Our purpose is to help students develop their ability to find and use information effectively. This is accomplished through:
· direct instruction in information literacy
· collaboration with classroom teachers to provide technology-rich lessons in language arts, science, math, and social studies
· support of research projects and leisure reading
Our school library collection contains over 19,000 resources such as books, video and audio cassettes, DVDs, CD-ROMs, books on cassette tape, and periodicals. Resources are available in English, Spanish, and bi-lingual. When combined with the resources of other NISD school libraries, students and teachers have access to hundreds of thousands of resources through interlibrary loan.
The Leon Valley Lion Library encourages reading through a variety of incentives that include:
· Reading Club awards
· Accelerated Reader program with quarterly "AR Rewards Store"
· 2X2 Books and Texas Bluebonnet Books programs sponsored by the Texas Library Association
· Autumn and Spring Book Fairs
· Seasonal themes and events such as Hispanic Heritage month and Children's Book Week
· Visits by children's authors and storytellers
Policies & Procedures
We are open Monday—Friday from 7:30 AM to at least 3:15 PM, but closed when the librarian is at lunch, at meetings, or absent. Occasionally, the library may also be closed to regular patrons if it has been reserved for a special meeting, testing, or event. Extended hours allow teachers and staff to pick-up and use resources before and after school. Students may use the library during school hours (7:45 AM —2:45 PM) when they come with their class or a library pass from their teacher. Students may come before or after school if they are accompanied by a parent or teacher or have a pass from their teacher.
Library books are due two weeks from the date they are checked out.
Student accounts - Kindergarten and 1st grade students may have one book checked out from our library. Second through fifth grade students may have two books checked out. No books will be checked out to students who have overdue books or outstanding fines.
Parent/Guardian accounts - We want to encourage parents to read with their children at home. Parents may open an account and have up to five items checked out. No items will be checked out to parents/guardians who have overdue items or outstanding fines.
We also have a “Parent Collection” of resources—books, video and audio tapes—on parenting skills and issues, and activities you can do with your children. Parents only may check out these resources.
Overdue, lost, or damaged books:
Overdue notices are sent to students on a monthly basis. There are no fines for overdue books. However, books that are overdue by one month will be considered “lost.” Library books that are lost or damaged must be paid for by the student or adult who checked them out. No additional books will be checked out to the student or adult until their account is clear.
Anyone using NISD computers must sign and comply with the district’s Acceptable Use Policy (AUP). Patrons who wish to use a computer, but who are not NISD employees or students, must complete an AUP form that is available at the circulation desk.
Library News & Events
Events in the LVE "Lion Library":
April 1 -- STAAR Testing - small groups; library closed
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" 7 -- Faculty Meeting; 3:05 - 4:05 PM
" 8 -- Lighthouse Team meeting; 3:05 - 4:00 PM
" 14 -- Faculty Meeting; 3:05 - 4:05 PM
" 18 -- Good Friday; library closed
" 21 -- Faculty Meeting; 3:05 - 4:00 PM
" 22 -- STAAR Testing - small groups; library closed
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" 25 -- Battle of Flowers Day; library closed
" 28 -- Faculty Meeting; 3:05 - 4:05 PM
The Spring Book Fair will be in the library May 12-16. We can always use volunteers to help with this event. If you are interested, call 210-397-4684 and leave a message with your name and phone number. We'll call you back with information about how you can become involved!
Texas Bluebonnet Nominee Books
Click on the following hyperlink to watch an overview about this year's Bluebonnet Books for 3rd-6th grade students:
Sponsored by the library, Accelerated Reader (AR) is a reading incentive program designed to help students improve their reading skills. Our library contains over 8,000 AR books. Students select and read these books for which there are computerized, multiple-choice quizzes that assess recall of content and reading comprehension. In addition to the joy of reading an entire book, students receive feedback through the quiz process, and accrue points when they pass quizzes. The self-reward of reading continues as students use their points to select prizes from our AR Store.
AR books and quizzes are available for 1st through 6th grade+ reading levels. The majority of books and quizzes are in English, but we have a growing number in Spanish as well. The lists of books and quizzes may be viewed via the AR computer program on campus. Or, Leon Valley’s collection of AR books and quizzes may be searched from any location with Internet access by using the following database link:
Search Leon Valley's Accelerated Reader Quizzes
Library Catalog - the online catalog of NISD school library collections. Search a specific school's collection or all school libraries simultaneously.
NISD provides these valuable databases that are directly accessible on school campuses. Home use is also available -- see the school librarian for their internet addresses, usernames, and passwords.
netTrekker - contains 180,000 educational web sites that have been selected by teachers; great for instruction and projects
TeachingBooks - multimedia information about authors and their books
UnitedStreaming - video clip and image database, and teaching resources for K-12 grades. Not available for home use by students.
WorldBook Encyclopedia - 3 versions; 2 levels in English, 1 in Spanish.
Math & Science:
Patterns in Mathematics
Math Dictionary for Kids
The Nine Planets
Biomes & Ecosystems
How Stuff Works
Art & Music:
Social Studies: US & Texas
50 States & Capitals
Presidents of the United States
Ben's Guide to Government
Congress for Kids
The Handbook of Texas
Native Americans in Texas
Texas Beyond History
Texas History and Social Studies
Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo
To contact us:
Leon Valley Elementary School Library
7111 Huebner Road
San Antonio, Texas 78240
Phone: 210-397-4684 Fax: 210-706-7391