Froberg Library

​​​​​​​​The Mission of the Froberg Library is to engage students in reading, to further their knowledge of the world, to provide access to a wide variety of age appropriate books and digital resources, and to instruct students in a positive manner that fosters competence and interest in information and ideas.​​​

 

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

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June Jacob, Licensed Librarian/Teacher

june.jacob@rps205.com

Arshee Alam, Library Paraprofessional

arshee.alam@rps205.com 

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Looking for our research databases or the library catalog? Use the links on the left.

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2019

Summer reading is an important element in every child’s education. By reading 15 minutes a day, students will avoid “summer slide.” This refers to the tendency for students to lose some of their achievement gains of the school year. Explore reading online with Froberg Lightbox books. Students can access these books all summer. Go to the RPS 205 homepage, students tab, Destiny online library catalog. Choose Froberg School, then choose Destiny Discover. You will see “interactive ebooks.” These can be read on a phone, tablet, or computer. Give them a try! In addition, Rockford Public Library offers free library cards to students and a summer reading program. Keep your students reading this summer!

Library reminder to students and parents: All library books are due May 17. Please get all books turned into the library. If a book is lost, payment is due so that the book can be replaced. Thank you for your help.

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During April, students of all ages will discuss internet safety and cyberbullying. The children are taught to tell their parents or other trusted adults if they experience online bullying. This is a perfect opportunity for parents to discuss guidelines for internet use at home and on phones. Ask students what websites they visit. Talk over appropriate use of technology. There are great resources published for parents to help guide their children and keep them safe. www.commonsense.org is one such site. The Illinois Attorney General website offers information about internet safety, too. You can find it at www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov. Go to "safeguarding children." Then click on "internet safety."

The results of our award book voting are in! At Froberg, the favorite picture book from the Monarch list was Creepy Pair of Underwear. In this story, by the award winning team of Aaron Reynolds and Peter Brown, a young rabbit works out his fear by using his glowing underwear as nightlights. The 4th and 5th graders chose the book Ada's Violin as their favorite Bluestem book. This is a true story of children in Paraguay who use recycled trash to make musical instruments. They have become famous across the world as the Recycled Orchestra of Parguay.

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March is voting month in the library. First and second graders will vote on their favorite Monarch book for this year. Fourth and fifth graders will vote to choose their favorite Bluestem book. Stay tuned for the results.

Kindergartners will continue to compare fiction and nonfiction using books about frogs.

The primary grade lessons will focus on various story genres. Fairy tales, folk tales, and fables will be read. Third graders will continue their genre studies with a tall tale featuring Paul Bunyan and adventure stories.

Fourth graders will study idioms, using the biography section, and identifying primary and secondary information sources. Fifth graders will discuss women's history month, adventure stories, and using our online library of Lighthouse books.​

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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. Fourth and fifth 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, fourth, and fifth graders will practice using the index and glossary in informational books. Fourth and fifth graders are learning to identify primary and secondary sources of information. We will celebrate Black History month by talking about famous African American authors. Students will celebrate President’s Day with a look at Abraham Lincoln.

 

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December 2018

As winter approaches, older students are continuing the study of research concepts. This includes finding appropriate resources for research and understanding copyright. We continue to talk about various genres of books. December's focus is historical fiction, realistic fiction, and biographies. First and second graders are using the Early Reader section of the library to find books at their individual reading levels. Kindergartners will be introduced to nonfiction and how it differs from fiction. ​

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​​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 www.aisled.org.  Enjoy a great read with your child today!​

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October 2018

Hello Froberg Families--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. We want our library to be a kind place. To that end, the 4th and 5th graders are going to “kind bomb” the library. The students will hide kind notes in books. As the notes are found by others, we hope these words of encouragement will brighten students’ days.

Sept 2018

Greetings Froberg 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, 4th, and 5th 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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