Coker Library News

February/March

Coker Library Mission Statement:


The library will provide a warm, welcoming environment in which to promote lifelong learners and readers.

Library Events:

Chinese New Year Stations

During February students were encouraged to explore Chinese New Year Stations. Students learned about this holiday through literature, videos, websites, crafts and hands-on activities. Gung Hay Fat Choy!

It's a Reading THING at Coker!

February 26 Coker had a pep rally to kick-off our "It's a Reading THING!" Week. February 29- March 4 was a week to celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday and all THINGS reading. Each day students and staff had a different theme/dress day. On Wednesday we celebrated Dr. Seuss's birthday with a fun "Read Around the School". During the event students traveled with their buddies to hear different Dr. Seuss books.

  • Monday February 29-"Leap into Reading" wear the color green
  • Tuesday March 1- "Don't Sweat it, Read!" wear athletic-wear
  • Wednesday March 2- "Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss" wear Seuss theme clothing
  • Thursday March 3- "PAWSitively Wild about Reading" wear animal print/theme clothing
  • Friday March 4- "Reading Builds Character" dress as your favorite book character

Coker follows The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race!

In March Coker students will be following The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race from over 4,000 miles away. Classes will be reading books about this 975 mile race, receiving daily updates, cheering on their favorite teams in Alaska! More information can be found here.

Author Jeff Mack

April 14 & 15 Author Jeff Mack will visit the Coker Library. To learn more about Jeff Mack and his books you can checkout his website here. If you would like to pre order his books please check here for the English form and here for the Spanish form.

Ongoing Reading Programs:

4th Grade Battle of the Books

In November fourth graders were given a list of different chapter books. They are encouraged to read as many as possible and take notes in their battle journals. In April, each classroom is given a qualifying test. The top three students and one alternate from each class will demonstrate their knowledge in a quiz-show format in The Fourth Grade Coker Battle which will be held in May. The winning team represents Coker in the District Battle of the Books on May 23, 2016. More information can be found Coker Libguide.

Nexus Tablets/eReaders

The Coker Library has 10 Nexus Tablets that can be checked out by students in 3rd-5th grades to use as eReaders. If a student is interested in checking one out they will need a signed permission slip that can be found here.

Research and Technology:

Over the past couple of months several classes have come to the library to research topics and/or work on technology projects with the chromebooks and iPads. Below are some of the classes and the research topics.


Ms. Witt's class: Worked with the iPads to make a personal timeline.

Ms. Gonzalez's class: Worked with Discovery Board Builder on chromebooks to make their own autobiography.

Ms. V. Lane's class: Worked with the iPads on a follow up project to their writing assignment.

Ms. King's class: Worked with the iPads to research and make a trading card on inventors.

Ms. Meredith & Mr. Wetherell's classes: Researched Colonial Period Historical figures.

Ms. Sanchez's class- Worked with the iPads on a follow up project to their Penguin research.

Ms. Hand & Ms. Arman's classes- Worked with the iPads on a follow up project to their Weather research.

Numbers, numbers, numbers...

Texas 2x2 Reading Program

In September Monolingual kindergarten through second grade classes were introduced to the 2x2 Reading Program. A total of 14 classes read all twenty 2x2 books with over 280 students earning their spirit sticks!

Tejas Star Reading Program

Dual Language kindergarten through second grade classes kicked off the Tejas Star Reading Program in September. This year Coker was the first school in NEISD to use this reading program! A total of 6 classes read all fifteen Tejas Star books with over 120 students earning their spirit sticks!

Texas Bluebonnet Award

The Texas Bluebonnet Awards had it's kick-off in September. This program is designed to encourages reading for pleasure for students in third through fifth grade. Over 100 Coker students qualify to be Bluebonnet voters. At the end of January these students voted for their favorite book. Coker's votes were add to the other students in the state to determine the winner of The Texas Bluebonnet Award. The winner of the 2015-2016 Bluebonnet Award is When the Beat was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop by Laban Carrick Hill.

Books, books and more books!

During February 432 students came to the library as an individual (walk-ins). These students checked out books, used the computers or were working on research. This number does not reflect the class visits to the library for checkouts, lessons and research.


A total of 3,478 books were checked out of the library during February. The library is always looking for help checking in books and shelving. Even if you only have 15 minutes after dropping off your children in the morning, we are always looking for volunteers.