Marshall Elementary Library

​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Mission of the Thurgood Marshall Elementary Library is to provide curriculum support by

  • engaging students in current and classic literature,

  • facilitating the acquisition of research skills in both print and digital formats, and

  • fostering interest in information and ideas.

The Vision of the Thurgood Marshall Elementary Library is to empower students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information.


June Jacob, Licensed Librarian/Teacher

Ann Reali, Library Paraprofessional


Looking for research databases? Go to Library Links on the left sidebar.



During February, first and second graders will finish hearing the books on the Monarch Award list. They will vote on their favorites in early March. Third and fourth graders have their last chance to read at least four titles from the Bluestem Award list prior to voting on their favorites in March. Third and fourth are also using various text features to find information in nonfiction books. We recently added many new informational titles to our nonfiction section. These books are tied to the new integrated curriculum.


December 2018

This December our third graders will continue studying research concepts. This includes finding appropriate online resources and how to write citations for books and websites. Fourth grade is practicing using nonfiction features to find information. We continue to talk about various genres of books. Fantasy and biography lessons will be presented this month. First and second graders are using the Early Reader and Primary Fiction sections of the library to find books at their individual reading levels. ​


November 2018

As the weather turns colder, nothing is better than snuggling up with your child and sharing a good book. Research proves that parents and children reading together provides a great benefit by helping students develop vocabulary skills and reading fluency. In Illinois, we celebrate great literature with the Monarch Award list and the Bluestem Award list. Each year, 20 picture books are chosen from the thousands of books published. These books become the Monarch Award books. During library time, first and second graders listen to one of the Monarch books. In March, students will vote for their favorite. Fourth and fifth graders will enjoy this year's Bluestem award books. The Bluestem list contains chapter books and informational books which vary in length and difficulty. The list contains brand new books and a few old favorites. When a student reads at least 4 books from the list, he or she is eligible to vote for his or her favorite during the first week in March. You can access this year's list by using the links on the left side of this page. Or go to  Enjoy a great read with your child today!​


Oct. 2018

Hello Marshall Families--We spent our September library time learning how the library is organized. We also introduced "Kind Bombing the Library" to 3rd and 4th graders. The students are hiding kind notes in books. As the notes are found, we hope these words of encouragement will brighten students' days. During October, the older students will have lessons on copyright and plagiarism. They will hear book talks for books on this year's Bluestem Awards list. Younger students enjoy read-alouds each week from books that are on the current Monarch Award list. You can find links to the current Monarch and Bluestem Awards lists at the left of this page. Don't forget the PTO Book Fair during the first week of October during parent teacher conferences.​_______________________________________________________________________________________________________

Sept. 2018

Greetings Marshall families! We are happy to have your students back in the library! We are spending our September library time learning how the library is organized. 3rd and 4th ​graders are reading call numbers and locating books on the shelves using call numbers. This important skill helps the students find library books on their own. It is a challenge for some to find books at their personal reading levels, but we are working on it. We taught the students our expectations of library behavior and want them to use their library time to the fullest. ​Of course, we are also sharing great books and stories with the students. 

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