READ ALL ABOUT IT! September, 2022
In This Issue
- Fall Book Fair
- 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
Fall Into Reading at our PTA's Fall Scholastic Book Fair
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 email@example.com.
Library Classes and Checkouts
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
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.
Online Databases and E-Books from Home
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com.) Students who meet the goals indicated on their reading logs will receive special recognition in the spring.