Welcome to the Library
About the Teacher
Degrees and Certifications:
I have been a school librarian and technology coordinator for 12 years. Prior to that I was a PE Teacher for 14 years. I have a Masters of Physical Education, Educational Media and Educational Administration. I have taught at Cary Woods, Ogletree, Richland and Pick.
About Our Library
Mission of the Pick Elementary Library
The library is central to the learning process and Pick Elementary provides students with the knowledge and grand ideas to promote the love of learning, reading and discovering. Our programs support the curriculum of the school by ensuring all students and staff are effective users of ideas and information.
This mission is accomplished by
- providing intellectual and physical access to materials in all formats
- providing instruction to stimulate interest in reading, viewing, and using information and ideas
- teaching information literacy skills necessary to access, use and evaluate information from a variety of sources
- working with other educators to design learning programs and projects that meet the needs of individual students
- providing opportunities for student creativity and growth through technology and makerspace projects
- developing 21st Century Learning Skills of collaboration, cooperation, digital citizenship and global learning
The library provides print, non-print, and electronic resources for students, faculty, and parents. Students utilize library resources to complete assignments, explore ideas, and to select from a wide variety of recreational reading on many topics. Pick students will become independent library users, informed users of information, and life-long learners.
The library operates on a flexible schedule. All classes utilize the library. Students may come at any time to check out a book, research information, read independently, and explore individual learning projects. Teachers work collaboratively with the librarian to schedule research projects and literature-appreciation lessons. Third through fifth grade have weekly scheduled visits.
All students have a library notebook and a library card. Our book check out period is one week. Third grade students may check out one book at a time and fourth and fifth grade students may check out two books at a time. This is to encourage responsibility! Students also have the opportunity to earn more check outs by earning rewards or completing reading challenges. Students may have their limit extended for a project or an assignment. Books may be renewed up to two additional times unless they are on hold for other students. The student must bring the book to the library in order to renew the book.
Damaged and Lost Book Policy
Accidents happen! If a book is accidentally damaged, the student should report the damage so that the library may, if possible, repair the book. If a book page accidentally rips, please do not attempt to repair the book at home. The library uses special book tapes and glue that resist heat and will not discolor. If a book is lost or damaged beyond use, the student will pay the cost of the book so that it may be replaced for the library. Students will receive overdue book notices when books need to be returned. If books are not returned, parents will be notified by letter and phone call. All lost / damaged book fines should be resolved prior to the end of the school year.
Library Links on Symbaloo
Research Websites and Help
The internet can be a super cool place for children to construct their own knowledge, explore their interests, and develop research skills they will use for lifetime but it can also be a scary place and hard to use! An innocent search can suddenly turn all sorts of bad with the click of a mouse. Using Google can lead to millions of websites on your topic. How do you know if it is accurate information, if it is on a reading level you can understand and if it is from a reliable source? There are more specific websites that give you information and we have awesome resources given to us by our state for free! I am talking about online encyclopedias and database subscriptions!
It can also be a super cool place for children to construct their own knowledge, explore their interests, and develop research skills they will use for life.
With that in mind, we have created a web resource for you to use when doing research. It has great websites to use including online encyclopedias and subscription databases as well as search resources that are student centered. This resource includes help in searching for copyright free images, citing sources and avoiding plagiarism. Use the Research Help Symbaloo in the green box when you are doing research and class projects at home and at school!