MPES Library News

Literacy Updates

It has been so encouraging to see everyone embracing the new literacy initiatives. My goal with this newsletter is to share information with you to make this process even better. If I can do anything to assist you, please email me or call me.

If you have requested my help to organize your classroom library and I have not responded, please contact me again. I will do my best to get to all of you as soon as possible.

Morning checkout options

If you have students who need to exchange books in the morning, I am available from 7:45-8:15.

I do ask that the students check-in with you first and complete their morning tasks (attendance, lunch count, and any morning work). If they have any remaining time, they are welcome to come up and exchange materials. I would ask that you stop sending students to the library between 8:05 and 8:10. This will allow me to assist the students in selecting their new books and get them back to class on time.

Last 15 minutes of class

I wanted to share some information with you regarding your role in the library during check out. When you come to the library to assist with book selection (I-Pick) I am asking for your help in two areas. One is assisting me with locating books for students. The other is managing the independent reading time. We have gone over the expectations during September so they should be aware of what good reading looks like in my room.

While you are assisting with those areas, I will be checking any book returns, helping students find their books, and checking their new books out. If you would like a tour of the library and how it is organized, please stop by and I will be happy to show you around.

Returning library books

Now that students need to have books with them wherever they go, returning books first thing in the morning may not be the best option. I have two options that you are free to choose from. Please choose the idea that best fits your class.

Idea #1 - Return all library books before 8:30. This may not be a good option for you if you have STEM 1st block.

Idea #2 - Have your students carry their library books with them to library and return them as they enter.

***Policy Reminder*** Students are responsible for bringing their library books to the library on their scheduled day. If they forget them at home or in the classroom, they will be given alternative reading options. I do not allow any students to go back to class to retrieve their library books.

Classroom Library Books

Now that my library books are being returned, I have noticed that classroom library books are being turned in to me by accident. If you could please put your name in the book I will be happy to put it in your mailbox and return it to you if it makes its way to the library.

I do have some classroom library books/Battle of the Books books (with no names) in a wire display case near the circulation desk. Please stop by and take them if they are yours or if you think they are yours.