Hedgcoxe Library

August/September 2021

In This Edition

  • Upcoming Fall Scholastic Book Fair: September 20th-24th
  • Plano Public Libraries: National Library Card Sign-up Month
  • Access Databases and E-books from Home
  • Access Your Student's Library Account
  • Parents can check out books, too!
  • Bluebonnet & 2x2 Reading Lists
  • Overdue Books
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Fall Scholastic Book Fair: Dive Into Great Books!

Our upcoming Fall Scholastic Book Fair will take place in the Hedgcoxe Library from September 20th-24th. The students are so excited about having an in-person fair again! Scholastic has the books your students LOVE to read, and it's not too early to consider purchasing books for holiday gift giving as well. All profits from the book fair will benefit our school.

In-person shopping for this fair will be for STUDENTS ONLY during the school day, but we do invite all of our parents and community members to SHOP ONLINE beginning September 16th until midnight on September 24th at https://www.scholastic.com/bf/hedgcoxeelementaryschool

Books purchased online will be shipped directly to your home, and shipping is free on orders of $25 or more! Information about donating to teachers' eWallets (so they can buy books for their classroom libraries) will be posted on the shopping website soon.

All students will attend the book fair during their library classes and at other times during the school day. You can send your student with CASH to send at the book fair, OR you can setup an eWallet for them to use for cashless shopping. For more information about how to set up an eWallet, visit https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/articles/ewallet.html. If you send your student with a check to spend at the fair, please make sure it is made payable to Hedgcoxe PTA.

If you'd like to volunteer to assist students during the fair, you can sign up at this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4FA4AA23AAF9C07-fall

(Please note that all book fair volunteers must be cleared through Voly and should wear masks while volunteering.)

More details about the book fair, including information about special dress-up day and All For Books donations, will be sent home in your students' folders on Thursday, September 16th. Thanks so much for supporting our school by supporting the book fair!

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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/805/Get-a-Library-Card-Borrowing
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Access our Databases and E-books from Home

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 access all the e-books and research databases to which the district subscribes. (If your student loves e-books, then be sure to check out the amazing e-book collection on Axis 360!)

NOTE: If your student is accessing e-books and databases through webdesk and from a district device, they should not need a username and password. IF a username and password is requested, please email me at karen.berry@pisd.edu, and I will provide those login credentials for you.

Access Your Student's Library Account

Did you know that you can access your student's library account online to see what your student has currently checked out and to place holds on books? 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. (NOTE: 125.catalog.pisd.edu allows you to search for books in just our collection. But in order to sign into student accounts, you must use catalog.pisd.edu.)

If your student is accessing the library page through Webdesk on a PISD device, then they should be automatically signed in to their library account when they click on the PISD Library icon. But here is the login information if a username and password is requested in order to view the account:

  • The username is your student's six-digit ID number.
  • The password is your student's last name with just the first letter capitalized.

Let Mrs. Berry know if you have questions about how to access or use any of our library resources!

Parents can check out books, too!

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 TEN books for thirty days! If you do not already have a parent account set up with me 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.

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 several of these titles throughout the school year, and readers who meet the goals indicated on their reading logs will receive special recognition in the spring. (Reading logs for both programs have been sent home with your students, but you can always receive another hardcopy or a digital copy by emailing me at karen.berry@pisd.edu.)

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

Bluebonnet titles (for 3rd-6th grades)

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Overdue Books

Once a month, our district makes robo-calls to families about outstanding library books. I am unable to opt out of these calls, so you may receive calls about books that your student does not yet need to return. Here's my "policy" on overdue books:

Our younger K-2nd students are usually able to return their books weekly, since their books are shorter in length. If they do want to keep a book longer, I am always willing to let them keep the book an extra week as long as the book is not on hold for someone else. For our older 3rd-5th grade readers, they often are NOT ready to turn their books in weekly because they are reading longer chapter books. If that is the case, I ask the students to bring those books to library class to have them renewed, so the dates will not indicate overdue.

Each week during library class, I check with each student who did not turn in all of their books to see if they are still actively reading the books they left at home. If they are, then I encourage them to finish the book(s) and return them the following week. If they don't know where a book is, I ask them to locate and return it asap. Or I may send home a payment slip requesting payment for the book if the student says it can't be located and/or if the book has been checked out for an excessive amount of time (more than 3-4 weeks).

Just know that if you receive one of these robo-calls about overdue books, it doesn't necessarily mean that the book is overdue and must be turned in immediately. Your student should know after talking with me each week what the situation is. If they haven't received a payment slip from me, then I probably am just encouraging them to finish and return the book the following week. My ultimate goal is for students to fall in love with reading chapter books and other fun, challenging books, so I allow students to keep books longer in order to meet that goal. :-)