The PES Library Learning Commons serves students ranging in age from 5 to 14 with a wide range of interests. We own materials covering various subjects to meet the needs and interests of the students. Some of these materials are considered “young adult” and are reserved for middle school students in grades 7 and 8.
YA books are written for a teenage audience and may have a higher reading level as well as content that deals with complex social issues, controversial themes, and intense emotions. Content may include some level of violence, sexuality, discussion of drug or alcohol use, family problems, relationship issues and so on. These books are high quality and often meant to assist teens navigate complex social issues in their own lives or raise awareness of an issue.
We purchase YA books that have strong appeal for PES students, but since every family is different parental judgement is important. Discuss your values with your children to help them make appropriate reading choices.
If you would like to preview the YA collection before giving permission send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a time.
The Celebration Book Fair takes place during Open House, on October 16, 2019. This PES tradition is a way to help fund our library collection and has been very successful for many many years. The system for CB (Celebration Books) can be confusing, so I hope this letter answers your questions.
Celebration Books are purchased from local bookstores and then "sold" to students, staff, and parents at a discounted price during the Open House. Purchased books are then donated to the Library Learning Commons and have a special bookplate indicating who the purchase of the book is honoring. Again, the book stays in the PES library collection. The purchasing of CB books is completely optional!
During the week prior to Open House, children have the opportunity to see the CB books and choose books to put on their “Wish List” sheets. These are yellow sheets that will come home with your child. It is a chance for your child to reserve books before Open House. I explain to the students that sometimes they cannot get all the books, or even one book, on their Wishlist as books are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.
Families also have the opportunity to purchase books on the evening of Open House. Books will be displayed and available for purchase in the LLC and the hall in front of the LLC from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. Reserved books will be at a separate station within the LLC.
If you have any questions about Celebration Books, please email me at email@example.com.