An exciting new collection has been added to Children’s materials, with the goal of supporting the Howard County Public School System’s Guided Reading Level approach. HCPSS uses the leveling system created by Irene Fountas and Gay Sue Pinnell for guided reading lessons and assessments. The primary customers for this collection are children from pre-K through third grade and their parents. We have included Levels A though P in our initial purchase. The majority of the more than 200 titles are non-fiction.
In addition to this new collection, Howard County Library has an Easy Reader collection of fiction that is very well used by our customers. We also have the BOB Books and Story Box books; excellent resources for parents whose children are just embarking on their journey to the joy of reading. The addition of this new collection adds materials that allow our youngest readers to Read to Learn as they Learn to Read.
Each branch has a separate collection in the Children’s Area. The collection is identical in all branches, only the number of copies differ. The titles are organized according to text level and available at all branches. The call numbers on the spine read GRL (Guided Reading Level) with the level of title below. The opening collection is all hardcover.
These titles can be accessed from the Library’s web site by clicking on “advanced search” and typing GRL and the desired level (letters A -P) in the call number box on the left, under the “Search the catalog by” prompt.
We hope that you find this collection useful, and look forward to your feedback.
Shirley ONeill – Administration, Howard County Library