Mrs. Hinkle- Librarian & Mrs. Cleveland-Hirsch- Assistant

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Summer Reading

Why Should Students Read During the Summer? 

The purpose of the PWCS Summer Reading Program is to encourage students to enjoy quality literature and to continue developing their independent reading skills. Students:

  • Build their vocabulary
  • Develop their reading skills
  • Enjoy new stories
  • Learn new information

What Are the Requirements?

This is a voluntary program. Students who participate complete a minimum number of readings:

Grades K–2, read 5 books
Grades 3–5, read 3 books
Grades 6–12, read 2 books

How Do Students Document Their Reading?

Summer is a great time for students to read for pleasure and dive deep into their favorite genre or experience something new. Providing students with choice in what they read increases their reading motivation and engagement. You are free to capture your child’s reading log by recording the title, author, and date read.  

Suggested Reading Lists can be found at PWCS website for each grade level.

Students May Use the Prince William Public Library Summer Reading Programs:

Students who participate in the Prince William Public Library Summer Program – Kids (grades K-5) or the Summer Program – Teens (Middle & High School Students may use the documentation provided by the library. However, students should read the number of books that has been designated for their grade level. See the PWPL fliers for more details. 

Rising K to 5th graders should turn in their Summer Reading to Mrs. Hinkle in the library the first week of school. Make sure your name and your teacher’s name are clearly written on any paperwork. Prizes will be awarded for participation in this years Summer Reading Program. 

Please contact Mrs. Hinkle with any questions you may have.  

Resources and How to Access them 
How to get a Public Library card online video

How to access MackinVIA for BMES Video  &  MackinVIA Website  

Video on Unite for Literacy Video  

How to use Find It Virginia EBSCO K-8 Ebook Collection Video

Find It Virginia San Diego Zoo Kids Video 

Find It Virginia Time For Kids Video

ary Virginia Readers’ Choice Titles for 2020 – 2021
Grades 3-5

Dragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliott  (Audible & Libby)
Because of the Rabbit by Cynthia Lord   (Audible, Libby, Hoopla)
 Avalanche! (Survivor Diaries) by Terry Lynn Johnson   (Libby)
Max & the Midknights by Lincoln Peirce   (Audible & Libby)
Pay Attention, Carter Jones by Gary D. Schmidt  (Audible & Libby)
Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead  (Audible & Libby)
Thirty Minutes Over Oregon by Marc Tyler Nobleman  (Hoopla)
Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat by Johnny Marciano and Emily Chenoweth  (Audible & Libby)
Song for A Whale by Lynne Kelly  (Libby)
Pipsqueaks, Slowpokes and Stinkers: Celebrating Animal Underdogs by Melissa Stewart

Dragons In A Bag by Zetta Elliot Read Aloud
This is a Virginia Readers' Choice for NEXT year.
Email Mrs. Hinkle for the links.
Chapter 1, 2, & 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12 & 13

Because of the Rabbit by Cynthia Lord Read Aloud
This is a Virginia Readers' Choice for NEXT year.  
Email Mrs. Hinkle for the links.
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7
Part 8
Part 9

Click on the Library Catalog Link Above
There are great resources on the Library Catalog Home Page. Make sure to go all the way to the bottom of the page.

Prince William Public Library Resources
If you have a library card from the Prince William Public Library, you can download the apps Libby and Hoopla.  With these apps you will be able to borrow ebooks, audiobooks, and much more. Use the link below:

How to get a library card PWCS
 In this video, I show you how easy it is to get an online public library card.

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Checkout Procedures

In an order to increase literacy, and promote reading for pleasure, we will be instituting a new checkout policy starting in the second quarter. Students in grade 1 to 5 will now be able to check out up to 5 books at a time for a two week period. Kindergarten will be able to check out two.  Having an overdue book will not prevent them from checking out. For example: 1 book overdue, will still allow that student to check out 4 books. We will continue to remind students of the overdue book and print a picture of the cover to help them look for it. 
Students will be given up to six months to find a lost book.  At that time we will contact parents to pay for the book.  Books found after the lost book is paid for can not be returned to the library if found for a refund. Students can keep the book as part of their personal collection. 

Battle of the Books

All 4th and 5th graders are invited to join the  Battle of the Books Club.
 A list of this years books can be found in the File section of the library's web page.  In March, twelve students will be selected to compete at the semi-finals. Students will be selected for the competition team based on the number of books that have been read and how well they can recall information about the books.  Copies of the books will be made available to the participants, but parents may purchase individual copies on their own if they wish.

PWC Elementary Battle of the Books Titles for 2020-2021:
1. Hilo: 
The Boy that Crashed to Earth by Judd Winick 
Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman (Audible, Libby, Overdrive)
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly ***Picture Book*** (Hoopla, Libby, Overdrive)
Map Trap by Andrew Clements (Audible, Hoopla)
My Life as a Ninja by Janet Tashijian 
Serpent's Secret by Sayantani DasGupta (Audible, Hoopla)
Spies at Mount Vernon (Book #7 of the Virginia Mysteries) by Steven K. Smith (Audible)
Upside-Down Magic by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins (Audible, Hoopla)
Wishtree by Katherine Applegate (Audible)
Word With Wings by Nikki Grimes  (Audible)


A Book and A Bite
Have you read a good book lately? Would you like to share your book with others? Join Mrs. Hinkle in the library during lunch to discuss your book. This is open to all grade levels. See Mrs. Hinkle in the library for a form to fill out!

Celebrate with Book

Help the school library grow by donating books through the “Celebrate with Books!” program.  This program allows donors to recognize special achievements and occasions.  Because of the cost of purchasing library bound books, a donation of $15 or more is needed.  Donations can be made in celebration of birthdays and other special occasions or just to say “thanks” to someone special. 

The new book will have a personalized bookplate and be added to the library collection.  Donations will also be acknowledged during morning announcements and the donor’s child will be the first to check out the book!  If you wish to donate a book, fill out the form below and send it to the library.  As the book ordering and processing takes about 3 weeks, you may send the form in advance of the event you are celebrating.