The Pegasus Library is not simply bricks and mortar, books and computers. It is full of life from the minute it opens its doors for family hour at 8:00 a.m. until the end of day at 3:30 p.m. We host students, classes, teachers, and parents all day long.
At recess, students pop in to check out books, use the computers, catch up on assignments, or just say hi to the librarians. At lunch children come in to study for an upcoming test, the Shakespeare Club works out scenes for their upcoming performance, and the Battle of the Books team prepares for competition.
Each grade level in the Primary and Lower School pursues its special library and classroom projects during regularly scheduled library visits while the Middle School classes schedule times around research projects and genre book reports. We have a busy, full-service library!
Parent volunteers are one of the most important resources to the Pegasus School Library and there are many opportunities for volunteering. The Library not only relies on parent volunteers to help keep its collection in good order, but it also needs parent volunteers to help with the annual book fair and Elizabethan picnic. For parents who can only help a few times a year, there are also opportunities to volunteer during the Women’s History Day celebration and the Battle of the Books program.
|Banned Books Week|
During Banned Books Week, censorship and the First Amendment are the objects of discussion in the Library from grades 4 through 8. The week culminates with a visit by a journalist or an author whose books have been censored. Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Library Association.
Last year, the Library hosted young adult author Sonya Sones. She spoke to students about her work and her experiences with censorship. Sones is a former film editor and is the author of many books, including Stop Pretending.
|Battle of the Books|
The fourth ever Battle of the Books competition will take place on Tuesday, March 22 at St. John's School in Orange. The Pegasus School will bring two teams of worthy competitors to battle it out with nine other Orange County public and private schools.
Students in 4th and 5th grades prepare for the competition by reading and studying 19 noteworthy books. Battle of the Books meetings take place on a weekly basis in the Library.
Books come to life when authors come to visit. This year we have welcomed a number of authors, including Click Clack Moo author Doreen Cronin. When she visited, multiple Newbery winner Pam Munoz Ryan talked about growing up bilingual and how that influences her subject matter and her characters. Shannon Hale talked about her very first published novel and, subsequent to her visit, that book won a Newbery Award. The same thing happened when Gennifer Choldenko came to talk about Al Capone Does My Shirts; it won a Newbery Award. Likewise, Brian Selznick's book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, won a Caldecott Award. His powerpoint presentation fascinated both teachers and students by decoding the relationship of his illustrations to the story. Last year, it was fun to read a major article in the LA Times about Frank Beddor and his Looking Glass Wars trilogy only two weeks after he signed those books at Pegasus. All these visits are another way of sparking the imagination and enthusiasm of our students: a high priority for the Pegasus Library.
|Women in History Celebration|
One of the most memorable programs ever sponsored by the Pegasus Library is the Women in History Celebration. Pegasus mothers (and grandmothers) adopt women they admire as role models, research their lives and design appropriate costumes. During National Women’s History Month they visit classrooms in the guise of these remarkable women. This has included speaking other languages, wearing armor, demonstrating ballet technique and always being prepared to answer-- in character-- whatever questions the students may pose.
|Parent / Child Book Club|
Once a month, students in fifth and sixth grades meet in the Library with their parents to discuss a mutually agreed upon book. Parents and children discuss thematic elements, ask open-ended questions, and make connections between literature and their lives. The following books are a sampling of the Book Club's selections thus far: Kate Dicamillo's The Magician's Elephant, Elise Broach's Masterpiece, Jane Smiley's Georges and the Jewel, Carl Hiaasen's Scat, and Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time.
Each year the American Library Association awards Caldecott Gold and Silver Medals to the illustrators of the outstanding picture books of that year. Since 1938 over 200 books have been honored. At Pegasus, Kindergartners and their parents are invited to read and enjoy the many winners by joining the Caldecott Club. They keep a record of their reading in special books logs, and, having read at least 40 Caldecott books, they are recognized in the library with certificates displays on the Caldecott Honored Reader Bulletin Board.
By popular demand, we will again have Shakespeare Clubs for the 2010-2011 school year! These clubs will prepare scenes from Shakespeare’s plays and present them to audiences of their peers and parents. This year, the 3rd grade Shakespeareans, led by Sharon Goldhamer, will study scenes from A Midsummer’s Night Dream. The 4th graders, led by Carin Meister, will select scenes from Romeo and Juliet. The 5th graders, led by Keri Gorsage and Shannon Vermeeren, will prepare scenes from 12th Night. Some of our Shakespeare groups will performs their scenes during our Middle School Shakespeare Monologue Competition in April.
Shakespeare’s birthday celebration has grown into a school wide week of activities: the middle-school monologue competition, a Nine-Men Morris tournament, an Elizabethan picnic, reference challenges, and opportunities for t-shirt and bookmark designs. Even the faculty participates by dressing up as a favorite Shakespeare character and performing during the monologue competition. This celebratory week creates an awareness and love for Shakespeare from a very early age and is a hallmark of the library.