Dear Parents and Students: September 2017
Our school library is ready for another year of reading magic. Students have begun to visit the library. The bookshelves are filled with many new and wonderful titles. We have picture books, beginner readers, chapter books, non-fiction titles on all sorts of topics, along with many other resources. Your child has a regularly scheduled visit to the library once a week. Students in the upper grades visit more frequently, especially when needing various types of research for their projects. During library classes we read together, learn about different themes, (some silly and some serious), use the white board, create storycraft projects, have book hunts, and learn how the library works. We discover how to locate materials in the library using the computer catalog, and the Dewey Decimal system. We learn about our website and to use online resources located there. Our library has a broad selection of books appropriate for readers (and pre-readers) of all levels. Some of these books focus on topics that pertain to cultural and social issues such as holiday celebrations, divorce, adoption, same sex households, single parent households, adolescence/puberty, and other similar content areas. Please note that all of our books have been determined to be age appropriate for children in Kindergarten through 5th grade. If, however, you are uncomfortable about your child borrowing books related to a certain topic, please contact the Librarian or your child’s teacher.
Every week your child will pick out a new book to read. Please remember your child’s library day and make sure their book is placed in their book bag. When children return their book the following week, they will choose a new one. If a child forgets a book, we will give them a reminder letter, and when they bring their book back they may choose a new one. If a child loses a book, please contact us to remit or replace the book.
Below are some helpful hints for raising a terrific reader:
- Read to your child
- Let them see you reading
- Take them to the public library for a free library card
- Talk about books together
- Let your child read to you
- Pick a family story and have everyone read it together
- Visit the public library often—and take out books!!
Please see our website at http://www.vc.nyackschool.org and click on Library Media Center. Click on OPALS to access our new user friendly catalog and more. This will allow you to view our district library catalog and many other research tools for your children to utilize. Library information, the library curriculum, and more are posted there along with the summer reading packets.
I look forward to another exciting year working with your wonderfully enthusiastic children. Thank you for all of your support.
Carolyn C. Travers, School Library Media Specialist-Sue DeFelice, Library Assistant