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Welcome to the Library

Welcome to our Library

Welcome to the S.Y. Jackson Library. My name is Susan Bowdoin, and I am your school librarian.  Please fee free to contact me

  Susan Bowdoin Librarian

S.Y. Jackson Library Mission

The mission of our library is to grow a vibrant community of learners by promoting wide reading, critical thinking, problem-solving, creative expression, and collaboration.


All S.Y. Jackson students participate in weekly library classes. The goals for these visits include:

  • developing a love of reading
  • learning how to access, evaluate, and use library resources of all kinds (print books, digital books, online databases, etc.)
  • practicing being responsible library patrons

Responsibility takes time, consistency, and focus to grow.  All students who visit our library are taught how to care for library books, and how to take responsibility for accidents and mishaps if they occur. If books are damaged or lost, please contact Mrs. Bowdoin (via email is best) to clear your students' account so they are able to continue checking out books.

Library Class

Students attend library classes once a week. They are also welcome to visit the library during open hours (with the permission of the classroom teacher) to return and check out book, and to use our research station.  You are also welcome to visit the library and to check out books!

Book Selection

We teach the students how to find and use appropriate library resources. One strategy is to teach students how to select “just right” books – books that are neither too easy nor too difficult, but rather at just the right reading level so students enjoy reading without frustration.

Our library serves students in grades kindergarten to fifth grade. Many of our students are reading above their grade level and our students have a wide range of interests. We have selected our books with these reading levels and interests in mind, and with New Mexico Department of Education guidelines. If there are are topics or types of books that you prefer your child not read, please talk with your child about your expectations.  You are also welcome to email me about your preferences. I can note this information on your child’s school library card.

  Susan Bowdoin Librarian

Book Care

Students are taught how to care for library resources responsibly.  Kindergarten and 1st grade students receive a library borrow bag to keep in their backpacks. This serves as a protection against leaky water bottles and other things that can damage books. We encourage them to:

  • Return or renew their books on time
  • Keep library books in a special place so they can easily find them
  • Protect library books from damage by food and liquids, animals, and younger children.        

Book Clubs

Above all our other library/media goals, we hope to instill a love of reading in our students.  We have several book clubs that students can join, depending on their grade levels. Information about these clubs is sent home at the beginning of the school year, typically in September.

Caldecott Club (K-2nd grade)

The Caldecott Medal, named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott, is awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. As they progress through each school year, S.Y. Jackson Kindergarten-2nd grade students will become adept at identifying picture books with distinguished illustrations and will participate in predicting which new books might be given a Caldecott award in February.  They are also invited to join our school-wide Caldecott Club.
To be a member of Caldecott Club, students read and track Caldecott Medal and Caldecott Honor books, including those we’ve read together during library class and books they’ve read on their own or with family members.
As your child achieves the following goals, please return the recording sheet to your child’s teacher (a couple of days before your child’s library class).

  • Kindergarten – return recording sheet to every 10 books
  • 1st Grade –  return recording sheet every 15 books 
  • 2nd Grade – return recording sheet every 20 books

Student Recognition

  • Each time a student returns their recording sheet we will celebrate their efforts to read Caldecott books during library class and morning announcements and they will earn a small reward.

Students who read 100 Caldecott books before the end of 2nd grade enter the S.Y. Jackson Caldecott Hall of Fame and their names are listed on permanent plaques outside the library.

Newbery Club (3rd-5th grades)

Each year the American Library Association recognizes outstanding contributions to youth literature with a variety of awards. In past years S.Y. Jackson 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students have been encouraged to read Newbery Award winners. This year we’re excited to expand this club to include other Distinguished Book Award books, including those that have won the Coretta Scott King, Pura Belpre, American Indian Youth Literature, Sibert, and Schneider Family awards, as well as the current year contenders on the Land of Enchantment Book Award Roadrunner and Coyote lists. These award lists include a diverse collection of award-winning books that provide many different perspectives and points of view that readers are sure to love.

To be a member of the Distinguished Books Club, students must:

  • Read 50 books by the end of 5th grade
  • Read books from at least 5 of the 8 award categories 
  • Complete a Flipgrid book talk for each book
  • Each school year, participating students will create a poster that encourages their peers to read distinguished books

Student Recognition

  • For every 15 books read we’ll celebrate your student’s efforts to read distinguished books.
  • When your student reads 50 distinguished books they will also receive a certificate of congratulations, an “I Read Distinguished Books” button, and their name will be placed on a permanent plaque outside the library.