by Barbara O'Connor
Each week your child is welcome and encouraged to check out books during their weekly checkout time or during open book checkout times each day with teacher permission.
A student is responsible for the care and return of all books checked out under his/her account.
Students may keep their books for two weeks. If they would like to keep it longer books may be renewed.
These are some of the things we discuss in class about proper care of library books:
- Books should not be written in or colored on. Keep books away from younger children who could make marks in books.
- Always use a book mark. Do not turn down the corner of the page or use a paperclip, pencil, etc. to mark your place.
- Protect your book from moisture, food, pets and dirt. Be careful of water bottles, juice boxes, and markers in your backpack.
Some things for families to think about:
- To avoid drink or food damage, please consider having your child put library book(s) in a gallon size Ziploc bag in the backpack.
- Please report damage to the media center staff.
- If your book becomes four weeks overdue, it is considered lost and must be paid for at that time. If you find your book later we will happily refund your money.
- If a book is lost or damaged you will be asked to pay for it. If a lost or damaged book needs to be replaced, please do not purchase one from a store. There are more expenses included in the cost of replacing a book than just the cost of the book, and many of the books need to be "library bound."
Thank you for your help in making our library collection last for many years to come!
Hennepin County Libraries' Kid Links
Includes an option to search for books by grade level
A Book and A Hug
This site recommends great books for boys and girls of all ages.
Diverse Summer Reading List K-8 titles from Lee & Low, publisher of diverse resources "about everyone and for everyone."
Recommendations by children's book author Jon Scieszka
My Weird School
A fun series for kids by Dan Gutman
A great list of books for all readers
Newbery Medal Winners & Honor Books
"The Newbery Medal was named for 18th century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children." (description from the ALA Newbery Medal webpage)
Caldecott Medal Winners & Honor Books
"The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of 19th century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.” (description from the ALA Caldecott Medal webpage
Recommendations by age
Common Sense Media
Recommendations by topic and age
Kid-friendly almanac by Fact Monster
Ask for Kids Search common topics. Allows searches in question format.
BrainPop Username and password required
Britannica World Atlas
Atlas without distractions
Cultural Resources for Countries and States
Username and password required
CIA World Factbook
Provides information on history, people, government, economy and more for over 250 countries.
EasyBibTool for citing your sources.
A bibliography tells where you got your information when researching.
FactCite - Biographies
Username and password required
Find facts about thousands of topics.
Hennepin County Libraries Grades K-5
Information on people, places, literature, arts and sports
The Minnesota Historical Society's online state encyclopedia. Research Minnesota's history.
Online poetry site for kids
Animals of the rainforest facts
Books and More
True or false? Answers questions about books.
Fiction or Nonfiction?
Learn and practice the difference between fiction and nonfiction books.
Reference Choice - 1
Choose the correct reference books to find information.
Reference Choice - 2
Identify the correct reference book to use.
Parts of a Book - 1
Four games to learn the parts of a book: flashcards, matching, concentration, and word search
Parts of a Book - 2
Play hangman to learn and practice the parts of a book.
Parts of a Book - 3
Even more hangman to learn (more difficult) parts of a book.
Library Word Scramble
Practice your knowledge of library terms and unscramble words.
How well do you know your library? Test your skills!
Genres of Literature
Identify the correct genres (type) of literature.
Dewey Number Order
Put the Dewey numbers in order. If you are correct, a hidden picture will appear!
Dewey Decimal Practice
3 games for practicing the Dewey Decimal System : flashcards, matching and concentration.
Basic Dewey Decimal
Match the correct Dewey Decimal Number with the right subject.
Call Numbers and Sections of the Library
Match a book's "call number" (or address) with the "section" in the library where it belongs.
Call Number Order
Put the call numbers in the correct order. If you are correct, a hidden picture will appear!
Alphabet Book Game
(K-1st grade) Practice ABC Order
Practice alphabetizing playing Wack-a-Mole
The winner of last year's Maud Hart Lovelace Award was The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John. Vote for this year's winning book:
- from March through the first week in April.
- in the Media Center.
- if you have read at least three of the nominated titles.
by Jewell Parker Rhodes
by Brian Farrey
by Varian Johnson
by Andrew Clements
by Nicole Helget
by Gita Varadarajan and Sarah Weeks
by Melissa Savage
by James Ponti
by Hena Khan
The winner of last year's Star of the North Award was The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors by Drew Daywalt and Adam Rex. Vote for this year's winning book:
- vote the last two weeks in March
- in the Media Center
- if you are in grades K-2 and have read at least 8 of the nominated titles
by Ryan T. Higgins
by Kirsten Hall, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault
by Charise Mericle Harper
by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Rafael Lopez
by Tracy Nelson Maurer, illustrated by Tim Zeltner
by Minh Le, illustrated by Dan Santat
by Bob Shea
by Troy Cummings
by Brenda J. Child, illustrated by Jonathan Thunder
by Juana Martinez-Neal