Welcome to the Shady Oaks library website! Please be sure to click on the links in the menu to the left to access the catalog, create a reading list using your lexile with QuizList, and explore our wonderful online research databases. Useful Links: SQWORLS will take you to areas to find suggested reading lists for all ages, author information, fantastic Ipad app information, as well as websites for learning and recreation. Great study websites for preparing for the upcoming Geography Bee can be found on a SQWORL in Useful Links, too.
Please click on "Contact Mrs. Zorn" to send an email about anything on the library website or library-related. Parents can visit the library before and after school to check out books from our great parenting section, too.
Research shows..."School libraries are a powerful force in the lives of America's children. The school library is one of the few factors whose contribution to academic achievement has been documented empirically, and it is a contribution that cannot be explained away by other powerful influences on student performance."
"What Research Tells Us About the Importance of School Libraries"
Keith Curry Lance, Ph.D.
The Texas Bluebonnet Award winner for 2014 is
_10 Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break_ by John Grandits.
_Wonder_ by R. J. Palacio received the most votes at Shady Oaks.
Students working on their TBA reading lists had until January 15, 2014 to complete their reading. The Texas Bluebonnet Award reading program is sponsored by the Texas Library Association. From the document manager on this page, you can download a slideshow of our TBA readers suggesting their favorite books which they read this year. Thank you to our 6th grade Techno Team members for creating the slideshow! We appreciate the support of our Shady Oaks PTA in providing our t-shirts and helping with refreshments for our celebrations! Thank you so very much!
Please remember that the record form for the 2015 Texas Bluebonnet Award reading program can be downloaded from the document manager on our library website, and students in grades 3-4-5-6 who read or listen to at least five books from the list will vote for their favorite of the nominees in January, 2015. (Since our 2nd graders will be 3rd graders next January, they have already started to work on their TBA reading list.) Be sure to visit the Hurst Public Library to find copies of the Texas Bluebonnet Award books, also. We do appreciate the help of our area public libraries in helping our students find the 2015 nominees as well as nominees from previous years which can be read for our Texas Bluebonnet Award reading program.
HAVE COURAGE ~~ THINK BIG ~~ BE GREAT
... Obert Skye, author of the "Leven Thumps" series
We were very pleased to welcome back to Shady Oaks one of our favorite authors, Obert Skye, for a THIRD visit! He has created the outstanding fantasy series about "Leven Thumps," and has now begun a second series about some of the characters in that series with the first book, _Beyond Foo_. He has also written an exciting trilogy about dragons: _Pillage_ , _Choke_ and _Ambush_. Those three books are now available in one volume: _The Pillagy_. Our students are loving Mr. Skye's zany series "The Monster in My Closet" which began with _Wonkenstein_ and continues with _Potterwookiee_ and _Pinocula_! They are anxiously awaiting the publication of Book 4, _Katfish_! Be sure to look at our online website scrapbook for photos of Mr. Skye's visit, and click on the icon below to view highlights of his presentation.
So much learning happens in our library media center! Please remember that parents are welcome to visit our library media center from 7:45 - 8:00 before school or 3:00 - 3:15 after school to choose books. We have a great collection of books about parenting, and you may also choose books to share with your children.
Checkout: Each class is scheduled for a weekly checkout period. Please contact Mrs. Zorn to find out which is your child's checkout day. Even though your child checks out books from our school's library media center each week, please remember that it is still very important to make regular trips - adventures! - to the Hurst Public Library! You will be absolutely amazed by all of their books and media materials!
Research and Technology Projects: Teachers may schedule groups to visit the library media center to work on research and technology projects which support the curriculum.
Library Instruction: Mrs. Zorn teaches classes to each homeroom.
Assignments: Homework is usually not given, other than to always work hard to find books you will love to read during checkout periods, and then to READ - READ - READ!
All families: Be sure to try the resources available from Grolier Online by clicking on the "go arrow" below. Please ask Mrs. Zorn for the password information. Thank you VERY MUCH to a tremendous Shady Oaks grandparent who has donated these online resources to us for one year! We are enjoying using them very much!