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Library Mission:

To ensure that students are effective users and producers of information and ideas.

 

Library /Technology Program

To meet this mission, I support our district adopted reading program “Benchmark Literacy” by reinforcing unit main idea for each grade level as I share books from several different Washington State reading award lists.

Kindergarten through 2nd Grade – Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award (Website)

2nd and 3rd Grade – Otter (Our Time to Enjoy Reading) Award (Website)

3rd Grade – The Towner Non-Fiction Award (Website)

4th and 5th Grade – The Sasquatch Competition – District supported “Battle of the Books” (Website)

 

Students also learn about the Super 3 and Big 6 process for research or project completion.

I also work with classroom teachers to teach the ISTE technology standards and will collaborate with them on ways in which technology integration can enhance instruction.

 

The primary technology program centers on providing students opportunities to use technology to develop troubleshooting skills, mouse/track pad/keyboard skills, and skills to help them navigate websites and applications in a safe and responsible manner.

The intermediate technology program – I use a variety of projects to teach students how to use the Microsoft Office 2016 suite of applications. Students will also have instruction in keyboarding, and the opportunity to practice using “Typing Agent” the new district adopted keyboarding curriculum. Students at the intermediate level have individual student log in accounts and access to Office 365. Office 365 is a cloud based suite of personal productivity tools that promote collaboration.

 

Library Checkout Policy

Students may check out up to two books at a time.  One book should be a storybook that they are able to read independently, the second book is their choice.  Classrooms working on a research project will be allowed a third title that relates to their research project.

All classrooms come to the library once per week for classroom book checkout, and all of their library books are due on this day.  Please help your child to remember to bring any library books from home on their class library checkout day.  Students that have not finished reading a book may renew it by placing a note that says, “renew” on the book when they turn it into their classroom book return bins.

For students that finish with their library books before their next library class, there are daily opportunities for individual students to exchange their books throughout the week.

Students that have overdue books will not be able to check out additional library books until the book(s) are returned or a library fine resolved.  It is for this reason that fines on lost books should be resolved quickly.  Fines on lost or damaged books may be paid in the office.  If the book is found and returned in good condition within the school year that it was lost, any money collected as a fine on that book will be refunded.

Birthday Books

I understand it has been a long-standing tradition at Lowell for students to donate a book to the library in honor of their birthdays.  If you would like to participate in this tradition, and are looking for a book suggestion, I would like to suggest books that have been nominated for the following awards: The Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award, The Sasquatch Award, The Young Reader’s Choice award for juniors, The Caldecott Medal and Honor, The Newbery Medal and Honor.    I  purchase one copy of each of these titles yearly from my library budget, but these are such popular titles that I would love to have more than one copy available for students to check out. The titles and authors of these books can be found here.  Most local booksellers will carry the titles in stock.

Digital Research Tools:

SIRS Discoverer : http://discoverer.sirs.com

CultureGrams : http://online.culturegrams.com

WorldBook Online: http://www.worldbookonline.com

eLibrary : http://www.elibrary.com

Pebble Go : www.pebblego.com

TrueFlix : http://tfx.grolier.com/

Contact your librarian for the username and passwords to access these resources.