Library » Library


MAY/JUNE 2022:



Our new vision for the library space is beginning to take shape! The space has been opened up with the removal of the center bookshelf. Our picture books have been moved to book browsers which allow young students to see the covers of books for more independent book selection. This is an exciting beginning to creating a 21st century learning space for our students.


As the end of the year approaches, our library lessons focus on Library Standard IV which encourages students to become independent learners, thinkers and readers. Lessons will focus on activities that encourage students' curiosity with fun ways to think about learning and reading. In collaboration with the public library, we will introduce summer reading ideas, motivations and activities for reading and learning at the public library over the summer.


All Library Books are due by the end of May. Library books are school property so notices requesting replacement fees for lost or damaged library books will be distributed at that time.



APRIL 2022:



The Book Fair was an exciting opportunity for all students to browse and/or shop for new books. Scholastic provided a great selection for our students and staff. Thank you to all who volunteered to help with student shopping and to all who donated to the classroom wish lists.


April is Poetry Month! Our school has a great selection of poetry for the students to choose on book week. Most grades’ lessons will focus on poetry for the month of April. Grade 3 will also continue with Online Reference Sources and Grade 4 will enjoy a field trip to the William Hall Public Library.



MARCH 2022:



The Book Fair is coming - March 28-March 31 in-person during library class! Look for information about volunteering, teacher wish lists and featured books in your child's backpack mid March.


Library lessons will be focused on these topics over the coming weeks:

Grade K: Elements of a Story: Characters, Setting, Theme

Grade 1: Beginning Research: Asking Questions, Finding Answers

Grade 2: Elements of Nonfiction: Table of Contents & Index

Grade 3: Online Reference Sources: Dictionary and Encyclopedia

Grade 4: Using the Library Catalog: Search & Locate Genres of Literature

Grade 5: Research Skills: Finding & Using Information

Self Contained Grades K&1: Concept Storybooks: Colors, Letters, Numbers

Self Contained Grades 2&3: Beginning Research: Asking Questions, Finding Answers


Self Contained Grades 4&5: Digital Citizenship





Upper grade students have shown great responsibility toward library resources by remembering to return books on time and taking good care of them at home. Younger grade students who haven’t already done so will begin taking books home rather than keeping them in their desk at school. Please remember that books are borrowed for two weeks and must be returned to check out another book. Students were reminded to keep their library book in a safe place and put it in their backpack when they are finished reading it so they are sure to have the book ready to return on the next book week.


Library lessons will be focused on these topics over the coming weeks:

Grade K: Fiction vs Nonfiction

Grade 1: Caldecott Medal books

Grade 2: Elements of Nonfiction

Grades 3 & 4: Digital Citizenship

Grade 5: Research Skills

Self Contained Grades K&1: Winter Stories

Self Contained Grades 2&3: Fiction vs Nonfiction

Self Contained Grades 4&5: Digital Citizenship






Students will be learning about Computer Science during Computer Science Week and throughout the month of December at the library. Using the curriculum, students will use plugged (online) tools and unplugged (offline) activities to learn the vocabulary and concepts of computer programming from an actual Computer Scientist - their school librarian! Ask your children to show you what they've learned and encourage them to continue learning to code at home through code.orgresources on our school library website and at


In January, students will be exposed to a variety of children’s literature and online reference resources as they continue to explore the library as a place for lifelong learning. A variety of literature will be shared with lower grade students to encourage a love of reading as they hone their personal reading skills. Upper grade students will be introduced to age appropriate online reference sources in support of classroom research projects.


Books featuring the monthly themes are displayed and available to students on book weeks.





Visit the newly renovated Rhodes LibGuide, our online library.


This website gives students access to many online resources.

Click the BOOKS tab to access our catalog and ebook sites. Destiny Discover, Tumblebooks, and SORA Tumblebooks has many read-along ebooks for younger students and online chapter books for independent readers. SORA is a new ebook application that students can log into from CLEVER.


Click the REFERENCE tab to access our research databases: World Book Encyclopedia Online, CultureGrams, and more. These resources are great for finding quick information about any topic of interest. Use it for more than assigned projects...Look up facts about the country your family is from, an insect you spotted while out for a walk, or to answer a question that your child asked and you just don’t know the answer to yourself.


The LibGuide is updated regularly with new resources and for class projects. The resources are shown and taught to students throughout the school year.




OCTOBER 2021: 


Hurray! Students are coming to the library this year!


I am excited to be the new librarian at Rhodes and look forward to making the school library an integral part of our school.


Students borrow library books every other week. A book week calendar is posted in the Library Google Classroom for your reference. Students must return their library book to borrow another. If a student forgets their library book on a book week, they are allowed to look at books during library class, they just can’t take one home until the next book week.


Please remember to:

Keep books in a safe place.

Keep books away from food and drinks.

Keep books away from crayons, pens and pencils.

Use a bookmark, not a folded corner, to mark your page.

Enjoy reading your library book!

Bring the book back on book week.


Happy Reading!


~ Mrs. Basso