Red Oak Library
An Overview September 2014 to June 2015
11,176 books, DVDs and magazines currently in the collection
571 books and DVDs checked out to staff members during the year
423 new books lexile-ed and added to the collection
353 books were removed due to age/condition/disuse
51 books lost or damaged during the year
Book Display Highlights
Cooking Up a Taste for History
Requested family “heirloom” items from staff members and used the items to create a display around them with historical fiction books and cookbooks from the library. Labeled the heirloom items with dates and explanations so the students could “travel back in time”. A few of the items which were on display were antique postcards, staff photos of their ancestors, a 1940’s radio, and period women’s clothing.
“Kid Picks” From Around Southern California
Collected a lot of book reviews by children from the Los Angeles Times newspaper and then displayed the book reviews with the matching books from our library. Students were thus able to read reviews by children their age and then check out the matching books.
Created a special display for kindergarten students. Paired an informational text (nonfiction) with a narrative text (fiction) and encouraged the students to check out the matching “pairs”. It complemented the kindergarten classroom practice of pairing the 2 types of books when reading to the students.
- Coordinated parents to read throughout the year on a weekly basis to 19 classes (Discovery Kindergarten through 4th grade). Had approximately 284 requests from parents to read. Principal read to 16 classes. Board of Education members read for a total of 6 times, and the Superintendent read twice.
- Coordinated a Scholastic Book Fair, which netted $3200.00 in cash and $1000.00 in Scholastic Dollars for the school library. 250 books were bought and given to teachers for Valentine’s Day, 12 books were bought and donated to the library, and over 40 volunteers helped make the Book Fair successful.
- Coordinated the 13th annual Newbery Reading Challenge for 5th grade students. The four 5th grade classes read a total of 904 gold medal Newbery books during the 6 week Challenge. Every 5th grade student read one or more Newbery book. 30 students read 10 books or more.
- Had a “Friends of the Red Oak Library” book cart available after school and at special events with gently used books for purchase. Used book sales generated approximately $2300.00 to purchase new library books and magazine subscriptions.