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Look WHOO’s Excited for Library!

Ms. Alexa Losito, Librarian

Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year. This is my fourth year working at St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy of Queens, but first year working as the librarian and instructor of the Writer’s Workshop, available to students in grades 4 to 8. I am so excited to meet and work with all of the students!


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Both students and parents can access the St. Stan’s Library from any computer in order to find out the books that are available. You do not need to login using a username or password. Click on the link below to see our online catalog.

Online Library Catalog




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There are SO many important reasons to read to and with your child (of any age, yes including your teenagers!) but the benefits of reading to young children are tremendous. This article from Bilingual Kidspot is a great one, for both the uni-lingual and multilingual! It outlines the reasons why reading is so very critical to your child’s growth and development – intellectually, academically, socially and emotionally!

Students in Nursery to Grade 3 are permitted to take out one book at a time, and return that same book to the library the following week. Books may be renewed, with a maximum of one renewal, to ensure all students have an equal opportunity to read new books. PARENTS – Please be sure that your child returns his/her book on a timely basis. Often young children will get upset when they cannot take out a book because they did not return their previous book!  


 GRADES 4 – 8

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Students in grades 4 through 8 are allowed to submit a written request to take out more than one book at a time, especially when conducting research. Books may be renewed, with a maximum of three renewals, upon request.

Students in grades 4 through 8 are also enrolled in the Writer’s Workshop course. Writer’s Workshop is a new, one-hour period block assigned weekly to students in the fourth to eighth grades, that is aligned with the New york State College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Writing. The workshop works with and supports material covered in grade-level ELA writing courses.

Please refer to the course outline, which is liked below for further information.




For the Younger Grades

A perfect book for Valentine’s Day

Oliver Jeffers is one of my favorite authors/illustrators in these two funny and thought-provoking books.

Grade 4

As Sal moves to a new town, she copes with loss and the ups-and-downs of adolescent friendship in this richly layered novel that’s funny, mysterious and touching. A Newbery Medal winner and one of my favorites.

Grade 5

After falling in love with Walk Two Moons last year, the 5th graders asked if there was anything more to the story — luckily there is in this novel (also by Sharon Creech). Mary Lou Finney’s sarcastic, tender and  irreverent journal that starts out chronicling a boring summer and ends in a wild roller coaster ride.

Grade 6

A contemporary novel that explores the past’s repercussions on the present in a story about life, loss, courage and grace, and what it takes to become a man. A Coretta Scott King Honor Book.

Grade 7

This dystopian tale by Lois Lowry tells the story of a world in which personal choice has been excised “for the good of the people.” Thrown into the middle of the “system,” Jonas’ response will make readers think about bravery and sacrifice. A Newbery Medal winner.

Grade 8

This novel by the author of The Fault in Our Stars is a brilliantly moving coming-of-age tale about true friendship and true love.


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