Welcome to the Hereford Elementary Virtual Library!
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The mission of the Hereford Elementary Library is to help create students who possess necessary 21st century skills such as, problem solving, reading, researching, communication, comprehension and information literacy skills. Students will learn to effectively and efficiently use not only our library but any library. This is a prerequisite for higher education and the workforce. It is expected that these skills are acquired before they leave Upper Perkiomen School District.
What is information literacy?
Information literacy is being an effective and ethical user and finder of information. A student proficient in information literacy will be able to independently plan, retrieve, and evaluate information to determine value, appropriateness and reliability. They will also be able to navigate the ever-changing media and current events.
The Hereford Elementary Library integrates classroom learning and 21st century library skills. Many of the units covered in library class are directly related or are an addition to classroom subjects and Pennsylvania learning standards. Library skills are mandatory in today’s technological and information-filled world. I am excited to begin this journey for your children!
What Can I Find in the Library?
We have over 17,000 print and non print resources for student and faculty use. The non fiction, biography, reference, everybody, everybody fiction and fiction sections complete our print resources. We have eBooks available for our non print resources as well as World Book Online, Safari Montage and POWER library. We have 10 chromebooks in the library.
What do I need for Library?
Books are due on the cycle day in which you have library. Currently, kindergarteners check out one book every cycle, and first through fifth grade checks out two books every cycle. Each student is responsible for returning or renewing their library books at every library class.
When do I come to the Library
Full day kindergarten and all other grades have library class once or twice (twice for bonus rounds) per cycle all year long. Half day kindergarten visits during one semester of the school year.
First Grade Library
First Graders learn about library citizenship, literature appreciation, non fiction vs. fiction, parts of a book, and fairytales. We also begin to explore researching by asking questions and learning the research model. Through literature, First Graders also get practice with skills such as comparing and contrasting, making predictions, author and illustrator studies, summaries, details in stories and the main idea and parts of a sentence.
Second Grade Library
Second graders learn about library citizenship, literature appreciation, folktales and fables, biographies, parts of a book and poetry. Through these genres of literature, we also learn about authors and illustrators, researching (focusing on the main idea and details), comparing and contrasting, data and graphs, endangered species and traditions, customs and diversity. Second graders also begin learning about how the library is organized. While researching, second graders continue to use the research model.
Third Grade Library
Third Graders learn about library citizenship, literature appreciation, the OPAC, non fiction vs. fiction, broken fairytales, authors and illustrators and we focus more on researching. Third graders also explore literature genres, book talks, timelines, plagiarism, encyclopedias and World Book Online . We do a large Arctic Animal unit and discuss holidays.
Fourth Grade Library
Fourth Graders learn about library citizenship, literature appreciation, the OPAC, the dewey decimal system, Cinderella variations, pourquoi folktales, biographies, mysteries and researching. Other topics touched in fourth grade are bibliographies, eBooks, World Book Online, copyright, the Newbery Award, reference tools, book talks, and a new research model, the BIG 6.
Fifth Grade Library
Fifth Graders learn about library citizenship, literature appreciation, the OPAC, the dewey decimal system, tall tales, non fiction vs. fiction, research, poetry, POWERlibary and web based research. More specifically, we touch on encyclopedias (World Book Online and print encyclopedias), plagiarism, reliable sources, book reviews, bibliographies and work cited, creative commons, book trailers, the BIG 6 research model and book talks.
The Hereford Elementary Library is staffed with one librarian.
Meet Miss McGovern
Miss McGovern received her Bachelor's Degree in Library Science from Kutztown University in 2013. She grew up in Dallas, Pennsylvania- but moved to Allentown to work in the Upper Perkiomen School District. She graduated with her Master's Degree in Instructional Media from Wilkes University in 2018. Her favorite author is Lemony Snicket.
K-5 Librarian - Brigid McGovern
Phone: 215- 675- 4151 ext- 3447
Office hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00- 8:45