The Conant School Library
 

The Conant School Library is located off the lobby.  It is a center of inquiry, learning, and activity!

The mission of the library is twofold:  
  • to help students develop a love of reading and knowledge of literature
  • to support the teaching and learning of the school curriculum, the state frameworks, the MCAS preparation  

The library is involved in many special programs to promote literacy.  Among them:

  • Author/Illustrator Visits
  • MA Children’s Book Award Contest (Grades 5-6)
  • ABCBA Contest (Acton-Boxborough Children's Book Award Contest Grades 3-4)
  • Read Across America Day Celebration
  • Summer Reading Program 

The library is open every school day for the entire day (8:45 -12:45pm on Thursdays and 8:45am - 2:45pm on the other four days).  The Conant School librarian is Siobhan Smith and the library assistant is Sue Hart.

LIBRARY ROUTINE

The library is a place that promotes reading and active learning and contributes to student success!  

Every class is scheduled for a 45 minute block of time to visit the library each week.  After the group time, students have the opportunity to check out books.  There are no fines charged.  We ask only that children return books in a timely manner so that others may borrow them too!  Sometimes classes spend longer in the library than their scheduled 45 minutes.  Sometimes individual students or small groups of students come to the library at additional times to complete research for class projects.

The library collection of books and other materials supports a wide range of interests and developmental levels and supports and enriches the classroom curriculum.  Check-out limits:  

  • Kindergarten – 1 book at a time
  • Grade 1 – 1 book at a time, moving to 2 books later in the year (when teachers feel their class is ready)
  • Grade 2 – 2 books at a time
  • Grades 3-6 – 3 books at a time

There are times when classes of students exceed checkout limits to accommodate class activities. 


LIBRARY CURRICULUM

In the library, as in the rest of the school, every child is valued, respected, and encouraged!            

The librarians help students develop a love of reading and knowledge of literature. We help them learn to find and use books and information efficiently. We also work with the classroom teachers to support their teaching of the classroom curriculum, state frameworks, and MCAS preparation.  Among the many areas touched on at the various grade levels are:

  • Knowledge of various authors and their works
  • Knowledge of traditional literature including nursery rhymes, fairy tales, tall tales, trickster tales, pourquoi tales and others
  • The difference between fiction and nonfiction
  • Award winning literature, including the Caldecott and Newbery Awards
  • Knowledge of various illustrators and their works
  • Understanding of various genres
  • Using the parts of a book (title page, table of contents, index, glossary)
  • MA Children’s Book Award
  • Knowledge of classic literature
  • Locating books in the library
  • The Dewey Decimal System
  • Using the computerized library catalog
  • Using reference sources including print encyclopedias
  • Using online databases
  • Using the Minuteman Library Network and the Metrowest Massachusetts Regional Library System
  • Locating the essential information when researching
  • Analyzing and synthesizing information from multiple sources

PARENT INVOLVEMENT

                                     How can parents help?           

  • Volunteer on a regular basis (every week or every other week for 1-2 hours)
  • Volunteer for special projects – end of year inventory, library art, gift books
  • Donate a book to the school library.  These should be ordered through the library.  Complete the form found on the "Donating Books" tab above, or call or stop by the library (978 266-2550).
  • Encourage your child to participate in the summer reading program
  • Support the PTO fund raising efforts. The PTO provides funding for library staffing, books, author/illustrator visits and more
  • Encourage reading at home
  • Let your child see you enjoying reading.  Modeling enjoyment of reading is very important in encouraging your child to read for pleasure.  It is your excuse to put your feet up and enjoy a good book!
 Please turn in summer reading forms to classroom teachers!
 Library Day is . . .
Kindergarten- Wednesday (Crumlish, Ganss)                                                Thursday (Brazinski)
Grade 1 -       Monday (Hodsdon)                        Tuesday (Vitale)
Grade 2 -       Thursday
Grade 3 -       Monday
Grade 4 -       Monday (Auger)
                     Tuesday (Mosher)
                    Wednesday (Bellomy)
                     Friday (Zamary)
Grade 5 -       Friday
              
Grade 6 -       Tuesday (Harding)
                     Wednesday (Wilcox)
                     Friday (Macey)                                                   
Sixty-five of our Conant fifth and sixth grade students read the five or more books required to vote for the Massachusetts Children's Book Award last year!  See the tab above for information about the program.