Library

We love our library!

A study by the Colorado State Library Research Service found that students in schools with well-staffed library media programs average reading scores of five to ten points higher than those without such staffing. The study found that students are likely to earn higher reading scores if:

  • Their schools have state-endorsed library media specialists
  • Their school library media specialists are supported by volunteers
  • Their library media specialists play a vital instructional role, complementing the work of classroom teachers
  • Their school library media programs incorporate the latest information technology.

 


21st Century Learner

Click here to view The American Association of School Librarians' Standards for the 21st Century Learner.

Excerpts from the text of Standards for the 21st Century Learner:

Common Beliefs

  • Reading is a Window to the World: "Reading is the foundational skill for learning, personal growth, and enjoyment."
  • Inquiry provides a framework for learning
  • Ethical behavior in the use of information  must be taught.
  • Technology skills are crucial for future employment needs
  • Equitable access is a key component for education.

Learners Use Skills, Resources, and Tools to:

  • Inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge
  • Draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge
  • Share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic socieity.
  • Pursue personal aesthetic growth

Our Library Media Curriculum

The Library Media curriculum includes the following components:      

 * Literature - The Library Media curriculum broadens students' opportunities to acquire an appreciation of a variety of literature and to develop their abilities in reading, responding to, interpreting, and evaluating literature.

* Information - Literacy students learn to research by using the information literacy process: seeking, acquiring, evaluating, and constructing meaning from information.

* Knowledge - Students gain knowledge of how to use libraries as a valuable resource and learn skills in accessing information from various print formats and electronic technologies.

* Ethics - Students learn how to be ethical and responsible users of information.

* Communication - Students are prepared to effectively organize, produce, and communicate information and ideas in an appropriate format: e.g. print, electronic, oral, or graphic.

 

Our Circulation Policies

  • Every Sandburg student may check out books from our library.
  • Kindergarten students may check out 1 book.  First and second grade students may check out 2 books. They may have their books for one week.
  • Third, fourth, and fifth grade students may check out 4 books. They may have their books for two weeks.
  • Students may renew a library book as long as it is not "on hold" for another student. A student must bring the book to the library in order to renew it.
  • We do not charge a fine for overdue books, however, students with overdue accounts may not check out additional books until library accounts are current.
  • Lost or damaged books will need to be paid for or replaced. We will send home a note wth the title and price of the book.
  • Students (and parents) can check their library account and using their Google username (without the @lps.... part) and password to log in. Click here to enter our library system. From there click on "My Info" to see what is currently in your library account. We encourage students to check their library account often to see when books are due and browse the catalog to see what books they may want to check out next.

Our Library Staff & Volunteers

Sandburg's Library Media Center is staffed by a certified teacher, Mrs. Christi James, and Mrs. Liz Mosley, our library clerk.

Mrs. James is a teacher librarian who plans and team teaches with classroom teachers in the library and classrooms to teach essential library and research skills as well as content area lessons in reading, writing, social studies, and science to all Sandburg learners in grades K-5. You can reach Mrs. James via e-mail at cjames[at]lps.k12.co[dot]us

Mrs. Mosley manages our library collection. She process new additions to our collection, manages the Destiny library computer program, assists students with book selection and check out, and works with our volunteers. You can reach Mrs. Mosley via e-mail at lmosley[at]lps.k12.co[dot]us.

Library office main number - 303-347-4694

We are fortunate to have the assistance of many parent, grandparent, and community volunteers! Our volunteer coordinator is Jen Dodge. If you are interested in being a Library Volunteer, please contact her for details - jendodge[at]yahoo[dot]com 

Technology in our Library

Sandburg's Library Media Center is equipped with up-to-date opportunities for students to learn to use technology. With Destiny Electronic catalog, students in first through fifth grades learn to use the electronic catalog to access their own patron record as well as to locate books in Sandburg's Library Media Center and other libraries within the district. Kindergarten students receive help from their classroom teacher, the librarian, and volunteers who model appropriate use of the catalog which they begin to practice using in first and second grade and continue to use throughout their years at Sandburg. 

Computer Research- Using Netbook computers, students learn to locate research information and record notes from a variety of computer databases and teacher selected websites. They communicate their research findings using a variety methods including Google presentations, videos, and many types of writing projects.