Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Guys Read December

The guys voted a long list of books to read. Plenty to keep us busy over winter break. The first two titles were nominated by our friends in Creek's Mock Newbery Club and are definitely worth a look!  Have a safe and happy break!    --Mr. Cox and Mr. Hora

  • Ghost by Jason Reynolds
  • Garvey's Choice by Nikki Grimes
  • Snow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan
  • Zane and the Hurricane by Rodman Philbrick
  • Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan
  • Trials of Apollo series by Rick Riordan
  • I Survived series by Lauren Tarshis
  • Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz
  • Michael Vey series by Richard Paul Evans

Monday, November 28, 2016

Guys Read November


Here are the books you recommended today. You can try this link to see book videos and more!

Loot by Jude Watson
My Teacher Is An Alien by Bruce Coville
The Nest by Kenneth Oppel
Any Goosebumps book by R.L. Stine
Any story by Ray Bradbury or H.G. Wells

You did a great job with your ugly sweater decorating!

See you in December!
Mr. Cox and Mr. Hora

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Guys Read October

October, 2016: We shot candy corn catapults. The winner got vampire teeth! We made a list of books for November -- read 1 (or more!).

The Wandmaker
Eragon series
Indiana Jones series

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Name the Library Hamster

We need a name for our new hamster. Please suggest the name of a literary character by Wednesday, September 7th using this Google form:

Prizes will be awarded to the selected entry.

For more details contact Mr. Cox or Mrs. Johnson in the library.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Guys Read approved summer reads!

May, 2016: Guys Read enjoyed pizza, pop, and playing Minecraft at our last meeting of the year. Check out these Guys Read approved books we think you will like reading this summer. Happy Summer from Creek's Guys Read!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Prairie Mock Newbery Club: information and first list for 16-17

Tonight is SOAR to Creek night for our future 5th graders.  In the library we have information about the Mock Newbery Book Club (I might need a better name for this club) as well as other cool information about Creek opportunities.

What is the Prairie Mock Newbery Club?

Club members use a version of the Newbery Book Award criteria to pick the books we think are the most distinguished in 2016.  Will we guess any of the titles selected by the actual Newbery Committee?  I hope so!

What will we do at our meetings?

Club members will read books from several lists and come to meetings to talk about them.  We will discuss the qualities of the books, including theme, plot, and characters.

When will we meet?

Our 16-17 building schedule is still in development but we likely will meet during lunch or possibly as an afterschool club. Depending on member interest we will meet 1 or 2 times a month.

What books could I read this summer to be ready for the first meetings?

Here are the 5 titles we will use to kick off our club meetings in August & September.

For more about these titles including descriptions, author interviews and readings, websites, and more visit

Interested in joining this club?  Send a note to Mr. Cox, Creek Teacher-Librarian, to get updates and reminders -

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Guys Read & National Poetry Month

Creek Guys Read club celebrated National Poetry Month by reading some favorite poems and creating their own poems to distribute to other students at Creek.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Episode 0 - The Literary Lab - Graphic Novels

The Literary Lab is pleased to bring you Episode 0 of our Podcast.  Literary Lab members Jaquon, Sadie, and Dede join me to talk about Sunny Side Up by Jennifer and Matt Holm with color by Lark Pien.  Language arts teacher, Ms. Hanzelka, also drops by to talk about a favorite format at Prairie Creek.  

*This is our initial attempt episode and we're learning lots about the production of a podcast.  Sorry about the varying volume and background sounds.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Creek Guys Read - March Update

Here's the link to our books. We voted for "Magnus Chase: Sword of Summer" but any of these books will be great reads!

Our April meeting will be Thursday, April 28 from 2:45-4:00 p.m. in the Creek Library.

Happy reading!
Mr. Cox and Mr. Hora

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Sneak A Listen

The Literary Lab Podcast is beginning production this week.  We (Creek students and teachers) are excited to bring you into our conversations about books and writing. Take a listen to a bit of the conversation from Episode 0 with Miss Hanzelka.

This podcast is being built as we produce it.  We still need a nifty podcast logo. I am still figuring out Soundcloud, getting into iTunes etc.

Friday, February 26, 2016

February Guys Read

We voted for When the Game Stands Tall by Neil Hayes. This is the true story of the de La Salle high school's 150 game football winning streak. We also picked the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. Our activity this month was table hockey with plastic cups, spoons, and dice!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Creek Guys Read Picks "The Dead Gentleman" for February

January, 2016: We picked "The Dead Gentleman" by Matthew Cody to discuss at our February meeting

The Dead Gentleman is a wild ride between parallel New York City timestreams—1901 and today. Eleven-year-old Tommy Learner is a street orphan and an unlikely protege to the Explorers, a secret group dedicated to exploring portals—the hidden doorways to other worlds. But while investigating an attercop (man-eating spider) in the basement of an old hotel, Tommy is betrayed—and trapped. And it's then that his world collides with that of modern-day Jezebel Lemon, who, until the day she decides to explore her building's basement, had no bigger worries than homework and boys. Now, Jezebel and Tommy must thwart the Dead Gentleman, a legendary villain whose last unconquered world is our own planet Earth, a realm where the dead stay dead. Until now. Can two kids put an end to this ancient evil and his legions of Gravewalkers?

Did you know the Creek Library catalog now lets you search for "Guys Read Approved" books?

Look at how many of us recommended great books this month!