• Library

    Welcome to the Hedgcoxe Library webpage!  My goal as Hedgcoxe Librarian is to help all students find great books and to keep them fully engaged with reading all year long.  I love to partner with parents and teachers to help students become lifelong readers.  For more information about our library program, please take a look at the links/information provided at the side and bottom of this page.  


  • Hours of Operation

    Mrs.  Berry is in the library daily from 7:15 until 3:45.  Students come to the library every week with their classes at a scheduled time.  Additionally, they may come to the library for checkouts at the following times:

    • 7:25-7:40 (check in with classroom teacher first)
    • During lunch and recess times (with teacher permission)
    • 2:30-2:55 (at the end of the school day, with teacher permission)
    • Parents who wish to visit the library during the school day or after school  should make an appointment with Mrs. Berry.

  • Weekly Checkout Guidelines

    • Kindergarten - one book for the first three quarters; two books for the last quarter of the year
    • 1st Grade - one book for the first quarter; two books for the remainder of the school year
    • 2nd Grade - two books
    • 3rd Grade - two books
    • 4th Grade - three books
    • 5th Grade - three books

    All students  are encouraged to check out a variety of both fiction and non-fiction books each week.  I show them how to search for books in our online catalog, which is accessible via Webdesk.  Students also learn how to place holds for books and how to locate books on the shelves.

    PLEASE NOTE:  Parents and community members may also check out books from our school library. Up to FIVE items at a time may be checked out for a period of 30 days. A valid phone number and email address are needed to set up an account for check-out.  Please email Mrs. Berry for more information.

  • Online Catalog and Databases

    Did you know you can access our Hedgcoxe Library resources from home? Our district subscribes to multiple resources and databases such as PebbleGo, National Geographic Kids, a variety of e-books, World Book and Britannica online encyclopedias, and more. Your student can access these resources at school and at home via Webdesk.

  • Volunteer Opportunities

    We love our LIBRARY VOLUNTEERS!  Any parent, grandparent, or community member is welcome to be a library volunteer, and no prior library experience is needed.  Volunteer duties include checking out books to students, checking in and shelving books, and assisting with other tasks as needed.  Volunteer orientation takes place in mid-August (the week after school starts), but you can contact Mrs. Berry at karen.berry@pisd.edu any time to be trained for volunteering.  Your faithful help each week makes all the difference for our students!

  • Scholastic Book Fairs

    Here are the anticipated dates of our much-loved, PTA-sponsored Scholastic Book Fairs for the 2023-24 school year:

    Fall Book Fair: 10/30/23 - 11/3/23

    Spring Book Fair: 3/4/24 - 3/8/24

    Scholastic has the books your kids LOVE to read!  Details will be forthcoming about each fair (special events, volunteer opportunities, etc.). 

  • Library Lessons and MakerSpace

    Your child will check out and enjoy many great books from our library this year, but they will do and experience so much more as well! Each library class enjoys a targeted library lesson each week. Some of the lesson topics this year will include learning the basics of digital citizenship and information literacy, using online databases for research, learning about and interacting with authors and illustrators, identifying features of non-fiction books, honing reading and comprehension skills, practicing computer coding, and  much more.

    Also, the Hedgcoxe Library will feature a MakerSpace again this year, which is a place where your students can explore STEAM activities (STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) with their classroom teachers. These activities will encourage your students to ask questions, create, and collaborate through the use of fun, curricular-related activities.  An updated donation list for items needed in MakerSpace will be made available via grade level newsletters.

  • Book Clubs and Author Visits

    The Book Hounds Book Club will be made available to 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders during some lunch and after-school times throughout the year.  These clubs are a great way to delve deeper into great books and to share the love of reading with friends.
    We do not have an author visit scheduled for the 2023-24 school year.  However, our students will be provided multiple opportunities to participate in a variety of virtual author visits via Scholastic's Story Voice platform.  

  • Bluebonnet and 2X2 Awards Lists

    The Hedgcoxe Library supports two reading incentive programs sponsored by the Texas Library Association (TLA). Each reading list consists of books recommended by children's librarians across the state of Texas. I provide reading logs for each program, and students are given the opportunity to earn rewards and recognition for their reading efforts.

    2X2 titles (for ages two years old through 2nd grade)

    Bluebonnet titles (for 3rd-6th grades)

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