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SGS Library Programs


LIBRARY MISSION, PROGRAM GOALS, & VISION


MISSION

The mission of the Sterling Grade School Library Media Program is to ensure that all students and staff have the information, tools, skills and opportunities they need to solve problems, achieve and grow.

PROGRAM GOALS

Sterling Grade School Library will:

  • Provide books, media, technology and other tools to support academic and recreational learning.
  • Provide instruction and experience in effectively locating, evaluating and using information (Information Literacy Skills) and navigating the online world safely, effectively and ethically (Digital Citizenship Skills).
  • Provide enrichment activities and programs to encourage lifelong learning habits, collaboration, and problem solving.

VISION STATEMENT

To provide resources and instruction that will empower users to read for pleasure, explore ideas and solve problems, engage ethically in the global community, and share understandings in new ways.

Read, Learn, Create, Share

LIBRARY PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The library is a user-centered hub of learning in our school. Our library program goals are to provide books, technology, and other tools to support academic and recreational learning, to teach information literacy and digital citizenship skills, and to provide enrichment activities and programs to encourage lifelong learning, collaboration, and problem solving. Annual circulation tops 24,000 checkouts, and our collection features high-quality, engaging books that are aligned to the curriculum. Each month grades K-5 students have two library skills lessons and two storytime sessions, and students have daily access to check out books. The library curriculum includes topics such as: library use, digital citizenship, research skills, ebook and audiobook access, and technology. An up-to-date website of online resources is available all year long, even when school is not in session, and is promoted to students and parents. Special programs include student voting in our state reader's choice award, Battle of the Books competition, Read Across America activities, author visits, and book fairs. Our library has started a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) makerspace program featuring hands-on materials purchased through grant funding. The library regularly collaborates with community groups such as the Sterling College Education Department and the public library.


LIBRARY CURRICULUM

Library skills classes for grades K-5 are taught by Amy Brownlee, K-12 Library Media Specialist. Lessons focus on three goal areas: library use; digital citizenship and information literacy; and learning enrichment / reading enjoyment. Library skills lessons are aligned with the following state standards:

Below is a curriculum outline for library skills.

Grade Level Library Use Digital Citizenship & Information Literacy Learning Enrichment
& Reading Enjoyment
K
  • Locating the library media center. 
  • How to check out and return books.
  • Taking care of the library and its shared resources.
  • Book care.
  • Parts of a book (author, illustrator, title, cover, spine).
  • Fiction and nonfiction.
  • Letters of the alphabet.
  • Read-alouds, songs, and student participation activities.
  • Puppets.
  • Literature based arts & crafts activities.
  • Author studies.
  • Scholastic book fair
  • S.T.E.M. activities
1st
  • How to check out and return books.
  • Taking care of the library and its shared resources.
  • Location of different sections of the library.
  • Book care.
  • Parts of a book (author, illustrator, title, title page, publisher, copyright, cover, spine, call number).
  • Fiction and nonfiction.
  • Alphabetical order.
  • Internet safety & privacy.
  • Limiting screen time.
  • Read-alouds and student participation activities.
  • Puppets.
  • Award winning books (Caldecott Medal, Geisel Award).
  • Literature based arts & crafts activities.
  • Scholastic book fair
  • S.T.E.M. activities
2nd
  • Taking care of the library and its shared resources.
  • Location of different sections of the library.
  • Book care.
  • Call numbers on library books.
  • Nonfiction call numbers / Dewey decimal system.
  • Introduction to the online library catalog.
  • Fiction, nonfiction & biography.
  • Internet safety & privacy; balancing screen time with other activities. 
  • Accessing and using ebooks.
  • Read-alouds and student participation activities.
  • Award winning books (Caldecott Medal).
  • Literature based arts & crafts activities.
  • Creative writing activities.
  • Scholastic book fair
  • S.T.E.M. activities
3rd
  • Taking care of the library and its shared resources.
  • Using the online library catalog for title, author and subject searches.
  • Finding sections of the library based on call number and locating books by call number.
  • Note taking skills.
  • Research skills – using information to answer questions or solve problems.
  • Introduction to Internet search engines and online encyclopedias.
  • Introduction to creating a simple bibliography.
  • Internet safety & privacy. 
  • Accessing and using ebooks.
  • Read-alouds and student participation activities.
  • William Allen White Children's Book Award program (reading books and voting).
  • Genre study.
  • Reader's Theatre.
  • Creative writing & descriptive drawing activities. 
  • Scholastic book fair
  • S.T.E.M. activities
4th
  • Using the online library catalog for title, author, subject and series searches. Accessing AR and location information.
  • Independently locating books in the library based on call number.
  • Studying the hundreds groups in the Dewey Decimal System.
  • Note taking skills.
  • Research skills:  producing an information product.
  • Use of Internet search engines and online encyclopedias. 
  • Creating a simple bibliography.
  • Internet safety & privacy. 
  • Accessing and using ebooks.
  • Read-alouds and student participation activities.
  • William Allen White Children's Book Award program (reading books and voting).
  • Creative writing activities. 
  • Genre study.
  • Reader's Theatre.
  • Scholastic book fair
  • S.T.E.M. activities
5th
  • Using the online library catalog for title, author, subject, series and AR searches.
  • Independently locating books in the library based on call number.
  • Research skills: independently locating sources, note taking, etc. (integrated with social studies class) to create an information product
  • Creating a bibliography using an online citation maker. (integrated with social studies class)
  • Evaluating validity/accuracy of web resources. 
  • Advanced use of Internet search engines, online encyclopedias .
  • Be Internet Awesome digital citizenship program.
  • Cyberbullying.
  • Accessing and using ebooks.
  • Read-alouds,
  • Genre study and activities.
  • William Allen White Children's Book Award program (reading books and voting).
  • Creative writing activities.
  • Reader's Theatre.
  • Genre study.
  • Poetry scavenger hunt and oral reading.
  • Scholastic book fair
  • Battle of the Books (optional activity)
  • S.T.E.M. activities
6th
  • Independent library checkout and online library catalog use.
  • Selected students trained as library aides.
  • Access and use of online encyclopedias and databases, including Boolean search strategies (integrated with science class).
  • Creating a bibliography using an online citation maker (integrated with science class).
  • William Allen White Children's Book Award program (reading books and voting).
  • Scholastic book fair
  • Battle of the Books (optional activity)

STORYTIME

Storytime in the library is provided approximately 2 times per month for students in grades K-5 and weekly for preschool beginning in October. Storytellers include Sterling Grade School staff members, parents of SGS students, jr. high and high school students, college students, and community members. Storytime participants listen to and discuss stories, engage in activities, and learn about trips taken and other experiences of the storytellers. This literature enrichment activity builds a love of reading, books and learning in young audiences. 

ACCELERATED READER PROGRAM

Accelerated Reader (AR) is a computerized reading incentive program. Students take a STAR test to determine their reading range. This helps them select books that are "just right," not too easy or too hard. Books in the library that are part of the AR program are marked on the spine with a colored dot that shows the book's reading level and with a label inside the cover listing the book's reading level and point value. Students read the book, then take a comprehension test on the computer. Readers receive instant feedback, so they know right away how well they understood the book. Students earn points through the AR program and can earn prizes and privileges through reading AR books. Monthly drawings are held for each classroom, and winning students can earn a pizza lunch downtown with Mr. Riffel. Classroom teachers set AR point goals for their students, and quarterly parties are held for students meeting their AR goals. Past parties have included roller skating, bowling, swimming, and movie parties. Linda Calderwood is the district-wide AR Program Administrator.

arbookfind.com

Wondering if a specific book has an AR test? Search the book on AR Bookfinder.

More AR information

WILLIAM ALLEN WHITE PROGRAM

The  William Allen White Children's Book Award program (WAW) is a state-wide reader's choice award. Any Kansas student in grades 3-8 who reads at least two books from the list of nominated titles is eligible to vote for their favorite book in April. Votes are tallied from across the state, and the winning author is invited to Kansas to receive the award.

Each year we kick off the WAW program in Sept. with all students being introduced to the current year's books in their library skills classes. Students receive bookmarks listing the current WAW titles, and the list is also available online. The list is divided into two age categories: grades 3-5, and grades 6-8. In general, the books on each list are intended for a target audience of children in the specified grade level. However, students are welcome to read books off of both lists, and there are many titles that would be appropriate for both age ranges.

As a special reward for students with outstanding participation in the WAW program, students who meet the reading requirements will be invited to an ice cream sundae party in the spring to celebrate their reading success. A WAW chart is located in each teacher's classroom, and students are invited to mark the chart when they read a WAW book and pass the AR test. Because of the high quality of the literature, teachers are allowing students to AR test on any WAW book, regardless of its reading level. We have set reading goals for each grade level and ask that students pass AR tests at 70% or higher (60% acceptable for difficult nonfiction) or have a teacher's or parent's verification that the book has been read. These books can be read to, read with, or read independently.

3rd Grade = 5 books

4th Grade = 6 books

5th Grade = 7 books

6th Grade = 8 books

Voting is in early April, and eligibility for the ice cream sundae party will be decided at voting time. Thank you for your support of the WAW reading incentive program!

BATTLE OF THE BOOKS

SGS students in 5 th and 6th grades have the option to participate in a competition called “Battle of the Books” (BOB) sponsored by the Sterling Grade School Library. This program encourages students to read books on a specific list, and the “battle” is a quiz bowl-style competition where students answer questions about the books. The goal of the program is to get kids reading and discussing good books.

The selected books have been nominated for this year’s William Allen White (WAW) Children’s Book Award. This is the statewide reader’s choice award for Kansas students in grades 3-8. Each year new books are nominated, and students are encouraged to read the books and vote for their favorites. The authors of the winning books come to Kansas to receive their awards and to meet and speak to students. You can learn more about the program on their website: wawchildrensbookaward.com.

For the Battle of the Books competition, students work together in teams of 4-6 people to read all the books on both the 3rd-5th and 6th-8th grade William Allen White lists. This is about 5-6 books per student, and they must be read by the second week of May. During the competition, students are asked questions about the books and receive points for answering the correct title and author’s last name. They may confer with their team before answering, so it is important someone on the team has read the book.

Students who wish to participate must agree to read the books assigned by the middle of May. Once students have turned in their parent permission form, Mrs. Brownlee forms teams. Students may make a written request for specific teammates. An attempt to meet student requests will be made, but not guaranteed. Teams then meet in the library during lunch and students will decide what books each person is responsible for. Books are available to check out through our library (we have multiple copies), the public library, or you may purchase them on your own (if you wish). The librarian meets with the teams periodically to check their progress and be sure everyone understands the rules and procedures of the competition, but reading the books and preparing for the competition is the students’ responsibility. The competition occurs in May and parents, family members, and students in grades 3-6 are invited to attend.