Yes, it’s summer, but DON’T FORGET TO READ!

Last week Mr. Evan came to visit from the Athens- Clarke County Library to tell us about the summer reading program. Kickoff is Saturday, May 18th at 10 a.m. at the Athens-Clarke County Library. More information about the summer reading program and how to be a SUMMER READING ROCK STAR can be found here, but for now check out the cuteness!

This week we sent home lists of book suggestions. They can be found below, along with tips for how you can be a SUMMER READING ROCK STAR!


So you want to be a reading rock star. This is how…

1. Read. Read on your own. Read with a friend. Have someone read to you. Any reading counts!

2. Track your reading.  This could be on a log for the Athens Clarke County Library (pick one up at the library on Baxter Street).  You can use one of our logs, or you can write them down on a sheet of paper.

3.  Remember that you have to read at least 15 hours or 30 books but that reading 25 hours or 50 books is the best because WE WANT TO WIN THE READING TROPHY!

4.  Turn in your log or certificate of reading from Athens Clarke County Library to Mrs. Sugiuchi in August.  Then you will be invited to our ice cream social!

Remember: if you read 30 books or 15 hours, you will be invited to a Special Reading Rock Stars Party in August If you read 50 books or 25 hours, you can help OAES win the reading trophy. We only need 70 students to make this happen.  Be ONE OF THESE STUDENTS!!! Kick off your summer reading with a party at the ACC Library on Baxter Street on May 18th.


Which happens this Saturday, May 18th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. when the Summer Reading Program officially begins! Explore outer space and a Universe of Stories with the Library! Pick up your reading log and join us for a host of fantastic family activities at our fabulous summer kick-off! The first 500 children to sign up will receive a free Universe of Stories tote bag.

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Sam’s Path Petting Zoo/Space Crafts, Games & Activities/Astronaut Photo Booth/Virtual Reality Station/Music with Maggie Hunter.

12:00 p.m. – Puppet Show: Master Puppeteer David Stephens of All Hands Productions: The Pied Picker Puppet Show! For children of all ages. In Multipurpose Rooms.

(Find more information about their program here.

Last week we also celebrated our Reading Rock Stars!

Last week, we celebrated our reading rock stars with grade level parties. We had nearly 200 students who had turned in 6 or more reading logs throughout the school. So proud of all of our wildcat readers! We were having SO MUCH FUN we didn’t take many pictures….but enjoy these!

Happy Reading!

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Books for Keeps was the best!

The best thing about being a public school librarian at a Title I school in Athens, GA is knowing that each of my students K-5 is going to receive 12 free books to help prevent summer slide, courtesy of local organization Books for Keeps. I can’t explain the magic any better than I did in this video back in 2015, when founder Melaney Smith was nominated for a L’Oreal Woman of Worth award.

Books for Keeps visited our school April 29-30th. Every child grades K-5 was able to take home 12 free books, a feat made possible by fundraising they do all year. It only costs $30 to sponsor a child. If you would like to donate, please visit their site.

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Black History Month Celebration

We have the best Black History Month celebrations here at Oglethorpe! This year’s performance was amazing.  Check out this video.

Here in the library we have been enjoying reading about Mae Jemison, Melba Liston, Trombone Shorty, the youngest marcher, Audrey Faye Hendricks, the women from Hidden Figures, John Coltrane, and Sojourner Truth. Many more great titles can be found on our display shelves.

Tom Watson Author Visit- February 5th

Recently we had an incredible visit with Tom Watson, author of Stick Dog. During the presentation Tom showed the kids how he drew Stick Dog. He had them draw along with him. We also loved Tom’s jokes!

We added almost 50 Stick Dog books to the collection. They don’t stay on the shelves!

Big thanks to Avid Bookshop and Tom Watson for making this visit happen!



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Book Bingo, Author Visit, and More

Happy New Year! We’re starting our year off with a reading challenge here at OAES and we need your help! Grades K-5 have the opportunity to take part in the Wildcat Book Bingo, which basically will give our kids opportunities to complete fun activities to enjoy reading. Students will earn a special prize for completing the bingo card, which will also count as a check toward the Reading Rock Stars field trip in May. All entries are due February 15th. Please help your child takes part in this fun challenge and get excited about reading!

The Reading Rock Stars Party is this Friday afternoon, January 18th. We will have dancing and cupcakes in the cafeteria for the 190 plus students who are invited. I’d love to have help chaperoning starting at 1:20. Please get in touch at if you are available.

On Tuesday, February 5th at 1:30 Tom Watson, author of the popular Stick Dog series, will be visiting the Wildcat Media CenterGrades 3-5 will have an author visit in the cafeteria at 1:30. Forms are going home today so students can purchase their own copy of Stick Dog. Please turn these forms in no later than Friday. If you purchase now, books will only cost $11.69 with an Avid discount. (Otherwise they will be $14.04).

Lastly, I just returned from the Key West Literary Seminar. It was amazing! I got to meet my hero, Margaret Atwood, author of the Handmaid’s Tale, in addition to 70 other books, including the Penelopiad, a retelling of the Odyssey. The main takeaway I got that applies to our age friends is the importance of reading, reading widely, and the especially the influence of myth upon so many works. I was inspired to begin re-reading the Odyssey this weekend, a new translation that just came out from presenter Emily Wilson. I’m definitely going to be directing our kids to mythology in the future, sharing the connection between mythology and the superhero stories they love. I also attended several sections connecting writing and reading. Event coverage can be found here, including (soon) a section written by me.

Come visit the library soon! Looking forward to seeing you and your students!

Wildcat Book Fair Fall 2018

This year our Book Fair is being hosted by our local bookstore, Avid Bookshop. I’d love to have your help. You can sign up here:


Preview Days:

Monday, October 15

Tuesday, October 16




Wednesday, October 17

7:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.


Thursday, October 18

7:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

4:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.


Friday, October 19

7:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.



  1. We will be open ALL DAY THURSDAY for browsing but the cash register is only open at the listed time.
  2. You may use Avid gift certificates to purchase books! You can also purchase Avid gift certificates.
  3. We will charge tax.
  4. Sign up here:


Summer Reading Rock Star Party

Last Friday we celebrated our summer Reading Rock Stars with a special ice cream sundae party in the cafeteria. We had a great time! Big thanks to all the parents who helped. Way to go, Reading Rock Stars!

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Shelli Johannes Came to Visit OAES!

Last Friday we had an amazing author visit with Shelli Johannes, author of CeCe Loves Science. It was incredible! The kids LOVED meeting Shelli.  They loved having her read the book, and they especially loved asking questions. You should check out the website– there are lots of fun activities! Big thanks to Janet Geddis and Kate Lorraine of Avid Bookshop for bringing Shelli to Athens!

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Welcome Back, Wildcats!

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Welcome back Wildcats!  It’s been great to see all of you! Happy new school year!

We are finally settled into the new media center.  We love our new space!

Last Friday we just celebrated our first group of Reading Rock Stars.  We had so many people reading in August.  Way to go! This list is of our summer reading rock stars.  They are invited to a special reading rock star party on Friday, September 14th.  Parents, please send Ms. Sugi a picture of your student’s summer reading log to if your student’s name is not on the list. Let me know if your student read more than 100 books this summer.

Last of all, on Friday, September 7, from 1:30-2:15, author Shelli Johannes of CeCe Loves Science will be visiting K-2 in the cafeteria. It’s our first author visit in the new school!  Want to purchase a copy? Bring a check/ cash or credit- price is $16.19.

Our Book Fair is October 15-19th! This fall it will be hosted by Avid Bookshop.  Would you like to request a book for Avid to stock?  Complete this form!

Would you like a book to be purchased for the library? We have limited funds but will try our best.  Please complete this form! 

Questions? Email me.  Feel free to stop by the library anytime!

Happy Reading!




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2018 Recap

We’ve had lots of incredible events happen this year at Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary including:

  • We had 4 AMAZING author visits with Caleb Zane Huett, Abby Hanlon, Joey Weiser and with OAES parents Bart King and Jacob Wenzka;
  • 2 book fairs;
  • 2 Reading Rock Star field trips;
  • Summer Reading Rock Star Celebration;
  • Winter Reading Rock Star Celebration;
  • 9 WOWs where Reading Rock Stars were celebrated!
  • The Books for Keeps program, which distributed 12 free books to all students K-5!
  • Mr. Evan from Athens Clarke County Library shared info with all students PK-2 about our summer reading program.  Ms. Sugi shared the same info with everyone else.
  • We took part in MakerFest!
  • Ms. Sugi created Summer Reading Lists for each grade level!
  • Intern Hannah labeled fiction books according to genre
  • Ms. Sugi delivered lessons to all classes promoting love of reading, media literacy and staying safe online;
  • We continued our focus on developing a culturally relevant reading collection- the Black Panther series was a huge hit!
  • The Media Committee developed guidelines for technology use;
  • We packed (and are still packing) the library in prep for the move to the new school;
  • Mr. Perez and Ms. Sugi organized the tech distribution and collection in the fall and spring.

None of this would have been possible without the help of Mr. Perez, interns Melissa Serro, Hannah Sikes, Emily Walls, Max Rabb, and Dansbie Charles, as well as our amazing parent volunteers and teaching staff.  Thanks for a great year!

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