Library Rules

Library Rules

For the first few weeks of school, we spent a lot of time talking about library rules and expectations.  Kindergartners, for example, learned about taking care of books when we read No, David!, by David Shannon.

We sorted items into two categories: things that should not be near our books  (bottled water, crayons, etc…) and things that could be helpful to us when reading (bookmarks, stuffed animals, etc…).  To end the activity, kindergartners created their own No, David! inspired drawings on book care.

Kindergarten Book Care Kindergarten Book Care 

Students in fourth and fifth grade learned about library rules and played Library Rules Jeopardy to test their knowledge.  Boy, were they competitive!  It seemed like everyone knew all of the important library patron expectations, like…

…books can be checked out for one week and renewed twice.

…you shouldn’t let anyone else borrow your library books because they are your responsibility.  If they lose your books or damage them the fine is on YOU!


Library Rules Jeopardy

Library Rules Jeopardy


We also held our first ever Library Card Drive for grades 4-5.  Mary from the Olympia Timberland Regional Library came to talk to fifth graders about all of the excellent resources available fphotoor FREE at the public library.  All students in fourth and fifth grade were given TRL Library Card Applications.  Any student who either 1) Returned a completed and signed application OR 2) Brought in their current library card had their names entered into a drawing for a $10.00 Amazon Gift Card to buy a book with help from Mrs. Gylys!  The winner was Gabriel C. in fourth grade!  Congratulations, Gabe!  We hope you get something you love reading.

By the end of the drive, a whopping thirty-four students were proud, new owners of TRL Library Cards!  It’s not too late!  Anyone else who wants to sign up for a card can still submit an application to the Garfield Library.




The Garfield Library has been participating in the Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Awards for many years now.  The WCCPBA is selected annually by Washington’s K-3 students, who vote for the award through their school librarian!  Throughout the school year, we will be reading books from a list of nominees created by the Washington Library Media Association.  Students vote for their favorite book sometime in March.

Nugget and Fang.jpg

During the month of September, students in K-3 heard the book Nugget and Fang: Friends Forever–or Snack Time?, by  Tammi Sauer.  This book was an excellent example of our Lifeskills for the month: friendship and caring.


Best Books is a brand new reading program for grades 4-5 that encourages reading through lots of fun and a little bit of competition. The list of books is a combination of the Pacific Northwest Young Reader’s Choice Award (YRCA) list (junior division) and the Washington Library Media Association (WLMA) Sasquatch Award. It contains about 20 books selected by some of the foremost librarians in our state. You can find the complete list and read more about the program here. Students are challenged to read as many Best Books as possible during the school year. The program ends in early June.

In September, some grades watched the following book trailer for Newbery Award winner The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate.


National Bullying Prevention Center

National Bullying Prevention Center

The end of bullying begins with YOU!  Here is a link to the National Bullying Prevention Center website, where everyone can find a way to join in on the cause.


National Bullying Prevention Month

National Information Literacy Awareness Month

Disability Awareness Month

National Chess Day

Star Wars Reads Day (Oct. 11)

National Friends of Libraries Week (Oct. 19-25)

SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR-Conference Week (Oct. 21-24)

Howl at the Moon Night (Oct. 26)

National Cat Day (Oct. 29)

Halloween (Oct. 31)



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