Announcing the Shady Oaks Lariat Book Club for Adult Readers!

Do you have a family of “wild readers?”  In Donalyn Miller’s wonderful book, Reading in the Wild: The Book Whisperer’s Keys to Cultivating Lifelong Reading Habits (which you can borrow from our library) she discusses how to create enthusiastic, lifelong readers.  One of her suggestions is that the adults in the family read voraciously to serve as good role models of being avid readers for our children / students.

We would like to invite the parents / caregivers of our students and our Shady Oaks staff members to participate in a book discussion group on Tuesday, April 28, at 6:30 in our school library.  All you need to do is come prepared to tell the group a little bit about a book or two you have recently enjoyed reading.  We will enjoy coffee and dessert, and maybe even have some door prizes.  (Please let Mrs. Zorn know if you might be able to donate a not-very-expensive-but-fun door prize for this event.)

What books will we discuss?  Do you have a stack you are waiting to have time to read?  Choosing from those would be fine.  If you would like some suggestions, our great Texas Library Association is happy to help!  You know about their Texas Bluebonnet Award reading list, but did you know they also offer book lists for all ages – even for adults?  Visit to find this year’s suggestions, as well as Lariat lists from the five previous years.

We will send a reminder a week or so before the meeting.  We hope to see you there!





The website you will find when you click above was created to promote "summer reading," but you will find it invaluable all through the school year as well.  There are tips for parents to promote reading and many great lists of wonderful books for each grade level. Enjoy!


Congratulations to our 2014 Texas Bluebonnet Award readers! To continue our celebration of International Dot Day , the theme of that day, "Make your mark and see where it takes you!" was used to create our shirts, which say "I made my mark reading Texas Bluebonnet Award books at Shady Oaks in 2014."

Thank you to our wonderful PTA for providing our shirts and celebration snacks. Thank you also to Marco's Pizza for donating pizza!

Click on the link for more photos:


We were excited that we were able to celebrate our second annual
International Dot Day on Friday, Sep 12.  Let's celebrate the spirit of this special day all year long as we promote creativity and finding our unique talents.

Click here to enjoy photos from International Dot Day at SOE September, 2013.

Click here for more information about this special day: International Dot Day

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.

Congratulations to our 2014 Texas Bluebonnet Award readers!

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. 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 also be read for our Texas Bluebonnet Award reading program.


... Obert Skye, author of the "Leven Thumps" series

and the newly-released_Katfish_, Book 4 in his series "The Creature from My Closet!"

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We were very pleased to welcome back to Shady Oaks one of our favorite authors, Obert Skye, for a THIRD visit! He created the outstanding fantasy series about "Leven Thumps." A second series, "Beyond Foo," continues the adventures of the well-loved characters. 

Mr. Skye has 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 Creature from My Closet"  which began with _Wonkenstein_ , and continued with _Potterwookiee_,  _Pinocula_, and _Katfish. They are anxiously awaiting the publication of Book 5! Be sure to look at our online website scrapbook for photos of Mr. Skye's visits, 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!