Mrs. Angela Kaping has been the Librarian at St. Agnes for 15 years. Mrs. Kaping meets with all St. Agnes Academy students on a weekly basis; even the preschool classes visit the library to learn about library rules and listen to stories.
Mrs. Kaping has implemented the STAR READING and ACCELERATED READER programs here at St. Agnes. In 2009 the ACCELERATED READING program went on-line. St. Agnes now has access to over 120,000 AR tests. Students take yearly STAR tests to set their reading range. One new benefit of taking AR on-line is that students are able to test on any staff approved book there is an AR test for. It should be at their level and have the appropriate points as discussed with their teacher and Mrs. Kaping. These books may be from the classroom library, SAA Library, the Alliance Public Library or the student's home library. Check on www.arbookfind.com to see if a book that is being considered has an AR test. If parents or student have any questions about a book or the new on-line testing please contact Mrs. Kaping.
The St. Agnes Library is a vital part of the school, with over 7,000 books for students and staff to utilize. The library depends on the Scholastic Book Fair and monetary donations every year to help keep it up to date.
Are you wanting to know if a book has an AR test?
Are you wondering how many points your book is worth?
This website is very helpful.
Reading To Your Child - 10 Reasons To Do It
Parents have many priorities when it comes to their children, not the least of which are to keep them happy, healthy, and educated.
With so many activities vying for children's attention these days, it's easy to overlook one of the most basic methods of promoting early literacy: reading to young children for 15 minutes a day.
Few dispute the benefits of reading aloud to young children, and there are many scientific and not so scientific reasons that reading to children is important.
Here are 10 of the best reasons to make a habit of cracking open a book with your child on a daily basis:
There are many other reasons to involve your child in a regular reading routine, but be sure to include spontaneous reading opportunities, as well. Not only will they quickly see the value in the power of reading, you'll provide a lasting educational benefit to your child for years to come.