News from the Stacks

Progress in the Stacks
September is almost at a close, and school classes are in full swing. The St. Monica school library is slowly coming back together after the summer’s successful remodeling of the downstairs wing. While the library space diminished to add three new classrooms and the Atrium, the books have not.

I have been working every free period to organize the books. I am confident that middle school fiction and elementary fiction are fairly well organized, so I have allowed children to check out books from these two areas. The non-fiction section is slowly coming together, and I have put a lot of effort into picture books to organize by season and authors’ last names. I predict the library will be fully functional by the end of October.

Ms. Wilkinson’s Reading Corner
One of Ms. Wilkinson’s most favorite things to do is to read out loud. I loved being read to as a child, and I loved reading to my sons when they were little. I believe it is something you can never out-grow. So, every library period, I begin by reading to my students. I try to keep the material age-appropriate and something the students would enjoy.

  • First Grade: The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter
  • Second Grade: Winnie-the-Pooh
  • Third Grade: King Arthur and his Knights
  • Fourth Grade: Little House in the Big Woods
  • Fifth Grade: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
  • Sixth Grade: The Hobbit
  • Seventh Grade: selected short stories and poems from Edgar Allen Poe

Some of these books should take us at least halfway through the school year to complete. We will start the next in the series or find another fun classical literature book to begin.

Check out, please!
Students are allowed to check out two books at a time for two weeks. Books may be renewed after the initial two-week period. While we do not charge for late books, the library will charge for lost books, so please take care of all your library checkouts!

Accelerated Reader
Accelerated Reader (AR) is a program used at St. Monica to chart students’ independent reading throughout the school year. Books are assigned a points value. When students complete a book, they take a short online quiz on the book. This quiz gives the students points and accuracy percentages that teachers can use for independent reading scores.

In first through third grades, the homeroom teacher keeps track of the students’ AR goals. The librarian facilitates students’ testing and progress in fourth and fifth grades and reports back to the homeroom teacher. Homeroom teachers may use these scores in their reading/literature grades. In sixth and seventh grades, the librarian uses the AR scores for their middle school library grades.

Trimester 1 goal for fourth through seventh-grade students is 20 AR points. Trimesters 2 and 3 goals will be 25 points. Trimester 1 is lower because of the slow opening for checking out books from the move.