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posted Aug 23, 2011, 5:45 AM by Rebecca Baker   [ updated Jun 16, 2012, 12:11 PM ]

CHE Library - 2011-2012 Student and Family Information

Library Hours:
M, T, W, F 8:00a.m. to 2:30p.m.
Th 8:00a.m. to 4:30p.m.
Phone numbers:
School : 407-1800
Library : 407-1804 / 407-1826

How We Can Help

The library has a host of things available to help you find just the right material for your  specific needs.  Here is just a sampling of some of the many ways we are working to meet student needs:

Students learn most when we work

together. ….

COLLABORATION !

Computers:

We have 7 computers available to students wanting to use the library catalog to find a book, do online research, or work on any word processing or PowerPoint project.

iBistro:
The library has an online public access catalog that you can use to find just the right book for you. This catalog can also be searched from the classrooms, computer labs, or any other computer, including your home PC, that has internet access.

Teacher Initiated Research:
Teacher initiated research is strongly encouraged. In a whole class situation, a team teaching approach will be used. 
 
Magazines:
The library subscribes to many magazines for students to read for leisure and/or information. Students who forget to bring back books are always encouraged to read a magazine if their class comes to the library that day . 
 
Displays:
We really appreciate the opportunity to display student work. Classes are invited to share their learning with the whole school. Items will be displayed for two weeks.

Teacher Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
In need of certain literature that is not carried by Castle Hills, teachers can request items housed throughout the district. This opens up our collection to thousands of books not able to be shelved here on campus.

Inviting Atmosphere

Our mission is to provide a warm, welcoming environment where students are empowered to become life-long learners and effective users of ideas, information and technology. We strive to provide integrated learning experiences that support, complement and extend classroom instruction. We promote life-long reading and learning for pleasure and for information. Our students visit our library weekly for stories, lessons and to check out books.


Open Philosophy

Our library strives to ensure that all students and staff become effective users of information, resources and ideas enabling them to become lifelong learners. No one is excluded because the library has something for every learner.
 

Flexible Schedule:
Our school operates a flexible schedule, which means that students are free to come to the library as needed. This allows the librarian to work with teachers to support the curricular objectives of each grade level instead of working in isolation. This also allows students to check out materials when they need them. Many classes have a weekly-scheduled check-out time, but students are free to return books and get new ones at anytime. They do not have to wait for their whole class to come.

Online Databases

The library offers online access to several informational databases to assist patrons working on research-oriented tasks. These databases are full of valid, carefully selected information which makes them easier for young researchers to trust the quality of the information they are accessing.
 
School Access — Use Library Resources icon on your desktop.

Home AccessLink

Britannica (expires 11-30-11):
Username: ***
Password: ***

World Book:
Username: ***
Password: ***

Tumblebooks Library:
Username and password: ***
Soundzabound:
Username: ***
Password: ***

Kids Infobits, Power Search:
Username and password:
***
 
*** The usernames and passwords are available on the parent portal and in the handout sent home with each child.  If you need another copy, please contact Ms. Domangue.


Integrated Lessons:
The Librarian will work with classes at all grade levels to help students become effective users of the library and it’s many resources. Teacher/Librarian collaborations will be based on the instructional TEKS taught in each grade level. These units will be taught integrating library skills with classroom content. These lessons will arranged by each grade level Teacher and Librarian. The length of each session will depend on the content.
 
Other:
  • Library lessons
  • Research lessons and units
  • Book Fair
  • Author visits
  • Reading incentive programs
  • Bluebonnet Books (3rd-5th)
  • Battle of the Books (4th grade)