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Library and Coding Lab

Ruby Bridges Elementary School's Library Mission Statement

The mission of our library is to provide a warm and welcoming environment that celebrates and encourages the growth and curiosity of all of our learners, and to support the school's curriculum by giving our diverse learning community access to information in a variety of formats: to help them become skilled information users, to support the creation of life-long learners by fostering a love of reading, to teach age-appropriate computer skills, and to help students develop information literacy skills.  

Welcome to our Library!

We have a    library that currently houses over 13,000 titles, and coding lab with 32 ChromeBoxes. Every class visits us once a week and has a read aloud, checks out books, and learns how to navigate the library. Then, in the computer lab, they learn the basics of internet safety, research skills, and computer science. TK, Kindergarten and 1st grades check out one book a week and use them in their classroom. Students in grades 2 through 5 are allowed to take their library books home. 

This year in our coding lab Kinder-3rd students will learn coding through Kodable, Scratch, and Hour of Code games. Our 4th and 5th graders will learn the coding language Python through the game-based coding program Ozaria. Grades Kinder-5th also learn how to navigate Google Classroom, and 1st-5th learn about various Google software programs including Chrome, Docs, Slides, Draw, Sheets, Forms, and Drive which translate to a working knowledge of most web browsing, word processing, presentation, diagramming, spreadsheet, and file hosting software. We use the Common Sense Media curriculum to focus on Digital Citizenship.

The library is open before and after school so students can check out books. During book fair week the library is temporarily closed while the fair is open. At that time families can find many affordable, interesting books to purchase for their homes. 

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Students login with their AUSD Google account to access ed apps + resources.

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Access the Ruby Bridges' library catalog.

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Ruby students participate in this global computer science initiative each year.

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 Teacher Librarian

Alexandra Velasquez-Igaz

A Teacher Librarian is:
  • a teacher of information literacy, research, digital citizenship, and technology skills who encourages a love of learning and a love of reading

  • an instructional partner who collaborates with other teachers to integrate technology and literature into classroom lessons 

  • an information specialist who develops a base of digital and print resources to support the school's curriculum and promote a life-long love of reading 

  • a program manager who creates an inviting atmosphere, manages funds, and provides dynamic library program