Ashley Reads

E is for Everyone!

Written By: Mrs. Mayo - Apr• 01•14

When browsing the library many older students and adults will pass by what used to be known as the easy section.  At Ashley Elementary the picture books are known as the Everybody books.  After reading many of the books in this section of the library, I can honestly say they are not all easy, but everyone can enjoy them.  Picture books can open the world to so many different time periods and places.  The beautiful use of language in many picture books helps develop writing skills in even the oldest learners.  The illustrations are often works of art that help connect the readers to the text.  So, before you walk past those picture books, open one up and you will see that they are for Everyone.

Enjoy articles by Tomie DePaola, Rosemary Wells, and Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen as they share their thoughts about the importance of picture books.

Book Fiesta

Written By: Mrs. Mayo - Mar• 07•14

Come join in the Book Fiesta at the Ashley Spring Book Fair where you will find lots of books to choose from.  The Book Fair is open daily from 7:30 to 3:30.

Celebrate with Grandparents on Grandparents day, Wednesday, March 19.  Invite your Grandparents to eat Lunch with you and visit the Book Fair.

We will also be Open for Multi-Cultural Night from 6:00-7:30.

Would you like to see some of the books your kids are excited about.  Watch the video featuring this Spring’s hot titles!  Book Fair Video

 

Poetry Contest

Written By: Mrs. Mayo - Feb• 04•14

Frisco Public Library is hosting their annual Poetry Contest.  Ashley students are encouraged to participate.  Make sure to fill out the entry form

 Rules

1. Only children in grades 1 through 12 may submit work.

2. Every poem MUST be accompanied by an entry form WITH CONTACT INFORMATION.

3. Multiple entries are allowed as long as every entry is accompanied by an entry form.

4. Poems must be turned in to the 1st Floor Teen Ask Us! Desk or 2nd Floor Ask Us! Desk by March 3, 2014.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How are winners chosen?

Our librarians look at every entry and whittle the poems down to 20 or 30 finalists for each age division. They send the finalists’ entries to this year’s judge, Alan Birkelbach. He chooses three equal winners in each age category. There is no first, second, or third place.

What are the prizes?

Winners will be invited to attend a special reception in their honor where they will receive a plaque and recognition from the community. Winners will also receive a keepsake book containing all of the winning poems.

Can I get my poem back?

Once the poem is submitted to us, we cannot return it. Please make copies of your poem and do not send the original.

How/When will I be notified if I’ve won?

The library will contact you by phone, through your teacher, or through email. All winners will receive a special invitation to the reception through email. Winners will be notified by April 1, 2014. If you are not selected as a winner, you will NOT be notified.

How many poems can I submit?

As many as you want! But every poem submitted must have an attached entry form WITH CONTACT INFORMATION. No bulk submissions with one form. Any poem submitted without an entry form attached will be automatically disqualified.

Thankful for Ashley Readers

Written By: Mrs. Mayo - Dec• 02•13

Ashley students Gobbled UP some great books in November.  Each student that read at least 180 minutes in November and turned in thier reading log, got their name on one of the turkey feathers.  Check out the plumage on our turkey!

 

Students have many books in the Ashley library to read as well as the many ebooks available to Frisco students.  Check out the selection on the eBook page of Ashley reads.

 

If your looking for a great Holiday book, on We Give Books.  Our username and password is -  ashleyreads .

 

Go ahead Gobble up a good book and look for this month’s reading log – Pop Into a Good Book!

Fancy Nancy Finds her way to Ashley Library

Written By: Mrs. Mayo - Sep• 19•13

As part of the Big Library Read program, Ashley is featuring “Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth” in both eBook and audiobook formats from September 16th – 30th. During this two-week reading period, Book 1 from the Nancy Clancy series will be available for every patron that wishes to read it—no holds, no waitlists.  Visit Frisco OverDrive to check it out.

By participating in the Big Library Read, you can join a global movement of passionate readers and library patrons who support the availability of eBooks and audiobooks at your local branch.

Author and Fancy Nancy creator Jane O’Connor brings us back to the glamorous world of our favorite fancy girl. Nancy Clancy may be a bit older and more sophisticated, but she hasn’t lost her love for fancy words, outrageous fashion and dramatic flair.

She and her best friend Bree have everything they need to solve a mystery, from their totally professional trench coats to their top-secret code. But when crime strikes in their classroom, will these super sleuths be able to crack the case?

So, get out your device and start sleuthing!

Summer Reading

Written By: Mrs. Mayo - May• 02•13

As summer approaches, it is time to begin thinking about your reading plans.  By reading during the summer, children continue to increase their vocabulary, fluency, and reading level.  Don’t let your brain go to mush; find a good book to read.  Start by visiting the Frisco Public Library.  You can also browse the books available on Frisco ISD’s OverDrive (use your username #), look through Ashley’s eBooks on the FollettShelf (username and password = ashley), or read one of the great eBooks on MackinVia.

The Frisco ISD librarians have a blog you might visit if you are trying to figure out what to read next.  Throughout the summer different books will be featured.  So go ahead and Love Your Library!

Participate in Barnes and Noble’s Summer Reading Imagination’s Destination and get a FREE book after reading 8 books.  Pick up a reading log from the library or download it here.  Barnes and Noble Reading Journal

 Check out the Frisco Public Library Summer Reading Video.

 

 

Books are READioactive

Written By: Mrs. Mayo - Apr• 04•13

It is Spring Book Fair time:  April 8 through April 13.  The Fair will be open from 7:30 to 3:20 daily.  Saturday, April 13th is the Carnival of Reading.  Come enjoy games, food, and fun from 3:00 to 6:00.  Don’t miss the Banjo playing storyteller, Dan Gibson, from 6:00 to 6:30.  Admission to the carnival is only $1 a person.  You can’t beat that!  Play all the games, get your face painted, eat a snow cone, and cotton candy all for $1.  Raffles, hot dogs and other concessions will be for sale.  You can also stop in and visit the book fair.  If we reach or $300 goal for our charitable donation, through All for Books to the Children’s Medical Center, we will conduct a silly string experiment during Friday Live!  Join us and super charge your brain.

The Masked Retriever

Written By: Mrs. Mayo - Jan• 28•13

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Ashley students are allowed to keep books checked out for two weeks before they need to return or renew them.  When late notices go out the price of the book is included just in case the book has been lost.  Every once in a while Mrs. Mayo must become the Masked Retriever!  Watch the video  to see what I mean!

Aliens on Vacation in Frisco

Written By: Mrs. Mayo - Dec• 05•12
 
Author Clete Barrett Smith helped judge Ashley Elementary’s alien costume contest at Barnes and Noble.

 “I didn’t want the aliens to be the bad guys!, “ Bluebonnet author, Clete Barrett Smith, explained to

  the 9 Frisco schools he visited this week regarding the aliens in his book.  Smith is the author of Aliens on Vacation, a 2012 Bluebonnet nominated book. 

During his visit with the Frisco Schools, December 3 through December 7, Clete Smith visited Ashley Elementary.  He spoke with the students on how writing is not just sitting behind a desk and drinking your coffee.  It is researching and exploring the sometimes gross and scary.  He shared with the students different competitive eating world records; research he had conducted on an idea for a character that gets into competitive eating.  The students were most impressed with the picture of the cow tongue eaten during one event.

 

Ashley third grader, Lauren Mayo, gets her copy of Alien on a Rampage signed by Clete Barrett Smith at their Barnes and Noble event.

  After the school visit, Clete Smith agreed to attend Ashley’s Barnes and Noble book fair event that evening.  For arts and crafts, Ashley students created an alien mask and a space scene.  They were lost in space as they searched the store for all the planets during a space scavenger hunt.  The evening’s most anticipated event was the alien costume contest.  All participants received a token to ride the carousel at the mall.  Clete Smith, Barnes and Noble representatives, and Ashley staff helped in the judging for the contest.  Ashley finished their alien space adventure with book signing time with the author.

Ashley Elementary would like to thank Mr. Clete Barrett Smith for joining them at Ashley Elementary and Barnes and Noble.  You made our fun Barnes and Noble night into an “Out of this World” event!

April Falter’s Kindergarten class enjoys a picture with author, Clete Barrett Smith after his assembly at Ashley Elementary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Texas Bluebonnet author, Clete Barrett Smith, gathers with Ashley third graders from Luanne Odom’s class.

Elect to Read

Written By: Mrs. Mayo - Nov• 09•12

Who will you vote for?

 Melanie Watt’s Scaredy Squirrel and Mo Willem’s Pigeon decided to join in the election fun. Before turning in their reading logs, Ashley students chose which character to vote for. Students shared why they would vote for each of the characters, and quotes were added to the campaign cabinet.

Check out Mrs. Mayo’s video from her trip with Scaredy Squirrel to Europe. Even after spending that much time with the little rodent, Mrs. Mayo still isn’t sure who she will vote for.