Coker Library News

October

Coker Library Mission Statement:

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

Upcoming Events:

Read for the Record

This year is the 10th anniversary of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, a global campaign that generates public support for high-quality early learning and highlights the importance of building children’s vocabulary and love for reading. On October 22, 2015 Coker students and staff will join children and adults worldwide to take action by participating in the world’s largest shared reading experience by all reading "Not Norman:A Goldfish Story" by Kelly Bennett and illustrated by Noah Z. Jones. Our goal is to help break another world record!

Literary Pumpkin Patch

October 19-30 is the annual Coker Literary Pumpkin Patch. Students, along with their families, are encouraged to read a book and decorate a real or artificial pumpkin to look like a character from the book. Click here for more information in English. Click here for more information in Spanish.

Cub Book Talks

3rd, 4th and 5th grade students are invited to join Mrs. Schattel and Mrs. Walsh to a lunch time book talks. Students can come to the library to pick up their "ticket" to the discussion on November 6 or 9. After filling out the "ticket", students can come with their lunch to the library during their lunchtime on the date listed below. Books can be found at the Coker Library (limited copies), Mrs. Schattel (Westing Game only), public library, Half-priced books, Amazon or Barnes and Noble.


3rd grade will meet at lunch on November 10th to discuss "Frindle" by Andrew Clements.


4th grade will meet at lunch on November 11th to discuss "The Westing Game" by Ellen Raskin.


5th grade will meet at lunch on November 12th to discuss "Rules" by Cynthia Lord.

Ongoing Reading Programs:

Texas 2x2 Reading Program

In September Monolingual kindergarten through second grade classes were introduced to the 2x2 Reading Program. Classes have been reading away trying to earn their spirit sticks! More information can be found on the Coker Libguide.

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! More information can be found on the Coker Libguide.

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. More information can be found on the Coker Libguide.

Research and Technology:

Mrs. Meredith worked with her class and Mr. Wetherell's class researching Native American Tribes in the library with Mrs. Walsh. While researching, students learned how to cite their sources and how to find reliable resources. Students worked on an individual report and a group report. Using the chromebooks these 5th graders we able to work collaboratively on a shared document in their google drive. These documents were also shared with Mrs. Meredith through google. Students ended the unit with a presentation and proudly displayed projects in the library!
Fourth grade students in Mrs. Mosley's class had a lesson from Mrs. Walsh on using the chromebooks. They learned how to log into their google account and to share a document with their teacher. Mrs. Mosley showed how she will use this tool to help students in their writing lessons.

Numbers, numbers, numbers...

September 18 was "Read an eBook Day". Coker had 178 students who checked out 325 eBooks or Audio Books in one day. Way to go, Cubs!


During September 418 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 5,035 books were checked out of the library during September. That's a lot of books that have to go back on the shelves! We are always looking for volunteers (hint, hint)!