Read Across America 2017


Happy Read Across America Day!

This week, we celebrate the 20th anniversary National Education Association’s (NEA) Read Across America program with a Dr. Seuss showcase.

On campus? Come see the main floor display with our favorite Dr. Seuss books and resources about Theodore Seuss Geisel. During your visit, feel free to checkout a book and take a Dr. Seuss bookmark created by the McLure Library staff.

We’re celebrating online too! Follow us on social media as we share tips, activities, and our Dr. Seuss favorites.

Check out our Pinterest board, curated by K. Justice, for great Dr. Seuss-themed free classroom or library activities.

Let us know how you’re celebrating Read Across America & Dr. Seuss 2017 with #mclurelibrary on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook!


A Series of Unfortunate Events Rainy Weekend

With rainy weather in the forecast this weekend, the McLure Library has a few tips for you!  For nostalgic reasons, many of you have already checked out the Netflix adaption of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, and if you haven’t it is definitely time to do so.  The McLure faculty and staff would encourage you to first come check out the A Series of Unfortunate Events books, as they are a quick reads and very entertaining!


While you’re curled up on the couch with your newly checked out books, or if you decided to binge watch A Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix, you’re going to need snacks!  Check out the link below for some yummy recipes.  You can whip them up either before or after your time with Violet, Klaus, and Sunny.

Check it out:


Welcome Stillman Students!

Welcome, Stillman students!

You are invited to use the materials in the McLure Education Library.  If you would like to check out books, just take your Stillman ID to the Gorgas Library circulation desk on the second floor and request a free Bama Borrower’s Card.  Then present your Borrower’s Card and a valid photo ID when you check out books in McLure.

Here’s the page with the complete information about the Borrower’s Card:

Students from other Alabama institutions may also participate!  For the complete list of schools, see:

Note that students from Auburn University, Auburn University at Montgomery, and Jacksonville State University can check out materials using their school’s ID card–no need for a Borrower’s Card.


McLure: 72 Hour Laptop and Chromebooks!

A lot of new changes are coming to the McLure, like our new 72-hour check out policy for our Dell laptops and Chromebooks!

Here are a few tips to make checkout fast and easy!

  1. Bring your ACT card (we can not use just your CWID)
  2. Read the laptop borrowing agreement carefully
  3. Be patient while the McLure staff checks the laptop and the accessories
  4. You will then be issued a 72-hour laptop!

Tips to avoid late fees:

  1. Never leave the laptop unattended (if stolen or lost the lost fee will be accredited to your account)
  2. Take care of the laptop and its accessories
  3. Return the laptop to the library (McLure) that you checked it out from!
  4.  Bring it back on the due date or before

April is Autism Awareness Month!

Facts about Autism

  • Autism spectrum Disorder also known as ASD is a developmental disability that can cause social, communication, and behavioral challenges.
  1. Autism now affects approximately 1 in 68 children.
  2. Boys are nearly five times more likely to have autism, about 1 in 42.
  3. There is no cure, however with early intervention symptoms can greatly improve.
  4. Autism is one of the fastest growing developmental disorders.

In helping to raise awareness we would like to feature some of the great resources we have available at McLure Education Library!

100 Ideas for Supporting Pupils on the Autistic Spectrum

100 ideas


Developing College Skills in Students with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome

Developing college skills


The New Social Story Book



The Social Skills Picture Book


Ian’s Walk


Carly’s Voice



Please check out our Curriculum Materials area for sensory manipulatives!


The Mystery Box

The mystery box

Gears Galore



 Coming Soon!!!!!

Sensory Balls

sensory balls


For additional resources please visit:


Special thanks to The University of Alabama Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinic.  I cannot say enough wonderful things about this clinic and the services they provide.


Content created by:  Kristy Justice






Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!


 dr-seuss  Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as our beloved Dr. Seuss, was born in 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts. Due to his mother’s , Henrietta Seuss Geisel, rhyming Lullabies,Dr. Suess often credits her for his ability to create imaginative rhymes. The influence of Ted’s memories of Springfield is shown throughout his work. Drawings of Horton the Elephant meandering along streams in the Jungle of Nool, for example, mirror the watercourses in Springfield’s Forest Park. Ted’s first children’s book, And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street, was inspired by incredible things in Springfield, including a look-alike of Mayor Fordis Parker, and police officers riding red motorcycles down a busy street. The Cat in the Hat, perhaps the defining book of Ted’s career, was ultimately a challenge for Dr. Seuss set by  Houghton Mifflin. The challenge was, Dr. Seuss needed to write a children’s written and illustrated book with 225 “new-reader” vocabulary words. Best to say, Dr. Seuss took on the challenge and created one of his most influential children’s book that has ever been produced.  At the time of his death on September 24, 1991, Ted had written and illustrated 44 children’s books, including  all-time favorites as: Green Eggs and Ham, Oh, the Places You’ll Go, Fox in Socks, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. His books have been translated into more than 15 languages. Over 200 million copies have found their way into tiny hands of future generations and the books continues to be a stronghold in children’s literature for a long time.

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Dr. Seuss, in his classic book Happy Birthday to You reminds us that birthdays are meant to be celebrated!  At least they are in Katroo!   The Birthday Honk Honker gives the “hi-sign-and shake just for you”. Let the birthday adventure begin! This includes eating whatever you like, such as hotdogs with lots of mustard.  It’s also a day of entertainment, like being pulled through the air by “funicular goats”and have special  parties to celebrate with friends and family!

Suggested classroom activity: Counting Cakes



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Author Charles Cohen,a avid Dr. Seuss collector, was a well qualified expert to write the visual biography of Ted Geisel. Through  illustrations, Cohen shows the many sides of Geisel’s art and creativity. In the very beginning Geisel’s earliest works, which includes examples of his college newspaper cartoons and several of his successful advertising campaigns. These creations are a springboard to his later children’s books and helps the reader gain a  deeper understanding of how culture and history shaped the thought process of his ideas and many, many works.


Check out these free printables pinned on McLure’s Pinterest page! These can be printed in our library.


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With this amazing  illustrated book, Fox in Socks , join Knox and the fox as they have a play with  tongue teasers and twisters! It’s one of Dr. Seuss most enjoyable books, but not just fun for the kids but also a great read for adults as well


Suggested classroom activity: Know Your Colors Sorting Baskets with Socks

Colors sorting Baskets






By: Dagan Bond and Kristy Justice



Recognizing African American History in the Classroom

Suggested Books

African-American History is a subject that can be taught all throughout the year, not just during the month of February. Whether you are introducing African-American History to your students for the first time or if it is referred to frequently in your classroom the items listed below will be useful to you. They contain a wide variety of topics and activities that can easily be incorporated. All books that are represented are found at the Mclure Education Library and the location of said books will be linked underneath each description.

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Henry’s Freedom Box

In 1849 a Virginia slave, Henry “Box” Brown, escapes to freedom by shipping himself in a wooden crate. This is an remarkable true story of a man who put his life on the line for his ultimate freedom. The author, Ellen Levine, and the illustrator,  Kadir Nelson, both do a incredible job with the story line and illustrations. Perfect for introducing the subject of slavery at a young age. This book is recommended for ages 4-8 year-olds.

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Stella by Starlight

Equal rights, segregation, and racism are all issues that eleven- year- old Stella faces. Sharon Draper dives deep into the south during the rise of the KKK and strong prejudice against the African American population. Draper paints Stella as an aspiring writer, and a girl would love to change things with not just her voice but also with the words she writes. This book is recommended for ages 9-13 with a caution to sensitive readers.



What Color Is My World?: The Lost History of African American Inventors

Children of all ages will enjoy learning historical facts about African-American inventors and the roles they have played in inventing many things.


African American History

A Kid’s Guide to African American History

This book includes more than 70 hands-on activities, songs, and games that teach kids about history and cultural awareness.


Suggested Classroom Activities



Have students create their own inventions or feature an African-American inventor!  This can be printed in our library.

henrys printable

Use this activity to encourage students to explore more facts about Henry “Box” Brown.  This can be printed in our library.

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McLure Education Library suggests using this idea to teach the importance of equal rights in voting.


Content created by : Kristy Justice & Dagan Bond










It’s Presidents Day!

It’s a wonderful day where we can all look back on the former presidents and appreciate what they did for our country! For example, our founding father, George Washington, who lead young America to freedom, or Abraham Lincoln who helped mend the ties of a broken country.  These are only a couple of the 44 presidents the United States of America has gained over 229 years.

The Mclure Education Library Staff have hand-picked a couple of books from our school library to offer to you and your future classroom!


What Does the President Do?  is a great book to educate the young curious mind! What does the future American President have to look forward too?  The author, David Jakubiak, simplifies the hard work of Mr. President for young readers, but also makes it interesting enough to inspire.

Location in our Library:

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A Picture Book of George Washington is a book with wonderful illustrations as it briefly tells of one of the United State’s founding father’s life.

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Abe Lincoln The Younger Years  gives readers a glimpse into Abe’s early life and how the trials he faced built him into the future president of the United States.  The illustrations are wonderfully fun and are sure to make any child smile.

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Below you will find a few classroom activities pinned from Pinterest.  These are free printables picked by McLure Education Library staff.  Visit McLure Education Library on Pinterest for more classroom ideas. Don’t forget that you can print these in our library using your ACTion card!

 learning printables for kidsClassroom activity suggested by McLure Education Library.:

Barack Obama free printable-

George Washington dot to dot free printable-

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Celebrating Valentine’s Day

By Kristy Justice, Library Assistant, McLure Education Library

How will you celebrate Valentine’s Day in your classroom?

Children learn about love starting at an early age, take this as a perfect opportunity to teach your class about love, kindness, and compassion.
Listed below are a few ideas handpicked by McLure Education Library staff.

Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentine

Does Junie B. really have to give that meanie ol’ Jim a valentime?  Her mother informed her that she was to include everyone in the class. Does Junie B. get a Valentine’s Day surprise?  This funny, chapter book series written by Barbara Park is suggested for ages 5-8.  This book is available in our school library!

Snowy Valentine
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This delightful story takes place on a cold, snowy Valentine’s Day.  Jasper the bunny is desperately searching for the perfect gift to show his wife just how much he loves her.  Feeling discouraged and having no luck finding something special, a friend helps him realize that he has already created the perfect Valentine’s Day present.  Written by David Petersen, this heartwarming story is recommended for children ages 3-6.

Classroom Activities

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Valentine’s Day Stem –                                                                                         Valentine’s Day Math Worksheets-
Valentine’s Day Color by Number-
Valentine’s Day Word Search-
Pumping Heart Model is located in the Curriculum Materials section at McLure Education Library –
Classroom Crafts


Heart Shaped Animals-
Maze Printable-
Valentine Bag Bear/Bunny-