Hillcrest School Library
Welcome to a new school year at the Hillcrest Library!
I am Pat Sokalski, library teacher. Already I have met many of you, and I have felt warmly welcomed. I am looking forward to working with your children.
A little bit about me
I started teaching a long, long time ago. I taught English, drama, and journalism in junior high schools in Vallejo; I was a staff developer and a school counselor for several years before using my library degree. Del Rey School in Orinda was my library home for twelve years, followed by four years at Orinda Intermediate School. I have lived in the East Bay area from my college years at U. C., Berkeley until now in Orinda.
Schedule, Curriculum, and Hours
The two main uses for libraries are to obtain information and to find reading materials, and my slogan is, “Learn something new every time you visit a library.” Thus, the lessons I teach will move students along in their using a library, ranging from basic book care to evaluation of online resources. Reading aloud—an activity we all enjoy even through adulthood—will be an important part of each library visit. Ask your son/daughter about library lessons and visits.
Classes for fourth and fifth graders start this week on August 29. Children in grades K-3 will receive classroom visits next week. All K-5 classes will have specified times to come to the library each week. Middle-school students may visit the library before school, during lunch, and when teachers schedule visits. Students are allowed have two books checked out at a time (K=1)
My days are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from 8:15 until 3:15; however, you are likely to find me here earlier, later, and on other days—it’s just a good place to be! The library will be open before school, at lunch time, and after school on Wednesdays from 1:30 – 3:15 unless a teacher meeting calls me away.
Parents are Patrons, too.
The Hillcrest Library is a community resource. Parents may also check out books: just stop in and get a patron account. Your children will benefit both from your reading to them and with them. Parent volunteers are an essential part of the library program: I can’t do this job alone! I am always in need of book suggestions from teachers, students, and parents, and I maintain wish lists in hard and online versions. Your requests and suggestions are important to me.
Patricia King Sokalski