Teaching Responsibility Through Library Books

It’s hard to believe 2nd quarter is already here. Just a reminder that starting this quarter we’ll begin charging late fees for books. Please help your student be a responsible library patron by encouraging them to return their books by the date stamped on the due date slip at the back of all library materials.

Library fines are $0.10 each day past due. Fine notices will go out at the end of 2nd quarter in January, end of 3rd quarter in March/April and in May before we begin our inventory for the school year. Fines are payable upon receipt of notice; place money due in an envelope with the student’s name and turn it in to the office.

Fines that are unpaid at the end of the school year will be subject to a $3 service charge and will appear on your last bill for the school year. 

What Should I Read Next?

It’s a joy to talk with TVA students each day about what they are reading and what they enjoy reading. Sometimes, students find that they are at the end of a series of beloved books and don’t quite know what to do about it! We’ve all been there, right?!

There is a fantastic website that I use to help solve this problem, www.whatshouldireadnext.com. It’s quite simple, pop the name of a book or author into the search box and see what shows up. The recommendations are based on a key word search. Most of the time the list of recommendation is quite long so there is a good chance something of interest will stand out.

Happy hunting! As always, feel free to drop me a line at library@tvja.org should you have any questions.

The Ins and Outs of TVA's Library

Ever wondered how the TVA library works? Here are a few library facts for you!


The library is open Monday, Wednesday, & Friday from 8:30 – 3:15 and Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 – noon. Students are welcome to check out books during their library time, or they may stop by at recess with permission from their teacher. Parents are welcome to come in and check out books for use at home. Please add our email address into your contacts, library@tvja.org. Occasionally we will email parents if a student has a lost book or if there is another question pertaining to the library.


The best way to reach us is by email: Library@tvja.org. 

Borrowing Books

Book check out began last week. Books are checked out for two weeks at a time. If you are wondering whether a book is due, please look on the inside of the back cover to find the date stamp on the date due slip. As students are checking out books, we do our best to monitor their cards in case they have books that are overdue or are due very soon. If you have any questions about what books your student has checked out, please contact us through our email.

Overdue Fines

Overdue fines accrue at $.10 per day. We do our best to watch student accounts and remind them to turn books in and renew books if they are due but are not at school to turn in. Notification of overdue fines will be sent home after each quarter in the students' homework folder.

The process for payment of overdue fines is as follows; place the amount due in an envelope with your child’s name on the outside and turn in to Monica in the office. Outstanding overdue fines at the end of the school year will incur an additional fine of $3.00.

Lost Books

Lost books happen. If your student has lost a book at home and you are still looking for it, please drop us an email so that we can renew the book to avoid overdue charges until the book is found. If the book is truly lost, please let us know as soon as possible.

You have two options for lost books. You may pay the $20 replacement fee or you may purchase a replacement copy of the book on your own and bring it to the library.

Can Parents Check Out Books?

Parents are welcome to check out books from the TVA library. In addition to our regular collection, we have a number of books on adolescence that may only be checked out with parent permission. For boys we have The Boy’s Body Book by Kelli Dunham, RN. For girls we have the American Girl series of books titled The Care and Keeping of You. If you would like us to send one of these books home with your student, please email us and we will package it discreetly for them.

Feel free to drop us a line at library@tvja.org should you have any questions!

Digging Up Treasures in the Library!

Thank you for your incredible support! The Scholastic Book Fair was a huge success! This is our big fundraiser for the year and the proceeds from the fair are used to purchase books and other materials to enhance our library, our classrooms, and your students’ library experience.

We’re busy this week transitioning from the Book Fair to regular library activities. Accelerated Reader (AR) testing has begun for most students and your child should have their reading level established by early next week. Check with your child’s teacher if you have questions about this testing or the AR requirements for your child’s classroom. Regular library times will start next week. Parents are welcome to sign up for a library card, just drop us a line at library@tvja.org, if you are interested.

We’ll be exploring some fun topics this year, kicking off with a Treasure Hunt theme. We’ll be exploring the library, dig into the Dewey decimal system and wrap up with a game connecting students and encouraging them to recommend books to each other.

Our desire is for TVA students to develop the skills to become lifelong readers, it’s our pleasure to help guide them on their journey! 

Get a Head Start on Oregon Battle of the Books!

We’ve got a jump start on OBOB for next year! Here is the official TVA 2016-2017 Booklist for each division: 

We’ve decided to reduce the amount of books in each category to accommodate wrapping up the competition in March. Students that are interested in competing next year can start reading now. The public libraries in the area have several copies of each title available. Powell’s and Barnes and Noble already have their OBOB displays up for book purchasing. The TVA Library will have 2 copies of each book available for checkout in September. In addition, we will have some audio books available for the 3-5 Division.

Please keep the following dates in mind:

August 25 – sign up for OBOB in your child’s classroom during Back to School Night
Mid-September – Entry form and $5 entry fee due, teams will be formed and announced
Mid to end of September – Teams should begin meeting
March 8, 2017 – OBOB Competition
March 10, 2017 – OBOB Finals after chapel

Have you thought about coaching an OBOB team but need more information? Coaches meet with their teams 2-3 times a month for around an hour at a time. Coaches and team members choose the order in which books will be read. Some teams have all members read all books; other teams have each member choose the number of books that they will read. Coaches do not necessarily have to read the books, but it is helpful to facilitate discussion. There are many resources on the internet and we will also have practice questions available for check-out through the TVA library in early 2017.

Feel free to contact the TVA library via email with questions, library@tvja.org.

Have a great summer!

Mrs. Coggin 

End of the Year Wrap-Up

I can hardly believe it is May, this school year has gone by quickly!

Please be aware of these important upcoming dates for the Library: 

May 27: Last day to turn in books
June 3 - Last day to pay fines
May 31-June 8 - Library closed for inventory and cleaning

Fines are payable in cash only at the school’s office. Please put the money in an envelope addressed to the and put your child’s name and turn it into the school’s office. If you have any questions please email me at library@tvja.org.

I will be sending home information regarding overdue books and fines in the next few weeks. Notices to families of junior high students will be sent home via USPS.

OK - now for the fun stuff!

Has your student been cooking at home? If they have, don't forget to remind them to fill out their entry for the Library Cooking Challenge. This challenge will end on May 20th, all entries must be turned in by the end of the school day. I've enjoyed reading the forms that have been returned! We will wind down the school year reading and talking about food in literature. This tasty topic should be a fun way to end the year.

Have you had a chance to experience live children's theater with your student this year? If not, there's still time! Both NW Children's Theater and Oregon Children's Theatre are showing their last productions of the season.

Snow White is playing at NWCT and it is noted that this play is best viewed by children 5 and up.

OCT is showing James and the Giant Peach. The stage photos on their website look amazing and I'm hoping I can get to this show before it closes. James and the Giant Peach is one of my favorite books and I'm eager to see how it is played out in a live production. Note this production is recommended for children 4 and up.

I checked in at the Hillsboro Library for summer reading information, but it is not ready yet. There are several summer reading programs in the area and I encourage all students to participate.

Have a fantastic day!
Mrs. Coggin

Annual Library Cooking Challenge!

Welcome back! I hope your spring break was restful!

Each spring the TVA Library throws out a fun challenge for students to complete. Those that complete the Cooking Challenge will be entered into a drawing for a gift certificate to Bed, Bath and Beyond. Students may enter as many recipes as they like, but will get one entry only for the drawing. All entries are due to the library May 20th.

Students who wish to complete the challenge can find a simple form to fill out in the library or you can download it here. Please help your student pick a recipe, fill out the form, offer guidance in the kitchen and sign off on their creation. Students may check out cookbooks from the TVA or Public Library, use a cookbook that is already in your home or find recipes on the internet. An excellent site for kids is www.choosemyplate.gov.

Here are 9 reasons why you should do cooking activities with your children: 

1. Learning to cook helps children to learn about nutrition and healthy eating. They are growing up with fast food and junk food at their fingertips, which is part of the reason why child obesity is on the rise! Teaching kids to cook will help instill skills to last them a lifetime.

2. Boost their self-esteem. If your child needs a boost of self-confidence, cooking in the kitchen will do just that. They are accomplishing a task, learning something important, and contributing to the family.

3. Create family time and bonding. Take time to cook with your children and they will have memories that they can pass on to their families. It may take a longer time to get the meal or snack made but the moments with your children will be priceless.

4. Kids will be more apt to eat what they make. Perhaps, it is the enthusiasm of creating something themselves, but children will be more likely to eat whatever they had a hand in making.

5. Cooking is a great way to learn life skills. This can be especially helpful when kids are on their own and won't have to rely on fast food and junk food to sustain themselves.

6. Children can help contribute to the family and can feel the importance of helping.

7. Children can learn to work together as a team, whether it is with a parent or with a sibling to get the job done.

8. Cooking teaches kids about planning and making choices.

While cooking, kids can practice creativity and use their imagination. Kids cooking activities are a great way to express themselves and enjoy their creations.

Happy Cooking, I look forward to hearing about all of the yummy food your student has created!

Mrs. Coggin
TVA Librarian 

Book Reviews and Overdue or Lost Books

Hello from the Library!

I hope each of you will come down during Open House tonight and take a look at all of the fantastic book reviews the students have turned in. It's exciting to see how much they enjoy reading. I've enjoyed sharing their reviews with their classmates during library time this week.

Students that have overdue fines, overdue books or lost books have received a statement of their library account printed on pink paper in their take home folders. Statements for Junior High students will be sent to the home address via USPS.

  • Overdue fines may be paid with cash only in the office or in the library. 
  • Overdue books should be located over spring break and returned. 
  • Lost books - please continue to look for lost books over the break, charges for lost books will appear on the last billing statement of the school year.

Thank you for your attention to these matters and thank you for your support of the TVA Library, it is greatly appreciated!

Enjoy your spring break!

Mrs. Coggin

Open House March 17 - Come Join Us!

Open House is the perfect time to showcase the wide variety of books that our bookworms enjoy. Our Open House display this year will feature short book reviews written by students.

A hard copy of the book report form was sent home this week. Additional copies can be found in the library and in the lobby.

Parents are encouraged to assist their younger student in completing the form. If your student would like, they may attach a photo of themselves dressed as a character from the book or draw a scene or a representation of the book on a separate piece of paper. Our hope is to display the book that was reviewed next to the report, if space allows.

Each student that participates will be able to pick one free book for their efforts. Book selections will be made after spring break during their class Library time. Students are welcome to fill out more than one book report, but only one free book per student will be allowed.

All Book Reviews are due by the end of school March 11th. Feel free to contact me with any questions via email, library@tvja.org.

Don't forget to drop by the library during open house! 

Picture Books

We’ve been exploring picture books with Caldicott award winning illustrations over the past few weeks. From the ALA website: “The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.” It’s been fun to read the books and discuss how the illustrations help enhance the author’s words.

Picture books provide an important role in language development. Children of all ages benefit from the reading of picture books. Since picture books are shorter, authors have to choose their words carefully.

Here are some excerpts from the blog of Terry Pierce, Children’s Author (October 2010) regarding the importance of picture books:

LANGUAGE: Young children (ages two to seven) are a peak age for learning language. Dr. Jane Healy (Endangered Minds: Why Children Don’t Think and What We Can Do About It) note that the young child’s brain is ravenous for language stimulation.

Because the average picture book only has about 500 words, an author must craft each and every word, sentence and paragraph with care. Editor Anne Hoppe once said of picture books: “The writer distills; the illustrator expands.” Picture book writers must distill language to its very essence. This is why the text in a picture book is often rich, evocative, and engaging. Hearing this type of language will enrich a child’s language development.

BRAIN DEVELOPMENT: Dr. Healy (Your Child’s Growing Mind) also explains that during early childhood, the brain buzzes with extra neurological connections that are trying to establish patterns, cause and effect, and sequences. Picture books, with their verbal and visual nature, offer this to a child’s growing mind. For example, in Bill Martin Jr.’s Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See? a child hears the verbal clue of a rhyming word and sees the visual clue of the upcoming animal to be named on the next page. This type of pattern and sequencing helps to build the neurological pathways in a child’s brain. This kind of patterning within a verbal/visual format is unique to pictures.

PHYSICAL PARTICIPATION: Another unique aspect of picture books is the child’s physical participation in the story via the page turn. The words and illustration allow the child to experience what is happening on any particular page; however, advancing the story – physically turning the page – requires action on his part. This type of participation sets up an interactive experience between the child and the story. This participation also keeps the child engaged and helps establish cause-and-effect brain pathways, as mentioned above.

ATTENTION SPAN: Because of their unique structure, picture books can help a child increase his attention span, going beyond an interesting story (which is common to all genres). How many picture books have you seen with a refrain that keeps a child listening – eagerly anticipating his moment to chime in? Children will sit on the edges of their seats (or knees) awaiting their moment to be an active part of the story. Have you ever seen a group of children listening to Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems?

The TVA library has a large collection of picture books. Parents are always welcome to come to the library and check out books to read and share with your children. We hope to see you soon!