The Pegasus School Library is not simply bricks and mortar, books and computers. It is full of life from the minute it opens its doors at 8:00 a.m. until the end of the day at 3:30 p.m. It hosts students, teachers, and parents all day.
At recess, students stop by to check out books, use the computers, work on assignments, or simply greet the librarians. During lunch, students come in to study for upcoming tests, work on homework, or read independently or with friends. Members of the Shakespeare Club practice scenes for their upcoming performances, and the Battle of the Books team prepares for competition.
There are many opportunities to volunteer during the school year. Volunteers include students, parents, grandparents and friends. The library not only relies on volunteers to help keep its collection in good order, but also to help with the annual book fair, Battle of the Books program, Women in History Day celebration and Elizabethan picnic.
|Banned Books Week|
During Banned Books Week, censorship and the First Amendment are the objects of discussion in the Library from fourth through eighth grades. Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Library Association and prompts students to have in-depth discussions on topics of intellectual freedom and censorship.
|Battle of the Books (BoB)|
Battle of the Books is a voluntary reading program for students in fourth and fifth grades. BOB students read 20 books of various genres over a seven-month period and meet weekly to discuss the BOB titles with faculty coaches. The program culminates in a intra-school team competition held in February and an inter-school competition held in March.
Books come to life when authors come to visit! The Pegasus School has been fortunate to host three or four authors each year. Through these visits, students learn about each author’s unique background, the writing or illustrative process, and how a book is published. In past years, the School has welcomed acclaimed and award winning authors and illustrators like Sharon Creech, Jon Klassen, Mac Barnett, Jory John, Karen Cushman, Tom Angleberger, Robyn Preiss Glasser, Jane O’Connor, Doreen Cronin, Jon Scieszka, Peter Brown and Brian Selznick!
|Women in History Day Celebration|
Every three years, the Pegasus Library sponsors a Women’s History Day program during the month of March to celebrate the various accomplishments and contributions of women to our world. Pegasus mothers, aunts, and grandmothers portray noteworthy women from history by dressing in costume and giving presentations to students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade from the point of view of these amazing individuals.
Each year, the American Library Association awards Caldecott Gold and Silver medals to illustrators for their outstanding contribution to children’s literature. At Pegasus, Kindergarteners and their parents are encouraged to read and enjoy the many winners by joining the Caldecott Club. After reading 40 Caldecott books and recording each book in their logs, students are inducted into the Caldecott Club through a special presentation during Library class.
Students in third and fourth grades who are interested in learning more about the bard and performing his plays may participate in this voluntary club. Students meet weekly at lunch to learn more about Shakespeare’s life, language, plays, and Elizabethan times. The year culminates in performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by the third graders and Romeo and Juliet by the fourth graders.
Shakespeare’s birthday is celebrated through a schoolwide week of activities: a Shakespeare character dress-up day; the Middle School Monologue competition sponsored by the N.E.A.; a Nine-Men Morris tournament; an Elizabethan picnic; trivia challenges; and a t-shirt design contest. The faculty also 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 Pegasus School Library.