Library / Media Center - Sunset Lake
The joy of reading and more...
In the library, we find great books, magazines and websites to use for learning and pleasure. We learn how to access, use and present information safely and accurately. We work with our classroom teacher and Mrs. Negri on projects that extend what we are studying in the classroom.
The elementary library is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Kindergarten – 1 book
- 1st grade – 2 books
- 2nd grade – 3 books + 1 magazine
- 3rd grade – 5 books + 1 magazine
- 4th grade – 5 books + 1 magazine
- 5th grade – 5 books + 1 magazine
Materials are checked out for a 2-week time period. Students may renew their materials for another 2 weeks if they are still needed. Children must bring the book that they wish to renew into the library in order to renew it.
Students are not charged overdue fines; however their borrowing privileges may be suspended or restricted until the overdue materials are returned. If a book is lost or damaged, a replacement fee will be charged.
Students visit the library with their classroom on a weekly basis to exchange books usually following the schedule below.
- Richardson: 9:00
- Guerrero: 10:30
- Sink: 11:40
- Trayers: 2:00
- Phelps: 9:00
- Malito: 9:30
- Walters: 10:00
- Bond: 11:30
- Wallen: 12:30
- Quist: 1:30
- Whitmore: 2:30
- Lewis: 9:30
- Haskell: 11:00
- Baker: 2:00
- Phillips: 9:15
- Higgason: 9:30
- Sadowski: 9:00
- Schimp: 9:40
- Morgan: 10:30
- Clark: 12:45
- Taylor: 1:30
- Moughton: 2:00
- Newhouse: 2:30
Students need not wait for “library day” to visit the library, but may use a pass at any time with their teacher’s permission.
Classrooms also often have the opportunity to come to the library and engage in lessons cooperatively taught by the media specialist and the classroom teacher that enrich and support classroom curriculum with library resources.
Activities and Events
Fall brings colorful leaves, ripe apples and pumpkins and lots of great activities in the library. Fifth graders are working on a in-depth research project involving Native Americans. Each student will learn about the food, clothing, shelter and culture of a different nation and then share their findings through a written and oral presentation. Fourth graders were introduced to atlases and learned that reading maps takes different skills and strategies than reading books. Third graders read magazine articles and practiced writing a constructed response to prepare for a future ELA assessment. First graders brainstormed questions about animals and then used print and online resources to find answers. Kindergartners used a drawing program on their Chrome books to enhance their cut and paste skills while designing their own personal jack-o-lanterns.
The library program provides many services to your child all year long including:
- promoting the very best of children's literature
- keeping students "hooked on reading" by recommending titles suited to their individual interests and abilities
- adding new titles of the latest and most exciting new books including quality nonfiction titles that meet the Common Core standards (see the New Books section of this website)
- teaching research and computer skills specifically geared for the developmental needs of each grade level
- collaborating with teachers to provide activities that tie in the library and its resources to what is happening in the classroom
The Fall Book Fair was a great success! We want to thank all the parent volunteers who helped make this happen. All proceeds from the fair will be used to purchase new materials for the library. The Spring Book Fair will be held during March is Reading Month.
Online Public Access Catalog
The library uses a management system called Follett Destiny. The best thing about this program is you can now access the library's holdings from any computer...in the library, in the classroom or at home. To view what is in Sunset Lake's collection, go to www.follett.swmitech.org, select Vicksburg Community Schools; then select Sunset Lake Elementary School. You can search by author, title, series or keywords to see what is available. Please feel free to contact the library if you have any questions.
Vicksburg District Library
Did you know that every student in Vicksburg Community Schools is able to check out books from the Vicksburg District Library regardless of where they live? Just drop by the library to sign up for a library card.
Battle of the Books
The 2019-20 Battle of the Books has begun! The list of books for this year's competition is below:
Ms. Bixby's Last Day by John Anderson; Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo; What is the Constitution? by Patricia Demuth; The Familiars by Adam Epstein; Absolutely Awful by Lisa Graff; Full of Beans by Jennifer Holm; Who was Princess Diana? by Eric Labrecque; Bob by Wendy Mass; Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes; Into the Killing Seas by Michael Spradlin and Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage.
Kid Friendly Search Engines
Reading Suggestion Sites
- MeL - (WorldBook Kids, CultureGrams, SIRS Discoverer, Kids InfoBits)
- Word Central - (dictionary and thesaurus)
New Nonfiction Books
Cute as an Axolotl by Jess Keating. Introduces seventeen adorable critters, and shows the cuteness--in any species--is more than skin deep
Who was Stephen Hawking by Jim Gigliotti. Although he was diagnosed with a neurological disease at age 21, Hawking did not let the illness define his life and continued his research until his death in 2018. He is best known for his black hole theories and his best-selling book "A Brief History of Time."
Cheetah vs. Tortoise by Eric Braun. One in a series of books that pair two very unlike animals or plants together for an imaginary battle. Readers will compare and contrast their features to decide the winner.
Unofficial Guide to Minecraft Survival by Linda Zajac. Survival mode is the ultimate test of a Minecraft player's skills. Can you get enough to eat, gather the resources you need to build a shelter, and win battles against vicious mobs? Learn helpful tips for staying alive in the game, and glean additional insights from screenshots and STEM and coding sidebars.
Ford Trucks by Seth Lynch. Discusses the history of the Ford truck.
Fly Guy presents: Garbage and Recycling by Tedd Arnold. Fly Guy and Buzz visit a landfill to discover where their garbage goes. They learn all about garbage trucks, trash sorting, bacteria, and how landfills can be more environmentally friendly. They also visit a recycling plant to learn about how recycling programs get started, the recycling cycle, and what happens when trash isn't properly disposed of. There are even tips for how readers can help keep our planet healthy!
New Picture Books
We Are (Not Friends) by Anna Kang. Two fuzzy friends are having a fun playdate when a new pal hops in. As the day continues, each friend feels left out at times. It isn't so easy to figure out how to act when everything seems to change. With humor and heart, the beloved characters from Theodor Seuss Geisel Award winner You Are (Not) Small navigate a friendship triangle as only they can.
Pigeon Has to Go to School by Mo Willems. The pigeon must go to school, but frets about math, learning the alphabet, heavy backpacks, and what the teacher and other birds will think of him.
Lubna and Pebble by Wendy Meddour. In an unforgettable story that subtly addresses the refugee crisis, a young girl must decide if friendship means giving up the one item that gives her comfort during a time of utter uncertainty. Lubna's best friend is a pebble. Pebble always listens to her stories. Pebble always smiles when she feels scared. But when a lost little boy arrives in the World of Tents, Lubna realizes that he needs Pebble even more than she does.
Motor Mouse by Cynthia Rylant. Motor Mouse is a busy little mouse, between driving his delivery car, eating cake, and visiting with friends. Come along with him on his adventures!
Lovely by Jess Hong. Big, small, curly, straight, loud, quiet, smooth, wrinkly. Lovely explores a world of differences that all add up to the same thing: we are all lovely!
What's Your Favorite Color? by Eric Carle. Fifteen children's book artists draw their favorite colors and explain why they love them
New Fiction Books
Mission to Monster Island by Joe Ballarini. It's the end of the world as she knows it! Thirteen-year-old Kelly Ferguson's secret life as a monster-hunting babysitter is taking a beastly turn. Now she has to go on a rescue mission to Monster Island--where monster royalty is turning kids into hairy mutant monsters!
Max and the Midknights by Lincoln Peirce. Max wants to be a knight! Too bad that dream is about as likely as finding a friendly dragon. But when Max's uncle Budrick is kidnapped by the cruel King Gastley, Max has to act...and fast! Joined by a band of brave adventurers--the Midknights--Max sets out on a thrilling quest: to save Uncle Budrick and restore the realm of Byjovia to its former high spirits!
One Third Nerd by Gennifer Choldenko. Fifth grade is not for amateurs, according to Liam. Luckily, he knows that being more than one-third nerd is not cool. Liam lives in the Bay area near San Francisco with his mom and two younger sisters. Dakota is fascinated by science and has a big personality but struggles to make friends; Izzy, a child with Down syndrome, makes friends easily and notices things that go past everyone else. Dad lives across town, but he's over a lot. And then there's Cupcake, their lovable German shepherd, who guards their basement apartment. Recently, Cupcake has a problem--she's peeing in the house. The kids need to make enough money to take her to the vet before their landlord upstairs finds out. And Mom and Dad have said if Cupcake doesn't stop, they will find her a new home. But the kids will never let Cupcake go. Can they save her?
Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson. Twelve-year-old Candice Miller is spending the summer in Lambert, South Carolina, in the old house that belonged to her grandmother, who died after being dismissed as city manager for having the city tennis courts dug up looking for buried treasure--but when she finds the letter that sent her grandmother on the treasure hunt, she finds herself caught up in the mystery and, with the help of her new friend and fellow book-worm, Brandon, she sets out to find the inheritance, exonerate her grandmother, and expose an injustice once committed against an African American family in Lambert.
Batting Order by Mike Lupica. Twelve-year-old Matt Baker is the best all-rounder on his baseball team, but can he help Big Ben Roberson improve his hitting and stand up to his father?
School-Tripped by Jennifer Holm. Babymouse's art class is headed to a museum in the Big City. And now that they're middle schoolers, she and her friends will be totally unsupervised! She can't wait to check out all the world-famous art...that is, until she overhears Felicia Furrypaws planning to ditch the museum and hit the town instead. Babymouse decides to test her freedom with an urban adventure of her own. Will she make it back to the museum before the bus leaves? Or will life in the Big City trip her up big-time?