September 22, 2016

Book Reviews: from Volunteers & Students

From your RSSAA Librarians 2016-17:
RSSAA Lower School Event on Friday 9/23/2016
In the transition from summer to autumn at the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor, the Ellie Klopp Library opened for circulation on Monday, and we shall end the week with a Middle School Ribbon Cutting & Michaelmas Celebration at the Lower School (>see memories and resources about Michaelmas from last year's festive event).

What is the first book you will check out and read this season? 
We welcome book reviews from volunteers (parents, teachers, staff) and students...visit or send us a message (contact info at bottom of the page: About Us) with your questions or interest. Here are some new or favorite titles that your fellow RSSAA Community members recently recommended:

Book Review by Kate H., RSSAA parent & volunteer

September 1, 2016

Welcome! Back to School 2016-17

by Karen Totten, RSSAA Library Program Director
"And now we welcome the new year,
     full of things that have never been."
~Rainer Maria Rilke (Bohemian-Austrian poet and novelist, 1875-1926)

As the school year begins with great excitement for the opening of the new Middle School wing at the Lower School of the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor, we anticipate with great delight the many new possibilities that wait to be explored in our classes and within our school community.

June 15, 2016

Class Plays and Theater at RSSAA

10th Grade Cast of The Birds by Aristophanes
"There is a deep social element to the entire curriculum in a Waldorf school. Everything includes an element of social balance and the gathering of any class into a harmonious working organism. Plays work magic in getting to this goal."...from Why Waldorf Schools do Plays Every Year in Lower, Middle, and High School in Library Lady's Corner [April 05 2016] Waldorf Publications Blog

Grade 12: Shakespeare Play

Every year the Senior Class at Rudolf Steiner High School presents a play by Shakespeare in their final days before graduation, under the direction of Ms. Mary Emery. This year the Class of 2016 will be performing As You Like It on Thursday 6/16 and Friday 6/17 evenings at the High School.

12 Graders rehearsing As You Like It in the Great Hall

May 5, 2016

RSSAA World Language Day 2016

Every year the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor celebrates our World Languages Program with special events for students in Grade 8 and High School language classes. This year we celebrated our 14th German Day and 10th Spanish Day!
...intro to German Day Letter from HS German Teachers:
Bettina Hoops, Britta Keener, Jacob Menke, Walburga Zahn,
joined by LS German Teacher Margarete Walsh
...intro to Spanish Day Letter from HS Spanish & ESL Teachers:
Nereida Nazzaro, Melissa Ellsworth, Ashlea Walton, Lisa Frame, Magaly Nagpal,
joined by ESL Teacher Gloria Mason and LS Spanish Teacher Perla Schaeberle
Here we'd like to share a glimpse of the wonderful experiences our students and teachers had during April 15, 2016, German Day and Spanish Day activities, along with some world language resources available through the school library...

May 3, 2016

Book Review: Ghost Wings

by Jenny Jung, RSSAA Early Childhood Chickadees (Pre-K) Assistant
Ghost Wings by Barbara M. Joosse
You can find this touching book for read-aloud or younger readers shelved with the Easy Books [E] at the Ellie Klopp Library
Thanks to Jenny Jung, Afternoon Assistant in the RSSAA Early Childhood Chickadees Room, for reviewing this book for us.

You can read Jenny's book review here:

April 20, 2016

Grandparents Day 2016 at RSSAA

On a wonderful spring day last week, Andrea Basso [Lower School Librarian] was delighted to meet and talk with many of the grandparents who were visiting the school for our special Grandparents & Grandfriends Day on April 14th

Here are some happy images and shared memories from this wonderful event...

"Welcome to Grandparents and Grandfriends Day at the Rudolf Steiner School. This is a special day for many of our students. They are eager to share with you the life of their classroom and introduce you to teachers and friends. We hope you enjoy this glimpse into your grandchild's experience at our school."  ~Program Greeting, April 14, 2016

April 14, 2016

George MacDonald, a favorite author of Mrs. Browne

by Claudia Browne, RSSAA Grade 7 Class Teacher [March 20, 2016]

I was delighted when librarian Karen Totten asked me to write an article about George MacDonald, one of my favorite authors. She knew of my passion for his books and his philosophy, and that each year of my eight-year journey with each of the classes I have taught, I have read one of his stories to my students.  
George MacDonald (1824-1905) was a man of multi-faceted depth — a controversial theologian (he rejected the traditional Calvinistic religious views of his day), a spiritual mystic, a poet, novelist and essayist, a highly successful lecturer, an actor, editor and fantasy writer (he would have made a great Waldorf teacher), as well as husband and a father of eleven children. He wrote over fifty books, thirty of them novels, which sold millions of copies though never bringing him wealth. These novels reflect the insights, both practical and profound, born out of a life of near poverty, poor health, and endured hardships, as well as spiritual triumphs.

February 20, 2016

Library Book Cover Project

by Karen L. Totten, RSSAA Librarian and Program Director

Students Give an Old Book a New Life-Jacket

Miss Bianca: A Fantasy, by Margery Sharp, with new book cover.
Students from Mrs. Amrine’s third grade class smiled happily this last December when each was presented with a copy of a book cover they had drawn in Second Grade for the Ellie Klopp Memorial Library Book Cover Project. The response of some students, our teacher noted, was to take the finished cover, fold it in half with blank paper in between, staple it together, and proceed to write their own books!

The Library Book Cover Project, an ongoing event that any parent, student, teacher, or staff person at RSSAA can participate in, involves taking a novel from our hardcover collection at Ellie Klopp and painting, drawing, or collaging a dust jacket for the book. Some of the library’s older volumes have lost their jackets over time, and the project is run in the hopes of providing interesting, relevant replacements to books that need them. The cover helps protect the book and provides some colorful elements to enjoy while reading it.
>Please contact a librarian if you are interested!

You can read more about our first Library Book Cover Project, Some History on Book Jacket Art, and Classic Book Jacket Illustrators here...

February 10, 2016

Book Review: Brown Girl Dreaming

Library Volunteer Opportunity
Love books? Love to write? The RSSAA Library Program is looking for volunteers (older students or adults) who would like to write occasional, brief reviews of books from the library collections for publication in the RSSAA Announcements, on the Library Blog, and in our Online Catalog. Please contact us in person or by email at 
~Thank you, from your Librarians!
Read more about Library Volunteers on our blog here.

We welcome our first volunteer reviewer, Kate H. (LS parent) and invite you to read her recent review of the award-winning book Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson.

You can check out this book from the Ellie Klopp Library and read Katie's book review here...

January 21, 2016

Happy New Reads!

A book fairy journeyed to the Ellie Klopp Library over the holidays.
Happy New Year to our readers, from your RSSAA Librarians, and our new fairy friend! Notable author birthdays this month include:  
  • January 3rd, J. R. R. Tolkien (The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogy)
  • January 18th, A. A. Milne (Winnie the Pooh)
  • January 27th, Lewis Caroll (Alice in Wonderland)
This January we feature some newly acquired reading books at the Ellie Klopp Memorial Library, including James Herriot's Favorite Dog Stories and additional books in the Chet Gecko mystery will love The Malted Falcon and The Chameleon Wore Chartreuse. 

Please visit the Library to check out some of the many new books which have been added to the Lower School collections this school year!

Also on display this month are books about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King, in honor of their life work and MLK Day celebrations.

Featured books for MLK Day celebrated on January 18, 2016.