Read Together: Lola at the Library #2

  • Between the Lions library card
  • borrow
  • librarian
  • library

MA Standards:

Speaking and Listening/SL.PK.MA.1a: Observe and use appropriate ways of interacting in a group.
Language/L.PK.MA.6: Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, listening to books read aloud, activities, and play.
Reading for Informational Text/RI.P.MA.1: With prompting and support, recall important facts from a story after hearing it read aloud.
Reading for Informational Text/RI.P.MA.4: With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about unfamiliar words

Head Start Outcomes:

Logic & Reasoning/Problem Solving 4: Uses past knowledge to build new knowledge.
Language Development/Receptive Language: Attends to language during conversations, songs, stories, or other learning experiences.
Literacy Knowledge/Book Appreciation & Knowledge: Asks and answers questions and makes comments about print materials.
Literacy Knowledge/Book Appreciation & Knowledge: Retells stories or information from books through conversation, artistic works, creative movement, or drama.

PreK Learning Guidelines:

English Language Arts/Language 1: Observe and use appropriate ways of interacting in a group (taking turns in talking; listening to peers; waiting until someone is finished; asking questions and waiting for an answer; gaining the floor in appropriate ways).
English Language Arts/Language 2: Participate actively in discussions, listen to the ideas of others, and ask and answer relevant questions.
English Language Arts/Reading and Literature 13: Relate themes and information in books to personal experiences.

Read Together: Lola at the Library #2

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Before You Read
Tell children you are going to read Lola at the Library by Barbara Lehn again. Before reading, discuss borrowing and returning books. Ask, 

  • When you borrow a book, or take it from the library, do you get to keep the book forever? 

Explain that when you take a book out of the library you borrow it, or keep it for a short time only, and then you have to return it to the library. Set a reading focus by having children listen for the things Lola does when she borrows books from the library.

As You Read
Read slowly and with expression. Pause to clarify the process of borrowing and returning books.

  • Pause when Lola gets her library card. Hold up a Between the Lions library card and explain that a library card helps the librarian keep track of all the books you borrow. 
  • Pause when the Lola gives her book to the librarian. Explain that a librarian is a person who works at a library. Discuss things a librarian does at the library. (checks out books, helps find books, reads stories, etc.)
  • Pause when the librarian stamps the book and gives it to Lola. Explain that a lot of libraries do not stamp books today. Discuss how computers help keep track of when you borrow a book and when you have to return the book.

After You Read

  • Why do you think you have to return the book to the library?
  • What do you think would happen if noone returned the books they borrow from the library?
  • Did you ever go to a library and couldn't find the book you wanted to read? How did that make you feel?

English Language LearnersHelp children grasp the terms library, library card, and librarian. Reinforce that the "library" is a place you go to, a "library card" is a thing you bring with you to the library, and a "librarian" is a person who works at the library.

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