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    Join us in Welcoming Author Drew Daywalt to School!     

    Drew Daywalt is an award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling children's author whose books include The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home.  Drew will also be reading from his brand new book, The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors

    To learn more about Drew Daywalt, visit:

    Mr. Daywalt will be at school on Thursday, 27 April to talk to us about writing books, collaborating with illustrators, and to tell us where he gets his inspiration. He will answer our millions of questions!

    Books will be available for purchase at the event, so that your child can get a signed keepsake, personalized by the author.   Prices below include tax. Please make checks payable to Secret Garden.

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    The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors                 ___ $19.72

    Illustrated by Adam Rex.  You've played the game. Now read the legend of how it all began. Long ago, in an ancient and distant realm called the Kingdom of Backyard, there lived a warrior named ROCK. Meanwhile in the Empire of Mom's Home Office, a second great warrior sought the glory of battle. And his name was PAPER. At the same time, in the Kitchen Realm, in the tiny village of Junk Drawer, lived a third warrior.They called her SCISSORS. Ages 4-8.

    The Day the Crayons Quit              ___ $19.72

    Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers. Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: His crayons have had enough! They quit! Beige Crayon is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown Crayon. Black wants to be used for more than just outlining. Blue needs a break from coloring all those bodies of water. And Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking--each believes he is the true color of the sun. What can Duncan possibly do to appease all of the crayons and get them back to doing what they do best? Ages 3-7.

    The Day the Crayons Came Home                ___ $20.81

    Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers. One day, Duncan is happily coloring with his crayons when a stack of postcards arrives in the mail from his former crayons, each of which has run away or been left behind, and all of which want to come home. Ages 5-8.


    Please bring this with check (made out to Secret Garden) or cash on or before 27 April!


    This FREE author event is supported 100% by book sales.

    Checking Out Books from the Genesee Hill Library

    Welcome to the 2016-17 school year! Your child will be coming to the library on a weekly basis, and will soon begin to check out  books during their scheduled library time. 

    There are no fines for overdue books, but please encourage your child to return his or her books each week. Your child will not be able to check out new books until all books are returned. All books should be returned to school in the morning on the day your child has library. Please see your child’s classroom schedule to see what day this is.

    Sometimes accidents happen. If a library book is lost or damaged while checked out to your child, the book must be replaced. The book can be paid for by check (made out to Genesee Hill library) for the original retail price. Once the book is paid for, your child’s account will be cleared and he or she may resume library checkout.

    You can help your child by:

    Finding a safe place for his/her library books away from little brothers/sisters and family pets.

    Reminding your child to have clean hands when handling the book and to turn pages gently.

    Encouraging your child to read for enjoyment and to notice/discuss the illustrations with you.

    Reread the book as well as discuss favorite characters and important parts of the story.

    I look forward to a great year and many wonderful stories!  If you have any questions or concerns about the library, please feel free to contact me at

    Thank you!

    Ms. Vannini
    Schmitz Park librarian

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    • Volunteer assistance is always welcome in the library, whether on a drop-in or regularly-scheduled basis.  Training available!
    • Volunteer activities include shelving materials, processing new acquisitions and general maintenance.
    • Looking for a one-time commitment? Consider helping out during our annual Fall Book Fair.
    • To volunteer, please contact Lesley Vannini, School Librarian.

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