We're excited to have author Ryan Higgins visit on October 27, 2016. Order forms can be found by clicking here. Many thanks to Blue Willow Bookshop for your partnership in our author visits!
Make and Share Fair
Our first Make and Share Fair was held on Friday, September 16. This event was an incredible display of student creativity, inventiveness, and a true celebration of the "do-it-yourself" mindset! We are so proud of the work of our students. Photos from this special day can be found on our school's Shutterfly page.
To see age appropriate reading lists from HAISLN (Houston Area Independent School Library Network), click here.
The 2X2 Reading List consists of picture book titles chosen by the Texas Library Association and recommended for children, age two to grade two.
In addition, students entering the 3rd through 6th grade should check out Texas Bluebonnet Award Nominees. 3rd Grade students should read or listen to 8 or more of the 20, and 4th – 6th graders should read or listen to 10 or more in order to qualify for the Bluebonnet Breakfast in early March.
6th – 8th graders may participate in the Texas Lone Star Award program. Any 6th – 8th grader who reads 6 or more of the Lone Star titles will be invited to the first annual Lone Star Sundae Bar in the spring semester.
Early childhood students visit the library for regular story times once every six days, which include stories, songs, flannel board stories, and puppetry. The librarian collaborates with teachers to support and enrich the curriculum. The main goal is to promote a love of reading and build students’ enthusiasm to learn to read and answer questions. Students begin checking out books to the classroom in Pre-K, and in Kindergarten students are allowed to check books out to take home.
St. Mark’s Elementary students visit the library once every 6 days. Elementary students are encouraged to come check out books any time during the week, not just during library class. Library catalog and database searching is introduced in 1st grade. Students spend more time learning how to locate resources in 1st and 2nd grade, although they still participate in story times. Differences in fiction, nonfiction, biographies, and other genres are explored.
In the spring semester, 2nd graders graduate from the primary library, and begin visiting the upper school library. Students gain a love of literature as they read and listen to stories and poetry. They learn how to use the online catalog and online databases to find materials needed for assignments or books to read. They explore fiction genres, use a variety of reference sources, and learn about authors. By the end of the year, students are independent, confident library users as they delve deeper into becoming skilled searchers. Many students come to the library on their own several times each week to replenish their reading supply.
Middle school students at St. Mark’s visit the library throughout the year in several classes to complete online and print research. Developing strong research skills is important before high school.