The Mackay School Library enables students to be critical thinkers and effective users and producers of information through rigorous and relevant learning experiences that develop a lifelong love of reading and learning. We hope that this site will provide access to quality information resources to support learning for the entire school community 24/7.
Kindergarten children visit the library once a week for forty-five minutes. The main emphasis during this session is on literature appreciation. Stories are presented in a variety of formats through a variety of media. Children develop the ability to attend and respond to the selected material. They learn to interpret both what they have seen and what they have heard, and gain practice in articulating those interpretations.
Skills instruction at this age level is confined to an introduction to basic library terminology, the proper care and handling of books, and appropriate library behavior (consistent with classroom expectations). A portion of time is set aside for book selection. Children are directed to the "easy" or picture book section of our library, where they may select one book which they may keep for one week.
While guidance is provided for specific requests and the librarian is always available to provide suggestions, an important part of the learning process is for the child to develop the confidence to explore the shelves and make their own decision. Please take the time to share this book with your child. A good children's book can be enjoyable for an adult as well, and reading the book with your child will let him/her know that this is an activity you value.
Children in first grade visit the library once a week for a forty-five minute session. Thirty minutes of that time is devoted to a combination of literature appreciation and fifteen minutes is devoted to book selection. Stories selected for presentation are longer and more complex, consistent with a child's growing abilities to attend and respond to more difficult material. Skills instruction at this age level includes an introduction to basic library arrangement, as well as review of basic library terminology and proper care and handling of materials.
Children are permitted to select one to two books which they may keep for one week. As children's reading skills develop, it is expected that this choice will be a book they can read independently. However, book selection is by free choice. Children may be attracted to either subject matter or picture content and no similar material on their reading level exists. Please continue to read to your child. Their efforts to learn to read will be spurred on by the knowledge that there is so much out there worth reading.
Children in second grade visit the library once per week for forty-five minutes. As in first grade, the time is usually divided into thirty minutes for literature appreciation and library skills and fifteen minutes for book selection. At this age, children begin to distinguish between fiction and non-fiction, and are able to locate favorite subjects within the non-fiction section. Some basic introduction to simple reference sources, i.e. electronic encyclopedias, is provided. Library vocabulary expands, and the principles of arrangement and proper care of materials are again reviewed. Children have their first experience with the electronic card catalogue.
Many times parents are anxious for children to "graduate" to chapter books at this age. Please remember that our picture books cover a broad spectrum of themes and concepts, and are often more ambitious undertakings than some of the early chapter books available.
Children in third grade visit the library once a week for forty-five minutes. While literature appreciation is still a primary focus, there is substantial expansion in the library skills which are taught at this level. The difference between fiction and non-fiction is reviewed and reinforced. Fiction arrangement is reviewed, and the Dewey Decimal system is introduced. Children are expected to locate materials independently if provided with appropriate call letters/numbers. Biography is defined, and its unique system of arrangement explained. Children delve further into the reference section of the library, and electronic reference sources are introduced.
Often is it is the parent who takes responsibility for book returns in the lower grades. The focus for this responsibility begins to shift at this age, and children take greater accountability for their borrowing privileges.
Children in fourth grade visit the library once each week for forty-five minutes. Literature appreciation in the form of story presentations or book talks is always a feature of a class period and various literary forms are presented and discussed. Skills taught include but are not limited to:(1) expanded familiarity with the electronic card catalogue,(2) greater usage of both internet and electronic reference tools as sources of information, (3) increased understanding of definitions and criteria for non-fiction, fiction and biography, (4) Emphasis placed on appropriateness of source selection.
Children in fifth grade visit the library once each week for forty-five minutes. Greater emphasis is placed on becoming a good digital citizen and we have a devoted set of interactive eBooks that introduce and reinforce what it means to practice good digital citizenship. Skills taught include using non-fiction books and materials for research and the importance of recognizing and crediting sources of information. Many library classes will be conducted in tandem with classroom units of instruction to give students real-world opportunities to apply their research skills.
Assessments are made by using a Library Media Center report card rubric and teacher observation. The report card standards include:
- Demonstrating understanding of concepts and skills
- Using library resources independently
- Listening to directions and following rules
- Caring for and returning materials on time