New elementary librarian, Mrs. Kim Osman, has added color, excitement, and lots of enthusiasm this year for students and staff alike when visiting the library. An elementary teacher for the past 23 years, Mrs. Osman recently completed her Library Certification and was very excited to bring new services and implement many new changes at PWE.

One of the most obvious changes she brought is the vibrant blue and orange colors that brightens the library wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling. New bean bag chairs scattered about the room allow students to find that perfect place to settle in and read a good book on their own or with a partner during paired reading sessions.

With a focus on information literacy, Mrs. Osman is teaching students how to use the digital card catalog to find books from all genres, covering many topics. Students are also learning how to evaluate information gathered from their library and online searches. They are asked to determine the reliability of the source, whether the information is good, bad, or unproven, and how the information applies to the task at hand.

Book literacy skills are reinforced during class library periods as students learn to identify the various features of books including items like genre, recognizing the author, use of the glossary, table of content and index.  Each month a new author is chosen and students spend time reading, discussing, and writing about the author’s writing style and content. 

Mrs. Osman coordinates library lessons with grade level classroom lessons each month. This enhances overall student progress in mastering concepts and skills. Keyboarding is another important skill practiced. Using typing.com, students are able to improve typing skills in order to better meet today’s testing requirements and everyday use of technology in all aspects of life. Kindergarten students are very excited when visiting the library. This semester will be the first time they get to checkout books, hooray for Kindergarten!

PWE students and staff  are very happy to welcome Mrs. Osman as our new librarian and are looking forward to all the great things to come!

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