Penn Elementary Library

About the Library

Library curriculum

The Iowa City Community Schools Library Curriculum balances literature and information skills instruction. At Penn, classes receive a weekly lesson with the teacher librarian. In addition, the teacher librarian collaborates with classroom teachers to provide instruction that is flexibly scheduled. Keyboarding instruction is provided for students in 3rd grade.


Books and other materials

The library has quality fiction, nonfiction, and reference books, magazines, local newspapers, DVDs, videotapes, novel units, leveled books, books on CD, big books, and kits that support teaching and learning for elementary students.


Computers

There are four computer catalog workstations for students and staff. The computer lab has 34 workstations for student and classroom use and a laptop cart is available for checkout to classrooms.


Library staff

Debra Dorzweiler, Teacher Librarian

Alta Wagner, Library Secretary

Kindergarten skills

  • Selects an “Everybody” book to share at home
  • Identifies fiction as “made-up” story and nonfiction as “real”
  • Identifies a book as fiction or nonfiction in the library
  • Defines author as the person who writes the words
  • Defines illustrator as the person who makes the pictures
  • Located everybody and nonfiction sections of the library
  • Identifies cover, spine, and title page

First Grade skills

  • Points to picture book design elements
  • Uses picture book design elements to make predictions about the text
  • Predicts what could happen next in the story
  • Identifies the story’s problem and solution
  • Distinguishes between a fantasy story and a realistic story
  • Identifies nonfiction books as informational text
  • Locates relevant sections of the library based on personal interests or needs
  • Applies alphabetical order skills to everybody section
  • Identifies cover, spine, title page, title and call number
  • Distinguishes between fact and make-believe
  • Identifies information after reading or listening to a nonfiction text

2nd Grade skills

  • Distinguishes between several types of literature, such as biography, poetry, and folktales
  • Creates mental pictures from text and shares them through telling, drawing, or writing
  • Identifies elements of character, plot and setting with support through participation in discussion or use of graphic organizers
  • Applies alphabetical order skills to all fiction sections of the library
  • Matches call number prefix with section of library
  • Identifies author and illustrator
  • Identifies facts in nonfiction text with support

3rd Grade skills

  • Restates meaning of text verbally or in writing through oral literature or note-taking process (summarizing)
  • Identifies types of literature through activities such as oral literature, reading promotion programs, booktalks, or reading logs
  • Reads different types of literature through reading activities collaboratively planned by the teacher librarian and the classroom teacher
  • Identifies text features (such as headings, fonts, captions, and graphics) with support
  • Checks out a variety of “Just Right” fiction and nonfiction from the library
  • Uses call number to locate fiction and nonfiction books on library shelves with support
  • Uses library catalog to locate materials with support
  • Uses online databases (such as GALE or Britannica Online) to locate information with support
  • Formulates questions or keywords to guide information search with support
  • Uses keywords to search library catalog or table of contents with support
  • Uses note-taking strategies to record information with support

4th Grade skills

  • Reads different types of literature through reading activities collaboratively planned by the teacher librarian and the classroom teacher
  • Identifies types of literature through activities such as oral literature, reading promotion programs, booktalks, or reading logs
  • Identifies point of view independently through reading activities
  • Identifies text features (such as headings, fonts, captions, and graphics) independently
  • Checks out a variety of “Just Right” fiction and nonfiction from the library
  • Briefly identifies the main points or gist of text through oral literature or note-taking process
  • Locates fiction and nonfiction books on library shelves by call number
  • Uses library catalog to locate materials
  • Uses online databases (such as GALE or Britannica Online) to locate information with support
  • Formulates questions or keywords to guide information search with support
  • Uses keywords to search library catalog or table of contents
  • Uses note-taking strategies to record information with support
  • Demonstrates appropriate technology skills such as keyboarding and word processing
  • Records sources of information with support
  • Locates bibliographic information in a source with support