Library information & Policy

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Welcome to the Greywolf Library!

The goal of the Library Information Technology Program is to help students and staff become effective users and producers of ideas and information.

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School Board Appreciation Week- The School Board donated a book to our library
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Reading is fun!

District-wide Reading Night at Sequim Middle School and Greywolf Library Activities.
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Library Visits

1st and 2nd graders visit the library three (for 1st) and two (for 2nd) times a week for extended literacy lessons, book checkout, and information literacy instruction. Each week, students are taught a lesson that helps them to become an effective user of information. Skills learned in the classroom are reinforced in the library. Students are given time to check out books that are considered "good-fit" and one of their choice, use the library catalog, take Accelerated Reader quizzes, and explore new authors, genres, and books. 

3rd, 4th, and 5th grade visit the library one time weekly with their teacher for book checkout. During this short 20 minute session, these students use the online library catalog to locate books, are given time to read silently and take Accelerated Reader quizzes. Some classes also particpate in literacy lessons throughout the year that correlate to state literacy standards.

Check Out 3 Sections of our Library: 
  • Everybody - picture books
  • Fiction - chapter books
  • Nonfiction- subject specific ("Real" books)

Kindergarten- 1 book checkout weekly.

First Grade- 1 book checkout every library visit = 3 books weekly. (If books are returned.)

Second Grade- 2 book checkout every library visit = 4 books weekly. One checkout book MUST be at student's independent reading level. The other checkout book can be a free choice book.

Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grades- 2 books every library visit = 2 books weekly. One checkout book MUST be at the student's independent reading level. The other checkout book can be a free choice from anywhere in the library but the student's reading level is taken into consideration when even checking out a "free choice" book. Teachers often send individual students outside of class checkout time if more frequent library visits are needed. (Especially for you avid readers!)

What does "reading level" mean and where does it come from?

How to choose a book in your reading level

A student's reading level is determined by the STAR reading assessment (not all teachers use STAR). The STAR reading assessment is a 25 question test taken on the computer at school only. Each "question"  has a sentence with a blank and the student has to choose (from four choices) the word that fits best in the sentence. The more students answer correct, the more challenging the questions become. After students complete the STAR reading assessment, they are given a reading level range. A reading level range might look something like this: 4.3-6.2 or 1.7-2.9. In order to improve his/her reading level, students are encouraged to read books in their range.

A student's reading level can also be determined by the Fountas and Pinnell  reading assessment given by teachers.

To assist students in choosing a book that is at their own level, almost all of the books in our library have a colored dot indicating the reading level of that particular book. For example, a 3.7 is the reading level of a "typical" 3rd grader in the 7th month of school. That book would have a blue sticker. A 1.2 is the reading level of a "typical" 1st grader in the 2nd month of school and that book would have a red sticker. Our library's color coded chart is listed below.

RED 0-2.4

YELLOW 2.5-3.4

BLUE 3.5-4.5

GREEN 4.6 and up

If no "dot" is present, then the book does not have a reading level assigned to it. This also indicates there is not an AR test on the book.

Free Choice Checkout

Often students are allowed a "free choice" checkout. However, if the library staff feels the student will not encounter success with the choice, then the student will be asked to make a different choice.

Due Dates and Overdue Books

Books are checked out for one week for kindergartners; two weeks for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. 1st and 2nd graders checkout more often. Students need to return a book to check out a new book. If books are not returned, students cannot check out until the books are returned. If only one book is returned, then only one book may be checked out. Overdue book notices are often given to students during library time along with mailings to parents.
 
Lost Books

A lost book can be paid for (in the exact amount please) with any of the library staff in order to continue weekly checkout. If a paid lost book is ever found, a refund check will be mailed to you. Students can resume checking out books once the fine is paid. We use those fines to replace the books.

Questions?

Please contact me, Dena Riccobene, through email anytime with any questions or concerns you may have. I will get back to you as soon as I can.

driccobene@sequim.k12.wa.us

You may call the library directly at 582-3314. Please leave a voicemail if I am unavailable and I will return your call as soon as I can.

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