Check it Out! Week of September 26th!


Happy Birthday Johnny Appleseed!

This week, our library classes celebrated the birthday of Johnny Appleseed on September 26th. We read the book Seed by Seed: The Legend and Legacy of John “Appleseed” Chapman by Esme Raji Codell. We learned that John Chapman was a real person who lived more than 200 years ago. He had 11 brothers and sisters and we learned why he is depicted as wearing a pot on his head. (Easy to carry and kept the rain off!)

We then took a poll of our favorite apple treats. The winner by a landslide was the caramel apple, with apple pie a close second!

This week also happened to be National Cat Week, so we pulled a bunch of books about cats for the students to browse.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs. Wiederkehr


Check it Out! Week of September 19th

This week in the library we celebrated both International Dot Day and the 100th birthday of author Roald Dahl! We read The Dot by Peter Reynolds and then each student added a dot to our big dot to create a giant dot made out ot dots! Whew! That’s a lot of dots! 🙂
We also read a story written by Roald Dahl’s daughter Ophelia that told a bit about what it was like to grow up with a famous author as a father. The favorite part for all the students was the tale of how her father taught her to drive a car when she was 10 years old and used to let her drive alone around the village where they lived! We were all pretty amazed that no one seemed to think twice about it!
Have a wonderful weekend!!
Mrs. Wiederkehr

Check It Out! Week of September 12th


This week the younger classes learned some ways to pick a “just-right” book, just like Goldilocks! We can look at the cover to see if it is interesting to us, we can flip through the pages to see if the pictures draw us in, or early readers can use the “five-finger” rule: Read the first page and count on one hand the number of words you might not know. If it is four or more, the book might be too difficult to read on our own, if it is one or less, the book might not be challenging enough, and if it is two or three, the book is most likely “just-right” for reading on our own.

We also read Stella Louella’s Runaway Book by Lisa Campbell Ernst, a story about a little girl who gets the whole neighborhood involved in searching for her lost library book.

The older grades started our exploration of non-fiction biographies by reading Mr. Farris and His Wheel by Kathryn Gibbs Davis. We discovered that the Ferris Wheel has a long history in Chicago, going all the way back to the 1893 World’s Fair, and that engineering is a pretty cool profession!

The third graders worked on a special project in library this week. Each third grade class worked together to make a class book about taking care of your library books to share with the Kindergarten classrooms. The students worked very hard to illustrate both the right and wrong ways to treat your library books so that we can share the story with the Kindergartners next week. Great job, third grade!!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs. Wiederkehr

A Update from Ms. Susina

Hi everyone,
I have been keeping in touch with Ms. Susina over the summer and she recently sent me this update of what she has been up to!
Hello, SBPS Families!  I promised to let you all know where I ended up after leaving St. Ben’s in June.  After a relaxing (but also anxious) summer, I was offered the job of Information and Digital Services librarian in the children’s department at Franklin Park Public Library.  I will start there on September 12th.  I had a very good feeling when I interviewed there and the children’s area felt very comfortable.  I am also thrilled that they use the Dewey Decimal system!  There will be lots of new challenges ahead and I am looking forward to learning what it is like to be a public librarian.  I miss you all very much, but I know that the experiences I had with your children in the last 5 years will be with me and I know it helped to prepare me for my new role.  I do still plan on visiting St. Ben’s, as I do have vacation pictures of Ivan the gorilla to share (the book character that students voted for me to take with over summer vacation) and I will be sure to visit the book fair in December.  If you ever find yourself in the Franklin Park area, be sure to stop by and see me 🙂 I hope you all had a great start to the school year and I wish everyone well in the months ahead!  Mrs. Susina



New Beginnings


Hello everyone! My name is Lisa Wiederkehr and I am the new librarian at St. Benedict Preparatory School. I would like to say thank you to all of you for such a warm welcome! Everyone who stopped me to say hello, introduce themselves, or ask how things were going helped to make me feel very much at home. I am having a blast getting to know all of these wonderful kids and enjoying learning who they are and, of course, what kinds of things they love to read! My interests, as your children know already, includes obsessing about the Chicago Blackhawks, enjoying anything Harry Potter related, going to concerts and reading as much as I can!

St. Benedict is an amazing place and I feel very blessed to have become a part of such a wonderful community. I can’t wait to share all of the exciting things we will be doing in the library this year!