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The Thunderbird Library

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Our library is the heart of our school community!
A fun, vibrant place filled with light and awesome books to fall in love with.It’s so much more than a room with books in it…it is the place where the majority of our kids first learn to read for pleasure, increase their literacy skills, and hopefully become lifelong readers.

Our library is like the Statue of Liberty of the school, welcoming in our “tired, poor, huddled masses” yearning to free read! (ha!) A place where brainstorms happen, little minds blossom, and beautiful memories are made. The library offers access to the internet and databases, and teaches students to evaluate and self-select materials and information they find valuable.

Our library is a gathering place for our families and our community to meet and plan to make wonderful things happen. When families want their children to get to know Travis Heights, the library is often the first place they make a pit stop, get cozy, and read a few lovely books. I believe that any place that creates that safe, cozy feeling for children is positively an asset in our world.

So please come on down to the THES library and see what we have to offer!

P.S. Do you need usernames & passwords in the Research Resources section to our Electronic Databases? No problem, use this bookmark. AISD Electronic Resources 2016

Julie Underwood

I’m a Texan born and bred, but my world travel bucket list is alarmingly long. I received my Master’s Degree in Library Science and BS in Elementary Education from Texas Woman’s University, along with Reading and ESL Certifications.

I have spent more than 20 years in education, and enjoy learning many new things daily. I’ve used a few musical bones in my body over the years, and broke just one of them during my 5 years skating with the Texas Rollergirls.

I enjoy spending my time reading anything I can get my hands on, running, watching documentaries, searching for that perfect midcentury whatnot, and tackling awesome adventures with my family!

Teacher Philosophy

I believe reading is a free vacation, an adventure, a door to other worlds and times, and an amazing opportunity to understand beyond experience. My life’s work is to create lifelong readers and independent library users, with a curiosity for the world in which they live. All children can love reading and evaluate information; they simply need a guide to route them through mazes of books and information to the gems they seek! I enjoy being that guide.

The library curriculum is organically-based on foundational library skills, fun story times with award-winning, best loved books, reinforcement of classroom teaching, and rewarding texts with socially conscious themes.

Mission statement:

“The mission of AISD libraries is to nurture a lifelong appreciation of reading and learning by assuring that students and staff have opportunities for successful access, evaluation and use of information and literature.”

Reading Clubs:

Texas Bluebonnet List

Grades 3-5 are encouraged to read all 20 of the Texas Bluebonnet Award nominees; however, reading just 5 and completing their Bluebonnet Reports will get you invited to our totally awesome Bluebonnet Party in January!

Check out the annotated reading lists here and see what you might like.

2 x 2 Reading List

Texas 2 X 2 books are recommended for readers from Age 2 through Grade 2!  Every year, Thunderbirds are encouraged to read all 20 titles, and color in their reading log boot.  Those that accomplish this goal will be honored and rewarded!

Here’s the reading list

 

Volunteer in the Library!

There are a number of ways you can help in the library.

Shelving- Volunteers are always needed to help put books that have been returned back on the shelves.  This can be done any time during the school day and even 5 minutes can make a difference!

Special events:

  • Used Book Fair (Usually in October)
  • Library Inventory Party Day (November)
  • Scholastic Book Fair (In the Spring)
  • Poem in Your Pocket Day (April)

If you would like more information about any of these opportunities please contact Julie Underwood at julie.underwood@austinisd.org

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