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Students have shown great responsibility toward library resources by remembering to return books on time and taking good care of them at home. 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: Characters, Setting and Theme

Grade 1: Caldecott Medal books

Grade 2: Elements of Nonfiction and Caldecott Medal Books

Grades 3 & 4: Digital Citizenship

Grade 5: Research Skills

Self-Contained Classes: Caldecott Medal Books




Welcome to Mrs. Gabrielli who has joined Rhodes as the Monday librarian. Her creative energy is a great addition to the Rhodes staff.


The Scholastic Book Fair was a great success! Funds earned through the book fair are being used to purchase new book shelves for the continued upgrades to the library space.


A former Rhodes student is creating an ocean themed mural in the library as her senior project. Students love watching the progress on the mural each week - the horseshoe crab is almost finished! The new shelving will be installed under the mural.


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 resources 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 life-long 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 and seasonal holidays are displayed and available to students on book weeks.





Visit the 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.






Where students think, create, share & grow!


Our school library boasts many improvements this year:

Renovations continue to improve the look and feel of the library space!

50 minute library periods!

A new 30 laptop cart received as part of the ESSR III Federal Grant!

$6500 of new books from the Montiquilla Grant!

Fall Book Fair Scheduled (October 24 - 28)


Book Borrowing:

Students borrow library books every other week. A book week calendar is posted on the library website 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 they have returned the previous library book.


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