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Ms. Ulrich, Principal
58 Riverside Drive
Princeton, NJ 08540

Tel: 609.806.4260
Fax: 609.806.4261


INFORMATION FOR  PARENTS

Every student has library class once a week. After instruction, students choose books. Books circulate for one week, but can be renewed a number of times. You can help your child become a responsible library user by helping them to remember to bring books in weekly to be renewed or returned.

If you and your child forget to return books on library day, please send them in as soon as possible so that other students can enjoy them.  If you receive an overdue notice and have questions or think there may be a mistake, please contact me! We circulate thousands of books and I am always happy to doublecheck on an overdue notice.

If you have concerns about your child’s reading, let me know about your concerns. I will try my best to suggest new or different materials  and encourage your child to continue to grow as a reader. I try to persuade, cajole, and enlist other students in recommending books they have enjoyed. I have even been known to beg a little, but “forcing” a student to take a book is counterproductive.

You can contact me in a number of ways:
        My email is nina_lowe@monet.prs.k12.nj.us
        Write a note and send it to me via your child’s classroom teacher.
        You can try to catch me in the library before school starts or after school, or contact me and we can arrange a time to meet in advance.
        Reaching me by phone can be difficult as I get many calls from publishers and other library related companies.

WHAT A SCHOOL LIBRARIAN DOES:

Supports student learning:
Encourages a love of reading and learning. Literature is shared, book talks done, and individual reading guidance given. Children are helped to find library materials that they will enjoy and strongly encouraged to check out library books.
Teaches students to select, use and evaluate library resources during weekly library classes. This includes learning how to efficiently find information, critically evaluate information, and then synthesize and use information in an ethical manner.
Helps students to find materials for pleasure reading, classroom or personal research. Individuals and classes are helped in locating and using research materials effectively.  
Supports classroom instruction:
Selects materials to support the curriculum in all subject areas.
Asks teachers for suggestions – subjects they need more information on and/or taking requests for specific titles to purchase.
Gathers library materials for teachers to support curriculum units. This can include non-fiction, fiction, poetry, myths, legends, and audiovisual materials. Materials are delivered to classrooms.
Develops the library collection:
Developing the library collection requires continually evaluating the collection. This includes both selecting new materials and "weeding" titles.
Selecting print titles, audio-visual materials, magazine subscriptions, and online information sources is done using established review journals and reference sources.
The library also needs constant “weeding.”  Materials are "weeded" (discarded ) based on currency, content and condition. Established review journals and reference sources are used as necessary.
A major goal is to maintain a multicultural collection that reflects our diverse society.
Manages daily library operations:
Checks in and out the thousands of items that we circulate each year.
Sends out overdue notices and/or contacts parents directly concerning books that have not been returned to the library.
Re-shelving, covering or re-covering books, and mending damaged books is often done by the librarian as the work load can exceed the number of volunteers.


OVERVIEW OF THE INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM BY GRADE:
My first goal is to encourage literacy by striving to make coming to the library and using our collection enjoyable. Over time we explore, compare, and evaluate literature and information sources. Concepts are introduced, and specific instruction provided. Skills are reviewed and practiced; mastery is developed over time. Media Literacy is also an important component of the library curriculum.

 Kindergarten: Explore and enjoy a wide variety of literature. Participate in discussion of literature read aloud, and extension activities such as songs and creative drama. Puppets and props are used. Proper care of print materials and terms such as author, illustrator title, fiction and nonfiction are introduced. Select books to check out. Throughout the grades individual reading guidance is provided.

First grade: Continue to enjoy and explore a wide variety of literature. Literature is studied and promoted through reading aloud, storytelling, book talks, and individual reading guidance. Proper care and use of materials is reinforced. Reinforce concepts such as fiction, nonfiction, author, illustrator, and publisher. Begin to explore broad concepts of library organization.

Second grade: Continue to explore and enjoy a variety of literature. Introduce parts of a book – title page, table of contents, and index. Continue to introduce organization of materials, including Dewey Decimal System. Begin to develop research skills and use of appropriate materials in conjunction with classroom projects. Use of online catalog, and evaluation and comparison of materials is modeled.

Third grade: Continue to explore a wide variety of literature. Improve ability to locate and use materials. Continue to explore and expand knowledge of library organization, including the DeweyDecimal system. Apply alphabetizing skills to locate materials. Begin formal instruction in use of online catalog, and other online and print reference sources. Continue to develop the ability to use nonfiction and reference materials such as dictionaries and almanacs. Encourage evaluation and comparison of materials.

Fourth grade: Review, reinforce, and further develop skills previously taught. Instruct students in various search techniques using the online catalog and online reference sources. Introduce the concept of our online catalog as an example of a  database, emphasizing that the search techniques taught are applicable to other databases. Introduce Boolean searching. Introduce a wider variety of online and print reference materials. Encourage critical evaluation and comparison of both print and online materials. Book talks and reading guidance provided.

 Fifth grade: Review, reinforce and instruct in further depth skills taught in prior years. Instruct in more complex online searching techniques using online catalog and other online materials. Reinforce concept of the online catalog as a database and search techniques, including Boolean searching. Continue to develop ability to evaluate various sources, considering accuracy, currency, organization, and other features. Focus more intensively on Media Literacy topics introduced in prior grades.