What's Happening at the Library

Destiny Discover 

Our online library portal, Destiny Discover, may be accessed from home! Students may see items checked out with due dates and Holds may be placed on books.  Destiny Discover can be reached through a link on our district homepage www.wesdschools.org or by accessing www.destinydiscover.com.  You may also click the link on this page.  A free app for smart phones is available through the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.   

Book Fair

posted Feb 7, 2019, 6:32 AM by Sheila Wooten-Jones

It's a Dino-Mite Book Fair!  Our annual Scholastic book fair runs from February 11 - February 15.  Students may shop during his or her regular library time.  Join us after school on February 12 when the book fair will be open from 2:30 - 6:00.  Stay for BINGO hosted by our Sahuaro PTA.  BINGO runs from 6:00 - 7:30.  Concessions will be available and there will be great BINGO and raffle prizes.  The online book fair is available until February 15 here.  
Every purchase helps support our students through the school library.  
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Fall and Winter in the Library

posted Nov 8, 2018, 12:36 PM by Sheila Wooten-Jones

It has been a wonderful few months here at Sahuaro and we have been busy in the library.  

The library uses fiction and non-fiction book pairings when possible. Being familiar with the parts of a non-fiction book is helpful for research and information gathering so all grade levels have been learning and reviewing book parts during library visits.  

Being good library patrons helps reinforce good citizenship skills.  Students are expected to take good care of materials and return books on time. 

We begin our Lonely Book Program. Students will be able to check out a Lonely Book in addition to regular checkout.  Lonely Books are books that may not often get checked out.  The students have an opportunity to review the Lonely Book in addition to enjoying extra reading material. With the upcoming breaks having extra reading material is beneficial. 

Our annual Cornucopia Coloring Contest will run through November 16.  The contest is a highly anticipated Fall activity! All entries will be displayed in the library.

All students have access to our online portal, Destiny.  Students may put holds on books in addition to reviewing books.  The students also have access to our vetted database through Destiny.  

Share books as a family.  Reading together is a wonderful way to spend an hour each day.  

April and May in the Library

posted Apr 16, 2018, 7:03 AM by Sheila Wooten-Jones   [ updated Apr 16, 2018, 7:03 AM ]

April is National Poetry Month and we will explore poetry of all types.  Did you know there are over 50 different types of poetry?  Poetry can be fun, but it is also widely recognized to help with cognitive development, language development, social and emotional development, and even physical development through coordination of breathing, and mouth and tongue movement.  Each morning on the announcements the morning reporters will share a poem. On Thursday, April 26 Sahuaro will celebrate Poem In Your Pocket Day.  We will have an opportunity to pull a copy of our favorite poem out of our pocket to share with others.  Check out the parent resources links to explore several great children’s poetry websites, and for information on why poetry is important. 

On May 4 our students will enjoy a storyteller assembly to wrap up our storytelling unit in the library.  Jim Cogan will be here to delight and inspire us to continue to be great storytellers.  Mr. Cogan also uses stories to help teach good character traits. 

To support summer reading our PTA has purchased three books for each Sahuaro student!  On May 16, students will be allowed to choose three books during our book distribution.  It is important for children to read during the summer.  Studies agree that, with as few as six books, children retain more of what they have learned and are better prepared for the upcoming school year. These books are a great start to summer reading.  Click on the Summer Reading link for information and resources. 

Please help us protect our resources.  All student library books should be returned on time and in the same condition in which they were checked out.  Please ask your students to return library books on time.  Lost or damaged items must be paid for.  Please call the library with any questions. Thank you for your support! 

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Book Fair

posted Jan 29, 2018, 2:07 PM by Sheila Wooten-Jones   [ updated Feb 9, 2018, 8:43 AM ]

Join us for our annual Scholastic Book Fair February 12-16.  You may also shop online February 2-17 by clicking here.  Students may shop during regular library visits or after school on Thursday, February 15  until 6:00.  On Thursday, February 15 we will also have BINGO from 5-6 with great prizes.  Each person age 5 and older will receive one free BINGO card.  Concessions will be sold at BINGO.  
All Book Fair purchases help support our school library.  We cannot accept checks.  We will accept credit and debit cards unless the bank has to be called.  Thank you for supporting our book fair.

January-February in the Library

posted Jan 24, 2018, 2:43 PM by Sheila Wooten-Jones

In the library we are exploring folk tales.  Kindergarten and first graders are enjoying well-known and much loved classics such as Henny Penny, The Little Red Hen, and The Three Billy Goats Gruff while second through sixth graders are exploring lesser known folk tales that originate from all parts of the world.  The students are excited and engaged.  Folk tales are among the oldest stories and have been passed from person to person and generation to generation.  From folk tales we learn about other places and times, we learn about good and admirable characteristics and we learn about ourselves.  Hearing a folk tale makes one want to retell it as a story.  In the months to come we will look at storytelling as a means to support student's learning.  

The annual Scholastic Book Fair is coming!  Mark your calendars for the week of February 12-16.  The online book fair will begin even sooner.  More information on that will be forthcoming.

Keep Reading!

December in the Library

posted Nov 21, 2017, 2:44 PM by Sheila Wooten-Jones

This month’s library theme is Warm Up With A Good Book.  Our highlighted author is Eileen Spinelli.  Mrs. Spinelli is a talented and prolific author.  In addition to the author study we will explore winter holidays, shared customs and traditions, and animal adaptations with fiction and non-fiction pairings.  


The students will be able to check out a Lonely Book to review.  Writing a review can help a student with comprehension and allows each student to evaluate and respond to literature using a personal perspective.  Lonely Books also allow students to have extra reading material over our winter breaks. 


Please encourage your child to take good care of his or her library book.  Using a library gives us opportunities to learn and practice traits of good citizenship.   Part of being a good library citizen is taking care of the material and returning it on time.  Thank you for helping to protect our school resources. 

Destiny Discover

posted Sep 21, 2017, 1:18 PM by Sheila Wooten-Jones   [ updated Sep 24, 2018, 2:01 PM ]

Our online library portal, Destiny Discover, may be accessed from home! Students may see items checked out with due dates and Holds may be placed on books.  Destiny Discover can be reached through a link on our district homepage www.wesdschools.org or by accessing www.destinydiscover.com.  You may also click the link on this page.  A free app for smart phones is available through the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.   

Welcome to the Library

posted Aug 8, 2016, 2:24 PM by Sheila Wooten-Jones   [ updated Aug 8, 2017, 12:56 PM ]

Our Sahuaro Elementary school library gives our students access to many great resources including good books and information databases.  A library is instrumental in aiding a student's learning. The library is also a good place to learn responsibility and citizenship. Good library citizenship includes taking care of the books and returning them on time.  When a student checks out a book it becomes his or her responsibility. Please encourage your child to be responsible with library books.  We are excited to see students in the library!  We look forward to a year of sharing good literature, using the library and our database portal for proper research, and helping our students become even stronger readers.

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