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!


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)