K-2

All students are encouraged to read and enjoy reading in the St. Pius X library.  To encourage reading and responsibility, students receive their own library card and are rewarded with a sticker for each time they come prepared.  Library class time can consist of listening to story, learning and respecting organization of library materials through using shelf markers and a visit with “Dr. Foley, Book Doctor.”  Students read independently during self-selected reading time after checkout.   In first grade, beginning research strategies are practiced through nonfiction and biographies, emphasizing saying “thank you” to the author to lay the foundation of ethical borrowing of information.  Reading Counts is supported and encouraged during library time in grades 1 and 2, with time devoted to taking RC quizzes.  In addition to reading, this also exposes the student to technology skills.  Students in K-2 participate in the North Carolina Children’s Book Award program, whereby they listen and vote on their favorite book.   In 2nd grade literary genres are discussed.  All students are able to check out every week provided they have come prepared with their library book returned or brought for renewal.   Classroom projects topics are extended into library for a cross-curricular approach to learning.   Additionally, lessons are created to support visiting authors.

3-5

As student matriculate into 3-5 grades at St. Pius X, library class students continue to be encouraged to read and enjoy reading in the St. Pius X library.  To encourage reading and responsibility, students receive their own library card and are rewarded with a sticker for each time they come prepared.  More emphasis in 3-5th grade is placed on composing book reviews to post onto Destiny Quest, the library catalog.  This fosters student voice, positively impacting and influencing student selection of books in the St. Pius X Library by using Destiny Quest.  3th – 5th grade participate in research projects, some as a cross-curricular approach to classroom-originated topics.  Ethical research strategies are practiced and required, citing author information when borrowing information, both in print and online.   Research skills are practiced using traditional and online resources.  Reading Counts is supported and encouraged during library time in grades 1 and 2.  Students routinely practice self-selected reading time during library class.   Students in 3-5th grade also study effective online search strategies identifying keywords.  All students can checkout 2 books each week provided they come prepared.    In the case of school author visits, projects and research assignments are created to support this event. 

6-8

Middle school library is a part of Language Arts class, which visits the library once a week. Collaborative planning between the librarian and language arts teacher is in place throughout the year to provide research strategies and projects to support novels read in Language Arts class.  The Library offers a large collection of books in the middle school reading range students may checkout, including books from current and past Battle of the Books lists.  Middle school students are encouraged to read and express their opinions through book reviews posted on Destiny Quest, the library catalog.   Components of a book review are reviewed.    Author research papers, analyzing primary and secondary sources, MLA citation, and a review of traditional sources including dictionaries, maps, and thesaurus are taught in library class.  The majority of these research projects fall in conjunction with novels discussed in Language Arts class.  Some research skill lessons are independent, others occur in groups.   RC quizzes are available for students to take.   Middle School students can have two library books out, and students are offered self-selected reading time.  Additionally, in the case of school author visits, projects and research assignments are created to support this event.