Graham Elementary School

Indian Prairie School District 204

Library Media Center

Welcome to Graham’s Library Media Center site. We consider our LMC to be the hub of the school. It is a vibrant, active area of the school with a lot of learning occurring daily. We are extremely lucky to have many volunteers helping us daily with our myriad activities. Please feel free to stop in and see all of the learning.

 

What is the LMC?

Our Library Media Center serves the students at Graham in many different ways. In addition to circulating books, the LMC serves as an extension of the classroom. Our purpose is to reinforce and enrich classroom curriculum using a variety of media.

Graham’s LMC is totally flexibly scheduled. This allows lessons to be scheduled at the point of need. Students may come in three days in a row when working on a research project. This helps maintain continuity in their work.
 
We are totally automated and the students are taught to check out their own materials. Our circulation system is Internet-based so students are able to do searches by title, author, keyword, subject, and series from any computer with Internet access.
 
Students are allowed to check out materials as often as they wish. They may check out four items (except kindergarten) and keep them for a period of two weeks.

We in the LMC work hard to instill a love of literature and learning in all students. We want the students to enjoy their time in the LMC and find it a fun, nurturing environment.

The Accelerated Reader (AR) program is an optional program at Graham intended to help students become excited about reading. Our PTA is very supportive in helping us in this endeavor.
 
 
It is very important that students are reading at the appropriate level. We want them to be challenged but not frustrated.
 
After students read the book, they are ready to take a computerized AR test. The students earn points depending on how well they do on the test. Most tests have ten questions and the student must get at least six questions right to pass the test. Students may not retake a test so it is important that they take the test soon after reading the book before they forget important details. It is crucial to note that we don’t want the students getting 100% on every test. If this happens, they are not challenging themselves with their reading. They should be getting between 80% - 90%.

Student set quarterly goals and are able to earn incentives by reaching these goals.

If you have any questions about the AR program, you can ask the classroom teacher or call me in the LMC at 428-6908.

Sincerely,
Mrs. Michelle Shiles
Graham LMC Director

Are you looking for a fun way to honor your child’s birthday? Well, Graham’s LMC has the answer! Donating a book to Graham’s LMC helps to build our library collection and make your child feel special at the same time.

 
We have a birthday book cart in the LMC office. At the beginning of the month of your child’s birthday (or half birthday if a summer birthday), we will invite your child to choose a book from the birthday book cart.

 
When your child chooses a book, he receives a birthday book button. We take his picture to put in the front of the book with a book plate commemorating the donation and date of birthday.

 
After your child chooses the book, we will send you a note telling you what book your child chose and how much the book costs. No book will cost more than $15.00.

Last year, we increased our collection by almost 300 books through our birthday book club.
If you are interested in participating, please call the LMC office at 428-6908. We will send a birthday book form home with your child.

 
Thank you for considering this program. It is a great way for your child to feel special and to support the school at the same time.

Monarch Award

  • The Monarch is a new award program for Graham School. It is a Kindergarten through third grade Illinois Children's Choice award. Students must read at least five books from the list in order to participate in the voting in late February or early March.

  •  2016 Monarch Book List

 


 

Blue Stem Award

 
Illinois now has a children's choice award for students in the third through fifth grade. Called the Blue Stem Award, it has books from many different genres included in the list. If students read at least four books from this list, they will be invited to a Blue Stem voting party sometime in March.
 
 


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Each year, Graham School has a Rebecca Caudill voting party. In order to be invited to our voting party, fourth and fifth graders must read at least three books from the following list. They take an Accelerated Reader test on the book. They show the test results to a staff member in the LMC and we give them a sticker to put on the poster in the LMC. The idea is to have fun reading some great books!

 
What is the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award?

The Rebecca Caudill Young Reader’s Award program is for Illinois fourth through eighth graders. The students read books from the reading list above. If they read at least three of the twenty titles, they can participate in the voting. At Graham School, we have a voting party in February. Students come to the LMC, vote, and have ice cream sundaes. Students from all over Illinois will be reading and voting. We send our vote tally in, and one winner is announced in March. The students get very excited about the program!
 

Who Was Rebecca Caudill?

Rebecca Caudill wrote books for children and young adults. She lived and wrote in Urbana, Illinois for almost fifty years. Some books written by her are Tree of Freedom, Did You Carry the Flag Today, Charley?, Schoolhouse in the Woods, Susan Cornish, House of Fifers, and others. This award is in recognition of her literary contributions.
 

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Graham’s Winter Reading Incentive Program

When: Beginning in January and Ending in March

What: An eight week program divided into four two-week segments, with each segment representing a base of a baseball diamond. When a student completes a segment they will advance to the next base. The goal is to “hit a home run”.

How: Teachers at the grade level choose the two week reading goal for their students.

Each student records the number of minutes read at home. Students return their forms every two weeks and their progress is recorded on a classroom poster. When the students “hit a home run” they will receive a ticket order form for a free ticket to a Kane County Cougar baseball game. The student also receives a concession voucher for a hot dog and soft drink at the game. On our game date, they will be honored during an on-field parade, and also receive their reward for reading.

This year we are very excited to have the Graham School chorus singing the National Anthem at the beginning of the game. It is always a fun Graham family night at the ball park.

Graham’s game dates for this year are:

  • May 2
  • May 19 (Graham Chorus will sing) 

The Fall Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Graham School October 26-30.  Please join us for our Spring Book Fair April 8-13.
 
The whole school is excited about our upcoming Book Fair. An amazing selection of books is headed our way! At the Book Fair you will find the latest and finest titles for kids, as well as books of interest to parents.

Mark your calendar for our Family Event where the whole family can join in the fun. And, you can contribute books to your child's classroom library.
The Book Fair is a great way to get everyone excited about reading.
 
We have an online book fair informational page. Please click the following link to find the book fair hours, volunteering opportunities, special programs, featured books, and a wish list generator.
 
 
We look forward to seeing you at the Book Fair!
 


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Contact Us

Principal: Claudette Walton

2315 High Meadow Rd. (map)
Naperville, IL‎ 60564

Phone: 630.428.6900
Fax: 630.428.6901

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