTA's unplugged challenge is to go out and play, something that Doug learns to do in the book we shared. So be like Doug, go out and have fun playing!

Monday, October 7, 2013


We will have art that students submitted for the Reflections contest on display in the library this week. We have had a record number of entries at our school this year, great work "unplugging" and creating in September. Here are a few pics of the art on display.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013


A book and the pumpkin I painted for the book fair guessing game
The book fair is open during conferences  
Wednesday & Thursday.
Hope to see you there!
Mrs. Morley

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

In 1927, Miss Moore visited USU  in Logan and fell in love with the school. Before returning to New York, she wrote to her friends and asked them to donate books for a children's collection on campus. The collection was named in her honor and opened in 1937.

MISS MOORE THOUGHT OTHERWISE: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children

Monday, September 9, 2013

Unplug in the Month of September and take time to create.
Submit your "creation" to the Reflections Art contest. 
Ways that you can create are...
 - literature 
- musical composition 
- dance choreography
 - photography 
- visual arts 
- film production
 - three dimensional art

The Reflections theme for 2013...
Believe, Dream, Inspire
Final Projects Due: Friday September 27, 2013

Monday, August 26, 2013

Monday, August 19, 2013

Welcome Back to the Library
Please remember the 3 library R's...

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

BOB 2013-2014

We will be participating in Battle Of the Books (BOB) again this year with the 5th & 6th grade students. Below is a list of books for the BOB competition.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

You can view live video of eagles in Minnesota or falcons in Salt Lake City by clicking on the eagle-cam or falcon-cam link in the online resources list.

Monday, April 29, 2013

by Liz Garton Scanlon and Marla Frazee 

Click on the picture of the book to see the book music/video on schooltube, 
or click on Liz's name at the top of this post to access the Amazon video of her.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Check out new books from "We Give Books" 

Celebrate National Poetry Month with

Monday, February 25, 2013

Happy Birthday Dr. Suess!

This Saturday, March 2nd, is Dr. Seuss' birthday! 
Monday, March 4th, the student council is having Dr. Seuss activities/games during lunch to celebrate and everyone is invited to dress as Dr. Seuss characters that day. 

The more that you read,
the more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
the more places you'll go.
~Dr. Seuss

*If you would like to visit Seusville, the website I shared with students this week, there is a link under online resources.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

This week I am sharing two parodies of "Call Me Maybe" with students. One is the Cookie Monster singing about sharing cookies in "Share it Maybe" and the second has lyrics that I found and changed a little to fit our school about reading called "Read It Maybe." I will be taking videos/photos of students in the library the next few weeks to use in a video "Read It Maybe" and I will share the video with students when it is done. If you would like to see the Cookie Monster video, click on the link under Online Resources. Here are our lyrics to the video we are making,

Read It Maybe

We know that reading is sweet,
A book can be such a treat,
Read every day of the week,
and you’ll be on your way!

This one book seemed to just shout, 
Come on and please check me out,
I wonder what it's about,
and now I'm on my way.

All the pages turning
Cur-i-os-it-y is burning
Checking out and then returning, 
Always reading always learning!

Hey, I just met you,
and this is crazy.
But here's a book now,
so read it maybe…

I. know you'll like it,
so don't be lazy.
Just take this book now,
and read it maybe…

Hey I just met you,
and this is crazy.
But here's a book now,
so read it maybe…

and all the other books
they can't escape me,
but here's a book now,
so read it maybe..

Just come inside for a look,
and when you find that right book,
I promise you you'll be hooked,
And then you’re on your way.

It's all right here on the shelf,
It's Informational wealth,
and you can find it yourself,
then you’ll be on your way.

All the pages turning
Cur-i-os-it-y is burning
Checking out and then returning, 
Always reading always learning!

Hey, I just met you,
and this is crazy,
But here's a book now,
so read it maybe…

I know you'll like it,
so don't be lazy,
Just take this book now,
and read it maybe…

Hey I just met you,
and this is crazy,
But here's a book now,
so read it maybe…

and all the other books
they can't escape me,
but here's a book now,
so read it maybe...

Friday, February 15, 2013

We just completed our final book fair for the school year last week and I just want to thank all of those that have helped and supported our book fairs this year. With the profits from our book fairs, we have been able to add new furniture, carpets and more fun activities to promote reading at Orchard.
I really do appreciate your support,
Mrs. Morley

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

As we prepare to start inventory, this week we are talking about the 3 R's. Specifically, being RESPONSIBLE in the media center and helping the shelves to stay in order.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

This week we are watching the beginning of the video "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" then discussing the importance of words & books in our lives.
“I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and I look at it, until it begins to shine.” 

Friday, January 4, 2013

10 Reading Goal Ideas for 2013

1. Read 20-30 minutes a day
2. Read a chapter a day
3. Read ten chapters in 1 week
4. Read a whole series
5. Read a whole shelf
6. Read all the books from one author
7. Read a book for each letter of the alphabet
8. Read books that spell out your name
9.  Read __ number of books in __ number of days
10. Read more books than you did last year