Dear Students and Parents,
Welcome back to the 2017-2018 school year! I hope you had a fun filled summer of reading adventures. I can’t wait to see everyone back in the library to hear all about the great books they read over the summer.
All primary students come to the library once a week for their Enrichment class. Kindergarten and first grade students have the opportunity to check out one book, and 2nd-4th grade students can check out two books. The students have these books for one week and are expected to return them the following week on their library day. If they do forget their book, they are allowed to hold one book. The students are then expected to come to the library the next day to return their old book and check out their new selection. I only hold books for one day. 5th-6th grade students visit the library every other week and are allowed to check out two books. The students check out their books for two weeks, but are welcome to come back anytime before their next class period if they would like to get a new book. It is the individual student’s responsibility to keep track of when their books are due.
The library does charge late fines to encourage personal responsibility. I do not charge the K-1st grade students library fines, but I do ask that the parents help the students to develop the routine of returning their library books on time each week. Beginning in 2nd grade and continuing through 8th grade, there is a $0.05 fine for each day the student’s book is returned late. Obviously, a child will not be charged a fine if they are sick or on vacation. At the end of each class I give a library report to remind those students who have forgotten their books. Many classroom teachers also send home a reminder. Students should not wait until the next library class to return their book if they forgot it, but are asked to bring it to the library the next day whenever it is convenient. After three weeks of a missing book, I usually contact the parents requesting assistance in getting the book returned. If a book is lost, you are expected to either buy the missing book or pay a replacement fee.
We have several programs that enhance our library curriculum. Our BookFest Book Club meets once a month after school to discuss books previously read by the students. This club is open to 5th-8th grade students. Our Parent Storyteller Program invites parents into the library to share stories which promote Christian values. Our Birthday Club invites students to donate books to the library in honor of their birthdays. Four times a year, a birthday club get-together is held in the library. Great hardback books are displayed for students and their parent to select from. A label with their name is placed in front of the book, their picture is taken with the book and treats are served.
Due to the increase in students, this year students in grades K,2,4, and 6 will be invited to share in the Birthday Club. The crowds were getting too large for the library to hold, and so students will now have the opportunity to attend every other year.
This year’s Birthday Clubs are:
Wed., September 27 - August, September and October birthdays
Wed., December 6 - November, December and January birthdays
Wed., February 7 - February, June and July birthdays
Wed., April 18 - March, April and May birthdays
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am looking forward to another year of reading adventures in the library!
Mrs. Kathy Brunot
What is the Library Birthday Club?
25 Books to Read Before Kindergarten
The Mitten by Jan Brett
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Mr. Gumpy's Outing by John Burningham
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
Llama Llama Red Pajamas by Anna Dewdney
Bark, George by Jules Feiffer
In the Tall, Tall Grass by Denise Fleming
Corduroy by Don Freeman
Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
Swimmy by Leo Lionni
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See! by Bill Martin
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathman
No, David! by David Shannon
Caps For Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
I Went Walking by Sue Williams
The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don Wood
The Napping House by Don and Audrey Wood
How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen
Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion