About the Library
The Kendall Elementary Library Media Center is to be a library and learning commons that supports the campus in the development of future-ready citizens by encouraging innovation, collaboration, curiosity, critical inquiring, and transliteracy. Students have access to a variety of materials including books, e-books, and digital resources. The library is also a great place to curl up and read a book! The library serves all students, Pre-K through fifth grade.
The library is open from 7:10 am - 3:00 pm Monday-Thursday, and 7:30-3:00 pm on Friday. Students in PreK-2nd grade will visit the library each week with their classes and 3rd-5th grade will visit as scheduled by their teachers. All students may come to the library between class visits to work independently or exchange their book(s). Students are welcome to visit the library on Fridays during their Wonder Hour time to get help from the library or access the library resources.
Students come to the library for a lesson and to check out books accompanied by their classroom teacher.
Students in Kindergarten and 1st grade may check out one book at a time. Students in 2nd through 5th grade may check out two books at a time. Although students visit the library each week, students may keep their books for up to two weeks. After two weeks, students must either return their book(s) or renew them for an additional two weeks. We do not charge overdue fines, however, we do charge for lost and damaged books. Lost or damaged book fees equal the cost of replacement for the book.
As we are working to renew our collection, we need your help to ensure that our books remain in excellent condition.
Please encourage your child take care of their library materials by reading them with clean hands, keeping them away from food and drinks, keeping them away from pets and very small children, and by using a bookmark to mark their place. Water bottles often leak and should not be placed inside of the backpack next to a library book. Younger students may benefit from using a large ziploc to help protect the book from spills in the backpack.
The library loves having volunteers to make it a successful learning environment for all students. The library would love assistance with book circulation, book shelving, crafting/making, or book fair. If you are interested, please do not hesitate to contact the librarian.
Library Mission Statement
The Kendall Elementary Library Media Center will partner with teachers by providing space and resources to develop enthusiastic readers, competent researchers, innovative thinkers, and collaborative learners who engage with their school and community as future-ready citizens.
In order to accomplish our mission, the Kendall Elementary Library will:
foster a learning environment that encourages investigation, allows for independent thinking, and develops effective study habits for all ages and abilities.
provide materials that support the curriculum, student interests, and staff including our dual language population.
promote the students’ enjoyment of and commitment to reading.
expose students to materials which reflect the rich diversity of our world.
promote awareness and use of resources available in the library, both print and electronic.
The Kendall Elementary Library Media Center believes:
- all students deserve a safe and cooperative learning environment.
- all students are able to show growth and learn.
- all students should be encouraged to reach their full potential.
Currently, students come to the library with their class once a week for a scheduled session. Students in grades 3-5 are able to utilize "open library" before school.
Students should not visit the library during the day without expressed permission from the librarian, Mrs. Griffin, on Mondays-Thursdays. The library is conducting classes throughout the day on Mondays-Thursdays. The library is open to assist students and teachers in their Wonder Hour goals on Friday. Teachers may schedule additional class time, or may choose to send students individually.
"Open library" is time before school for 3rd-5th grades students to use the library independently. Students are able to use the workspaces for classroom or homework assignments, they are able to find a quiet/comfortable reading area, or they may renew or checkout library books.
"Open library" is a priviledge for our older students. The library opens when the building opens Monday-Thursday. The library will be closed before school on Fridays. Students are expected to come to the library for a constructive purpose and must check in with their morning waiting area before coming to the library.
There may be days when the library is closed for meetings or events - a sign will be posted at the door to let students know.
We are excited about this opportunity and look forward to serving students in this capacity.
Other ways to support the library and its goals are to donate items from the library wish lists listed below. You can also encourage and support your young readers and creators at home!
SUGERENCIAS DE BIBLIOTECA
Library Wish Lists!
Libraries are ever transforming learning centers. We would like the Kendall Elementary Library continue to transform with our students' learning needs. The lists below are wishlists of materials that will help us further our students' success and promote student investigation and creation within a safe and comfortable atmosphere.
Library Wellness Zone Wish List
The Library "Wellness Zone" would provide students with an opportunity to release pent up energy or be active while reading. Part of the BISD library district initiatives is to create a "Wellness Zone" within our libraries to better serve students.
- SPRI Balance Pods Hedgehog Stability Balance Trainer Dots
- Drive Medical Deluxe Folding Exercise Peddler
- Fidget Bands for Classroom Chairs School Desks, Flexible Seating Bouncy Chair Bands for Kids with Fidgety Feet and Students with ADHD, ADD, Autism Sensory Needs
- Gaiam Kids Stay-N-Play Children's Balance Ball
Library Breakerspace Wish List
The idea of a "Breakerspace" is to allow students to discover how things are made by pulling them apart!
- Old electronics
- Old electronics
Library Makerspace Wish List