THE ASSUMPTION LIBRARY
The mission of the Assumption School Library Media Program is to support the curriculum of Assumption School. As part of that mission, we will provide access to students, teachers and staff using a wide variety of both print and non-print materials for research and recreational reading in order to promote literacy, use ideas and information effectively, and meet the unique needs of our school community.
The library is located in the choir loft of the first church which was built in 1952. In 1970 when the permanent church was completed, the choir loft was renovated to what is now our school library. The library has an inventory of approximately 8,000 books.
Routines and Procedures
Students and parents have access to the library during school hours and after school. Students can look up materials by subject, author, and title via networked computers. Two stations are set up for multimedia programs.
The library is automated to assist in circulation and cataloging of the holdings and has an extensive range of fiction and non-fiction materials. Concourse is the library software used to perform the everyday functions of the library (e.g., check-in/check-out books, generate overdue notices, process new books with bar codes and spine labels, assign Patron ID numbers).
Book selection is based on curriculum standards, reading levels, reviews in professional journals, teacher and student recommendations, and Accelerated Reader titles. The librarian and the computer instructor assist classroom teachers and students with research projects and recreational reading using a wide variety of both print and non-print materialswhich support the curriculum, use ideas and information effectively, and promote information literacy.
Students and parents who borrow from the library are allowed to keep the books, typically, up to two weeks. Special due dates allows students additional time to keep a book for class projects. Although fines are not imposed, patrons with overdue books receive late notices as a reminder to renew or return the books as soon as possible. Each classroom has a basket for ‘Library Book Return’. Books may also be returned directly to the library or to the office during school hours.
If a book is lost or damaged, patrons are responsible for remitting the replacement cost of the book plus a processing fee.
Students in grades 6-8 have the option to volunteer during lunchtime and assist the librarian with various duties. Student helpers learn the automation system, retrieve books from the office, re-shelf books, and assist with special projects. The student helper who exemplifies commitment and responsibility and who goes beyond expectations receives the Jane McLoughlin Award at the end of the year.
Kindergarten story time is on Mondays from 10:35 – 12:20
First grade story time is on Thursdays from 12:35 – 1:30
Second grade story time is on Fridays from 1:35 – 2:30
Third grade class time is on Wednesdays from 12:35 – 1:30
Fourth grade class time is on Tuesdays from 12:35 – 1:30
Upper grades are not assigned class times, but may visit the library as the need arises.
During class time, students are assisted in finding Accelerated Reader books and are expected to do quiet reading. They may also use the time to do research and borrow books required for class projects and reports. The librarian assists students in finding grade-level and points-level appropriate books in accordance with the teachers’ requirements.
Accelerated Reader Enterprise (AR) is a reading software available to each student that offers unlimited access to more than 120,000 quizzes and helps the students to:
- Make essential reading practice more effective
- Personalize reading practice to their current level
- Assess their reading with four types of quizzes: Reading Practice, Vocabulary Practice, Literacy Skills, and Textbook Quizzes
- Build a lifelong love of reading and learning
The Accelerated reader site can be found here at the Renaissance Learning website.
When you have opened the Renaissance Learning link, you may enter the title of the book or the author to check the book level. If you would like to see or print out a list of books at a certain level, click on Advanced Search and fill in the highlighted spaces.
Please consult your child’s teacher for the number of books required per trimester and the recommended Book Level and Points.
You may view the ABVM library catalog of AR books here which are listed alphabetically by title and are available for checkout.
Donating a Book to the Library
Anyone, parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle or student, may donate a new book to the library for any reason such as the celebration of a student’s birthday, or any special event in the child’s life – Holy Communion, Graduation, etc. A special book plate will be placed inside the book listing the name of the donor and the occasion the book was given. A list of suggested titles which are readily available for purchase at any bookstore is available here at ABVM Library Wish List.
The Book Fair is another venue where books can be purchased to be donated to the library. It is an annual event aimed at promoting and encouraging student reading. The Book Fair is coordinated by parent volunteers in conjunction with Scholastic Inc. It is a week-long event, usually in October, which is held in Crean Hall. Book sale profits benefit the library. Books purchased for the library will have a donation sticker on the inside with the donor’s name.
Jane McLoughlin Day
When the parish celebrated Msr. Crean’s anniversary in 1993, a generous donation from the McLoughlin family helped establish our school library in honor of their mother, Jane. Until her passing in 1969, Jane McLoughlin was an avid reader who supported the school and believed that reading was the foundation of all learning. In her memory we celebrate Jane McLoughlin Day in mid-April starting with a bookmark contest. The winning bookmarks are distributed to the students along with a special treat followed by a guest performance.
In 2009 the student body was challenged to read one million minutes. The students met this challenge with determination and enthusiasm and, not only achieved their target, but surpassed it. Their accomplishment was made especially memorable by the presence of Pasadena’s Mayor Bill Bogaard who recognized our students for their wonderful accomplishment at our special assembly.