Thursday, March 9, 2017

Author Visit March 20th!

Georgia Picturebook Award Winner for 2016!
David Biedrycki is coming to Starling Elementary for a full day of awesome presentations on Monday, March 20th!

Here's a link to a page with more information, including how to pronounce his name! (It's ba DREE key)

He is amazing. He's illustrated for other authors and done many books himself including his Ace Lacewing, Bug Detective series; his Santa series; his Dragon series; and his new Bear Alert series his working on.

I've read at least some of his books to most of the K-2 classes and mentioned his visit to every class I can.

I'll send a link to an order form to all the teachers if you'd like them to print one out for you. He'll bring paperbacks of many of his books, available for only $8 each and I'm sure he'll be happy to sign them!

Not everyone at Starling will fit in the Media Center at once so we will be having four presentations and streaming it live to the classrooms as well so everyone will have a chance to see him! [edit: And now all of his presentations will be available on our Youtube channel until school is out.]

David Biedrzycki

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

2016-17 GA Picture Book Nominees Video Playlist!

Watch these with your class (or at home) and next month you can VOTE for your favorite!

If you want to watch certain ones then go to the Starling ES Media Youtube Channel!

Friday, September 9, 2016

Follow Starling Library on Instagram!

Follow us @StarlingLibrary on Instagram for cute pictures of students reading, updates, and book recommendations! (Sometimes I even give away free stuff!)

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Thanks Dan Santat, For Being Awesome!

That's me and CALDECOTT MEDAL-winning illustrator and author Dan Santat who has just signed our copy of Beekle: An Unimaginary Friend to YOU GUYS, "the students of Starling Elementary." How cool is that? He came to the coolest bookstore in the area, The Little Shop of Stories to give a hilarious presentation and sign a bunch of stuff. Becasue he's awesome!

His new book is perfect for getting ready for summer travels. It's called Are We There Yet? and is all about how time goes so slow when we're bored but fast when we're having fun. It's great. Make your way down to the Little Shop in Decatur this summer when you're looking for something to do and grab a copy. Maybe they'll even still have some signed ones.


Friday, January 1, 2016

We are Loving the New Furniture!

It's all part of the master multi-year plan. Earlier we painted, hung new exciting posters and got some new colorful (and easily moveable) tables. Now we have this soft furniture for reading, computing and collaborating. There are even matching ottomans back by the bookshelves.

In the future there will be more tables and all new student chairs.  I love it when a plan comes together!

Now we're working on learning how to decide who can sit in the cool seating and how to treat it nicely. We're also learning that it's okay to move it if needed, but that it needs to be put back when finished so it doesn't always looked like a wrecked furniture store.

A work in progress!  Hope you all get a chance to enjoy it.

Thursday, December 31, 2015


There are a TON of awesome new books.  And here's the problem.  How do I let everyone know what's here?  I mean I know some of them are so popular that you'll snag them immediately.  But others you've never heard of and might really like.  And some are things teachers might be able to use with lessons but they don't know about them yet either.

So here's my plan.  I'm going to take pictures of all the covers and make a short post here on the blog for each one.  I'll label each post.  That way, you can either scroll through all the posts and find something interesting or you can look for labels over on the label list on the side that say "adventure" or "WWII" or "funny" or whatever.

Sound good?

It's an experiment so let me know what works for you and what doesn't work.  And if you have any comments on any of the new books, let me know!

Start scrolling down to see the great NEW books!

Mr. R.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

New Technology in the Media Center!

The technology retrofit at Starling continues.  (Your SPLOST pennies at work.) We have a completely new hardware and software system for our morning show broadcast room.  (I'm still learning how to use it!)  The best news there is that I can record the shows with the green screen backgrounds and everything now.  They look more professional since we can use new microphones and teleprompters as well.  I'll continue to post random shows on our Youtube channel (link to the right).

This broadcast room retrofit includes new digital still and video cameras for students and staff to use as well as for special events.  I'm also learning the new editing software.

We also received a fancy Polycom video conferencing set up.  One of our 4th grade teachers is already setting up a video conference between her class and NASA!

Above you see a photo of out new interactive touch screen display.  It's already being used to help teachers show students where to find things on their e-class pages and other resources.  I'm sure we'll come up with many cool uses for it in the the weeks to come.

For some reason, one of our middle school visitors decided to use it to declare his love of pie.  I was okay with that.


PS  The Book Fair was a success!  Any special orders should be in very soon and delivered to your student.  Let me know if you have any questions and we'll see you at the next one in the Spring. Thank you so much for supporting our media center.