Search HSDB's library for a book
HSDB's library is located in Building E, across the lawn from the administration building and cafeteria. It is fully air conditioned and contains several offices and meeting areas. Jan Khil, Teacher in Charge of the Library, has created a welcoming and rich learning environment. Elementary classes visit the library twice a week for Library Time.
Library Time focuses on one story a week. Jan signs the book and leads discussions on characters, plot, and applications to everyday life. During the entire month of May, the book Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile was featured. From the moment the library doors open, visitors are greeted with a display of the book of the month and children's art.
Jan does a variety of activities to emphasize key points throughout the book. For Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, students were asked to draw a scene from the book and then make a diorama based on that scene. "I like having them draw a picture first because then they have a plan for what the 3D landscape will look like."
In addition to the elementary Library Time, Jan meets with older students to help them with research projects or just finding their favorite book. "I want the library to be accessible for them," explains Jan. "My goal is for books to be in their hands! As many books as they want and as often as they want it!"
To make sure this is possible, Jan started the "Take One, Leave One" free book program where anyone can take a book from the designated shelf. "When we started the year we had two tables and a shelf full of books and now we're down to one. They loved it!" Roz Kia, HSBD's Parent Liaison adds, "At night we often have Family Sign Classes and those free book tables were always a hit. I remember one young girl holding a book to her chest and asking if I was sure she could keep it. When I said yes, she ran to her mom and stuck it in her purse as if to make sure it went home with her. It was so heartwarming to see a child's love of books and I'm grateful to Jan and HSDB for making it possible."