The PGS library is open before school from 8:20- 8:30 am only for those students needing to return and borrow books or take AR tests. Otherwise they are expected to be on the playground until they can access their classroom.
The OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog) tab on the library's webpage enables you to see if we have a particular book by title, author, subject or keyword. You can also look for AR tests by title, author and reading level. Helpful links for homework and other curriculum resources are available 24/7! WorldBook online, Culturegrams and ProQuest are subscriptions which your entire family can access with a user name and password available from Mrs. Glass. These data bases include college- level materials and WorldBook had a Spanish version as well as a text-to-voice option.
Library books can be kept for up to 2 weeks. At that time students can renew the book if they would like to keep it, unless it is a very popular book with a waiting list.
We are fortunate that Tumwater Timberland Library is our neighbor! Library cards are free and Mrs. Glass has the application at school; you can also download it from the TRL website. With their library card number and PIN, students can place holds for books at TRL from the PGS library website link.
Lost or damaged books are difficult to replace with our very limited library budget of $3.00/student for the school year. Mrs. Glass will first try to work with your son or daughter to solve the problem. The next step is an overdue book notice sent home in the Thursday Communication Envelope, then a phone call or e-mail home, if necessary. Library materials are subject to the same policy as other Tumwater School District resources such as textbooks, and the replacement cost must be paid by the end of the school year or the office will hold the student's report card.
Information literacy is an important component of the library curriculum, for which we use the Super3/Big 6 research model. Instruction for responsible use of the Internet is included for all students in accordance with Tumwater School District Policy 4411(pg. 27). The K-12 librarians teach from our collaboratively developed Power Standards to support and enrich the classroom curriculum and we integrate our district's Technology Power Standards
Our PGS library books have been selected to encourage independent reading for pleasure and/or personal information needs. The PGS library collection has been very carefully organized to encourage fun and productive browsing for the wide range of interests and developmental needs of all students ages 5 through nearly 13- years-old. The "AR" level of a particular book is not a reflection of the subject matter or content. Some 5th and 6th graders might enjoy reading books from a category publishers label "YA" (Young Adult) and the library has a shelf of some YA books read by Mrs. Glass. If you prefer your son or daughter not to borrow books from the YA section, or you have any other areas of concern, please contact Mrs. Glass so she can note this with your student's checkout information. Library tours are always welcome! Please stop in anytime, or you can call or e-mail in advance.
Donations of gently outgrown books are always welcome!