• When are library books due?

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    All books are due back the following week on your child’s library day.  For example, if your child has library on Day 5, the library book s/he takes out on that day are due back on the next Day 5. Keep “library day” easy for everyone! Take a few minutes to set up a routine with your child to ensure that library books are returned on time, allowing for the selection of a new book each week.  

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  • How will I know if my child did not return a book? (Or if it didn’t get back to the library!)

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    Students who did not return library books will receive a spoken reminder. They may return the book the next day and get a new one. If books are late for more than two weeks, I will send home a reminder slip with the book’s title, author and original checkout date so that you may look for the book at home.

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  • Do you charge fines?

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    No, the school library does not charge fines for overdue books, but damaged or lost books will need to be paid for or replaced at the end of the school year.

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  • How can I help my child care for their books?

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    We ask children to put books in their backpacks when they are not reading them. Please also help children remember to keep books away from pets, younger siblings, drinks/snacks and the weather and to turn the pages carefully. Please remind your child to tell me about any damaged books so I may try to fix them.

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  • Besides checking out books, what are students doing during library time?

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    Throughout the year, classes will be introduced to the various sections of the library.  Students are taught how to identify a book by the spine label and find the evidence inside and outside the book that supports their answer. 

    Various other skills will be addressed such as:
    ·       identifying the sections of the library (non-fiction, poetry, picture books, fairytales)
    ·       learning to share facts and information
    ·       creating an independent learner and reader who actively pursues information relating to personal interests

    Students also participate in Creation Stations! These collaborative maker-activities support learning standards, help to assist students to broaden perspectives and work toward common goals.  Some favorite creation stations from last year include:

     

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  • I think the library book my child brought home is too hard for them, help!

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    I will work to guide the students toward age and reading level-appropriate books but this may not always be possible. Learning to select a book is something each child needs to discover and this discovery may include books that are too easy, too hard or too boring (for their tastes). Students may choose a book because of its color, size, or topic.  Many students like to check out non-fiction books about animals, weather, sports, space, etc.

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  • How can I access the VDV Library Catalog?

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    Click this link and choose your child’s school for access to our library database: https://somervilleschools.follettdestiny.com/

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  • Does the library accept donations?

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    Yes! We are always accepting donations for gently used (preferably hard cover) books. Books that are not made part of the library collection will be shared with teachers for classrooms and/or the Book Nook.

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  • How can I encourage reading at home?

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    • Read with your child before bed every night, or choose a time for your family to read books out loud together!
    • Let your child see you reading!
    • Children need to hear stories read to them to build their vocabulary. Sometimes children choose library books about things they are interested in, but the books are hard for them to read. These are great for reading out loud to them. Enjoy reading time with your child.
    • Discuss the story while you read, or after, by asking questions like these: “What part of the story do you like best?” “Who was your favorite character?” Did you like the way the story ended?” “Can you think of another way the story could have ended?” “What was your favorite picture?”
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