Welcome to MES Library!
I would like to personally welcome all MES students, parents, faculty and staff to our library. Our library is a very busy place. Students are checking out books, checking them in, taking AR quizzes, and attending library class once a week. The library is a valuable resource for our school. Mrs. Melissa Pitt, the library para professional, assists the students, creates beautiful bulletin boards, and is always making the library special with her unique decorations. Mrs. Pitt and I are here to help everyone learn all they can about the library.
Our library provides additional resources for students, faculty and staff. Our goal is to ensure that each student learns the necessary skills to be able to use the library on an individual basis. Learning to use technology is another skill taught to all students. We use the InfoCentre automation system for checking out materials. It is our wish their library time be an educational experience that will enhance their reading skills and promote reading growth through the use of library resources.
HAPPY READING TO ALL!
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Our school uses Renaissance Place, the web-based program for Accelerated Reader and STAR. Accelerated Reader is a computerized reading program for students to increase their reading comprehension skills. Students take a STAR reading test to determine their reading levels. Once the student knows his/her level, they check out books that are identified by multi-colored labels with the reading levels marked on them. The student reads the book, takes a quiz on the computer, then receives a print-out of their score. Parents can access the AR program from home to see your child's progress. If you would like more information about the AR program, please see your child's teacher or librarian. Here is a parent resource for additional reading about Accelerated Reader
Each year the students participate in centers using different themes. Students are divided into groups so they can visit each center. Please visit our Photo Album to learn more about how we do centers in the library.
Each year we try to study a different children's author in the library. We read many titles written by this author for several weeks. We then write to the author and send pictures of the student's favorite stories they have heard. For the school year 2012-2013, we chose Kevin Henkes to study! I am proud to say, he wrote us back!
Since MES began using the 7 Habits, kindergarten library classes will study Sean Covey and his book, "7 Habits of Happy Kids". Kindergarten listens to different stories as resources for the 7 Habits. Lessons and activities are geared toward how we can use the 7 Habits in the library.
For the school year 2011-2012, for first through fourth grades, we chose Mr. Mike Thaler, author of the famous "Black Lagoon" series. When we chose him to study, we had no idea he would be visiting our state in April of that year! A few of us from our school attended a workshop to hear Mr. Thaler!!! How exciting to actually meet him in person. Please see our photo album of our workshop where we heard Mr. Thaler. The Photo Album page shows some author studies we have done.
Our library sponsors book fairs during the school year to provide our students, parents, faculty and staff with the latest reading resources. Information concerning the book fair is sent home by the students.Proceeds from the fairs provide funding for the library to purchase additional resources for students, faculty and staff. Please visit our Photo Album page for pictures of our fairs.
Library schedule for your child's class can be found on the Files link of the library's main page.