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Mifflin Park Elementary Library: About the Library

Library Information

Borrowing Books

 

Mifflin Park students are encouraged to use the library frequently.  Children are welcome to visit the library once per day at anytime with their teacher’s permission.  All students choose their own library books.  Based on the library curriculum, some sections of the library are made available to students after specific lessons. When students borrow books, they accept the responsibility to care for the book.  This includes keeping it in a safe place away from babies, pets, and water. 

 

Above all, enjoy the book your child has selected and read together!  When your child brings home their first book, talk about a safe place to keep the book in your home.  (Sometimes, the best place is the student’s backpack). Then, read it together! 

 

Birthday Books

*Please note:  Our Birthday Book tradition is on hold for the 2020 - 2021 school year.  Please join us in celebrating your child's special day during the next school year. 

Birthday Books are a special tradition here at Mifflin Park.  Families have the option of donating $10, $20, or $25 to our Mifflin Park Library.  In turn, a new library book is specially selected. Inside the book is a bookplate with their name and birth date.  A birthday bookmarks is also tucked inside. Ms. Brumbach visits their homeroom to present them with their special library.  Books are presented on or around their birthdays. For birthdays in June, July, August, or September, books are presented on the student’s half-birthday.

Please remember, birthday books must be returned to our library since they are part of our library collection.  Students do not keep the birthday books. After their birthday passes, many students enjoy looking for their birthday book and checking it out again. Look for information to be sent home in the beginning of the school year.

Overdue, Lost, or Damaged Books

Overdue notices are used as a reminder for students to return their books.  Overdues are generated twice per month. After a book is overdue for one month, a letter is sent home.  

If a family pays for a book and later finds the item, the money will be refunded (unless the book is returned with damage).  Exact change or a check made payable to Governor Mifflin School District, is accepted.

My child lost their library book.  What should we do?

We understand accidents happen.  Triple check all the spots the book could be: under a sofa, in their classroom, in a car, on a bookshelf, etc.  If you are still unable to find it, please tell library staff so we are able to order a new copy of the book.

What is MackinVia and why is it important?

MackinVia is a website where all our ebooks, eAudiobooks, and read alongs can be found.  It is also the one-stop-shop for getting to our library databases like PebbleGo.  No passwords for databases are needed if using MackinVIA.  For help with MackinVIA, please visit their website

Library Lessons by Grade

 

All grade levels receive library instruction.  During class, students learn to use the library independently, how to care for books and technology, digital citizenship, and research skills. Above all, Ms. Brumbach enthusiastically strives to cultivate a love of reading and curiosity for learning in all library lessons.

Kindergarten lessons focus on the following concepts:

  • Book Care
  • Learning the jobs of authors and illustrators
  • Parts of a Book
  • Fiction versus Nonfiction
  • Literary elements (characters, setting, plot)
  • Learning to use a shelf marker
  • Author studies: Cynthia Rylant, Mo Willems, Ezra Jack Keats

First grade lessons focus on the following concepts:

  • Book Care
  • Parts of a Book
  • How to read a call number/spine label
  • ABC Order
  • Tedd Arnold Author Study
  • Identifying literacy elements in picture books (main idea, retelling, sequencing)
  • Online Safety
  • How to use the library catalog
  • Keyword searching in the catalog and in databases
  • How to choose a good fit book

Second grade lessons focus on the following concepts:

  • Introduction to literary genres (fables, fairy tales, poetry)
  • Focus on nonfiction texts
  • Research Unit
  • Online Safety (bullying, privacy)
  • Choosing good-fit-books
  • More practice using the online catalog

Third grade lessons focus on the following concepts:

  •  Identifying the author's purpose (persuade, inform, or entertain)
  • Focus on the mystery genre
  • Author Study: Chris Van Allsburg
  • Caldecott books study
  • Plagiarism and Citations
  • Facts vs. Opinions
  • Online Safety
  • Digital footprint
  • Text dependent analysis

Fourth grade lessons focus on the following concepts:

  • Text Dependent Analysis (TDA)
  • Identifying an author's purpose
  • Historical fiction genre
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Primary Sources

Advanced Research Skills:

  • Copyright
  • Citations
  • Plagiarism
  • Source credibility

Mission Statement

Library Contacts

Librarian: Ms. Brumbach ("Ms. B")

Email: corinne.brumbach@gmsd.org

Families are welcome to connect with me on Class Dojo

Morning Library Aide:

  • Mrs. Kohl
  • Email: jane.kohl@gmsd.org

Afternoon Library Aide:

  • Mrs. Luther
  • Email: lisa.luther@gmsd.org