• 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 promote reading growth with students and families.

  • 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

    I encourage students  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, how to place holds for books, and how to locate books on the shelves. 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 FIVE 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!

  • 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 FIVE 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!  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 Scholastic Book Fairs for the 2022-23 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 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.
    Thanks to the generosity of our Hedgcoxe PTA, we also hope to enjoy at least one virtual author visit this year to promote the love of reading 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 provide reading logs and assist students with accessing 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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