"Information literacy" - the ability to find & use information - is the key to lifelong learning. The Monroe May Library strives to:
teach information literacy through direct instruction in age-appropriate activities at all grade levels
support student research and leisure reading, and
meet the information needs of our school community.
Reading is encouraged through story times, Accelerated Reader, the Texas Bluebonnet Award & other programs. Special themes are promoted each month, such as Hispanic Heritage Month in September/October & Poetry Month in April. The Library holds a Book Fair each year, and also hosts visits by authors & storytellers. The librarian and classroom teachers collaborate to provide curriculum-integrated lessons.
A balanced collection of more than 22,000 books, periodicals, CD-ROMs, DVDs, video- and audio-cassettes support the curriculum and are continually being updated. We have a collection of Spanish language materials to support the Dual-Language Program, as well as a growing number of books in other foreign languages to support our English-As-A-Second-Language learners. The Internet is accessible from all our computers. Our video distribution system enables us to air live broadcasts, as well as videos scheduled by staff members.
Each class has a scheduled library time. Students also come to the library during posted "walk-in" times. The Library is open before school at 7:30am and open after school until 3:00pm for children accompanied by their parent or guardian.
Kindergarteners checkout one book; 1st thru 5th graders may checkout two books at a time. Student books are due in two week. Parents may check out 5 books, which are due in two weeks. Overdue notices are sent out on a regular basis. No overdue fines are charged; however, students may not check out another book until current ones are checked in. Any lost or damaged book must be paid for.