Monthly Archives: January 2014

Meet Our Spring 2014 Interns

We have lots of great new interns.  Learn  about the people who will be working with us  below.


Ms. Laura Frances Kelley

Ms. Laura Frances Kelley is currently a fourth year student at the University of Georgia. She will graduate in May with her Bachelor’s Degree in English and Latin, and she looks forward to becoming a media specialist in a school someday. In her spare time she loves to read (her favorite book is Jane Eyre) and to spend time playing outside with her fluffy dog Holmes. She is very excited to be working here at our Library Media Center, where she enjoys shelving books and spending time with our awesome students!


Ms. Jane Toddy

Ms. Jane Toddy is a second year student at the University of Georgia. She is studying to major in English Education and hopes to become an English teacher someday. She plans on teaching English abroad when she first graduates. Jane enjoys going to concerts, reading books, and watching movies in her free time. Jane is so happy to be working at Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary School with all of the school’s wonderful students! She cannot wait to encourage reading, lead book groups, and be surrounded by such a great environment!


Ms. Clarissa Raybon

Ms. Clarissa Raybon is a fourth year student at the University of Georgia. She is a double major in Theatre and English. She also has a minor in TESOL –Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. She enjoys reading, writing –especially plays –singing and acting. Her favourite books are Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell and Ulysses by James Joyce. Clarissa is very excited to work with everyone who ventures into the wonderland that is the Library Media Center. She LOVES  to read anything and everything, so don’t be afraid to go up to her if you want to discover or simply discuss different books!


Ms. Molly Faust

Ms. Molly Faust is a third year student at the University of Georgia. She is majoring in English and English Education, and is planning on becoming an English teacher after she graduates in May of 2016. She loves to travel, and she hopes to study abroad in Europe during the summer. In her spare time she enjoys reading, hiking, listening to music, and visiting her family in Charlotte, North Carolina. Molly is very excited to meet all of the students who visit the Library Media Center, and cannot wait to lead book groups and spend more time at Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary School!


Ms. Kristina Clark

Ms. Kristina Clark is a third year at the University of Georgia where she majors in English Education. She also has an ESOL endorsement as well as a certificate in British Irish Studies. Kristina hopes to one day teach high schoolers all about British Literature. Kristina loves playing music and she plays the violin, the piano, the guitar, and the ukulele! One of Kristina’s favorite things to do is reading and she is so excited to share her love of books with the students of Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary School! Some of Kristina’s favorite books are Harry Potter and The Great Gatsby, and cannot wait to hear about everyone’s favorite things to read!


Ms. Alex Ponder

Ms. Alex Ponder graduated from the University of Georgia in December 2013. As her Bachelor’s degree is in English, she feels right at home in the OAES library. She is currently applying to MAT graduate programs for Early Childhood Education because she has a big heart for children and really wants to share her love of learning with as many as she can. When she isn’t at the library, she is reading, running, laughing, or chasing her silly cat, Izzy. Alex is so excited about this opportunity and cannot wait to explore the magic of reading with young people AND to get reminded of that magic herself!

Ms. Erin Cheatham

Ms. Erin Cheatham

Ms. Erin Cheatham is a December 2013 graduate of the University of Georgia. She has a degree in English Literature and plans to attend graduate school in the fall to study English and Digital Humanities. She loves traveling (she’s in Paris in the picture above!), music, writing, and reading. Some of her favorite books are Jane Eyre, Harry Potter, and The Book Thief! Erin is so excited to help out around the Media Center, and will be working on some exciting new things for the website and blog!

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Searching, Similes, and the Soundtrack of John Coltrane’s Life

It’s been a great week here in the OAES library media center!  Our 4th grade have been using our new iPads to explore similes and idioms.  We researched different poems exploring similes.  Our new favorite is Willow and Gingko by Eve Miriam. We identified the similes, then created a few of our own using the Animal Idioms app.  It’s not my favorite app but was fun to try out, especially since it was free.

I like to tell our students how even though I have been a lifelong library geek, I never really understood how libraries worked until I was in college.  Consequently, one of my personal passions is teaching our students how libraries are organized and how to find materials on their own. This past week our  1st and 2nd grade classes have been using the iPads to search our library collection for books and resources that they love.  Then our interns, their teachers, and I have been helping them locate these materials.  It’s been exciting for everyone involved!

Our kindergarten and I have been reading about saxophonist John Coltrane.  We love Carol Boston Weatherford’s Before John Was a Jazz Giant which explores the sounds Coltrane heard as a child, and how he incorporated them into his music. We also learned about John Coltrane at his official site. We finished by watching excerpts from the following video, which has footage of John Coltrane playing live.


Lastly, we have been organizing our spring book  clubs.  Some of our students have even begun their book clubs with our new interns.  We have some fabulous interns working with us the semester.  Check back next week- we will have a post introducing them.

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New Books We Love!

We’ve recently added many titles to our collection. Check out some of the great new books on our shelves!

When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop
Written by Laban Carrick Hill, Illustrated by Theodore Taylor III
Call Number: 782.42 HIL

When the Beat Was Born

This awesomely illustrated book describes the birth of hip-hop music. One summer day in 1973 Cindy Campbell threw a back-to-school party at a park in the South Bronx. Her brother, Clive Campbell, spun the records. With a little inspiration, he discovered a new way of playing music by making the breaks—the musical interludes between verses—longer for dancing. He called himself DJ Kool Herc and this is When the Beat Was Born! From his childhood in Jamaica to his youth in the Bronx, here’s the story of how Kool Herc became a DJ, and how the music he invented helped define a culture and change the world. 

Giant Steps to Change the World
Written by Spike Lee, Illustrated by Sean Qualls
Call Number: E LEE

Giant Steps to Change the World

“On some days your dreams may seem too away far to realize… Listen to the whispers of those that came before…”

This inspirational picture book from Academy Award nominated director Spike Lee urges kids to take “giant steps” to help change the world! Using real-life examples of people throughout history who have tackled fear and challenging obstacles to achieve their dreams, this book is a great way to learn about both the small and giant steps you can take to help change the world!

Me, Frida
Written by Amy Novesky, Illustrated by David Diaz
Call Number: F NOV

Me, Frida

This beautifully illustrated children’s book explores the journey of famous painter Frida Khalo as she and her husband, the famous artist Diego Rivera, leave their home in Mexico for the city of San Francisco. As Frida explores the city on her own, she discovers more than just the beauty and cultural diversity of America. She finds the inspiration she needs to become one of the most celebrated artists of all time. This exciting true story encourages children to believe in themselves so they can make their own dreams come true!

BookSpeak!: Poems About Books
Written by Laura Purdie Salas, Illustrated by Josée Bisaillon
Call Number: 811 SAL

BookSpeak!: Poems About Books

BookSpeak is full of all types of fun and imaginative poems about books! After the lights in the bookstore go out, the books on the shelves come alive! Book jackets walk about, characters call for sequels, and the pages themselves come to life. Illustrator Josée Bisaillon’s mixture of collage, drawings, and digital montage offers brightly colored pages filled with action and charm. This whimsical collection of poetry is sure to spark the imagination of children everywhere.

Harlem’s Little Blackbird
Written by Renée Watson, illustrated by Christian Robinson
Call Number: B MIL

Harlem's Little Blackbird

This lovely picture book explores the courageous journey of Florence Mills as she tries to make it big in 1920’s New York City. Florence was born to parents who were former-slaves, and knew early in life that she was destined to sing and dance on stage. Along her journey, she had to overcome racism and discrimination in order to become a role model to aspiring singers and dancers everywhere. Harlem’s Little Blackbird inspires and encourages kids to stand up for what they believe, and to never give up on a dream despite the challenges they might face.

Graphic Dinosaur Series
By Rob Shone and David West

Graphic Dinosaur Series

This awesomely illustrated series explores all types of cool dinosaurs! From the Stegosaurus to the

Velociraptor, each book explores what life was like when these incredible creatures roamed the earth. With exciting narratives, interesting facts and tons of great pictures, these books are sure to thrill.

Happy Reading!!

– Ms. Erin

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