Meet the teachers
Susan Stevens Crummel, award-winning picture book author is coming to Keeley on December 12. All Keeley students in all grade levels will get to hear her fantastic presentation. In addition, students may purchase an autograph copy of one of her books. This is a great opportunity for students to meet an author in person.
Keeley book fair
Thank you so much for all of the parents and students who supported our Book Fair. It was our best one yet! Mrs. Riland will be able to buy a few Chromebooks and many books for the library.
The goal of the Keeley library is to foster a love of reading and to create lifelong learners who can navigate the modern digital world. We grow our readers in first grade through fifth grade by allowing the students to come every day to check out two new books from our large collection. In addition, each class comes once a week for a lesson. Library is no longer just about "listening too a story each week." Students learn to make inferences and predictions, analyze the parts of a story such as setting, character and plot, as well as make comparisons with other stories and/or information they have read. In addition, students are taught digital literacy skills such as online safety, website evaluation and database searches to help them navigate our current world.
Check out procedures
- Students must check out at least one AR book.
- Students may come once a day to the library. (Teachers have books in the classroom for students to read during the day)
- Students cannot check out on their library day if they have not turned in all of their books.
- Students cannot check out during open check out if they have an overdue book.
Late and lost book information
We do not charge fines for late books, only for damaged books. Due to the paperwork involved, I will not send a book to lost or generate a fine until the book has been missing for one week. If a student pays for a book and then finds it in good condition later, I will issue a refund, minus one dollar for processing. We do not accept replacement books in lieu of payment. The majority of books purchased for our library have a stronger library binding and come with barcodes and spine labels so that they can be placed directly on the shelf. If you ever have a question about a book your child has lost, please feel free to email Mrs. Riland.
Did you know you can find out what books your child currently has checked out?
- Go to the Garland ISD Keeley library website.
- Choose Keeley Elementary.
- Click on "Login" and type in your child's ID number for Username.
- Password is gisd.
- Click on "My Info" tab.
Accelerated Reader Information
Keeley has great success with the AR program and we consider it to be a highly effective program for motivating students to read. The program gives students instant feedback when comprehension tests are taken. Reading logs are maintained for the students to record books that are read and tests that are taken.
Parents may look at their child's AR record from home. The Home Connect site provides the parent with a snapshot of student's AR records. The record includes the child's current word count and the most recent test taken. You may also click on the individual books on the bookshelf to see the score made on that test.
Accelerated Reader Bookfinder
If you need to find out if a certain book is an AR book, then AR Book Finder is the site for you. If you want to get a list of AR books to take with you to the public library or bookstore, you will
- Go to AR Bookfinder and click on the "Advanced Search" tab.
- Click on the drop down box beside "Interest Level" and choose level you want.
- Click on the box beside "ATOS Book Level" and type in your child's ZPD. If you want to narrow your search by topic, then decrease the reading level to include only part of your child's ZPD. For example, instead of 1.0-1.9, type in 1.0-1.5.
- Next, click on on drop down box beside "Sort" and choose by author. Then click go. This is the easiest way to print a list to take to the bookstore or library.
Accelerated Reader parties
Teachers set each student's point goal based on their reading ability. If a student meets the point goal and maintains an 85% average for the grading cycle, then the student is invited to the AR party at the end of the grading cycle. The theme/activities for the AR party changes each six weeks. The funding for the party activities is provided by the PTA. For more information you may contact Mrs. Riland.
Accelerated Reader party schedule
|Day and Date||Grading Period|
|Friday, Oct. 6||1st 6 weeks AR party|
|Friday, Nov. 10||2nd 6 weeks AR party|
|Friday, Jan. 5||3rd 6 weeks AR party|
|Friday, March 2||4th 6 weeks AR party|
|Friday, April 27||5th 6 weeks AR party|
|Tuesday, June 5||6th 6 weeks AR party|
Accelerated Reader times
Library online resources
Destiny quest app download
|A free Destiny Quest App is available for Apple and Android products. This app can be used to search our library catalog to determine what books your child has, or to read eBooks straight from the catalog.
We continue to add to our eBook collection. Unfortunately, some of the earlier purchases from Capstone are limited to computers, Apple devices, and devices that run Adobe Flash. The eBooks purchased from Follett can be downloaded to all devices except Kindle Fire. You can view the books with a Kindle Fire, but they cannot be downloaded. Students may only check out one eBook at a time. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Riland.
Tumblebooks is a wonderful online library of eBooks. Students have access to these books at home as well as at school. Students may choose books on their AR level and read the books at home. Then, when they get to school, them may take a quiz. This is a great way to encourage reading, plus it helps students reach their AR goal. The district username and password is on a label on the homework pocket of your child's Moose. For more information, please contact Mrs. Riland.
The Garland Independent School District has many digital resource programs for parents, students, and teachers to use at school as well as at home for family use. These programs include Encyclopedia Britannica, Pebble Go, and National Geographic Kids, just too name a few. Simply go to the district library page and choose your child's school. Your librarian, Mrs. Riland, will have the login and password information.