Library & Media Center
Our media center operates under a flexible schedule with open circulation all day, beginning at 7:30 for students. The media center is open 7:30 am - 3:30 pm daily and is available outside of those hours upon request.
Schedule and Checkout
The Williamsburg School library has a fixed/flexible schedule. For the first half of the school year, students came to the library as part of the enhancement rotation. During the second half of the year, the library's "flex" schedule allows Mrs. Magyar to collaborate with teachers and students on projects and research. Open checkout is available daily for all grade levels at the teacher's discretion.
The Williamsburg School library media center has open circulation. Students may check out another book whenever they return the one they have. Children can come to the library daily to return the book they read the night before. The library is open all day for student use and each child, kindergarten through fifth grade, has a library card to use for checkout. Students check their books in and out themselves, using the circulation computers. Students scan their books and place them on the check in carts to return their books. To check out their books, students scan their library cards and then their books at the check out computer. Because they are self-sufficient, students can check out while the librarian is busy with another class.
Kindergarten and first grade students may check out one book at a time. Second through fifth grade students may check out two books at a time. Books are checked out for two weeks. Students may renew books if they need more time to read them. The Williamsburg School library circulates about 5,000 items a month.
Students are responsible for the books they check out and will be expected to pay for any book that is lost or badly damaged. There is no charge for accidental tears, but it is important that the child report the damage so it can be properly repaired by the librarian.
Do you have a few minutes to spare? Do you want to help the children and staff of Williamsburg School? The school library is always in need of volunteers. Whether it's ten minutes or two hours, once a week or once in a while, we have something for you to do to help our students. There are always books to shelve and we'll show you how. The sooner we get the books back on the shelves, the easier it is for teachers and students to find the materials they are looking for. There are also many other ways you can help in the library which will impact every one in the school. Come see us!
Media Center Resources
Login information for students:
Username: (net id)
Password: (DOB) MonthDayYear
NCKids Overdrive Library: https://nckids.overdrive.com
I'm excited to announce that the NCKids Overdrive library is now available. The North Carolina Legislature and the North Carolina Public Library Directors Association worked together to create the NC Digital Kids E-Book platform for Pre-K to 4th grade e-books. Many of the books will appeal to students beyond the 4th grade also.
In order to access the ebooks, you just need to know your Library system - Rockingham County - and your card number. Students who already have a public library card from the bookmobile can begin using this now. They can also still sign up for a card - I have the forms in my office (English and Spanish).
All third through fifth grade students are encouraged to participate in our Accelerated Reader program. After reading a book designated as an AR book, the student can take a short test of five to ten questions on the AR computer in their classroom. These tests check their comprehension of what they have read and the students receive points based on the number of questions they get correct. Classroom teachers help the students set goals for the number of points they should receive each grading period. They also help each student find their appropriate reading level. At the end of each grading period, students who reach their goal will be able to spend the points they have earned at the AR store.
In 1986, the Williamsburg School library started an Adopt-a-Book program. Through this program, it is possible to make a donation to the library (a minimum of $5.00) and have a new book placed in the library in honor of whomever you wish. This could be in honor of a child, a birthday, a child's teacher, "graduation" from Williamsburg School, a memorial, etc. Students love to see a book in the library with their name inside. It's also a nice way to remember a teacher at Christmas or during Teacher Appreciation Week. Because books generally cost from $17.00 - $22.00, we must ask for a minimum of $7.00, though more would be greatly appreciated to help cover the cost of the book. Interested? Contact Mrs. Brown.
The Williamsburg School Library holds two book fairs a year to raise money to purchase books and other materials for the library. In addition, book fair profits are used to bring wonderful performances (Poetry Alive, The Healing Force, David Holt) to the school for the enjoyment of all the students. The fall book fair is held the last week in September and is always open at the school's annual Harvest Festival, the last Saturday in September. The second book fair is held in April and ties in with the school's annual Spring Fling. Both book fairs are provided by Scholastic Book Fairs which carries such favorites as Franklin the turtle, Clifford the big red dog, and Arthur the aardvark.
Williamsburg School is very lucky to be a stop for the Rockingham County Public Library Bookmobile. Brenda and Angie bring the wonders of the public library right to our door the second Wednesday of every month from 9:00 - 3:30. All Williamsburg first through fifth graders with Rockingham County Public Library cards are invited to check out five books at a time. Any student who does not have a public library card can get a request form from Mrs. Ledford, the school librarian. Parents and members of the community are also invited to visit the bookmobile during its monthly visit.
Colonial Williamsburg Fashions
For American Girl Book Club - "Meet Felicity"
Common Sense Media - Digital Passport - https://www.digitalpassport.org/educator-registration/studentLogin
Digital Citizenship, Internet Safety, and other great "cyber" activities for students. Login with your Rockingham County Schools username and password.
Library Resources: https://www.symbaloo.com/shared/AAAAAefZI1QAA41-4jMEZg==
NC Wise Owl: http://www.ncwiseowl.org/