Cantalician Library

Cantalician Center's Resource Library opened in Spring 2014. The fully accessible library space includes a lush, indoor student- maintained garden, carpeted floors, natural lighting, shelves of books for all grade levels and interests, family lounge, teacher resources, Engage NY materials, Social stories DVDs, CDs, TV, Leappads, Kindle E-readers, adapted utensils such as an ergonomic, vertical computer mouse, hands free tablet mounts, science kits, games, puppets, train table, lesson materials, and offers a variety of seating options (chairs, benches and therapy balls) and tables of varying heights to accommodate students, staff, volunteers and visitors.  Students of all ages and school staff utilize the library space and materials throughout the school week. 

Library lessons

Library lessons facilitated by a New York State certified Special Education Teacher, are available throughout the school year for Pre-K, school age and high school students. Themes correlate with the seasons, adapted grade level curriculum and mirror NY state core curriculum standards. The use of puppets, inflatables, costumes, sensory materials, as well as a wireless speaker, TV, sound effects and theme related music enhance lesson times.

"Book Selfies!"

Welcome back to school! September 2016 started off with tons of fun reading and energy in the library! Students from all grade levels, visited the library to check out new books and e-books on Kindles. Each child had the opportunity to become reacquainted with the school library, then chose a book of interest. We all shared our book titles and why we liked the book with our friends, then each posed for a "Book Selfie" photo to hang up on the library Wall of Fame! Favorite titles include, Pete the Cat, 1 Direction, Frozen, WWE, and Inside Out

  2016 Writing Contest!

Cantalician's 2016 winter writing contest is underway! This year, students have the opportunity to write an original 1,500 word or less adventure story, and submit a final draft to the school library prior to December break. We have also submitted to a national writing contest for kids online, called Adventure-Write Kids! Contest rules and a tutorial can be found on the Adventure Write website.

Highlighted in the school library this month, is an original work by a very creative, middle school student, Will H., in room 107! Will has many creative ideas! Will did a terrific job pulling his thoughts together into a short story. Will compiled ideas, drew illustrations and then typed a final draft of his original work, "Who Pushed Him In?" about a dog who has an unfortunate circumstance, that leads to  a new lifelong friendship, and lots of hot dogs to eat! Congratulations Will, and we hope you win the writing contest online! 

Prevocational Practice 

Several students working on prevocational goals have weekly opportunities to volunteer in the library, participating in digital inventory of the library materials. We utilize a wireless, digital scanning system to catalog materials, called L4U. Vocational students have been using a wireless scanner, laptop and label maker to create patron library cards and to label books and materials. Our library helpers have been working hard and the program is up and running. A big thank you to the Cantalician Tech department, and of course, our student volunteers.

Sensory Center

The Sensory Center is a mobile, sensory check out center for use by students, teachers and therapists. Our library has been awarded a sensory grant to create a space with a plethora of sensory and calming materials, including squishies, fidgets, bumpy balls, noise cancelling headphones, therapy balls, yoga mats, games, large bean bag chairs and much more! 

Donations/Materials

Existing shelving and a portion of the books were brought together from our two previous campuses. 500+ books added in 2014 and eleven Kindle e-readers available to students have been donated by local businesses, individuals and organizations; A big thank you goes out to the WNY community for their dedication and support.

We want to thank our donors for their support in our efforts to promote literacy and independence in work skills for the students of Cantalician. We are certainly open to further donations to fill our shelves. Specifically, we are in need of Braille and enlarged print books, technology, books on CD, talking books, as well as more shelving, furniture and funding to expand our accessible space and high school sections.

Digital Resources

http://exchange.smarttech.com/

http://www.teacherled.com/

http://teacher.scholastic.com/whiteboards/languagearts.htm

http://www.teachercreated.com/free/interactive-whiteboard-activities/

www.teacherspayteachers.com

http://parentnetworkwny.org/ 

http://www.211wny.org/   

(2-1-1 WNY is your free and confidential link to health and human services)

http://www.ddawny.org/

(Developmental Disabilities Alliance of WNY)

 

 
For more information:
Academic Campus
2049 George Urban Boulevard
Depew, New York 14043
Phone: (716) 901-8700
Fax: (716) 901-8800
[email protected]
Office Hours: 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM

 

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