Dannelly Elementary Library Media Center
Contact: Staci Maynard     334-269-3657     Email: staci.maynard@mps.k12.al.us


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Dannelly Elementary Library


Welcome to the Library Media Center
Staci Maynard~Media Specialist
Phone: 334-269-3657 IP#21004

Mrs. Maynard's Library Helper Homepage


About the Library

The Dannelly Elementary Library and staff provides information services to students, faculty, and the school community. We strive to develop the skills necessary to encourage children to develop a never ending love of reading and empower them with skills and experiences to become innovative learners and thinkers.


The mission of the library media program is to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information. This mission is accomplished:

  • by providing intellectual and physical access to materials in all formats
  • by providing instruction to foster competence and stimulate interest in reading viewing, and using information and ideas
  • by working with other educators to design learning strategies to meet the needs of individual students.

         -Information Power: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs (1988), p.1 

Library Hours

During the School Year: 

Monday-Friday     8:00am-3:00pm

Our library operates on a split fixed and flexible schedule. This means there are structured times of teaching, as well as time for the students to come into the library as needed. If the teachers need extra time for research, they may schedule additional visits for their class.

Book Check Out

Students may check out books during flex-time or their weekly class visit. Books may be checked out for one week and renewed as needed. 

Kindergarten-1 book

1st grade- 2 books

2nd grade- 3 books

3rd, 4th, and 5th grade- 4 books

More books may be checked out under special circumstances.

Overdue, Lost, and, Damaged Books

We do not charge a fine for overdue books. Overdue notices are sent out on a routine basis, if a student has books overdue more than two weeks we reserve the right to suspend borrowing privileges, until the overdue items are returned. Books that are lost or damaged are subject to a replacement fee.

Accelerated Reader Guide

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

What is Accelerated Reader?

Accelerated Reader is a data driven computerized reading management program now in use by more than 20,000 schools. The program provides motivation, accountability, and literature-based reading practice for students while giving teachers important feedback about individual reading progress.

How Does The Program Work?

1) A student reads (or listens) to an AR book.

2) The student takes a computer quiz to measure how well he understood the book.

3) After each computer test, a report is generated that tells how the student scored on the test and how he is doing for the current Nine Weeks.

How is the student's reading level determined?

At the beginning of the school year, students are given a Reading test to determine their independent reading comfort range or their Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD).

What is a ZPD?

The Zone of Proximal Development is the level of instruction that most effectively fosters learning. Practicing reading with books that are too hard results in frustration. Practicing reading with books that are too easy does little to improve skills and leads to boredom. A student's ZPD represents a level of difficulty that is neither too hard nor too easy, and is the level at which optimal learning takes place.

Is there an AR test for every book?

No. However, Montgomery Public Schools has adopted the AR Reading Program system-wide and has purchased all the approximately 80,000 available AR quizzes for each school in the system. 

Can students only test on the books checked out from the Dannelly Elementary Library?

No. Students may read and test on books from home, the classroom library, or from the public library, but they need to check to be sure there is an AR quiz available and if the book is within their ZPD.

How can I find out if there is an AR quiz for a book and what the book's level is?

There are two Internet sites that show this information. You may look on www.arbookfind.com or the second site which is the Renaissance Leaning Homepage at http://www.renlearn.com/.

Explain the columns headings on the quiz list. What does IL, BL, and Points mean?

To help students select appropriate books, every book that has an AR Quiz has been assigned an interest level (IL), a book level (BL) and a point value. Books are assigned one of these interest levels based on publisher recommendations:

LG = lower grades, approximately K-3

MG = middle grades, approximately 4-8

UG = upper grades, approximately 9-12

Book levels (BL) are based on readability scales developed by Renaissance Learning. The full-text of a book is scanned into a computer and the difficulty of the words is analyzed. The book level is a measure of the difficulty of the text, and helps predict which books students can understand.

Points are based on both the length and difficulty of the book. Therefore, the longer and harder a book, the more points it is worth.

Explain the colored dots on the Dannelly Elementary School library books.

In order to guide students to books in their reading zone, the library AR titles have been color coded using the following system:

0.0 - 0.9 = pink dots

1.0 - 1.9 = yellow dots

2.0 - 2.9 = blue dots

3.0 - 3.9 = green dots

4.0 - 4.9 = orange dots

5.0 - 5.9 = red dots

6.0+ = black dots

How can I know what my child's AR goals are?

Teachers help students develop a Student Reading Plan at the beginning of each Nine Weeks. Three goals (percentage correct, minimum average book level, and points) are assigned. 

Each student's percentage correct goal is 90% system-wide. When students comprehend what they are reading, they easily score 90% and higher on their quizzes. Research shows that the higher a student scores the more he is benefiting from the AR program. 

As our school grows in the implementation of the AR program, teachers will begin challenging students with certification goals. These goals will help students move forward through various reading stages. For example, moving from picture books to chapter books with mainly text.

AR Home Connect is also available. You will receive information regarding how you can log on to access your child's AR progress from your home computer. An option is available for parents to have an email sent for immediate reports when a child completes an AR test at school. This will tell the name of the book and the score achieved on the test for that book!!!

Where do students take AR quizzes?

The majority of the testing is done on the classroom computer. Students may also test in the computer lab or in the library.