Hedgcoxe Library

READ ALL ABOUT IT! September, 2022

In This Issue

  • Fall Book Fair
  • Makerspace!
  • Library Checkouts and Overdues
  • Student Library Accounts and Holds
  • Parent & Community Member Library Accounts
  • Online Resources at Home
  • 2x2 and Bluebonnet Reading Lists
  • Plano Public Libraries
  • Librarian's Contact Information
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Fall Into Reading at our PTA's Fall Scholastic Book Fair

Mark your calendars for our upcoming PTA-sponsored Fall Scholastic Book Fair, which will take place in the Hedgcoxe library from October 31st through November 4th. Scholastic has the books your students love to read, and you can also stock up on holiday gifts! More information about shopping hours and special events will be forthcoming.
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Your students will have more opportunities this year to participate in Makerspace, which is located in the library's loft area. What is Makerspace, you may ask? It's a time when students come with their teacher just to explore and create. We provide several open-ended activities that involve Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and/or Math (STEAM), and the students' enthusiasm and ingenuity round out the experience. Makerspace stations will begin in mid-September.

We are in need of donations of a few basic items to replenish our Makerspace supplies (listed below). These can be new items or used items in good condition. There will be a collection bin located in the main front hallway for anything you'd like to donate. We so appreciate your assistance with keeping our Makerspace supplies well-stocked for our students!


  • Yarn, string, twine, and ribbon
  • All kinds of tape--- Scotch, masking, decorative, etc.
  • All kinds of writing utensils--- colored pencils, markers, gel pens, crayons, etc.
  • Student scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Ink pads
  • Straws (straight or bendy)
  • Craft sticks
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Paper lunch sacks
  • Flattened cereal boxes
  • Legos and/or building materials
  • If you have other items that you think we might able to put to use in Makerspace, please email Mrs. Berry at karen.berry@pisd.edu.

Library Classes and Checkouts

Our library classes are underway! In addition to weekly lessons utilizing our print and digital resources, students are learning how to navigate the library shelves in order to find books.

All students are encouraged to self-select books from the library that they want to read recreationally (at, above, or below reading level; fiction or non-fiction), up to the following checkout limits:

Kindergarten- 1 book

1st & 2nd Grades: 2 books

3rd, 4th, & 5th Grades: 3 books

Parents are encouraged to discuss those choices with their students: "Why did you pick this book?" "What do you like about it?" "What else would you like to read?"

Library books should be returned the following week, with one renewal allowed. Unless the book is renewed, it will be "overdue" after one week and "long overdue" after three weeks. Students with "long overdue" books will receive reminder calls via the district's Messenger, at which time they will be reminded to either return the book or make payment for it if it is lost.

Student Library Accounts and Holds

Did you know that you can access your student's library account online? In order to access your student's account, click on the PISD Library icon from your student's Webdesk OR type catalog.pisd.edu into any web browser. The login credentials for all students are as follows:

  • The username is your student's six-digit ID number. (If you do not know your student's ID number, let Mrs. Berry know.)
  • The password is your student's last name with just the first letter capitalized.

Once students are logged in to their own library account, they can see what books they have checked out, browse our online catalog to find books they want to read, AND place holds on books. The video below shows students how to place holds on books. Let Mrs. Berry know if you have any questions about your student's library account!

Parent & Community Member Library Accounts

It's not just students and staff who can check out books from the Hedgcoxe Library. Parents and community members can check out up to FIVE books for thirty days. If you do not already have a parent account set up and would like one, please email me at karen.berry@pisd.edu. All I need to set up your account is your name and a valid telephone number.

After your account is set up, you can search our catalog online (125.catalog.pisd.edu) and email me the titles of the books you'd like to check out. I'll check those books out to you and send them home with your student. Or, if you prefer to browse our shelves in person, you can email me to ask for an appointment to visit our library.

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Online Databases and E-Books from Home

Our online catalog is MORE than just a way to search our collection! Did you know that you and your student(s) can use Plano ISD's subscription databases, online encyclopedias, and e-Books from home? Just type 125.catalog.pisd.edu into any browser, and click on the Elementary Library Resources tab on the left side of the screen (pictured above). From there, you can click on the "Find Information" tab and access all the research databases to which the district subscribes. Your student can peruse two online encyclopedias (World Book and Britannica online), National Geographic Kids, PebbleGo, Culture Grams, Gale in Context (great for individual inquiry!), and more. Each database includes interesting articles, videos, and educational activities. Also, If your student loves e-books, then be sure to click on the "e-Books" tab check out the amazing e-book collection on Axis 360!

PLEASE NOTE: If your student is accessing e-books and databases through webdesk and from a district device, they will be automatically logged in to these resources. If your student is accessing these resources from a device at home, a username and password will be required. I cannot publicly post those login credentials, so please email me at karen.berry@pisd.edu, and I will provide them for you.

BLUEBONNET and 2x2 Reading 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 many of these titles throughout the school year from our own collection, and they are also available through the Plano Public Libraries. The lists for this year are as follows:

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

Bluebonnet titles (for 3rd-6th grades)

Reading logs for both programs have been sent home with your K-2 and 3-5 students, but you can always receive another hardcopy or a digital copy by emailing me at karen.berry@pisd.edu.) Students who meet the goals indicated on their reading logs will receive special recognition in the spring.

Plano Public Libraries

In addition to our own school library, we are so fortunate to have such a great public library system here in Plano. If you are not familiar with their services, then please check out all the great things they offer at the link below. You can even apply for a library card online by clicking on the "Catalog and Account" tab. There's something for everyone at the library! https://www.plano.gov/9/Library