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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.
- January 2018
- February 2018
- March 2018
- April 2018
- May 2018
- June 2018
- September 2018
- October 2018
- November 2018
- December 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!
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!
- 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!
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
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.
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.
Our Fall Book Fair was held November 5 to 9! Thanks to all of our loyal students, parents, and teachers who purchased books and educational games in support of the OLGC School Library. Our Fall Book Fair raised over $2000 for our school. Many new books have already been purchased, and the remainder of the funds will be used to support other projects in our library. We could never have such a successful book fair without the help of our wonderful volunteers who set up, pack up, and staff our fair all week. Thanks to our wonderful community!
The library's focus was on traditional vs non-traditional books during the month of December. Students in all grades learned about the similarities and differences of e-books, audio books, and traditional books.
Students also learned about how illustrations help support a story, and what better way to do this than read a few Christmas books!
Our Middle School students used their Study Hall time to write letters to Santa Claus asking him to grant their wish for the World. Along with our K-5 students who wrote letters in their homerooms, 362 letters were sent off to the North Pole via a mailbox at Macy's Department Stores. Macy's graciously donated $1 to the Make A Wish foundation for every letter they received in their mailbox. Thank you so much to all of our OLGC students for helping to support this cause!
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
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