Mrs. Harris

Joni Harris, Librarian

See what's happening

Mrs. Harris has a twitter account for the library. Please check it out to see what's happening at the Hillside Library. You will find more information about the library, books, and reading. Follow Mrs. Harris @JHarrisReads

You can also see the latest news at the Hillside Library Blog. Here Mrs. Harris highlights work the students have been doing, as well as new books in the library. You can also see what Mrs. Harris is reading and her book reviews. You can follow the blog by email to get updates.

Collaboration Corner

The library is now on a flexible schedule, which allows teachers to collaboratively plan a lesson with the librarian. This builds instructional partnerships as well as providing students more time for research, inquiry, and technology time. 

4th Grade

This month's collaboration corner features our 4th grade ELA teacher. The librarian, Mrs. Harris, and Mrs. Ethridge collaborated together to come up with ways for the students to identify and analyze types of text structures authors use while writing nonfiction text. Students worked in groups to identify the text structure, then created a presentation over a subject of their choice using each type of text structure in their writing. 

Making Connections

One of the goals in the Hillside library is to make connections with our students and staff. Every April, the American Association of School Librarians hosts a celebration to help promote the ways that school libraries benefit the school and community. 

School libraries:

  • Make learner connections
  • Make educator connections
  • Make community connections
  • Make global connections

Book Fair

The library has 2 book fairs every year, one in the fall semester and one in the spring semester. The Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.

All Book Fair proceeds go to our school. Previous book fairs have helped our school purchase:

  • Chromebooks
  • Makerspace items
  • Author visits
  • New books for the library

Checkout Procedures

All students check out by the 2nd week of school, after reviewing book care and self-checkout procedures. 

Number of books allowed to be checked out by grade level are as follows:

  • Kinder - one book
  • 1st grade - two books
  • 2nd grade - three books
  • 3rd grade - three books
  • 4th grade - three books
  • 5th grade - four books

Every student has the opportunity to visit the library weekly with their class. Each classroom also has library passes to allow students more opportunity to visit the library as needed throughout the week. 

Fines are not charged for overdue books. If a book is lost or damaged, a fine to replace the book will be charged. 

Suggested Reading

Reading is an important skill for success. The more that students read, the better they will perform in school. Reading should be done daily at home. Children follow our actions, so reading at home with your child is important to their school success. 
Mrs. Harris has recommendations for books to read at home. 

Picture Books

  • Anything by Mo Willems
  • Froggy Series by Jonathon London
  • Minnie and Moo series by Denys Cazet
  • Pete the Cat series
  • Scaredy Squirrel series by Melani Watt
  • Drawn Together by Minh Le
  • A Perfect Day by Lane Smith
  • If Your Monster Won't Go to Bed by Denise Vega

Early Chapter Books

  • Chicken Squad series by Doreen Cronin
  • Eerie Elementary series by Jack Chabert
  • Horribly Harry series by Suzy Kline
  • A to Z Mysteries by Ron Roy
  • My Weird School series by Dan Gutman

Novels/Chapter Books

  • Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
  • Warriors series by Erin Hunter
  • Wonder by R.J. Palocco
  • The Sisters Grimm series by Michael Buckley
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney
  • Dork Diaries series by Rachel Renee Russell
  • Whatever After series by Sarah Mlynowski
  • Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan


Library Activities

Hour of Code

Students at Hillside will be participating in the Hour of Code week. Students will learn computer science skills and coding skills using popular games such as MineCraft, Angry Birds, and Star Wars. 

Read Across America

Hillside Academy celebrates Read Across America during March with fun activities and events for students.  Wearing funny hats, green t-shirts or crazy hair are a few fun activities for students and staffs.  Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.

2nd graders make Cat in the Hat hats for Read Across America


Lunch Bunch Book Club

Students in 4th and 5th grades are invited to join the librarian and other readers in the library on Mondays for a Lunch Bunch Book Club. The students, along with Mrs. Harris, decide on a book to read together. 

The students are encouraged to guide the book club meeting with discussion questions and prompts. Students also come up with a project to complete. This particular book club will be hosting a book drive to donate books to a local children's home. 


The library now has eBooks that students can read on a computer or tablet device. Access to an eBook is easy. Follow these directions:

  • Login to the Hillside library catalog:
    User Name: Enter your student ID number (no “s")
    Password: gisd
  • Click: Catalog
  • Click: Follett Shelf (located on left navigation tool bar)
  • Search or Browse By: Author, Subject and Genre
  • Click: on book for information.
  • Click: Checkout
  • Click: Return Early if you finish the book before it is due.

Texas Bluebonnet Club

Students in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades are encouraged to be a part of the Texas Bluebonnet Club. To participate in the Bluebonnet club, students will read at least 5 of the nominees and complete an online book response. The book response must be completed in order to earn credit for that book. You can read them all, but you only have to complete 5 book responses.  All responses are due by January 28.

Finished reading one of the 2018-2019 Bluebonnet books? Click below to complete a response. You must have read and completed 5 of these to vote and be in the Texas Bluebonnet Club.

Bluebonnet Book Response Form

Library promises

  • Listen to the librarian.
  • Inquire (ask) if you need help.
  • Be respectful of others.
  • Read and talk quietly.
  • Always walk. Never run.
  • Return books to their proper places.
  • Your manners are appreciated.

Library catalogs

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Find books, ebooks, and other resources by visiting your school's library catalog. If you need help with any of these resources, please contact your school librarian.

Online instructional resources

Online Instructional Resources are available to all students, teachers, parents, and administrators from any district or non-district computer.

Local library links