Harry Kizirian School Library News

By Mrs. Dieffenbach, MLIS

Spring 2018

Library Book Checkout - ALL BOOKS MUST BE RETURNED BY MAY 25, 2018.

The end of the school year is approaching. Please return all library books back to the library. Starting on May 14th, I will provide each classroom teacher with a list of students who have overdue books.

Also, a weekly automatic email reminder is sent to the parents informing them that their child has an overdue book. Please help locate and return the book(s) to the library as soon as possible.

All books MUST be returned or a required payment for lost or damaged books will be enforced before a student will be allowed to check out another book during the next school year.

See a short video from YouTube.com "Bring Them Back Overdue Library Book Parody" Published on June 4, 2014.

Bring Them Back Overdue Library Book Parody


Over the course of the 2017-2018 school year, I reached out to DonorsChoose.org for funding of various projects and supplies for the purpose of enhancing our school library. It gives me great pleasure to report that we received funding from wonderful donors from within our community and beyond. I want to share my funded projects with you.

To read more about my fully funded projects or my other pending projects click on the link below.

Please consider a donation. It's all for the children, your children. Help provide funding toward building a better future.


New Biography Books

Purchased from our November 2017 School-wide Coin Drive Challenge!

Harry Kizirian Student Library Cards

During the course of this school year, I have created library cards for all the students in grades 1 through 5. Each card is laminated with the school name, the student name, student school ID number, and the student school Google email account. The library cards are kept in the library to avoid getting lost or damaged, and the library cards are only valid at Harry Kizirian School Library. Now, check-out is a breeze and logging into Google is seamless.

Stem/Steam - Makerspace Stations

This school year, I introduced STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) activities to the library class. Right now the students are just having fun with these activities and learning how to apply, collaborate, and communicate with one another. However, STEAM is an important component of today's learning and the benefit of STEAM education is reflected in the development of students learning skills such as:

  • finding solutions
  • pursuing information
  • exploring options
  • becoming life-long learners

Let's talk Legos - as students build with Legos they are unknowingly learning about the principles of building and engineering. Keva Bot Maze Planks is another great activity of building and constructing with the use of wooden planks for a mini-bot to zoom around the creative-made maze. Dominoes is another favorite activity because it teaches arithmetic skills, critical thinking, and strategies. These and other fun activities are all wonderful learning tools for students who are just learning about STEAM!

Another Successful Scholastic Book Fair!!

The March 2018 BOGO book fair was a success! Thank you to all the students, parents and teacher's who purchased books. Our BOGO allowed children to buy more affordable books and get one FREE. This Spring event has provided an opportunity to put more books in the hands of our children.

Thank you again for your support!!

Some New Book Arrivals!

The Top 10 Most Checked Out Books

Minecraft Redstone Handbook

Amulet: The Last Council, book 4

Amulet: The Stonekeeper, book 1

Amulet: Escape from Lucien, book 6

Amulet: The Stonekeeper's Curse, book 2

Astronaut Academy Re-entry



Crafts for St. Patrick's Day

The Flying Beaver Brothers and the Fishy Business


My Book Club is going strong!

Thursday afternoon from 2:35 to 3:15 PM, Library Media Center.

Book clubs are a wonderful way to engage students and contribute to the reading culture. Its a place for students to continue their love of reading and sharing.

I have 11 wonderful 4th and 5th-grade students who love to read. During the Quarters 3 and 4, we are reading a novel entitled Save Me a Seat. A boy named Ravi, who just moved from India, and is trying to adjust to his new American life. As the only Indian students in the class, Ravi assumes that he will make lots of friends but readers watch the slow, drawn-out torture in silence. That feeling of helplessness will be a powerful one for students to discuss.

Let's read, think, reflect, and share together!

Visit the Smith Hill Public Library for upcoming events, storytimes, resources, and more!

Please click on the link for opportunities at the Smith Hill Public Library Children's Center.


email address: linda.dieffenbach@providenceschools.org