All about the Ainsworth Library
When is library?
Currently, all students have library every week. Stay tuned for any schedule changes.
Please consider volunteering during your student's classtime - or whenever you have the time. We need extra help on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays this year to shelf books so feel free to drop in! Volunteers shelve the books; sometimes check out books and do special projects.
What do we do in the library?
Library time serves two purposes:
1) to help develop a love of reading and
2) to help students become information experts
Students will learn about different parts of a book; genres; how to use reference materials; and how to find quality, reliable information on-line. Additionally, they will learn internet safety and various internet based learning opportunities such as using Google Classroom and different educational apps.
How many books can I check out?
Because we are a dual-language immersion school students are allowed to check out a larger number of books. The number of books allowed increases over time as students learn to be responsible library users. All Spanish classes will take out at least one book in Spanish. All 4th and 5th graders will take out at least one nonfiction book to help meet the Common Core Standard that requires that 50% of their reading is nonfiction. Book allowances will increase in over time. Here is how check out generally starts:
- K: 2 books
- Grade 1: 2 books
- Grade 2: 3 books
- Grade 3: 4 books (in addition to their Book Club books)
- Grade 4: 5 books (in addition to their Book Club books)
- Grade 5: 5 books (in addition to their Book Club books)
All books are checked out for two weeks and students are allowed to renew for another two weeks if desired. You will recieve an automated "overdue" email notice as a reminder to send books back to school. Fines are only charged if the book is lost or damaged beyond repair.
Our library has a large number of books however many are outdated and wonderful new books come out all time. Ainsworth students are voracious readers and love new books! Funding for books come from many different places:
- District funding
- Funds earned through the annual Scholastic Book Fair sponsored by the PTA
- Donations from Apoyemos
- Donations from you - either money or books
Consider bringing in books your reader is done with for the enjoyment of others.
Who is in the library?
Kerstin Cathcart, the librarian for the last three years relocated to Washington in December. We will be getting a new media specialist as soon as possible. Our library aide is Linda Candello. She spends every afternoon in the library. This is her second year here. We also have a FABULOUS group of volunteers who shelf books and do special projects.