Updates From the Lafayette Library

Greetings from Lafayette Library!  I hope your school year has been going well!  As we head into a time of holidays, road trips and cold days perfect for reading, I wanted to pass on some resources and important information. 

Accessing ebooks, audiobooks and magazines 
Grades 2-5 have learned how to use Sora, our website/app for ebooks, audiobooks and digital magazines, but it’s a wonderful resource for all ages!  We have a large collection of graphic novels, nonfiction books, chapter books, and picture books.  Students also have access to DC Public Library’s collection, no library card needed!  You can access Sora through Clever or by going here. The setup code is DCPSDC.  I’ve made a video tutorial to get you started, and a more thorough walkthrough video

There are other places where you can get ebooks, audiobooks and more, for free!  Look through the resources on the Lafayette Library website 24/7 to connect your student with something great to read or listen to. 

Volunteer needs 
I need families to periodically collect Lafayette books that are returned to Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library.  Just ask at the children’s desk upstairs and drop them off here. 

If you know how to fix books, or would like to learn, I would love to train people who can make a regular commitment.  Scheduling for regular volunteers is flexible.  Please apply for your clearances.  There will also be one-time opportunities like end-of-year tasks. 

Overdue, lost and damaged books 
Keep an eye on your email inboxes for overdue notices. Please note that books will be automatically marked lost after several months.  You can see what your student has checked out anytime by logging into our library catalog, Destiny Discover, through Clever or the Lafayette Library website

If a book is lost or ruined by a student (not normal wear-and-tear like rips or pages falling it), families will be expected to replace it.  I have gotten a lot of books with water damage, so please make sure bottles aren’t leaking! 

Thank you to our book fair volunteers! 
The book fair was wildly successful, and it couldn’t have happened without your support!  Thank you to all our register workers and book fair floaters.  Thanks to the teachers and staff of Lafayette for their flexibility and assistance, particularly our Literacy Committee!  And thank you to the HSA Book Fair Committee, who were with me every step of the way:  Karmia Lewis, Shannon Wulf Tregar, Kathy Hsu and Liliane Junqueira Antunes! 

Thank you all for the many ways that you support your students, their love of reading, and their library!  
Stay warm, stay safe, and happy reading! 
Ms. Leese