Riverside Elementary Library opened on Tuesday, Sept. 6th and the week was a very busy one. Kindergartners were introduced to our library and its staff and learned our five book care rules – 1) Have clean hands, 2) Turn your pages carefully, 3) Keep crayons, pens and markers away from books, 4) Keep books away from younger siblings and pets and 5) Keep your book safe in your backpack. We had sample books to show them what happens when those rules aren’t followed. We also practiced body basics and raising hands.
1st and 2nd graders reviewed book care and library expectations. We shared summer vacation stories and students were re-introduced to my own family, including our cats, Pete and Kiwi, through summer photos. It is fun to hear how students enjoyed their time off.
3rd, 4th and 5th graders reviewed library expectations, were introduced to our library blog and reviewed check out procedures and computer care. I was excited to have over 50 fifth graders sign up to help us with our Library Crew this year!
Our tables and carts were filled with new books to start our our school year. It was great to see all of the excited and eager readers we have at Riverside!
I also discussed with students how this year’s new scheduling system, called a flexible schedule, will allow me to work more closely with their classroom teachers, and, of course, with them – while still providing weekly check out times. Students were also reminded that the library is always open before school and during recesses.
We also have a new computer lab added to our library this past summer! So many positive changes – I look forward to a fantastic school year!