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Our Librarian Won't Tell Us Anything
by Toni Buzzeo
According to Carmen, a fourth-grader at Liberty Elementary, her school's librarian won't tell students anything! Fortunately, her classmate Robert doesn't believe Carmen and marches right over to ask Mrs. Skorupski question after question. Mrs. Skorupski's eyes twinkle and her rhinestone glasses sparkle as she leads Robert to the tools he needs to find the answers. Carmen scowls as she watches Robert become a Library Success Story, but eventually comes around as she realizes that Mrs. Skorupski can teach them everything!


The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians
by Carla Morris
Every day after school Melvin goes to the library. Everything has its place in the library and Melvin likes it that way. And his favorite people --Marge, Betty, and Leola -- are always in their places, behind the reference desk. When something interests Melvin, his librarian friends help him find lots and lots of books on the subject. As the years pass, Melvin can always find the answers to his questions-and a lot of fun-in the library. Then one day he goes off to college to learn new things and read new book. Will he leave the library and his friends behind forever? This humorous tale of a curious young boy and his single-minded quest for knowledge is a heartfelt and affectionate tribute to librarians everywhere. Readers will enjoy Brad Sneed's delightful illustrations that colorfully capture the fun-loving spirit of Carla Morris's story about the contagious enthusiasm of learning.

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Library Mouse
by Daniel Kirk
Every child can be a writer, and Library Mouse shows them how. Beloved children's book author and illustrator Daniel Kirk wonderfully brings to life the story of Sam, a library mouse. Sam's home was in a little hole in the wall in the children's reference books section, and he thought that life was very good indeed. For Sam loved to read. He read picture books and chapter books, biographies and poetry, and ghost stories and mysteries. Sam read so much that finally one day he decided to write books himself. Sam shared his books with other library visitors by placing them on a bookshelf at night. Until there came the time that people wanted to meet this talented author. Whatever was Sam to do? The joy of reading, writing, and sharing is brought to life in this warmhearted tale of a small creature that offers his big voice for aspiring authors everywhere.

Mrs. Roopy Is Loopy!
by Dan Gutman (2004)
Never before has school been this mixed up - or this much fun! Could Mrs. Roopy, the new librarian, be A.J.'s craziest teacher yet? When the class shows up they find her dressed first as George Washington and then Little Miss Muffet. And Mrs. Roopy won't even admit that it's her. Can A.J. and his class help their very troubled librarian before she does something really crazy? Part of the Dan Gutman's My Weird School series.


Librarian's Night Before Christmas
by David Davis (2007)
Due to low staffing, a librarian must spend her Christmas Eve stacking the shelves at a library in desperate need of renovations. After the strain of a long night that has left her feeling "like Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol," she is pleasantly surprised to see Santa and his elves coming to her rescue in a red bookmobile. Santa helps out by signing Newbery winners and starred Caldecotts and then reads to the children. Then, after paying overdue library fines, he tells everyone, "Do one more good deed. Have a real merry Christmas--teach someone to read!" Part of the Night Before Christmas Series.


Dewey & the Decimals: Learning Games & Activities
by Paige Taylor, Kent Brinkmeyer, Sue Brinkmeyer (2001)
Make learning the Dewey Decimal system a snap! These activities and reproducibles make great instructional tools and can be prepared quickly, using low-cost, readily available materials. Individual and whole-class activities are ideal for classroom teachers and children's librarians preparing for class visits.



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Punished!
by David Lubar
For grades 3-5: Logan is put under a spell by Professor Wordsworth from the local library. The punishment for his misbehavior is that he can only speak in puns. To end the vocabulary voodoo, Logan has to complete a quest: in three days he must find seven oxymorons, seven acronyms, and seven palindromes. School Library Journal's starred review says: "The language concepts are deftly explained and the clever, wordplay-filled dialogue proves numerous examples." Part of the Darby Creek Exceptional Titles series.



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