Read Across America Week: Celebrate at OIS! Thursday, Feb 25 2010 

Read Across America Week is quickly approaching and OIS has some wonderful activities to make this a fun and memorable week of reading! Information has been sent home with students regarding the following events, scheduled to take place the week of March 1st-5th:

Spring Book Fair – ARRR MATEY! The book fair will begin Monday and carry on throughout the week.
(Pirate Theme)

AR Treasure Map Contest – be the first class in your grade level to reach the treasure by helping your fellow pirates take 1,000 AR tests! You’ll earn DOUBLE credit this week as we celebrate reading!

Tuesday, March 2nd: Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! We will celebrate by having sustained reading time in classes, listening to celebrity readers on StorylineOnline and playing videos of OIS student celebrities reading their FAVORITE books! This will also be the beginning of a our Dr. Seuss “create a creature” contest! The lucky winners will win a free book from the book fair.

Tuesday, March 2nd: Family Reading Night…come join the fun, shop the book fair, win door prizes, play games, enjoy refreshments and spend some time with your family.

Wednesday, March 3rd: Pirate Dress Up Day – it’s a contest! You could win a free book!

Friday, March 5th: A big welcome to author Chris Rumble. Mr. Rumble will lead our school in an all day Reading Pep Rally Event! You can find out more about Mr. Rumble via his website.


Help OIS Win a Grant Tuesday, Feb 2 2010 

OIS has applied for a microgrant from Weekly Reader. You can help us win! Here’s what you need to do…and trust me…it won’t take but a MINUTE of your time!

Go to the Weekly Reader Grants Page. In the middle of the page it will say “Search Microgrant Projects”. The first search box will say “search all projects” … in the second box, type my name – Jamie Champagne. Click search. It will pull up my microgrant and from there, you’ll just click on “Vote For Me” and fill in your information.

Your vote is GREATLY appreciated – not only by me, but the students of OIS. YOU could make a difference for our school – thank you so much!!

OIS Library Circulation Statistics Tuesday, Jan 12 2010 

In the picture above, you will see the circulation statistics for the Odenville Intermediate Library. The blue bars show monthly book check out for the 2008 school year (last year) while the red bars show THIS year’s number of checkouts (2009). We are VERY proud of the number of books circulating this year as compared to last year. What a wonderful improvement for a school of approximately 500 students. Yay!! This is truly a testament to our wonderful teachers and the never-ending support from our administration, allowing us to incorporate programs, contests and new titles in our collection… making the library an exciting place to be.

Reading ROCKS!

Rockin’ Reader – Reaching Readers Tuesday, Dec 8 2009 

If you haven’t read about our school’s partnership with Cracker Barrel through the Rockin’ Reader Program, you can read about it here. We are LOVING this program!!

I highly encourage any school who would like to participate to apply. The process is rather simple and the rewards are amazing! Parents, community members and school volunteers – this is DEFINITELY something you want to bring to your local school’s attention. I stumbled across it by accident – so it’s very possible that your school doesn’t know about the program! The online application can be found here. The only requirement? Submit the hours volunteers read to students twice a year – quick and simple. We’re LOVING it!! Thank you Cracker Barrell!!

Through Cracker Barrel’s Rockin’ Reader Program, partner schools will receive:
~2 double rockers
~Barrel Bookcase
~Assortment of books to start the program
~Volunteer resources

Our school has completed close to 25 volunteer hours. That’s parents and other community volunteers reading, one-on-one to and with students. I have set our yearly goal at a much higher number and am hopeful that we will reach it by the end of the 2009-2010 school year. We have an open door policy and we always welcome volunteers to come read with students.

If you would liek to read with students in our Rockin’ Reader Center, please contact me at or 205-629-2246 ext. 226. We would love to have you!

Thank you again to Cracker Barrel who has definitely enhanced our reading program here at OIS!!

What Do Boys Want? NON-FICTION! Wednesday, Nov 18 2009 

Our school libraries will remain largely unused by boys if we don’t have what they genuinely want to read. There may well be many books in our libraries that will benefit boys, broadening their experience, helping them mature, widening their vocabulary, giving them confidence, and aiding the rest of their learning; books achieve such things not by their high literary quality – though some of them will have this – but by being read.

Our challenge is to value boys’ reading tastes, whatever they are; to feed demand for the popular; and to tempt boys by the very best.
We can never be confident that we know enough about which books boys want to see in their school library – or even more crucially, about which books would draw in those who never visit it. Our own guesswork is not good enough – we need to learn from the users. Talk to boys; if you are genuine about your need to know their reading tastes, they’ll respond to this: boys long for what’s real…the gross, the unexpected, the astonishing…the TRUTH. That’s why boys tend to lean more toward non-fiction. Now, don’t get me wrong. Each child is different. However, research shows that the vast majority of boys prefer non-fiction reading material. So why do boys, on average, tend to read less than girls? Think about the number of female educators we have. Females have reading habits far different from boys..and while never done purposely, female teachers do not always offer what appeals to male students in the area of reading. I have been guilty of this myself. What do you see women reading while waiting at the doctor’s office or on a plane? Fiction. Romance novels, mystery novels, etc. Men? Non-fiction. Time magazine, Sports magazines, newspapers… Eye opening, isn’t it?? Therefore, find non-fiction to put in your son’s hands…or that student who is a reluctant reader…and you might just have something.

Here are some frequent conclusions from surveys and experience;
Boys are more likely to read for a purpose, if they can see the point in it. What am I learning? What facts can I find? THIS is why boys often prefer non-fiction, books with photographs and captions…and “fun facts” books. These non-fiction interests can then spark an interest in the fiction books – sports, cars, animals, geography…Boys often crave the subject of the moment, and switch to new ones fast.

Magazines are a big hit with boys: Lego Club Magazine, Sports Illustrated for Kids, Ranger Rick…because…they have articles about REAL stuff!

So, think non-fiction when you’re trying to coax your son into reading…and if your son doesn’t require coaxing…then you’re one of the lucky ones!

Check out one of my favorite resources for boys, when it comes to reading: Guys Read. Bookmark it on your computer…you never know, you might learn something!

Real Cowboys Read Books…at the Fall Bookfair! Sunday, Sep 13 2009 


Giddy on up to the fall book fair at OIS! Books Are Fun/Imagine Nation is hosting our annual fall book fair complete with your all time favorite classics, new releases and fab finds that are sure to grab your attention! A few of the series and other items you’ll find at the book fair include:

*Diary of a Wimpy Kid
*Star Wars
*Magic Tree House
*Cooking and Recipe Books
*Crafting Books
*Coloring Books
*Tech Girls
*Super Heroes
*$1 books
*Teaching and Learning Books
*Dragon Slayers Academy
*President Obama
*The Night Before… (Thanksgiving, Easter, Christmas, Summer Vacation, etc.)

…and many more! Shopping will take place throughout the week, September 14-18, as well as Thursday night – Family Reading Night! Make sure you join us to shop the book fair, visit the library and talk to staff from the Odenville Public Library about upcoming events. We can’t wait to see you there!

Mark your calendar as we celebrate the book fair this week:

Monday, September 14: Dress up as your favorite book character

Wednesday, September 16: Dress up in your best western attire
(Costume Contest Day – win a gift certificate from Tractor Supply!)

Friday, September 18: Wear your cowboy/cowgirl boots

Be sure to visit us throughout the week to see our western decor throughout the school, thanks to our wonderful volunteers! Classes are participating in a door decorating contest – you’re welcome to stop by, shop around and join in on the fun!


Happy Birthday! Friday, Sep 4 2009 


We want to wish a very happy birthday to our Birthday Book Club students for the months of August and September. These students donated a book to the library in honor of their birthday and we APPRECIATE them and LOVE the fact that THEY LOVE TO READ!! We hope each of you have/had an EXCELLENT birthday and enjoy reading your book. I look forward to hearing ALL about it!

Gabriella C.
Stephanie D.
Isaiah H.
Raven H.
Andrew M.
Destiny O.
Tristan O.
Austin S.

Cracker Barrel’s Rockin’ Reader Program Wednesday, Aug 19 2009 


Odenville Intermediate School was recently selected as a participating school in Cracker Barrel’s Rockin’ Reader Program. We are so excited to be a part of this program! Rockin’ Reader builds caring and literacy in the community by providing a comfortable space for volunteers to read with children. As a grant recipient, OIS will be rewarded with Cracker Barrel double rockers and a barrel bookcase stocked with books. In the first year of the program, volunteers at 122 partner schools nationwide contributed 16,400 hours of reading time with children. That’s amazing! To find out more about the program, click on one of the following links:

More information concerning Rockin’ Reader

Reading tips for volunteers

List of 2008-2009 partner schools

Rockin’ Reader in the news

If you would like to volunteer to read in the Rockin’ Reader Center at OIS, please email Mrs. Champagne:

Our materials are scheduled to be delivered sometime between September 14th and September 25th. We can’t wait!

Book Review: The Ghost, The White House, And Me Thursday, Aug 13 2009 

ghost white house
I recently finished reading the book, The Ghost, The White House, And Me. I’m a huge fan of mystery and suspense books and this one was great! Written by Judith St. George, this book is approximately a reading level of 4.7 with an interest level ideal for 9-12 year olds. It IS an AR book, but more importantly, it’s a GOOD READ!

Here’s a little summary:
KayKay Granger and her sister, Annie, have just moved into the White House after their mom’s inauguration, and soon find out that it’s not exactly as fun as it sounds. But things get a lot more interesting when the sisters find out that the White House may be haunted. Could Abraham Lincoln’s spirit really be lingering in the Lincoln bedroom? KayKay and Annie want to get to the bottom of this mystery-but are they ready for what they might uncover?
*Taken from*

I LOVED this book! It had a great air of suspense, complete with a few facts about past presidents and an inside look at what it might be like to live in the White House. It definitely held my interest as these excited yet reluctant girls set out on their mission to unveil a ghost in the White House! Did they do it?? You’ll have to read it and find out!!

Smokey Robinson Says…READ! Sunday, Aug 9 2009 

Our library’s most recent autograph is from Smokey Robinson! While I’m a huge fan, I’m hoping most of our students will be familiar with Smokey from his recent appearance on American Idol. Not only was Smokey Robinson kind enough to send our school an autographed picture, but he also sent a personalized statement regarding reading (see below) – thanks so much, Smokey!!

Some of Smokey’s hit songs include:

I Second That Emotion
Tears of a Clown
You Really Got a Hold on Me

I can’t wait to frame and hang Smokey’s picture and statement on our “Reading Rocks” wall! YOU rock, Smokey!smokeyrobinsonletter

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