Welcome to the Learning Commons at Prairie Waters

Hello! My name is Ms. Kaytlynn Fowler and I am the Learning Commons Facilitator here at Prairie Waters. I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Alberta University of the Arts and am currently completing my Library Technician Diploma from SAIT. A few of my favourite things include Harry Potter, the Avengers movies, drawing and painting, playing board games and eating chocolate. You can find me in the Learning Commons on Mondays, Wednesdays and every other Friday. You can also reach me by sending an e-mail to kfowler@rockyview.ab.ca.

FAQ: What is a Learning Commons?

Traditional school libraries are seen as quiet places full of printed books, people reading and librarians ‘shushing’. A Learning Commons takes school libraries into the 21st century. Yes, we still have printed text, and there are still people reading, and there is still a librarian, however the Learning Commons has so much more! There is a hum of activity with students talking, learning, searching for information on a variety of devices, focusing on content creation and synthesizing of information. The Learning Commons becomes the hub and the heart of the school; a place for teachers and teacher-librarians to collaborate to build inquiry learning and critical thinking skills in students; a place for technology integration and experimentation; a place that is ‘owned’ by students and staff alike.

by Kelly Reierson and Lissa Davies

How do I access digital resources?

DIGITAL RESOURCES

Koha Library provides access to your library account online. You can sign in under My account [log in] with these credentials: Username: firstname, middle inital, last name. Example = petetcat

Password: Powerschool number. Example= 84012345

Once you are logged in you can view your dashboard (your account information), search for titles in the search bar and place holds on items you are interested in. If you have any questions about this, please ask Ms. Fowler.

Online Reference Centre provides quality digital learning and teaching resources correlated to Alberta Education's K-Grade 12 programs.
Username:  LA53  Password:  4487

Wonderopolis - a wonder a day will keep kids' eyes open to discovery.

How do I properly care for my library books?

BOOK CARE

One of the concepts we emphasize in the library is respect for property.  You can encourage your child to take care of his or her library books by:

  • Keeping library books in a safe spot in your home - please help designate one
  • Washing his or her hands before reading or handling books
  • Keeping food and drink away from library books
  • Turn pages with care
  • Keep pets away from books
  • Keep books away from younger brothers and sisters who might scribble in, or tear books
  • Carry your library books in your book bag. Keep your books dry.

Lost or Damaged Book Policy

Students are responsible for the books they check out from Prairie Waters Elementary School.  If a book is lost, or damaged the student will be responsible for paying the full replacement cost of the book.  While we do not charge fines for late books, we do charge if a book is irreparably damaged or lost.  To make a payment, send cash in a sealed enveloped or make a cheque payable to PRAIRIE WATERS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.

Lost books - If a lost book is found after the replacement cost has been paid, the student will be reimbursed the cost of the book after it has been returned to the library if it is in good condition and can be returned to circulation.

Damaged books - A book is considered damaged if it is returned to the library in a condition that requires extensive repair or is unable to be repaired and cannot be returned to circulation.  Examples of damaged books include but are not limited to, water damage, mold, writing on the inside of the book, torn and or missing pages, and/or damaged to the outside of the book.  Ms. Fowler, the library technician will determine if the book can be repaired or not.  If not, or if the repair work is extensive, the full replacement cost of the book will be charged to the student.

Overdue notices - Overdue notices and bills for lost books will be sent home periodically with your child.  Please check backpacks and agendas for overdue notices.

 

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