Library and Librarian

Here are a few ways our students benefit from this program:

  • All students are allowed to explore and check-out books during their class’ weekly library visit. Also, 2nd through 6th grades can check-out books during their first recess, twice a week.
  • The library houses the school’s computer lab where students are provided guidance on research strategies for class papers and projects.
  • Primary grade children enjoy a weekly story-time which exposes them to books aligned with the Open Court reading program, award-winning authors, and stories that will encourage a love of reading.
  • All grades participate in the California Young Reader Medal Program. The purpose of this program is to: 1) promote recreational reading and; 2) honor favorite books, authors and illustrators. Books are nominated by students at participating, California schools. Crocker/Riverside students are exposed to the nominees’ literature and then students in turn vote for their favorite books.


Library Update – May 25, 2016

Putting Up Big Numbers

As of May 5 (the last day to check out books), Crocker/Riverside students checked out 12,035 books! That is an average of nearly 18 books per student. Well done, Cubs!

Late Books

In the fall, we updated to Destiny cataloging software, and it has helped students and teachers alike in searching for (and tracking down) books. One notable change in the library due to Destiny is that now missing/unpaid-for books will follow students to their next school. With the old system, accounts were cleared at the start of each school year, but now books lost in elementary school will stay on students’ records as long as they are in Sac City Unified schools. Please have your students return their books!

Summer Reading Program

Click here for more information.  Most importantly, please have your student read AT LEAST 5 chapter books this summer (or 20 story books for younger readers) to avoid the summer slide.

To submit summer reading lists, do one of the following:

  • Write books (and child’s name) on any piece of paper and give it to the child’s fall teacher by September 9.
  • Respond to the email hidden; JavaScript is required email about the summer reading program.
  • Click here to submit the summer reading form before September 1.

Book Fair Contributions

Thanks to Kim Wells, the second-grade read-around at Cal Middle School was a great success! Second-graders from Crocker/Riverside and Leataata Floyd Elementary schools walked to Cal, read stories with middle schoolers, and received a free book, courtesy of the Crocker/Riverside book fair.

Thank you to Kim Wells for making activities such as these possible!

Accelerated Reader/STAR Reading

As of May 19, every class from grades 1-6 ended up scoring at or above grade level. Great job, readers!

Reading Rebounders

Reading Rebounders held its annual celebration on April 21, and every reader who participated improved his/her reading skills. Thank you to the wonderful sixth-graders who tutored the second- and third-graders! Thank you, too, to Colleen Johl, Maggi Slayton, and Karen Churchill for serving as adult mentors in this program for the past four years.

If you are interested in helping with RR, we would love an extra set of eyes and ears on Mondays through Thursdays at lunch time in the fall. With the new, smaller library, keeping the kids on task will be a greater challenge, and we could use your help! Please email directly if you’d like to help:

Common Core

Over the last three weeks, students have been using the e-cards from the Sacramento Public Library more than ever. These cards allow students all the privileges of a library card except for check-outs. Students use the library databases for school projects and just for fun (researching aliens has been a hot topic for first- and second-graders lately). For instruction on how to use the e-cards, please email me (email hidden; JavaScript is required).

Additionally, the American Library Association has put together a website that directs students to many different websites that are excellent for research. The address is:  Happy searching!

Special Thanks           

Thank you to the PTA for so generously funding the library; our computers are all working well (and fast), and we have one of the largest elementary school collections in the city. Without support from the PTA, none of this would be possible.

Also, thanks to Maggi Slayon, “Miss Maggi” to the kids, who helps hours each week and thus supports A.R., RR, Summer Reading, and every other aspect of library operation. She is worth her weight in gold!

Mrs. Long


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