Tuesday, October 22, 2013



The Reinbeck Elementary will be having its book fair during conferences.  Please take some time to look at all of the exciting things!  The book fair is how the library and teachers gets many of their books.  Get your Halloween or Christmas shopping done while supporting a good cause.

The fair will also be open to students during that week if they wish to purchase something at school as well. 

An online book fair is also available.  This is a great way to shop and purchase gifts without your child knowing.  To do this visit:
            Click the , “Find a Fair” blue tap at the top right hand side.
                        Type in 50669 in the zip code box.
                                    Reinbeck should appear….and then click on it.

The books will be shipped to the RB Elementary School.  Mrs. Ehlers will put them in bags so your student won’t know what’s in the bag, and your child can bring the items home to you.

One other exciting thing that IMACT is doing is that if a child brings in 10 box tops, they will get $1 off of their book fair total.

Thursday, 10/24 from 4:00-8:00
Monday, 10/28 from 4:00-8:00

Thanks for your support!           
Mrs. Val Ehlers
K-12 Media Specialist

Friday, October 4, 2013

Looking at my blogspot (GR Library Dog Blog [catchy eh?]) was something all of the classes have done within the last few weeks.  We have also visited the GR home page and seen that the library has its own web page.  This can be seen on the right side of the GR home page.  If you go to that, you will find some great things!

All of the grades have been looking at the audio books and eBooks as well.  These are free and can be accessed at home and school.  The login information can also be found at the top of the links.

4th grade: Scientists and weather are being discussed in 4th grade science.  Students were shown some books and videos found on True Flix:  http://tfx.grolier.com/  (2502reinel     aea267).  Kids can look at their own experiments they can do at home.  Books about experiments and scientists were also found in the library for them to check out.

3rd grade: Weather is being discussed and we read a Magic School Bus book about weather.  We learned what creates wind and what an updraft is.  We also talked about how it's important to read new information slowly.  Online you can access Magic School bus through: http://www.scholastic.com/magicschoolbus/

2nd grade:  We finished reading the "Better Butter Battle" by Dr. Seuss.  Visiting his webpage as shown before/below would again be such a great idea.  Have your student read tongue twisters to work on pronouncing all of the letters in a word....it's fun!

1st grade: the sections are either studying Berenstain Bears or Mercer Mayer books (depending upon their section).  A great Mercer Mayer site is : http://www.littlecritter.com/

Kindergarten: It's G week!   We read about Curious George.  Books were shown for them to check out that all start with G and of course, we couldn't forget about setting some Curious George books out too!  Want more about Curious George?  See this link: http://pbskids.org/curiousgeorge/


Monday, September 30, 2013

Things have just been "digging" in at the G-R libraries.  Mrs. Ehlers has been so busy teaching things about reading and also trying to tie in what teachers are doing in their classrooms as well!

4th graders have been busy learning about being scientists.   Here are some great links to learning more about them and about actual experiments they can do with your help!

We have also been reading Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key to tie into this months 4th grade genre: Realistic Fiction.  We learned about inferring about a character through what they say, do, and think.  Students learned that reading fast is sometimes ok, but sometimes when we are learning new or difficult information, it's important to read slower.  Make sure you have your student do this at home as well.

3rd graders read about Amelia Earhart and her amazing journey over the Atlantic Ocean! Here are some links if you want to know more about Amelia:http://www.ameliaearhart.com/

We have also been learning about author's purpose in writing and looking at weather related books.  We should help prepare our minds for reading by predicting what the author wants the reader to know by using the book's title and using pictures as well.  When finished reading, we may have to adjust what we originally thought the purpose was while we are reading.  This will help students remember what they read and to key in to the main points or main information of the book.

2nd graders have discussed in their classrooms about safety issues.  We read a Bearenstain Book about strangers and discussed how even though it's important to follow some important rules when dealing with strangers, that not everyone is bad.  For more information on helping your student learn more about safety with strangers, you can go to these links:

Students have also been looking at the importance of reading all of the letters in the word so that the right word is being used and pronounced while reading.  The students helped Mrs. Ehlers read The Butter Battle Book by reading some words aloud with her.  Dr. Seuss sure knows how to make up some crazy words, so using these books at home to continue working with this skill is important.
Here are some fun things kids can do in working with Dr. Seuss: http://www.seussville.com/

1st graders have been reading books by certain authors and learning about these authors.  Books are then pulled so that students have the chance to read some of these books as well.  By reading different authors, it is hoped that students will learn to explore different types of books.  Mercer Mayer and the Berenstains (Berenstain Bear authors) have been the first two authors they have been exposed to.

Links to
Mercer Mayer:  http://www.littlecritter.com/
Berenstains: http://www.berenstainbears.com/parents/

Kindergarten: we have been working on the same letters and concepts as the teachers are in the classrooms. We also have been reading counting books.  Here is a link you and your child can go on together:

Friday, September 6, 2013

I hope everyone had a great summer!  I am now staying at home because there are some kiddos who sneeze when I'm around (I am sorry).  BUT the good news is that Mrs. Ehlers is keeping me informed about all of the new things that are happening at the library!

At Reinbeck, there is a new theme: "Believe you can achieve!"

Fourth grade students are working on inferring about characters.  I didn't realize that when I looked at a really big dog that I was inferring he was going to maybe hurt me.  When I use clues to make a conclusion about a character, then I infer!  We read "Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key" by Jack Gantos,  and the students made inferences about Joey based on what he says, does, thinks, and how other characters react to him.  He is one funny kid!

In 3rd grade, we read a book about a dog named "Nubs."  It's a true story about a dog who doesn't give up.  He follows a soldier for  70 miles because he misses him and loves him so much.  Here is a similar story that happened to an Iowan soldier:


First and second graders read the book "The Shelf Elf."  I didn't know there was a shelf elf named Skoob living in the library!  Skoob showed students how to pick out a book and how to use a shelf marker to know where the book needs to be returned if a student doesn't want to read it.  Mrs. Ehlers also talked to students about going on a book hunt and finding a "just right fit" book.

Kindergarteners were welcomed to the library and shown how to check a book out.  Mrs. Ehlers also read a book using the letters "L," and we talked about what to look for in nature.

Click on this link to find Pictures in nature

Saturday, July 20, 2013


Below is the link to see my segment on KWWL!!! I was so worn out from filming, that I slept right through it, but Mrs. Ehlers taped it for me, so I can watch it later. Special THANKS to Danielle Wagner and the students for coming to see me.

I'm also resting up for my big night tonight at the book exchange!  See you all at the park at 7:00.  I helped sort the new and well loved books that will be available.  They are so wonderful! They SMELL so NEW and great. too!http://www.kwwl.com/story/22890686/2013/07/20/meggie-the-library-dog-encourages-gladbrook-reinbeck-students-to-read

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

I will be seen on KWWL on Saturday, 7/20 at 8:00-8:15 A.M. or so.  Thanks to Danielle Wagner for her terrific job!  I loved meeting her and smelling her dogs Cubbie and Teddy on her clothes.

For those who would like to see me soon, I will be in the Reinbeck Park on Sat. 7/20 at 7:00 helping my mom with the book exchange in the Reinbeck Park. Bring your well loved books and exchange them for three new books.  If you don't have books to bring, THAT IS FINE!!! Come anyway and get 3 books too! There will also be music and the movie WRECK IT RALPH too!

Thursday, May 23, 2013


Summer reading practice is just as important as practicing a sport, music, or anything else that we want to get better at.

In order to help promote kids reading in the summer, the Reinbeck Elementary School Library will be open for enrolled Gladbrook-Reinbeck K-8 students to check out 4 books and 2 magazines every MONDAY from JUNE 10-JULY 15 from 9:30-10:30

If your student is enrolled at the Reinbeck Daycare, arrangements have already been made for your student to come to the library during these times.

The Gladbrook Elementary School Library will be open for enrolled K-8 Gladbrook-Reinbeck students to check out 4 books and 2 magazines every TUESDAY from JUNE 11-July 16 from 9:30-10:30.