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September 2017
Librarian: Karen Berry
karen.berry@pisd.edu, 469-752-1727

Welcome back!

Welcome to a new year in the Hedgcoxe Library. Read on to learn about our many resources and opportunities just for YOU, our Hedgcoxe families!

Online Catalog and Databases

Did you know you can access our Hedgcoxe Library resources from home? If you aren't taking full advantage of these offerings, you are missing out! Our district subscribes to multiple resources and databases such as PebbleGo, National Geographic kids, e-books, World Book and Britannica encyclopedias, the Dallas Morning News, and more. You and your student can access ALL these at home for FREE! Just go to catalog.pisd.edu. From there, you can access our online catalog to search our own collection, and you can follow the link to all of the Elementary Resources mentioned above.

Later this month, I will give each child a bookmark on which will be printed the username and password needed to access these resources from a non-network computer. Or you can email me at karen.berry@pisd.edu, and I will share them with you via email. (For the sake of district security, we are unable to publish the username and password via public communications or on social media.) Also, I will use these resources with each grade level throughout the school year so your students will know how to use them.

Also, when individual student accounts are made available on the library homepage, you can log in to your child's library account as follows:
Username is your child's six-digit ID number (the same one they use to purchase lunch).
Password is your child's last name with only the first letter capitalized (ex: Berry).
From this account, you can see what your students have checked out and even place holds for books they want to read.

Volunteer Opportunities

I want to thank all of the library volunteers who have made themselves available to help with library classes on a regular basis this school year. Our students have a much better library experience because of YOUR faithful assistance! If you are not a library volunteer and would like to be, please email me for more information.

YOU can check out books, too!

That's right! As a community member, you can check out up to TEN books from our school library for up to thirty days. All I need is a valid phone number in order to create your account. Email me at karen.berry@pisd.edu to set up your account, or come see me in the library.


Our school's second annual book club, The Book Hounds Book Club, will be available for any interested 4th and 5th graders this year. (I may be adding other grade levels throughout the year, so stay tuned!) This club will meet at least two times each semester. Participating students will need to acquire and read the selected book ahead of time; then we will meet after school for discussion and activities related to what they read. By the end of September, the 4th and 5th grade websites will be updated with detailed information about the Book Hounds first book selection and date of our first meeting.

Bluebonnet and 2X2 Awards Lists

The Hedgcoxe Library supports two reading incentive programs sponsored by the Texas Library Association (TLA). Each reading list consists of books recommended by children's librarians across the state of Texas. I assist students in accessing and reading several of these titles throughout the school year:

2X2 titles (for ages two years old through 2nd grade)

A 2017-2018 2x2 incentive sheet will be sent home with your child soon. It is a "boot" printed on blue paper. Have your child color in the sections with the titles he/she reads, and send it back to me any time this school year so I can add it to a special library display.

Bluebonnet titles (for 3rd-6th grades)

2017-2018 Bluebonnet reading logs and bookmarks were sent home in the spring, but your student can come get additional ones from me at any time. Students need read only five of the titles to vote for their favorite in the state election in January, and they only need to read TEN titles to participate in the Bluebonnet pizza party in February.

Library Lessons and MakerSpace

Your child will check out and enjoy many great books from our library this year, but they will do and experience so much more as well! Each library class enjoys a targeted library lesson before checkouts. Some of the lesson topics this year will include learning the basics of digital citizenship and information literacy, using online databases, Skyping with authors and illustrators, identifying features of non-fiction books, honing reading and comprehension skills, practicing computer coding, along with many others.

Also, the Hedgcoxe Library will feature a MakerSpace this year, which is a place where your child's class can come with their teacher to explore STEAM activities (STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). These activities will allow your students to ask questions, create, and collaborate through the use of hands-on, curricular-related activities. A note will be sent home soon with a detailed explanation of what this space will entail and with a list of suggested donations to help us keep the space amply supplied. For more information, please contact the librarian, Mrs. Berry, or the PACE teacher, Mrs. Anderson.