Why Do We Need Libraries When We Have the Internet? by Doug JohnsonLibrary Curriculum
- McDonald Elementary Library houses a collection of approximately 12,000 titles, with a total of about 20,000 copies. This includes fiction, non-fiction, ebooks, magazines, videos, digital and multimedia resources. With the help of our trained volunteers, we are able to serve a population of about 900 students and 70 staff and faculty members.
- Our library has more than 25 computers with searching capabilities for our Destiny library catalog, CSD electronic databases and resources. Access PA POWER Library, and the world wide web. Families can access many of these resources at home, through their student's Classlink account.
- Additionally, you can visit our library at home by going to the CSD Home Page, then select the tab for Parents and Students, then select "Library Resources".
- All students in grades K-5 visit the library formally, with their class, once during a cycle. Our library is open to students continually during the day and students are permitted to visit as needed.
- Library classes follow a set curriculum and offer our students the opportunity to become "effective users of ideas and information" (Information Power: Building Partnerships for Learning, 1998).
- Students in grades K-2 typically participate in read-aloud storytimes that introduce them to fiction/nonfiction, literary genres, authors, foundations of research, parts of a book, and basic knowledge of library organization. During book selection time, students are guided in their choice of appropriate books depending on their interests and reading levels.
- Students in grades 3 - 5 receive instruction in introductory research and reference skills, literary genres, authors, story elements and library organization. These sessions enable our students to grow and develop as independent and critical readers and users of library and information resources.
Beginning in second grade, students are instructed in the use of our online library catalog, "Destiny Discover" to search for books.
- At all grade levels, classroom teachers and the teacher-librarian work collaboratively to plan cross-curricular activites, reinforce appropriate reading strategies and encourage self-selection of library materials.