Notes from the Explorium: Welcome to Autumn!

Hello from the library!

It has been so lovely to spend time with each and every grade, both virtually and in-person - it is wonderful to be back in the swing of things here at Advent.  

We have been reading in 4K - 3rd grade! Our titles so far this school year include: Bo the Brave by Bethan Woolvin, Mustache! by Mac Barnett, Terrific by Jon Agee, Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty, My Best Friend by Julie Fogliano, Say Something! by Peter H. Reynolds, No Frogs in School by A. LaFaye , and In a Jar by Deborah  Marcero. 

4th grade - 8th grade have been working on school skills. We have talked about studying, taking notes, productivity, reliable sources, and communication so far this year. They have also watched a book talk on what I read this summer (and what I hope they will read too!) These resources (presentations, infographics, videos) can be accessed online through PantherNet. Each class has a topics page under the library section of their schedule and I have left their materials there under a page called FIRST QUARTER EXPLORIUM. 


I have started a page highlighting NEW books in the explorium. You can find it on the Explorium Resources page in PantherNet or you can find August and September new arrivals through my Padlet page. 

I desperately want book reviewers. I have started a page and want to fill it with all sorts of recommendations by Advent students. You  have heard from me and what I like to read - now I want to hear from students. It doesn’t matter if they are 4K or 8th grade - if a student likes a book - I want to know! Take a video of them, have them draw a picture with a caption (that they write, or you explain), or students can write a simple review of what they read, why they liked it, and if they would recommend it. I will share the link once it is up and running. 


Look for future communication about our fall book fair! We will be holding both an in-person (and socially distanced) book fair as well as an e-fair. Students have been asking me about book fair since the beginning of school and I can’t wait to have it here with them. They will be able to make wish-lists ahead of time so family and friends can purchase books to be sent here at school, as well as load gift cards to send money with them to the in-person fair. Dates are October 26th - 30th. 

CHECKING OUT BOOKS from the library

A reminder about checking out books from the library: 

For those of you at home - you can check out the books in one of two ways. On your library day, I will show you books through Zoom and you can pick which ones you want and I will put them by the front office for you to pick up. You can also access our online library catalog through PantherNet and pick our . Login to PantherNet, go to the RESOURCES tab and scroll down to find the picture of a child with an open book called “EXPLORIUM RESOURCES.” Once you click on this, It will pull up a one-stop-shop for library resources. The middle column has one called LIBRARY CATALOG and there is a link that goes to our Advent library website to place books on hold. Clicking the link to the catalog, it will take you to the Destiny Discover homepage. In the top right corner, click LOG IN - it will ask for a username and password. 
  • Your username will be the first initial of your first name (i.e. R for Rachel) and your last name ( Joiner). It will look like this: rjoiner. IF IT DOESN’T WORK, it is possible that there is another person at the school with a similar name, so try the FIRST TWO letters of your first name + your last name. (i.e. rajoiner)
  • Your password will be: GoPanthers! If this doesn’t work, it might be a typo on my end. (I entered them all by hand, so it is possible that I misspelled it.) If there is an issue - just contact me through PantherNet or e-mail, and I will check it on my end. 
Once you are logged in, you can either search the catalog through the toolbar at the top, through the topics at the bottom, or through the Recently Added titles. Once you find a book you want, there is a way to put books on hold on the bottom right of the book cover photo - it says, HOLD. Click that and it sends me a notice to put it on hold for you!


Check out our PantherNet Explorium Resource page. It is located under the Resources page on PantherNet, and you scroll down until you see the picture of the open book, titled EXPLORIUM RESOURCES. On this page you will find reading lists, access to the library catalog, online resources, digital storytime, and ways to interact with me. 


I also started a topic for “What have you been reading?” This is for lower and upper school kids. There is a link to see my video on Flipgrid and comment back to me about what everyone is enjoying this week. The upper school video requires an advent email, but the lower school one *shouldn’t* and they should be able to respond with a video. There is an app to make this easier, or you can just visit the FlipGrid website, or my link provided. It’s just a fun way to interact with each other.  You can also do this on Padlet, and all these links are accessible through the Explorium Resources page on the Resources page on PantherNet, as I described in the paragraph above. 


If you are interested in a book list for you or your student, feel free to reach out to me. I enjoy suggesting books to students and will help wherever I can! I have already made some this year for middle grade memoirs, mystery books, and books by Indian authors!

The Literarians

We are meeting this month and reading, “My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich,” by Ibi Zoboi. Next month, the Literarians have convinced me to work our way through, “The Hobbit,” by J.R.R. Tolkien. Let me know if your student is interested in joining us Tuesdays at 10 am (through Zoom) for our new title. I will order a copy for them to participate with us!


I keep books in ‘book quarantine” for 2-3 days before re-shelving them to make sure they have adequate time between each check-out. Make sure you send books back with your student, and if you are a HYFLEX participant, feel free to drop the books when you pick up materials. 

Please remember that reading to your child is never a moment wasted - and it doesn’t matter how old they get - everyone enjoys getting comfortable and hearing a good story! 
Founded in 1950 and located in downtown Birmingham, Alabama, Advent Episcopal School is a coeducational, college-preparatory day school for students grades Pre-Kindergarten through 8th.