Library

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Welcome to the Dudley School Library!

     “The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.” -- Mark Twain (Great American author)

     “I cannot live without books.”  -- Thomas Jefferson (Great American President)

     “Hey you!  Get in here and read!” -- Mr. Rickard (Dudley School Librarian)

     At the Dudley School library, our goal is to help you learn and grow, have fun, and get excited about books!  We know strong readers are successful students, so we’ll stop at nothing (almost) to inspire students to read.  From snakes, spiders and sharks, to Jack & Annie, Harry Potter, and Walter the Farting Dog, we’ve got something for everyone!

Dudley Library FAQs

Q: What does FAQs mean?  A: Frequently asked questions.

Q: Oh, right.  How many books may I check out?  A: Kindergarten students may check out one book each week; 1st through 5th grade students may check out two books a week. Pre-K students visit the library every week, but they do not check out books.

Q: How long may I keep my book(s) out?  A: One week.  If it takes you longer than a week to finish a book, you may keep it longer.  We’re pretty flexible…as long as you keep us informed!

Q: What happens if I lose my book…or if my baby sister chews it up? A: A book that is lost or destroyed must be paid for so it can be replaced.  A book that is damaged but may be saved should be returned to Mr. Rickard so that he may attempt to repair it.

Q: Who is Mr. Rickard?  A: He is the Dudley School Media Specialist. (That’s just a fancy name for librarian…)

Q: Does he offer the Accelerated Reader program?  A: Why yes, in fact, he does.

Q: How does the program work?  A: He thought you’d never ask…

Accelerated Reader is an independent reading program designed to encourage students to read and to comprehend what they read. Students choose books that roughly match their reading level, read the book independently (though books may be read to beginning readers), then take quizzes online at school to check for comprehension. Points are awarded for each quiz taken successfully. Points earned depend on the number of points assigned to the book and the number of questions answered correctly.  

Q: What does the student get for his/her points?  A: In addition to a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment (intrinsic rewards), students earn prizes and recognition (extrinsic rewards) for accumulating points.

Q: Are there any particular point goals?  A: Yes there are! Students’ point goals are linked to their Success For All (SFA) reading program level.  The goals are:

Starting SFA Level  Required Points
Kindergarten 5 points 
Roots 10 points 
2.1 15 points 
2.2 20 points
3.1 25 points
3.2 30 points
4.1 35 points 
4.2  40 points
5.1  45 points
 5.2 50 points
 6.155 points 

Club members earn a special A.R. reward (usually a hat) and have their pictures taken to be added to our A.R. “Wall of Fame” in the library!

Q: Any other incentives?  A: Sure…

The top 10 point earners and the top readers at each grade level receive certificates at the end of the year.

Every student who reaches his/her AR goal will be invited to a special year-end movie event!

Individual teachers offer incentives such as bookmarks, pencils, no homework passes, and special lunchtime activities.

At the end of the year, if readers have reached the year’s school-wide goal, Mr. Rickard will usually do something spectacular! (Rumor has it that, this year, he’ll spend a night on the roof of the school!)

Q: What is this year’s school-wide point goal?    A: 4,000 points.

Q: Wow.  The Dudley Library sounds like a great place.  A: Thank you!