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The goal of the library is not to get back all the books, but all the readers.
What your library can do for you:
- explore the best children's books with students, choosing books that are interesting, as well as expanding reading experiences beyond what is already known.
- read aloud many everybody, nonfiction, and fiction books, practicing reading and responding to reading through art, writing, drama, music, and discussion, among other activities.
- recommend books to your children based on their interests and abilities.
- purchase hundreds of new books, chosen by review and recommendation from teachers, librarians, students and families, including great nonfiction titles to help us meet the new Common Core State Standard requirements.
- teach research and technology skills appropriate for developmental needs.
- stress good digital citizenship and internet awareness, helping children make safe, positive, and ethical decisions while online.
- learn about primary and secondary sources and what they can teach us through careful study.
- work closely with classroom teachers to find materials to support the classroom curriculum and students' independent reading.
- team with community organizations such as the King County Library System, including coaching multiple Global Reading Challenge teams, a KCLS program for 4th and 5th graders.
Book nook readers
Students get comfortable while they read.
Technology is a key component of the library program.
Kindergarteners read pictures, if not words, and can tell you a story.
Checking out library books
Students check out during their library class time, 45 minutes once a week. The library is also open all day, so with permission from their teacher, students can return and check out books any time they need new titles. Students are allowed to check out books even if they have overdue books. We are starting R.O.B.O.T., Return Our Books On Time, encouraging classes to work together to reduce overdue books.
- Kindergarten: 2 books
- 1st grade: 5 books
- 2nd grade: 5 books
- 3rd grade: 5 books
- 4th grade: 10 books
- 5th grade: 10 books
- 6th grade: 10 books
About the Library
The Ridgecrest Library supports and enhances the Ridgecrest community by:
- evaluating and purchasing resources for curriculum and independent reading
- encouraging joy in reading
- teaching research skills
- promoting discovery through independent learning