Marie Reed students visit our newly renovated and stocked library with their class once a week. Library lessons by grade include:
Early Childhood – Community building, reading texts related to Tools of the Mind Curriculum, practicing reading habits and skills with “reading buddies.” Structure is similar to public library story time.
K-2 – Read-a-louds related to the unit, learning how to navigate the library space, fostering a love of reading independently
3-5 – Lessons and discussions that promote information literacy and inquiry, learn responsible research skills in lessons tailored to units, and the promotion of seeking information on personal interests. Digital Citizenship curriculum is also taught using the Common Sense Media curriculum.
All classes follow the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Standards for the 21st Century Learner and ISTE Technology Standards.
In addition to weekly class visits, students have opportunities for library visits during recess as well. The library is open after-school on Tuesdays from 3:30 – 4:30 and from 4:30 – 5:30 on Wednesdays and Thursdays. There is also a yoga club for 3rd through 5th graders in the library on Wednesdays from 3:30 – 4:30, as part of our afterschool programming.
Our library has over 11,000 titles with an average publication age of 2010. We have a growing Spanish collection, graphic novels, and popular chapter book series. Each year, Ms. Anderson oversees the purchasing of new texts and resources for the collection. To leave a request for a resource, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ms. Anderson has been our library media specialist since 2016 and has worked with DCPS since 2014. She earned her Masters in Library and Information Science from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, during which she worked in elementary, middle and high schools in Brooklyn and Manhattan. She is a passionate advocate for information and media literacy, equity of access for all students, and curating a collection that reflects the culture and experiences of the Marie Reed Community. She has lived in DC primarily since 2008.
Check-Out: ECE students may check out books, if accompanied by a parent. Students in kindergarten check out books, but keep them in their classroom. Starting in first grade, students are welcome to take books home, with the quantity of books increasing in each grade. The expectation is that books be returned before another is checked out, but the Marie Reed Library will never charge a fine.