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    Welcome to McGilvra Elementary Library

    A Place to Wonder, Seek, Explore, Think, Share, and Dream

    The McGilvra Elementary Library is a place where both teaching and learning occur. The emphasis of the curriculum is to help students develop the skills needed to become lifetime library users, readers and information finders. The library provides opportunities for students to seek knowledge, acquire information, and experience the pleasures of the mind. It is a forum where students are encouraged to ask questions and express themselves.

    Library Goals and Procedures

    Each classroom comes to the library twice a week. Library classes are structured around a theme, a genre or a skill. At the beginning of each year, we spend time discussing the responsibilities and privileges associated with the lending library: how borrowers choose from a large collection and how materials are treated with respect and returned promptly for the next borrower. Library lessons often reinforce or expand upon projects undertaken in the classroom. An effort is made to make connections between classroom and library learning.

    Students may visit and use the library before school and during morning recess.

    Library Resources

    • Over 10,000 fiction, nonfiction and reference books chosen to match the interests and reading levels of the students. New books are added to the library each year based on student, parent, teacher and librarian input
    • Electronic card catalog and automated circulation system
    • Computer network that provides research and problem solving tools

    Circulation Policies

    Students are encouraged to return books as soon as they finish reading them, however, the computer is set to allow 14 school days before an overdue is posted. A replacement cost is charged for any damaged or lost material. Students may borrow or return books on any day of the week. Parents are also welcome to check out books from the library to share as a family.

    McGilvra Summer Reading Challenge 2017

    Reading Challenge - Levels F-M

    Reading Challenge - Levels L-R

    Reading Challenge - Levels S-Z

    Reading Survey for 4th and 5th Grades

    Click here for the survey

    Poetry and Art Challenge 2015

    For the 6th Annual Poetry and Art Challenge, students memorized the poem "The Dragons are Singing Tonight" by Jack Prelutsky.  Students also wrote letters to Mr. Prelutsky and drew him a picture of a dragon inspired by his poem.  Over fifty students completed the challenge and were invited to a special celebration in the library.

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    Librarian Danae Powers
    Phone: 206-252-3912


    Library Catalog
    Online Student Resources