• AVONDALE ELEMENTARY LIBRARY

Mrs. Smith

Phone: 205-231-7136

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

EdS, Library Media, May 2019, Univ. West Alabama MS, Library Media, December 2006, Univ. West Alabama BS, Education K-6, May 2003, Alabama A&M Univ.

Mrs. Smith

Mrs. Smith has been working for Birmingham since 2016.  She comes from Huntsville City Schools with over 16 years experience in Education. She has a BS in Education from Alabama A&M, an MS in Library Science from the University of West Alabama and will receive her EdS in May 2019 in Library Science.

When not working with students, she and her pastor husband enjoy travelling, watching football, baseball and hockey, reading, spending time with children and grandchildren as well as participating in civic activities to include executive board membership, advocacy for special needs children and leading worship at her church on Sundays.  

 

“It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.”
Oscar Wilde

  • Avondale Elementary School Library Policies

     

    All children will have access to books, materials and resources regardless of gender, ethnicity and socioeconomic standards.  Books and materials are available for all and no age appropriate books will be off-limits to students.  

     

    Policies

    Pre-K and K may checkout books for their classroom use.  They will not be able to take them home until first grade.  

    Students are allowed unlimited checkouts based on their current reading level in grades 3-5.

    PreK and K will be limited to one checkout per week.  Upon returning the book, they will check out a new book for use within their classroom.

    Grade 1 students may checkout two books for one week.  Grade 2 students may checkout three books for one week.  Books can be renewed.

    The reason for the change in numbers is because it is imperative for students to have access and ability to checkout books and materials to encourage reading and improving literacy levels.  I personally believe that all students who want to check out more than their grade level maximum should have the ability to do so.  It is far better to have plenty of choices than only what was allowed in the past.

    I do not collect late fees.  If the student continues to turn in late, their ability to checkout may be limited in the future depending on circumstances.

    Students with any books checked out may get an extension and additional books during their class visit time.

    Books that are lost will be "forgiven" the first time, however, if any additional loss(es) will result in student checkout ability will be reevaluated.

    Books can be easily receive damage.  Intentional documented damage will result in loss of privileges for a specific time period.  Accidental damage will result in books temporary removal for repair.  If damage is irrepairable, a replacement will be purchased and damaged book will be destroyed.

    Changes to the above policies are subject to adjustments.

     

    DISTRICT POLICIES ARE CURRENTLY BEING WRITTEN TO APPLY TO ALL SCHOOL LIBRARIES WITHIN BIRMINGHAM CITY SCHOOLS.  

     

     

  • Let's March into the Library

    Posted by BILLIE SMITH on 3/11/2019

    REMOVE AND REPLACE PROJECT

    We are making changes in the library thanks to Avondale PTA.  A major weeding project is on the works.  Old books with yellowed pages, torn, tattered and "in need of repair" are being removed from shelves to make room for new books.  These discarded books will be removed from inventory.  New library grade books with appeal to all readers will be bought, processed and placed on the shelves.

     

    NEW BOOK CHARACTER ARRIVES

    Pete the Cat character arrived in the library and the students love it.  Along with Olivia and David, the three have been caught in various places around the library.  

     

    NEW SCHEDULE UNTIL APR 12

    Tutors will be using the library to assist students in reading until April 12.  This endeavor called a blitz will prepare designated students for upcoming testing.  New hours:

    Library closed on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 until 10:30 am.  Thank you volunteers!

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  • New Year/New Happenings in the AES Library

    Posted by BILLIE SMITH on 1/23/2019 9:00:00 AM

    Welcome to my First Blog for AES.  

    I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for visiting the AES Library.  Patrons of all ages are welcome.

    I am working towards having before school and after school openings. I hope we can start a boys book club and a girls book club as well.

     

    Book Fair:  I am currently working with another vendor for the Book Fair.   Scholastic has been ruled out but I am working with another vendor who is all about the books with no "toy junk" along with quality books at affordable prices.  

     

    National Day of Service brings changes to the AES Library:  Volunteers came to the Avondale Elementary Libary on Monday, January 21 to move textbooks from the bookshelves to the storage room along with removing the bookshelves make room for another learning area.  They also reshelved a large amount of books and now we have some empty book carts for other uses.  THANKS!  See pics at the photo gallery.

     

    Black History Month.  February is Black History Month.  Look for special events and activities throughout the month.

     

    Book Club.  I am awaiting approval to start a weekly book club.   Boys will have one and Girls will have one.  Meetings are being conducted to establish parameters.

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