Skycrest Library Information
Skycrest Elementary Library Information Center Mrs. Kennedy, Library Media Technology Services Mission Statement
Students will develop lifelong learning and research skills and a love of reading through a variety of media, including technology and print materials.
8:15 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Students may visit the library with their classes, in small groups, or with a parent or guardian before and after school.
When a student borrows a library book, he/she is expected to take care of the book and return it on time. Books should be kept in a safe place, away from babies, toddlers, pets, food or drink. Pages are to be turned with care, and bookmarks used to save a place. Students will be charged a replacement cost fine if a book is damaged beyond repair or lost.
Books: 2 weeks
Kindergarten and 1st grade: 1 book after orientation
Grades 2-5, 2 books
There are no overdue fines, but students with overdue books or lost/damaged fines may not check out additional materials until the books are returned or paid.
Reading Counts Program
Lexile Web Site
The Scholastic Reading Counts! program is designed to encourage students to read, to comprehend what they read, and to improve their overall reading ability. Students in grade 3 and up take a Scholastic Reading Inventory test (SRI) to determine their Lexile levels, and they are encouraged to read books in their Lexile range (100 points below to 50 above).
All Pinellas County schools now have access to the entire range of Reading Counts! computerized comprehension quizzes that are available. When a student reads a Reading Counts! book and passes the quiz, he/she receives points. Prizes are given to the students for the points they have earned. We believe that Reading Counts! plays an important role in the improvement of our reading scores.
You may check inside the front cover of our library books for a Lexile and Reading Counts! points label, or you may visit the site above for Lexile levels.
Battle of the Books
Students in grades 3-5 are encouraged to participate in the Battle of the Books. This program uses the fifteen Sunshine State Young Reader's Award titles. Students must read at least 5 books from the list in order to participate in the qualifying test in the spring. Class teams are chosen according to the highest scores, and the school "battle" is conducted like a quiz bowl. The winning team goes to a regional contest.