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Welcome to the 2015-2016 School Year!

School Library Hours

Monday Closed
Tuesday 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Thursday 9:45 AM – 3:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

School Library Staff

  • Mrs. Tracy Rawls, Library Instructor
  • Mrs. Francesca Boies, Library Aide
  • Mrs. Cricket Martenson, Library Aide
  • Mrs. Lorraine Bentley, School Library Consultant

Borrowing Procedures

  • Library books are checked out for one week loan periods.
  • Books may be renewed, if needed longer, provided no one is waiting for the book.
  • Students who return books to the library late are fined 10 cents per school day late. School days include ALL the days the library is open.
  • Overdue and fine notices are sent home with students once each week. Please check your children’s backpacks and folders


St. Andrew’s Library houses a collection of over 14,000 print and non‒print materials and provides school and home access to online subscription databases through our participation in the Maryland K-12 Digital Library. Library staff can help you complete homework assignments, find research information for projects and reports, and discover great books to read and enjoy!

The Library sponsors one book fair each school year in the late fall, giving students the opportunity to buy books for their personal libraries and providing parents a chance to purchase holiday gifts, the profits from which provide funds for additional library material purchases and collection development. Watch for announcements each fall for this big event!

Each academic school year, a local author or illustrator or storyteller is invited to visit the school and speak to the students. Guest authors have included: Helen Jacob, Mary Downing Hahn, David Wisniewski, Pamela Duncan Edwards (author) and Henry Cole (illustrator), Valerie Tripp, Fred Bowen, Tracy Grant, Pricilla Cummings, Alice McGill, Elisa Carbone, Mary Quattlebaum, Karen Leggett Abouraya, and Katy Kelly.

This May, local illustrator and author, Henry Cole, who has illustrated and/or written over 100 books, returned to St. Andrew Apostle to visit with Grades K, 1, 2, & 3 He shared a wonderful morning with the children and teachers and library staff talking about his books, his work, how he creates his illustrations and how he writes his text. If you check out his website you will discover what a great time was had by students and staff alike.

In February, Master Storyteller, Baba Jamal Koram, shared his gifts with students in Grades 3 – 8. His presentation included stories about himself and his life and from his cultural background, all of which convey a lesson as well — standing up for what’s right, caring for earth and its animals, believing in the good in everyone, His stories are captivating, told with warmth and and humor and wisdom and joy, and we were blessed to have him visit.

Individual suggested summer reading lists, based on a summer reading theme, are provided for each grade level, Kindergarten through 8th grade, every summer. In addition, students are challenged each summer break to read 1000 pages or more in our annual Summer Reading Challenge.

Overview of our library. Story rug. Student workstations. Circulation desk.

Summer Reading

Please take a look at the suggested 2016 summer reading titles for Pre‒S and Pre‒K, kindergarten, grade one, grade two, grade three, grade four, grade five, grade six, grade seven and grade eight. The junior high lists are annotated and include a required reading assignment.

Our 2016 reading theme is “Discover books and become a reading machine! Read more, learn more in 2016!”

Required Summer Reading

Students in grades six, seven and eight have required summer reading assignments. Required reading lists for grade six, grade seven, and grade eight, as well as the Summer Reading Assignment, are available for your reference. In addition, an annotated list of books is provided, above, for each junior high grade.

Summer Reading Challenge

Between June 11, 2016, and August 27, 2016, Mrs. Bentley is challenging YOU to read 1000 pages or more. In addition to St. Andrew’s students, she is inviting parents and teachers and other staff to join in the fun, “Discover books and become a reading machine!” and read 1000 pages as well.

Please use these Reading Challenge record forms for students and adults. Student forms must be signed by a parent. Complete the forms as you read and bring them to the school office on or before September 7, 2016. All participants who “DISCOVER BOOKS AND BECOME A READING MACHINE! READ MORE, LEARN MORE IN 2016” and complete 1000 pages will receive a certificate. Read and enjoy!


Thank you to everyone who participated in our summer “UNDER THE OCEAN, ON LAND, OR IN THE AIR, SUMMER 2015, READ EVERYWHERE!” 1000-page Summer Reading Challenge! Seventy-three students, in Grades K – 8, read a total of 200,515 pages, and eight adults (parents, grandparents, teachers and staff) read a total of 26,793 pages for a GRAND SUMMER READING TOTAL OF 81 READERS READING 227,308 PAGES!!!

Our #1 reader this summer was Sara Thomas, Grade 5 M, who read a total of 19,347 pages. Caitlyn Trevino, Grade 3 L, came in second with a total of 9565 pages, and in third place, Sophia Thomas, Grade 5 M, with 9499 pages. Other top ten summer readers are: Madeleine Moss, Matthew Ayala, Natalie Twigg, Nina Thomas, Mira Thomas, Sophia Costa, and Tiffany Costa. All students who completed 1000 pages or more received a certificate and a goodie bag.

Our summer reading challenge began the summer of 2004 when Scholastic issued a 1000-page reading challenge in celebration of the publication of Book #5 in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, a book containing 896 pages. The next year, St. Andrew’s Library issued its own 1000-page reading challenge in connection with our summer reading program and began a tradition. Unfortunately, we did not collect statistics for the 2004 Scholastic challenge. We do, however, have the results from Summer 2005 forward. Each summer, an average of one-fifth to one-third of our students have participated. Across the eleven summers of reading, a total of 1040 readers (students, parents, grandparents, teachers,staff) have read a grand total of 2,801,715 pages.

Several people deserve a special thank you for their contributions to our 1000-Page Reading Challenge. Thank you, Andrew Bentley, St. Andrew’s class of 1991, for creating the theme for us each summer! Thank you, Kim Bentley, St. Andrew’s class of 1988 and now graphic designer and co-owner of the Baltimore Print Studio, for designing and then individually screen printing or letter press printing the reading certificates. Thank you, Mrs. Rawls and library aides, Mrs. Boies and Mrs. Martinson, for helping with all aspects of this summer reading challenge. And, finally, thank you to all of the eager and enthusiastic readers at St. Andrew Apostle!

Lorraine Bentley
School Library Consultant

So you have to do a research project … !


St. Andrew Apostle School has adopted The Big6™ Research Model, © 1987 by Michael B. Eisenberg and Robert E. Berkowitz, to help students through the research process. The six steps to problem-solving include:

  1. Task Definition
    1. Define the information problem
    2. Identify information needed to solve the information problem.
  1. Information Seeking Strategies
    1. Determine all possible sources (brainstorm)
    2. Select the best sources
  1. Location and Access
    1. Locate sources (intellectually and physically)
    2. Find information within sources
  1. Use of Information
    1. Engage (e.g. read, hear, view, touch)
    2. Extract relevant information
  1. Synthesis
    1. Organize from multiple sources
    2. Present the information in an appropriate product
  1. Evaluation
    1. Judge the product (effectiveness)
    2. Judge the process (efficiency)


The Super3 Guide to Information Problem-Solving contains the same basic elements as the Big6™, but it is written for younger students to understand.

The Super3 steps include:

  1. Plan – The Beginning
    • What am I supposed to do?
    • What will it look like if I do a really good job?
    • What do I need to find out to do the job?
  2. Do – the Middle
    • The students DO the activity – read, view, tell, make a picture, etc.
  3. Review – the End

    Before finishing the product and turning it in, students should stop and think:

    • Is this done?
    • Did I do what I was supposed to do?
    • Do I feel okay about this?
    • Should I do something else before I turn it in?

Web Resources

Eisenberg, Michael B. and Robert E. Berkowitz. The Big6™ ©1987.

Kentucky Virtual Library presents: How To Do Research.

If you have any further questions, be sure to speak with your teacher and/or Mrs. Rawls in the library, or e‒mail Mrs. Bentley.

Internet Resources

MDK12 Digital Library Maryland K-12 Digital Library logo.

The MDK12 Digital Library is available to students at school and at home.

Search Engines

Directories and Reviewed Web Pages

Information about our U.S. Dept. of Educ. Blue Ribbon awards. Information about our U.S. Dept. of Educ. Blue Ribbon awards.