Check It Out! Week of June 6th (Last One!)


This week, we have been saying good-bye, signing yearbooks, and giving out LOTS of hugs 🙂

You have all been so kind when speaking to me in the hallways about my leaving St. Ben’s.  I appreciate your support and I will somehow let you know where I end up (the kids really want to know!).

I hope to see you again, as I am sure that I will attend St.Ben’s events and visit to see how everyone is doing.  I’m sure I won’t be able to stay away!  Thanks again so very much 🙂


Book Clubs…Unite!


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My heart was very full on Tuesday when close to 100 students who have attended book club over the last 4 or 5 years stopped into the library for a photo. I asked Mrs. Feely to announce that any student who had been in book club should stop by. In my mind, I thought only students from this year would come, but then they came streaming into the library in larger groups than I expected. We were missing a few friends, but it was a wonderful visual of our time together in book club I will definitely need to print and frame this one!

A Bit of News…and a Thank You



You may have heard rumblings that I will not be returning to St. Ben’s next year…and those rumblings are correct.  I have been telling students as they have been attending their library classes this week and had planned to announce it in the BUZZ today.

As you may remember, I graduated with my degree in Library and Information Science in January of this year. Now that I have this expensive little piece of paper, I am looking to find a children’s librarian job at a public library that will allow me to put into practice what I have learned at SBPS and in my coursework.

I began working in the SBPS library at the same time that I started taking my grad classes back in 2011.  Your children have been with me every step of the way in my journey as I shared what I was learning (art in picture books, comic book history, etc.) with them. It has been rewarding for me to see them grow over the years and to see their enthusiasm for books increase, as well.  We have had such fun discussing all kinds of book-related things!

I do want to thank YOU for all of your support these past 5 years while I have been the librarian and the past 12 years if you knew me when I was a classroom teacher.  The SBPS families will hold a special place in my heart and I will remember all that you have done for me 🙂

Check It Out! Week of May 30th



This week, students in grades K-4 will get a sneak peek at the 2017 Monarch and Bluestem lists. Every year, we have had more students eligible to vote as they have read at least 4 or 5 books off their respective lists.  Students in grade 5 previewed the books off of the 2017 Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award list.  Grades 6-8 read books off this list and copies of these books will be available in the secondary library next year. We wanted to make sure that the 5th graders knew that SBPS encourages them to continue their participation in the book awards when they visit that library in August. Grades 9-12 read books off of the Abraham Lincoln Award list.

2017 Monarch List (K-2)

2017 Bluestem List (3-5)

2017 Caudill List (6-8)

ALL Library Books Were Due Back to the Library LAST Friday, May 20th



Final notices for overdue library books are going home TODAY.  Please return the book or cost to replace the book noted on the sheet by Wednesday, JUNE 1st. 

Your child’s account needs to be taken care of before the final report card can be released.  If your child is a graduating kindergartner, then the book needs to be returned or the balance paid before your child can attend the ceremony.

If your child has not received an overdue notice, your child’s account is taken care of.  If you just want to be sure that they were not given one or if you have any questions, you can email Mrs. Susina.