- Librarian, ES
Welcome to the Centre Ridge ES Library! There are over 19,000 books and magazines just waiting to be discovered, covering a wide variety of popular fiction and nonfiction materials for all age ranges. The library is open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. for readers to check out and return books, as well as to work on class projects. We offer all kinds of learning opportunities through our eMakerspace where students construct their learning through digital products. We have iPads, a green screen, apps for eBook creation, as well as coding and computer science fundamentals. We hope to ignite curiosity!
Visit the Library Website that will feature student work in the library, homework help and book recommendations. Check back weekly to see all of the cool things going on in the library.
Library Classes and Weekly Library Checkouts
Our kindergarteners, 1st graders, and multi-age classes come to the library weekly to enjoy literature, learn technology skills on iPads, and check out books. Students begin the year with one book per week, learning how to return library books in a timely manner. Once we master this skill we move to two books. Kindergarteners will work up to three books over the school year, while 1st graders work up to “unlimited” check out.
Students in grades 2 - 6 come as a class every week to check out books of their choosing. We encourage students to explore the collection, and to try new genres and nonfiction topics while enjoying their tried-and-true favorites. Students build on their natural curiosity in the world around them, and learn about who they are in their community through the books they read.
Number of Books Students Can Check Out
Kindergarten and first grade students begin the school year with one book. Once the procedure of returning library books becomes a regular routine, they move to two books. Kindergarteners will work up to at least 3 books. Our 1st graders work up to “unlimited” check out so that they are ready for 2nd grade.
Our 2nd – 6th graders have “unlimited” checkout. What is unlimited checkout? Think of a buffet with lots of yummy food. We want to eat it all, but know we can’t. We fill our plates with what we can eat (sometimes we get more, yum!). Just like that buffet, unlimited check out is designed to help students understand their reading appetites. How many books can You read in one week? Not your friend, but You? Some weeks we can read more than other weeks. Or maybe we want to read a really hard book and spend time with it. Learning about our reading habits makes for happy, lifelong readers!
Too Many Books
As part of our goal to help students learn who they are as readers, we must also teach responsibility for books. If a student has 5 or more overdue books, she or he will not be able to check out more books until the overdue books are returned. Having 5 or more overdue books is a signal that the student has more books than he or she can handle. It is time to adjust what is possible to read in a week. Once the overdue books are returned, the student may check out again.
Not only do we encourage students to learn more about themselves as readers, exploring new fiction and nonfiction books, and figuring out how many books can be read in a week; but we also teach Public Library skills. If a student needs more time with a book, that student may bring the book into the library to renew it. We need to see the physical item to renew it. If there is a hold on the book, the student is allowed one renewal and encouraged to focus on that title so that others may enjoy the book, too.
Just like the Public Library, students may place a hold on a book. What’s a hold? It is a digital list of people interested in reading the book, a kind of waiting list. When the student’s name makes it to the top of the list, the book is checked out and delivered to the student, either through the teacher’s mail box or the next time we see the student.
Responsibility and Respect
Students are responsible for handling their library books. If a book is lost or becomes damaged while checked out to the student, she or he is responsible for replacing the item. It is important to learn to treat library books responsibly and respectfully. They are shared with the entire school community. To help teach responsibility, and to prepare them for use of our Public Libraries, students are responsible for paying for damaged and/or lost books.
Ms. Hott and I love books and love reading. We are always reading something new and exciting, and love sharing what we’ve read with students. We hope that students will share with us what they have enjoyed – or what they have set aside – so that we may continue our discussions on literature and fantastic nonfiction books! The more we read, the more we learn. The more we learn, the more we grow. Happy Reading, Everyone!
Centre Ridge Library Catalog
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FCPS Online Databases and E-books
Learn to write a computer program that tells a computer what to do.
TumbleBooks has over 1,000 titles including story books, read alongs, videos, nonfiction, math stories, puzzle games and more. Username: fairfax. Password: fairfax.
This online reading program is accessible to students in school or from home.
Log on with FCPS username and password.
PebbleGo is a pre-K to grade 3 database for reading and research. PebbleGo offers four separate databases: PebbleGo Animals and PebbleGo Science, PebbleGo Biographies and PebbleGo Social Studies.
Log on with FCPS username and password.