Libraries

Information Literacy Concept Grid: Developing literacy includes learning to navigate the huge amount of information available to us today in electronic as well as print form. Students must learn to discriminate in choosing authoritative, accurate, current and relevant resources. FISD librarians select the best resources possible, based on particular curriculum needs and essential skill requirements. Teachers, administrators, staff and parents are encouraged to use the libraries often for their own professional needs, and to be aware of the constantly changing look of the research process.

Children’s Right to Read ( by Dr. Peggy Sharp )

Children have the right to gain something from the books they read, to take something away from their experience.  Books give children an opportunity to explore new worlds and learn new ideas.  Provide them with a wide range of books that allows them to travel places they’ve never been, and see things they’ve never seen.

Children have the right to choose their own books to read. Children need an opportunity to learn to select good books for themselves.  By selecting both books that they like and don’t like, they will develop the criteria for books they enjoy reading.

Children have the right to read books on topics of interest to them. While it is important to expose children to a wide variety of books, young readers need to be allowed to identify their own reading interests.  Not everyone likes to read the same books, and children need to be able to select books of the genre and topic of interest to them.

Children have the right to read both challenging and easier books. Children do not always have to read at their reading level.  Everyone likes to “relax” and not always be challenged when reading; children, too, need to experience relaxing reading.

Children have the right to read for fun. Children should have the opportunity to read a book for the pure pleasure of reading, and not always be expected to take a test, write a book report, participate in a discussion, or follow-up on the book in any other way.

Children have the right to have stories read to them.Everyone loves to hear a good story. Children of all ages need an opportunity to relax, hear the language of a well-written book, and be entertained by listening to a story.

Children have the right to dislike some books.There are a few, if any, books that everyone likes. Similarly, there is no rule that says everyone needs to finish a book once it’s started.  Give children an opportunity to stop reading a book they are not enjoying.

Children have a right to read all kinds of books.There is no one kind of book that is better than others.  Give children an opportunity to read light and silly stories along with serious, thought-provoking books to broaden the appeal of reading.