Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving

In 1620, the Mayflower left Plymouth, England, bound for the new world. There were 102 passengers. 44 of them (19 men, 11 women, and 14 children) were Separatists, looking for religious freedom. The others were known to the Pilgrims as "Strangers," men who desired a new life in a new land. In spite of the hardships and deaths of so many of their group, not one person chose to return to England when the Mayflower made its return voyage five months later. I love this painting by N. C. Wyeth which shows the Pilgrims standing on the shore watching their ship leave.

For more pictures, and a wonderful retelling of the story by Robert San Souci, get the book, N.C.Wyeth's Pilgrims, from our library.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Children's Book Week

Children's Book Week: November 13-19, 2006

A celebration of the written word, Children's Book Week introduces young people to new authors and ideas in schools, libraries, homes and bookstores. Through Children's Book Week, the Children's Book Council encourages young people and their caregivers to discover the complexity of the world beyond their own experience through books. Children's Book Week will be observed November 13-19, 2006.

Sunday, November 12, 2006


Mothers, you have probably seen this movie with your daughter, or daughters, you have seen it with your friends. It is the movie version of Gail Levine's book, Ella Enchanted. And now the SAS Library has the sequel, Fairest.

The New York Times reviewer, Naomi Wolfe, finds much to enjoy in this novel but takes the heroine with a grain of salt. Parents: here is a great starting point for a literary discussion with your daughter. The book is available in our library.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Peter and the Shadow Thieves

If you have not read these books, take a look at this site to see what you're missing. Click around and read a few pages in preview or have them read to you by a professional reader.
Click here!

Saturday, October 28, 2006


Wow! The S.A.S. Book Fair has come and gone. It was a great success. Thanks to all who participated, shopping, reading, and working to make the event fun. And thank you, especially, to co-chairs Luisa Evans and Kristín Nethersole for making it really come together. Thanks to Christine Duhaime for setting up. Sonia Clair-Rogers, Virginia Holden, Ofelia Kutchener--you kept the check-out lines moving quickly. Thanks to you and all the moms and grandmothers who supervised.

The children told me they enjoyed the fair very much. They are the ultimate benefactors as the school library has replenished its budget with the profits earned. Thanks to Sue Williams for her help in the hours of bookkeeping.

See you next year :-)

About electronic libraries

Dear parents and students,

Get out your Broward County Library card and get ready to access the terrific resources below:

Your public library will allow you to browse the collection holdings from home. Make sure the books/movies/materials are on the shelf before you get there.

The Florida e-library offers full text articles online and they have been sorted according to appropriate age groups: primary, intermediate, and junior high levels. You may not even have to leave home to research your report.

The links to these resources will remain in the sidebar for your convenience.

Happy reading,

Mrs. Saba

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Saint Anthony School Presents
The Scholastic Book Fair

Three Days
Wednesday, October 25th
Thursday, October 26th
Friday, October 27th

Students will attend the fair during their regularly scheduled library time. The fair will remain open for an hour after school each day so that parents may visit the fair with their children.

Check out the following link to read all about Geronimo Stilton, a favorite character of 3rd through 5th graders: Geronimo

Monday, October 09, 2006

Book of the Week

Don't miss the newest addition to our collection, The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan. It has earned many top honors and we're sure you'll like it.

A Best Book of 2005, School Library Journal
A New York Times Notable Book of 2005
A Best Book of 2005, Child Magazine
Bluebonnet Award Nominee 2006, Texas Library Association
Askews Torchlight Award (UK) Winner, 2006
Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book List, 2005
VOYA Top Shelf Fiction List for 2005
ALA Notable Book for 2005
YALSA Best Book for Young Adults 2005
Red House Children's Book Award Winner (UK), 2006
CCBC choice award 2006, Cooperative Children's Book Center
A 2006 Notable Children's Book, National Council for Teachers of English
A Publishers Weekly National Children's Bestseller

Wow! And if you want to check out the author's very cool website, here's the link: http://www.rickriordan.com/

Thanks to Jared in Grade 6 for recommending this book to the SAS Library.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Test Week: October 2 -- 6

Grades Three through Eight: Good luck on the ITBS!

...and if you need a book to read after the tests, get one upstairs in the library. See you soon.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Roald Dahl

If you've never read a book by Roald Dahl, you have a lot of fun ahead of you. His books are funny and his characters are memorable. Wait until you meet the Twits or the girl with the "magic finger." The SAS library has all these titles:

    • The BFG
    • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    • Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
    • Danny, the Champion of the World
    • The Enormous Crocodile
    • Esio Trot
    • Fantastic Mr. Fox
    • George's Marvelous Medicine
    • James and the Giant Peach
    • The Magic Finger
    • Matilda
    • The Twits
    • The Witches

...and don't forget to add your comments to this post so everyone will know what you think!

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Meet Mercy Watson, the latest character from Kate DiCamillo. Booklist says, " an early chapter-book series. The tale stars Mercy, a pig with personality a-plenty—and a penchant for 'hot toast with a great deal of butter on it.' " If you have read one of these books, please tell us what you think of it in the comments section.


Open House Tonight! Sept.13, 2006

Parents: Please stop by the SAS Library and see our new Library Automation system. Now it's easy for your children to locate materials from the media-center.

And don't forget...if you are looking for volunteer hours, the library is a great place to earn them. Talk to Mrs. Saba.

See you there.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006


Welcome back to a new school year! The library program is better than ever and the technology is here to help you make the most of it.

  • Automated check-in and check-out
  • Computerized card catalog to search for materials by
      1. Title
      2. Author
      3. Subject
      4. All word search
  • Online videos from unitedstreaming.com
  • Many new books--look for them to be featured here