• Dear McDonald School Families,
    As the new teacher-librarian at McDonald, I am thrilled to help our McDonald students develop a love of reading in our beautiful library. We have many exciting activities planned for this year.  I look forward to working with all of our McDonald families.

    Students in grades K-5 visit our library formally, with their class, once a cycle for 45 minutes. Library classes follow a set curriculum and offer our students the opportunity to become "effective users of ideas and information”.  I work closely with teachers to integrate library skills and materials into the core curriculum. At all grade levels, the teachers and teacher-librarian work together to reinforce appropriate reading strategies and encourage self-selection of library materials.  The library is open to students continually throughout the morning and students are permitted to visit as needed.
    Students in grades K-2 typically participate in read-aloud story times that introduce them to fiction/nonfiction, literary genres, authors, foundations of research, parts of a book, and basic knowledge of library organization.
    Students in grades 3-5 receive instruction in introductory research and reference skills.  These sessions enable our students to grow and develop as independent and critical readers and users of library and information resources. 

    My goal is to provide a vital combination of resources, curriculum, activities, and professional expertise that help students acquire not just information, but the skills and judgment to make good use of that information. Most importantly, I strive to make learning and reading fun.

    I look forward to working with your children and you throughout the year,

    Pam McNulty                                 

    McDonald Elementary School