Library Learning Commons

Ms. Viki Bridge - Library Media Specialist

vbridge@plainfieldschool.org Phone (603) 469-3250 x 232

Dear Students and Parents -

Welcome back for another year of thinking and learning at PES! The Library Learning Commons is all set up and ready for students and teachers to search for information, borrow books, and continue the learning.

Students visit the library once a week for information literacy classes with technology integration. Students may check out 3 books at a time. Only students in grades 7 and 8 will have access to the Young Adult collection. All students have access to ebooks and audiobooks through the Sora app at https://soraapp.com. Directions for signing into Sora are below. Students also have access to several databases and free educational websites as well as the library catalog through the PES Destiny homepage at https://pesnh.follettdestiny.com.

In library class, students in K/1 practice pre-reading and early reading skills of making meaning from pictures, making connections and predictions during read alouds, story structure, and accessing and evaluating just-right books. Students will also study genres of fiction and nonfiction. Second grade students start the year exploring chapter books then they are introduced to the research process with a small project. Students in grades 3/4 through 8 will learn and apply the research process in a variety of projects.

Celebration Books will once again take place during Open House, on September 23. Family and friends have to opportunity to purchase a bookplate to sponsor and dedicate a book to their child or anyone else they wold like. There will be new books to choose from or students and parents may choose an old favorite from the shelves to dedicate.

Looking forward to a great year!

Viki Bridge, M.Ed.

Library Media Specialist

Reading and Writing Specialist

Sora is here!

Get digital and audio books on your device.

How to sign into your Sora account

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Go to https://www.soraapp.com

Click on “Find My School”

Click on “New Hampshire Schools Shared Digital Collection”

Select Plainfield Elementary School from the dropdown menu

Click on “Sign in using Plainfield Elementary School”

Sign in using your PES Google email address and your password

Search and borrow

Read or listen

Return the book when you are done by clicking on “Shelf” at the bottom of the page then “Options” and “Return”

Hours

The PES Library Learning Commons is open from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. Students are welcome to check-out and check-in materials at any time during the school day.

Circulation Policy

Students are permitted to have three books at a time checked out. Books should be returned within two weeks. Students are free to chose any book in the library (except YA, see below).

Lost or Damaged Materials

Lost or damaged materials should be reported to the librarian. Parents are asked to pay the replacement cost of the materials. The payment is voluntary, but appreciated.

Library Classes

Students come to the LLC weekly for library and technology classes. All students have library/technology classes weekly.

Library Catalog

Anyone can search the PES LLC Destiny catalog at https://pesnh.follettdestiny.com, click on the link "Plainfield School Library". On the Home page are links to the many digital resources that the school provides. On the Catalog page you can search the print collection in the library.

YA Books

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 vbridge@planfieldschool.org to arrange a time.

Celebration Books

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 vbridge@plainfiledschool.org.

My Philosophy

My Philosophy

In the library learning environment, all students will learn to access, evaluate, and use information effectively, efficiently, independently, creatively, cooperatively, and ethically.

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About Me

I am a certified Library Media Specialist as well as a certified Reading and Writing Specialist. I earned my Masters in Education from Plymouth State University in 2003 and my Bachelor of Arts from University of New Hampshire in 1983. I taught in Newport School District for 12 years then taught at the American Overseas School of Rome for two years. My passions include gardening, travel, motorcycle riding, audiobooks, and my poodle, Stella.