• 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.  Please take a look at the links/information provided at the side and bottom of this page.  They provide great ways to keep us all connected with reading and with each other during this unique time.

    Karen Berry

  • Weekly Checkout Guidelines and Library Schedule

    • Kindergarten - one book
    • 1st Grade - two books
    • 2nd Grade - two books
    • 3rd Grade - three books
    • 4th Grade - three books
    • 5th Grade - three books

    I encourage students  to check out a variety of both fiction and non-fiction books each week.  I show them how to search for, place holds on, and locate books in our online catalog. To access our online catalog, type 125.catalog.pisd.edu into any browser.

    PLEASE NOTE:  I invite all parents to check out books from our school library. Up to ten items at a time may be checked out for a period of 30 days. A valid phone number is all I need to set up parent accounts for check-out.  Just email me if you'd like me to set one up for you!

    Link to Hedgcoxe  Library's Master Schedule:  


  • 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, e-books, World Book and Britannica encyclopedias, the Dallas Morning News, and more. You and your student can access ALL these at home for FREE! You can find the link to our campus' library catalog at the bottom this web page. From there, you can access our online catalog to search our own collection, and you can follow the link to all of the Elementary Resources and  E-books mentioned above.  

    PLEASE NOTE:  Since some of the databases are subscription-based, your student may need a log-in to access some of the resources if they are using a non-PISD network device.  Please email me at karen.berry@pisd.edu if you need a username and password for any of the resources.

  • YOU can check out books, too!

    That's right! As a community member, you can check out up to TEN books from our school library for up to thirty days. All I need is a valid phone number in order to create your account. Email me at karen.berry@pisd.edu to set up your account, or come see me in the library.

  • Volunteer Opportunities

    We love our LIBRARY VOLUNTEERS!  As soon as the district approves having volunteers back in our buildings, I will let you know via email and newsletter how to get involved in our weekly library classes.  ALL volunteers are welcome, regardless of library experience.   Your faithful help each week makes all the difference for our students in the library.

  • Scholastic Book Fairs

    Here are the anticipated dates of our much-loved Scholastic Book Fairs for the 2020-2021 school year:

    Fall Book Fair- September 20-24

    Spring Book Fair- February 28-March 4

    Scholastic has the books your kids LOVE to read!  Details will be forthcoming about each fair, as to whether it will be online, in-person, or both.  We'll also send a link for volunteers for each fair, as applicable.  

  • 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. (K-2nd students will receive weekly lessons via their teacher's Google classroom, and 3rd-5th students will be able to access their own grade level Google classroom.)  Some of the lesson topics this year will include learning the basics of digital citizenship and information literacy, using online databases, Skyping with authors and illustrators, identifying features of non-fiction books, honing reading and comprehension skills, practicing computer coding, along with many others.

    Also, the Hedgcoxe Library will feature a virtual MakerSpace this year, which is a place where your child can explore STEAM activities (STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). These activities will encourage your students to ask questions, create, and collaborate through the use of fun, curricular-related activities.  This virtual space will be available through Mrs. Berry's Bitmoji classroom page, the link to which will be posted soon on this webpage.  We hope we can re-visit our in-person Makerspace in the loft at some point, but for now we hope your students enjoy this virtual option!

  • Book Clubs and Author Visits

    The Book Hounds Book Clubs will be virtual this year and will be available for any interested 4th and 5th graders, beginning in October. (I may be adding other grade levels throughout the year, so stay tuned!) I'll be announcing book selections and details during our weekly library classes and on the Library Google Classrooms.  
    We also hope to enjoy at least two virtual author visits this year to promote the love of reading AND writing to our students.  Details will be announced as arrangements are made throughout the school year!

  • 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 assist students in accessing and reading several of these titles throughout the school year:

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

    Bluebonnet titles (for 3rd-6th grades)

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