Thursday, September 29, 2016

Breakout! Library Skills Immersive Game in Fourth Grade Enrichment Library Classes

Over the past week, RES fourth graders searched for clues, solved puzzles, and practiced their library skills while playing a Breakout immersive game in their enrichment library classes. Our fabulous enrichment teacher, Darcie Rankin, adapted the "Breakout from Mr. Lemoncello's Library" game that was originally created by Amy Williams. The game was particularly good for practicing how to look up books in the library's online catalog, and how to find nonfiction books on the shelves. More information about the original game and the Breakout model of gaming and education can be found at the Breakoutedu website (scroll about 2/3 of the way down the page to see the original Breakout from Mr. Lemoncello's Library game).

Mrs. Rankin put together the video below, of the fourth grade classes during their Breakout game days. Thank you Mrs. Rankin for always bringing so much creativity and engagement to the library!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Library Independence in Third Grade! @resgrade3

Third graders are learning skills to help them find books independently in the library. First they learned how to use the library's online catalog, OPALS, to find the call numbers for books.

Great teamwork searching for call numbers!

Then they practiced putting things in alphabetical order, including letters, words, and finally call numbers on students posing as books.

Are these "books" in alphabetical order yet?

After the alphabetical order practice, the scholars were able to find fiction books on the library shelves, because those books are in alphabetical order by the authors' last names. The third graders are so proud of their skills in searching and finding books independently!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

RES Tie Dye Shirts - Volunteers Needed

Tie Dye Help

Students are working hard at RES to follow expectations!  They are doing such a great job that we anticipate they will light the second set of lights, again!  This time our celebration is giving scholars a chance to tie dye their white shirts they brought in at the start of the year in RES colors!
Kim Aucter has graciously agreed to lead this activity during our art classes, but she still needs help.  We need extra hands to help with the tie dying of the shirts with students, rinsing out shirts, and also laundering all the new shirts.  Please look through and sign up for as many slots as you think you can help with.
Thanks for all you do to help support your children and us!
The RES Staff

Please click the link below to find a volunteer time.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Dorothy Canfield Fisher reading program for #resvt fourth graders #vted

Fourth graders intent on their
Dorothy Canfield Fisher books!

Welcome RES fourth graders and families to the 2016-2017 Dorothy Canfield Fisher reading program!

The Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award is Vermont's Children's Choice award for books. The award has been in existence since 1957 and is open to Vermont students in grades 4-8. Grade 4 students at Richmond Elementary School are encouraged to participate in the program by reading or listening to the age appropriate DCF titles that are in the library's collection. Other titles from the list can found at the Richmond Free Library.

Grade 4 students who read or listen to at least 5 of the selected books from the list by early April, 2017 are eligible to vote for their favorite in the state-wide program. They will also receive an invitation to our world-famous DCF Pizza Party!

More information about the program is below, or please contact Mrs. Redford if you have any questions or would like more information.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

RES Library Information and FAQ's 2016-2017

Welcome back to the RES Library! We are off to a great start to the new year.

Fourth graders in Enrichment Library Class

Here is some information and Frequently Asked Questions about library services in the 2016-2017 school year. You can also find this information at the new library web page at The page is also available as a link under the Students section on the RES web page.

When are library books due back?
Kindergartners are currently practicing borrowing library books and taking them to the classrooms; starting in October they will be taking them home!

How many books do scholars check out?
Scholars may have two books checked out at a time.

When is the library open?
7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday

Can I check out items from the RES library?
Yes! Family members can get accounts at the RES library. This is a great thing to do if your child goes through a lot of books, especially new readers who may read several "skinny books" in one week

What other items does the RES library check out besides books?
The RES library also checks out magazines and audiobooks on CD and Playaway dedicated MP3 players.

Does the RES library need volunteers?
Yes, please! The Richmond Elementary School Library relies on volunteers for a variety of tasks including checking books in and out, shelving books, covering new books, and setting up displays. You are welcome to volunteer any time that fits your schedule. If you would like more information, please contact me. Thank you very much for your interest!

How do I contact the RES library?
Please email librarian Beth Redford at, or call 434-2461 if you ever have questions or comments about the library. I look forward to hearing from you!