This week we learned more about Mr. A.G. Ford, the illustrator who will be visiting our campus. All students reviewed the following slideshow about    Mr. A.G. Ford.

Kindergarten: After learning about Mr. Ford, kindergartners chose one of his illustrations. With the illustrations that they chose, they either drew their version of the illustration, or wrote what they thought was happening.

First and Second Graders: 1st and 2nd graders chose one of Mr. Ford's illustrations and wrote about it. They either described what what happening in the illustration, or they pretended the illustration was in a book and they were writing the words to go with it.

Third, Fourth, and Fifth Graders: They learned about Mr. Ford by participating in two stations. Before they came to the library, they saw the following video:

The students seemed to enjoy the stations. Below are some pictures taken from the week. 

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card catalog

When I was younger this is what we used in the library to see if it had a certain book we wanted. Now all anyone needs is an electronic device and access to the Internet. This summer the district purchased a new online catalog (from here on out we will call it the LPAC). It has taken some time to get used to it, but I really think we will like it. When the students were in the library this past month, they watched a video explaining how to search for books on the LPAC

As many parents are aware, the new system also sends emails when their child has a book that is overdue. When students check out a book, it is due two weeks from the day it is checked out. I know that many parents have received emails about their child's book, and by the time they are able to contact me, the student has already turned in the book. I have created a sheet for you to use LPAC to see what your child has checked out and if they have returned the book or not.

Checking Your Child's Library Account

Please let me know if you have any questions. 


Welcome back to the Bright Elementary Library. We are excited for the upcoming school year. Students are able to check in and out their own books. Mrs. Green and I are more than happy to help students check out books, but by allowing them to check out their own books, they can utilize the library even if we are busy with a class.  Below is a video that shows the process of checking out books.

~ Mrs. Garavaglia


Starting on Monday the students will be voting on their favorite picture books from the bracket above. Each day we will tally up the votes to see which book goes to the next round. To prepare them for voting, Mrs. Garavaglia created videos of the books for the students to watch. Stay tuned to see which books advance to the next round.

National Children's Book Week is normally celebrated the week of May 5th. However, due to scheduling conflicts at Bright, we decided to celebrate it the week of May 18th. This way we can have a fabulous week celebrating books and the library. Please click on the links below find out about all the activities occurring that week. (Activities and links will be added on here until May 18th).

Dress Up Days

Vocabulary Parade

Check out the promotional video for Children's Book Week.



Join us this week as we journey 'Under the Sea' to 'Explore an Ocean of Books.'
The Spring Book Fair has arrived and there are many ways you can participate. 
Dress Up Days

4/13: Dive Into a Great Book (Wear Blue)

4/14: Reading is Sunsational (Wear Yellow)

4/15: Flip Out for Reading (Wear T-Shirt Inside Out)

4/16: Let's Go on a Reading Safari (Wear Tan or Khaki) 

4/17: Gone Fishing for a Favorite Book (Wear Favorite Ocean-Themed Shirt or Spirit Wear)

Lunch With a Loved One
As a reminder, this week is Lunch with a Loved One Week. Moms, Dads, Grandparents and Friends come enjoy lunch with your child and then browse the Book Fair Together!


Visiting Our Book Fair

You may visit the book fair two ways:

In person: Come and visit us in the library.

Monday, April 13th: 8:00-7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 14th 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 15th-Thursday, April 16th: 7:30-3:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 16th: 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 
***We will be open throughout the entire PTA Dallas Zoo Program.***

Friday, April 17th: 7:30-3:30 p.m.

Online: You may purchase books online, April 6th – April 24th
Once all the orders have been placed, the books will be shipped (shipping is free) to Bright Elementary and will be delivered to the students. 


To kick off the Book Fair, we will have a Penny Drive. 
The money raised will be donated to "All for Books." 
"All for Books" is a program that raises money for our students and classroom libraries.

How it works:

Students can bring in loose change anytime, Thursday, April 9th through Thursday, April 16th and place it into their classroom's container. The class that raises the most amount of money will be able to use part of that money (up to $150) to spend at the Book Fair for their classroom library.

Volunteers Still Needed!!!!
We still have Volunteer time slots available, particularly during our Monday and Thursday evening hours. If you would like to sign up to volunteer please go to 

or contact Mrs. Garavaglia at

Any time that you could give would be greatly appreciated. All volunteers must have submitted a background check. 

Thank you for your continued support of our 'Bright' readers!
With many thanks,
Bright PTA


This is just a reminder that if you are planning on pre-ordering Janet Tashjian books, the forms must be turned into Mrs. Garavaglia by the end of the day tomorrow, Tuesday, March 24th. Janet Tashjian and her son, Jake, will be visiting with us on Thursday, April 9th. Any books ordered through Barnes and Noble will be signed by Janet and her son (he is the illustrator of her books). If you need a new form, you can find it Janet Tashjian Pre-Order Form.

Circulation Statistics:  Items Checked In - 618; Items Checked Out - 577

Kindergarten and First Grade

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This week we read the book One Zillion Valentines by Frank Modell. It the book, Martin and Marvin decide they want to make a valentine for everyone in their town. After listening to the book, the students created a valentine for a Bright staff member who does not have a classroom of their own. These valentines will be passed out Friday, February 13th. 

Second Grade

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Second graders listened to the story The Mysterious Valentine by Nancy Carlson. After the students checked out their books, they created a valentine for a Bright staff member who does not have a classroom of their own. 

Third Grade

This week I shared the first couple of chapters of Einstein the Class Hamster by Janet Tashjian. 

Fourth and Fifth Grade

Fourth and Fifth graders came in and checked out independently throughout the week. 

Circulation Statistics: Items checked in - 786; Items checked out- 934


This week we reviewed library procedures by reading The Shelf Elf. They were told that our library now has a shelf elf and he is watching them. In a few weeks the shelf elf will be choosing a kindergarten class each week to win the Golden Shelf Elf Award. This book was a good reminder of the things they learned about in the video they saw right before the holiday break. You may read this post to watch the video they saw.

First and Second Grade

This was the last week that we read Einstein the Class Hamster in the library. I am hoping to get some extra copies of the book so that teachers can finish the book in their classroom. Here are some facts they learned in the Einstein Tasty Tidbits section. 

  • On level ground, the smooth soft shell turtle can sometimes outrun a human.
  • The importance of getting a good nights sleep. More than 20 percent of Americans suffer from chronic sleep loss.
  • The planet Mars has dust devils. Earth has dust devils too, but the ones on Mars can be up to 50 times as wide and 10 times as high as dust devils here on Earth.
  • We learned the difference between stalactites and stalagmites. Stalactites are on the ceiling; stalagmites are on the ground. 

Third Grade

Third graders continued researching this week. They came into the library in the beginning of the week and learned about that online databases they have available to them.  After a brief introduction to each database, the students had time to explore the database. The rest of the week they used the Chromebooks to finish their research. To learn more about the online database, check out the video below:

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Fourth Grade

The students in Mrs. Hamilton's class and Mr. Davis' class came in and checked out new books. Other fourth graders came down to check in and out their books independently.

Fifth Grade

Ms. Duzich's and Ms. Balda's classes came in and began listening to Janet Tashjian's book, My Life as a Book. We will be having Janet Tashjian visit up on April 9th.