St. Cletus has an on-site library —the Betty Grothe Memorial Library, where students receive weekly library instruction from Mrs. Meghan Behrends, the school librarian. Library lessons include instruction in fiction, nonfiction, reference materials, research skills, use of the Dewy Decimal system, and how to choose books that are just right for the individual student.
Students may check out books and Kindles. The library catalog is fully automated, so students may use the library computers for research, as well as to take reading comprehension tests.
Students also participate in numerous library-sponsored reading programs throughout the year, some of which allow them to win special incentives. These programs encourage reading and challenge students to read books that can strengthen their reading and vocabulary skills.
Accelerated Reading (AR) Program – (Aug. - May) The AR program, which is for students in grades 1 – 8, has been shown to markedly improve reading comprehension. Each year, students are given the STAR test to determine their reading level. Then, as they read AR books, they take computer-based tests to demonstrate their reading comprehension. We have access to over 140,000 AR tests through Renaissance Learning, the company which sponsors the AR Program. After choosing and reading an AR book, students should tell their classroom teacher they would like to take the computer-based AR test about the book, which generates a report showing their scores and allows them to accumulate AR points. Goals are set and a tally is kept by the teacher. Students in grades 1 - 4 who bring their first point page to the library by the end of April may be included in the AR Wall of Fame. Students in grades 5 – 8 receive special incentives for the number of AR tests they have passed during the school year.
Summer Reading Program – Students in grades K – 8 are encouraged to participate in the St. Charles Public Library’s Summer Reading Program to encourage summer reading. Each student receives a summer reading list, which contains books that are appropriate for their reading level. Participating students who submit a record of their summer reading to the school librarian during the first week of school are entitled to a special reward.
Show Me Readers Award – (Aug. - March) Students in grades 1 – 3 throughout the state of Missouri choose the winner of this year’s Show Me Reader Award. Students must read at least four of the nominated books to participate in the voting.
Mark Twain Award – (Aug. – March) Students in grades 4 – 6 throughout the state of Missouri choose the winner of this year’s Mark Twain Award. Students must read at least three of the nominated books to participate in the voting. All Mark Twain Award nominees are also Accelerated Reader books.
Truman Award – (Aug.-March) Students in grades 6 and 8 throughout the state of Missouri choose the winner of this year’s Truman Award. Students must read at least four of the nominated books to participate in the voting. All Truman Award nominees are also Accelerated Reader books.
Click here for the Gateway, Show Me, Mark Twain and Truman Award Nominees Lists