Walzem Elementary Library

October 2015

Fall is here!

It's been an exciting time at Walzem Elementary this October. Students have been in the library not only for checking out library books, but also for Robotics club, for health screenings, for our literacy pumpkin patch, and for an author visit!

Literacy Pumpkin Patch

PreK through 5th graders were invited to participate in our 2nd annual Literacy Pumpkin Patch, and they did an outstanding job! Our library had over 90 pumpkins in our pumpkin patch this year-wow! Each students received a participation prize, and the library thanks each one for participating and for making our library a fun and colorful place to be!

Red Ribbon Week

Ms. Baltazar dressed up as "Frida" for our Dress as Your Favorite Book Character day during Red Ribbon Week. She had also decorated a pumpkin as the same character for our pumpkin patch!
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Author Visit

Joe Hayes visited Walzem Elementary Library on Friday, October 30th! He was very entertaining as he told suspenseful tales to each grade level. Mr. Hayes really brought his stories to life and inspired students to write in their own voices.
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Circulation of Resources

Students, staff, and parents have access to our library resources from school, home, and on mobile devices. This includes print books, e-books, audiobooks, and databases through our library's LibGuide. Here are this month's circulation numbers for check-outs of physical items through the library:

PreK & EC- 298

Kinder- 230

1st- 266

2nd- 711

3rd- 641

4th- 949

5th- 324

Teachers- 355

Parents- 30

OverDrive e-books & audiobooks: 54 check-outs

Number of Students on passes by Grade

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We had 415 students sign in to the library on passes this month. Instead of a paper sign-in, students are now using an iPad to fill out a Google form. This is a learning process, therefore some students did not sign in, other students did not submit their form, and some students selected two grades instead of one, which accounts for the extra entries on our graphs.

Because we currently do not have a permanent library assistant, we have had a substitute assistant working for four hours in the morning only. This has been a great help with shelving books and student check-outs when the librarian is working with a class. However, because she is alone in the afternoon, some students are unable to check-out in the afternoon if the librarian is with a class.


Our library is committed to helping our students to develop a love of reading, but also to reinforce classroom learning. Besides teaching library skills, and integrating technology, the librarian also holds read-alouds and lessons with activities for PreK, Kinder, and 1st grade classes. Throughout the month of September, and continuing through mid-October, the classroom teacher and the librarian taught 4 units of Digital Citizenship for all grade levels. Other lessons taught include:

PreK: Book Care, Family, Community Helpers, Basic Needs, and Halloween & Safety.

Kinder: Physical Properties/Senses, Fall season, Natural & Artificial Light, and Heat (sun).

1st: Fall season, Clouds, and Physical Properties/Senses.

Activities that accompanied lessons varied from Smart Board games, sorting, patterns, counting, to watching Discovery Education videos, using BrainPop, a YouTube video, using vocabulary, and physical property centers.

Upcoming Events

In the month of November, our library will be hosting the fall Read Around the School with the theme "Read It! Read It! Leap into a Great Book!"

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