About Our Library
The King School Library is a tremendous resource for students, staff, and families. Our collection of over 35,000 items includes books, DVDs, videos, reference sources, professional books, leveled readers, and other materials for educational use. Our main collection includes picture books, chapter books, nonfiction books, graphic novels, and many titles in other languages that are available to our diverse student population.
All King School students receive thirty minutes of library instruction each week. The library program is aligned with Urbana School District’s English/Language Arts Curriculum as well as the Illinois Standards Aligned Instruction for Libraries (I-SAIL) document and emphasizes the teaching of literature appreciation and information literacy skills.
One of the library’s primary goals is to help students independently locate books they are excited about reading. In addition to library instruction, students in first through fifth grades return to library for a dedicated fifteen minute checkout time each week to help instill in them the habits of lifelong readers.
Please stop by and visit the next time you are at King! I would love to show you around the library and talk to you about our program. Additionally, please follow my blog at http://kinglibraryurbana.blogspot.com/ to learn more about our weekly lessons, new books, and other exciting projects happening at the King Library!
About the District Library Program
The USD libraries have long been a source of pride within the greater Urbana community. Each library is staffed by a certified librarian with a graduate degree in library and information science. Several USD librarians hold additional advanced degrees in other subject areas. Each librarian comes to his or her position with a wealth of knowledge and experience, adding to the richness of the overall school library program.
The mission of the Urbana School District library program is to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information as specified in standards set by the American Library Association and the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts. Furthermore, the USD libraries practice policies and procedures that enable them to function for the benefit of all their patrons.
Recent research studies show that quality school libraries improve student achievement. Powerful Libraries Make Powerful Learners was a two-year project completed in 2005 undertaken by the RSL Research Group, Colorado, and the Illinois State Board of Education. You can read more about it here.