O.B. Whaley Elementary

There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island.

Walt Disney

OB Whaley Library

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Check It Out!

Hours

The library is open Monday - Friday from 8:30 - 2:50. Students may exchange books during morning recess time or immediately after school. Students in grades 1-3 check out weekly with their class, and students in grades 4-6 check out biweekly.

Facilities

The O.B. Whaley is a special place! Truly the information center of the school, the library is equipped with an automated library system and multiple OPAC computer catalogs for students to search for books. The library is equipped with a multimedia projector and TV/VCR/DVD for special meetings and Adult Education classes.

Collection

The library contains over 10,000 books along with audio-visual items, including: read-a-long tapes, big books,  videos, reference books and listening centers. 

Policies

There are no fines for late books. However students will be charged for damaged or lost books and textbooks. Book care is an important skill for lifelong readers. Some common damages are: torn pages, food stains, writing on pages, wet books. Please do not try to repair library books at home, but have the student send the book to the library for repair.

Tips for Taking Care of Books at Home:

* Keep library books in the same place, such as in your student's backpack.

* Keep library books safe from babies and pets.

* Use a bookmark and turn pages carefully by their corners.

* Read with clean hands.

Looking For a Great Book?

Wonder

by R.J. Palacio

Reading Level: 4.8    

This book is appropriate for students in grades 4-6

 

Auggie is a 5th grade boy who has been homeschooled his entire life.  Born with a cleft palate and other facial anomalies, Auggie endured many surgeries throughout his childhood.  So, his parents decided the best thing for him would be to be schooled at home.  Until now.  His parents think that he’s ready to start middle school, and after some resistance, Auggie comes around to the idea too.  Deep down, he feels like an ordinary boy, but wishes the rest of the world–especially the kids at his new school–would see him that way.  On his first day, some of his new classmates give him a tour around the school.  Auggie thinks that he’s made a new friend in one of the kids, a boy named Jack.  He even finds a friend to sit with during lunch.  It seems that this transition might be not so bad.  But on Halloween when he overhears a conversation between Jack and a few other boys, Auggie realizes this friendship may not be at all what he thought it was.  And school no longer seems like the right place for him.

From page one, Palacio puts you right in Auggie’s shoes.  You experience his world through his eyes.  You see how others look at him.  You feel what he’s feeling.  And you laugh when he laughs.  That’s what surprised me the most about this book–there are some moments that are down-right hysterical.  Typical middle school humor. What this book has that many others don’t have is heart.  The book is divided into 8 sections, alternating between different characters telling the story from different points of view.  First Auggie, then his sister Via, then Auggie’s friends, then Via’s friends, then back to Auggie again.  Each different voice deepens your understanding of Auggie and the impact his presence has within his family and in the school community.  The chapters are extremely short, but that quickens the pace of the book.  You want to keep turning the page right until the very end.  It’s heart-breaking and hopeful at the same time.

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