main content starts hereBook, author visit sparks schoolwide literacy project

| May 7, 2015

After reading the New York Times bestseller, Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, Pinewood Elementary School Librarian Mindy Holland said she was captivated.

“I needed to make the book come alive for the students of Pinewood,” she said. “It was too good to just read it and talk about it.”

Holland reached out via Skype to author Chris Grabenstein, who is also a past improv performer, writer for the Muppets and co-writer to world famous author James Patterson.

“I realized that he was as good a presenter as an author,” said Holland who arranged for him to visit the school on May 5.

The recent visit afforded students many opportunities to speak personally with the author. In fact, one class won a pizza lunch with Grabenstein while a small group of interested students were selected to participate in his writing workshop. In addition, the author met with each student who requested an autographed copy of his book.

Faculty, staff generate excitement prior to visit   
In the months prior to the author visit, the entire school came together for a literacy project. Teachers were provided with a copy of the book to read aloud to their classes and incorporate into Common Core Lessons. Art teacher Kate Allain created a bold bulletin board of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. Reading teacher Gina Ralston created Rebuses for students to try. Principal Deb Kavanaugh decorated the main office to build excitement. Classes completed a Scavenger Hunt in the school library to re-create the action in the book by searching for the library call numbers of many of the books mentioned in the novel. And, in honor of the main character’s games a Mr. Lemoncello’s game cart was added to the school library. Now teachers can check out games for their classrooms.

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library is about a group of students enjoying a night of nonstop fun and adventure in a futuristic library. Readers solve clues and answer riddles while learning how to navigate the Dewey Decimal System. Learn more about the book and author.