A K-8 Blue Ribbon School in Vienna, VA

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Welcome to Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic School which has a long standing reputation for academic excellence and a caring environment which facilitates learning and spiritual, social, emotional and physical growth.

Library

Paws enjoying a book in our library!

Librarian:

Mrs Holden

Automated Library Notices!

Overdue notices are now automated!

Parents will receive an email about any books your child has checked out that are overdue by 7 or more days.

Questions? Please email Mrs. Holden.

Library Newsletters

Click on the tab of the monthly newsletter you would like to read.

November 2017

3rd, 4th, & 5th grades are studying the different informational parts of books. The students are learning all about the Table of Contents, Bibliography, Glossary, Index, Title Page, and Copyright Page to name a few, and what information you can find by using them.

6th Grade is honing their research skills as they work on their River Valley Civilizations Reports for Social Studies during Study Hall.

A special thank you to the students, parents, and teachers who attended the Fall Book Fair! It was a big success in raising funds for new library books and materials.

December 2017

The library has focused on the use of Accelerated Reader for our students during the month of December.

3rd-8th Grades are learning the ins and outs of using AR to test their understanding of books they read on their own. Additionally, Middle School has also used AR to test the understanding of books they have read in their English classes.

Our youngest readers are using AR collaboratively to test their knowledge of books we read together during Library class. 2nd Grade will soon be ready to take quizzes on their own!

January 2018

3rd and 4th grades utilized some of our new library makerspace tools. In a makerspace, students work collaboratively to design, create, and/or build using a variety of materials. This month the students were able to choose from different Lego building sets. Working together, groups of two or more students followed the set directions to make some amazing buildings!


February 2018

2nd Grade: The 2nd graders began working on Accelerated Reader this month. Students read a book together as a class and then independently took their quizzes. By the end of the month, all 2nd graders will be able to take AR tests on their own!

3rd & 4th Grade: The monthly makerspace theme was paper crafts. Students used their reading, engineering, problem solving & cooperation skills to make awesome origami animal, paper airplane & valentine creations!

5th Grade: The 5th grade students are engaged in the study of Spanish speaking countries, and are using book and web-based research to find information. They are working in groups during Computers, Library, and Spanish class to make PowerPoint slideshows to be presented on International Day. Collaborative learning at its best!

March 2018

Spring Book Fair News: Although the weather didn't cooperate, not even two snow days could keep our loyal students and parents from attending our Spring Book Fair! We raised over $1000 in books and funds for our school library. Thanks so much to the parents who helped to coordinate the sale, assisted buyers, and helped to set up and pack up the books. There would be no book fair with out our wonderful volunteers!

Library Awards: During the Spring Book Fair, several of our students were awarded gift certificates for their achievements in our Accelerated Reader program. The top two students in each category (Elementary/Grades 3-5 & Middle School/Grades 6-8) each won a certificate for a book of their choice. Congratulations to all!

April 2018

It was all about the Book Fair last month! Although the weather didn't cooperate, not even two snow days could keep our loyal students and parents from attending our Spring Book Fair! We raised over $1000 in books and funds for our school library.
During the Spring Book Fair, several of our students were awarded gift certificates for their achievements in our Accelerated Reader program. The top two students in each category (Elementary/Grades 3-5 and Middle School/Grades 6-8) each won a certificate for a book of their choice. Congratulations to all the students who participated in our Accelerated Reader program!

May 2018

  • 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade students explored the use of reference materials in the library. Students learned how to use dictionaries, encyclopedias, and journal articles in both book and online form to find useful and fun information.
  • School is winding down, and students are busy finishing the books we have been reading as a class together!

June 2018

During the last month of school, students played games like Jeopardy and I Have, Who Has to review library skills learned this year. Students worked hard to find those library books hidden in lockers and cubbies for the end of the school year, and all books have been turned in! Summer reading lists for rising 4th to 8th Grades are on this web-page. Younger students can take advantage of the Fairfax County Public Library and all their resources, including their summer reading program linked on this webpage.

Thank you for a wonderful year in the OLGC Library! Have a great summer, and keep reading! Mrs. Holden

September 2018

Elementary: Our K to 5 students began the library year with refreshers in library terms, the parts of a book, and book care. We welcomed our newest Wildcats to the library with a visit from our Pre-K preschoolers!

Middle School: 7th Grade is working on research for their Science Fair projects.

School-wide: Most important, our 1st through 8th Graders all were able to check out books! Kindergarten students will start book check out soon.

October 2018

Elementary: It is Mystery Month in the library! Kindergarten through 5th grades are learning all about the special elements of a mystery story, including vocabulary, plot, and characters. Many students took advantage of this time to check out mystery fiction.

Middle School: 6th Grade is learning good note-taking practices while beginning research of River Valley Civilizations for Social Studies. 7th Grade reinforced their research skills while writing their Explorers & Conquistadors reports for Social Studies. 8th Grade worked on writing resumes to outline their academic, athletic, and service achievements during study hall.

Curriculum Overview:

We are fortunate to have a beautiful library with over 14,000 books! Our library program is designed to foster a love of reading and also equip our students with library and research skills that they will use in their academic lives and beyond.

In addition to the books in our library, students may also take advantage of magazines, online databases, and the 18 computer stations in our library media center. We also have a state-of-the-art ActivPanel, an interactive board used for library lessons and presentations..

OLGC Library Web Links and Resources:

Here are some links to some of our most used OLGC Library resources:

OLGC Library Online Catalog: Use this link to look up books we have in the OLGC Library for fun or for a report.







You can also use the catalog to find online resources especially for student use through our Webpath Express service. After accessing the catalog:

  • click on Our Lady of Good Counsel
  • click on Catalog
  • click on Webpath Express

Fairfax County Library: Explore what is available on the Fairfax County Public Library website. Use this link, and then click on the link for FCPL Catalog--Classic View.

Accelerated Reader Bookfinder: AR Bookfinder is a great way to look for books of interest. Use this link, and do an advanced search. Use your Lexile Score to find the perfect book!.

2017-2018 5th Grade International Day Project Information

Book Fairs

The OLGC Library hosts a book fair in the fall and spring of each year. Proceeds from the books sold help support our library programs by raising funds to purchase books and other library materials.

Dates for the 2018-2019 school year are:

Fall 2018 Book Fair: November 5-9

Spring 2019 Book Fair: To Be Scheduled