As ever, my name is Esmé Raji Codell (also known as Ms. Esmé), and I am your lucky school librarian, looking forward to another splendid year in the school library! I am lucky because I get to see all of the children in the school on a regular basis. The library is more than a place for checking out books. Primary level children hone in on listening skills and library protocols while enjoying literature-based crafts and wonderful picture books, both fiction and non-fiction. Students start formal book check-out in the second grade, where they also learn book care and enjoy their first author study. As the years progress, we discover great literature across the genres: classics, fairy tales, fantasy, poetry, award-winners, realistic fiction, historical fiction, nonfiction and humorous stories no childhood should be without, building reading confidence every step of the way. We learn how information is organized and accessed. In the upper grades, we synthesize our storytelling skills and research in real-world contexts. We look into the lives of the people behind the books we love, and learn to use other people’s creative spirits to inspire our own. We prepare for high school and beyond with media literacy skills and high-level reading and discussion experiences. We create citations, develop cyber citizenship, analyze credibility and build skills that defeat plagiarism.
Overall, the library experience helps to prepare your child to be a lifelong reader and a thoughtful, capable and responsible citizen of our country in this technological age. Hope you will access:
- important information, including grade scales, protocols and objectives by clicking here;
- valuable databases that make homework a breeze by clicking here;
- our library "wish list" here;
- and, most importantly, great ways to create a home/school/library connection here!
Please continue to visit this home page for news and updates, and of course, please feel free to be in contact with me as we work together to be supporting characters in your child's reading life story. Away we go! 2013, chapter one...