Library Overview

Reading is absolutely central to school, and the Mabel Paine school library and media center serve as a support to each child’s literacy development. All students Kindergarten – 5th grade are scheduled to visit the library weekly. Students are encouraged to select books of personal interest in both the fiction and non-fiction genres. The school library also serves as a support to classroom areas of study and teachers often assign reading or research to further support those areas.

Students are responsible for books or periodicals they check out and are held financially liable for materials that are lost while checked out to them. The school would much rather have the books returned, however, than “fine” the student or family. We encourage students and their families to be careful of these resources and to look very diligently should they become lost. Financial support for school libraries has dwindled dramatically in the last few years and our library is always in need of new and updated books.

Our library is also in need of parent volunteers who can donate 30 minutes or more each week to facilitate a valuable library experience for all students. Our wonderful volunteers may help by reshelving books, assisting students to locate particular books, or teaching students to use the computer catalog system. If you can give at least 30 minutes per week, please contact the school librarian to volunteer.

Accelerated Reading Program

Mabel Paine students in grades 1st – 5th use the Accelerated Reader (AR) program. This is a vocabulary- and comprehension-based reading development program designed to help students choose books that meet their personal reading abilities. Students are given an online reading placement quiz that identifies their level of independent reading. The program identifies a range called the Zone of Proximal Development, or ZPD, that encourages each child to read in a range appropriate to their current ability while also encouraging them to read just above their level. The student takes a Reading Practice Quiz after reading their book that promotes reading for comprehension. This is a 5- or 10-question quiz that tests retention of the information presented in the story. We believe, and studies show, that this program is a valuable tool to build students’ reading confidence while reading selections tailored to their individual needs and interests. In addition, the Mabel Paine Library is very proud to reward students with a Pizza Hut coupon through a program called “Book It”. The program encourages students to continue to read AR book and test throughout the year.

Our library currently subscribes to the new online Accelerated Reader Enterprise program. This means that students can access the program from any computer on campus and have access to more than 110,000 Accelerated Reader quizzes! You may have many books already in your home library that will meet your child’s AR needs. You can check the Home Connect website to conduct book searches to determine the reading level of a book, how many points the book is worth, or to determine if there is a quiz available for a specific book. You can also search by AR level to find appropriate books at your child’s level.

Some teachers participate in Home Connect and will have given you a letter with the password information. If this information has not been provided by your child’s teacher you may still access the AR Book Find option by going online to AR BookFinder. This site will tell you if there is an AR quiz for a particular book. Or, you can also click on the advanced search and search for books by AR (ZPD) level. Please remember that just because a book is listed as having a quiz, it does not mean the book is available in the school library.

Birthday Book Club

Your birthday is a special one! In honor of your birthday, you may wish to participate in the Mabel Paine Library Book Club. This program involves donating a NEW book of your choice to the library at any time during the school year. A special bookplate will be placed inside the book with your name, your birthday, and the school year on it. The Mabel Paine Library has a special Birthday Banner where your name will be placed under your birthday month.

You may purchase the book at your favorite book store, but keep in mind that the Mabel Paine Book Fair will be open on Back-to-School Night. This is a great opportunity to donate a book to your library and support your Mustangs at the same time! The Mabel Paine Library will have a book donation box at the Book Fair with a wish list if you need some ideas.

If you should decide to participate in the Birthday Book Club, please fill out the form below and return it with your donated book to the library. Extra forms are always available in the library. Thank you for your participation and happy birthday!

Sincerely,

Luanne Sofka, Mabel Paine Librarian