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“The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.” — Dr. Seuss


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Battle of the Books

WHO:  5th & 6th Grade Students

WHAT: Book Discussion group that competes in the Diocese-wide Battle of the Books Competition on Tues. May 23, 2017

WHEN: Thursdays, 3:30 – 4:15 pm

WHERE: In the Library.




Battle of the Books May 19th


Battle of the Books Website –


What is The Battle of the Books?

The Battle of the Books is a voluntary reading program that is open to 5th and 6th grade students in schools throughout the Diocese of Arlington.

The Holy Family Battle of the Books group will meet every Thursday after school in the library. An assigned book is discussed in detail each week. We try to read and review two books a month.  There are 15 books on this year’s list representing different genres of literature.  In May, the Diocesan Meet takes place, where each school is represented by a team of five students.

Although the Battle of the Books program is challenging, it is also fun for students who enjoy reading books and competition.

The 2014-15 Battle of the Books Reading List



El Deafo by Cece Bell

Marching for Freedom: walk together, children, and don’t you grow weary by Elizabeth Partridge



Blue Birds by Caroline Starr Rose

Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper



Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley

A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd


 The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

The BFG by Roald Dahl



 Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertram

Greenglass House by Kate Milford



Moving Target by Christina Diaz Gonzalez

The Thief Lord by Cornelia Caroline Funke



A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord

 Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Catholic Librarians Association Choice

Any Small Goodness: a novel of the barrio by Tony Johnston


Student Resources/Links

“In the nonstop tsunami of global information, librarians provide us with floaties and teach us to swim.”

–Linton Weeks


Library Catalog – AVAILABLE IN THE FUTURE!  Search the library catalog by title, author, subject, and reading or interest level. (Follett Destiny).

Online Resources for Students:







Library Policies and Procedures


  1. Kindergarten students may check out one book per week; and,
  2. Students in grades 1-8 may check out one book per week.
  3. If students forget to return their library book(s), they may not check out another book until overdue books are returned
  4. Books are due one week from the date they are checked out.
  5. Books checked out for class projects will be due when the project is due.
  6. Students may renew library books if they have the book with them.
  7. There are no library fines.
  8. If students are not in library class, their books are renewed until the following week.
  9. If school is unexpectedly cancelled on a class library day, books are due back the day school resumes.
  10. At least ten library books are damaged each year due to leaky water bottles in backpacks. Please provide your Kindergarten child with a large, 1 gallon size (or larger) ziplock plastic bag to carry the library books in to prevent having to pay for water-damaged library or text books.
  11. If a book is lost or damaged beyond repair, the family will be charged for the replacement cost of the book.

Library Rules

  • Treat everyone with respect and courtesy.
  • Treat books with respect.
  • Listen to and follow directions the first time they are given.
  • Raise your hand and wait for permission to speak.
  • Keep your hands and feet to yourself.
  • Do your best.

Consequences for breaking the Rules:

If students fail to follow the rules, the consequences may include any or all of the following:

  1. A verbal warning
  2. Receiving a demerit
  3. Meeting with teacher and librarian to discuss conduct in the library
  4. Being sent to the guidance counselor or the office
  5. Phone call to parent/guardian

Parent Volunteers

I love to have parent volunteers help to check books out, shelve books, assist with book fairs and work on special projects in the library!  If you’re interested in volunteering in the library, please contact Mrs. Fred ( to schedule dates and times!  I look forward to working with you!



School Library Donation Policy

The Holy Family School Library is very appreciative of donations from families in the school and parish communities.

We accept monetary gifts that can be used to purchase books, and other instructional materials to expand the library’s collection.

The library also accepts donated materials that are in very good condition, add value to the collection, and are in line with the diocesan selection policy.

If you are interested in donating material to the library, please work directly with the librarian. Any material donated “blindly” to the library may be added to the collection, distributed to a classroom library, given to another school, sold, or discarded.

 Here are some guidelines that may help determine what is appropriate to donate.

  • In general, books and DVDs that are in very good condition, add value to the collection, and conform to diocesan selection standards are gratefully accepted.

There are some items that the school library is unable to accept.

  • Encyclopedias more than three years old.
  • Books, magazines or other printed materials that are damaged or written in/on.
  • Individual magazines or incomplete magazine collections.
  • Books and materials for children younger than age five.

If you would like to make a donation, please contact the school librarian, Mrs. Fred at:  Thank you!


 Book Fairs

JClub Fall Book Fair:  November 15 – 16, 2016

SCHOLASTIC Winter Book Fair:  Jan. 29 – Feb. 4, 2017