Laguna Elementary School

site visits:
2001     2000     1999

NEW MEXICO

Laguna Elementary School was the "If I Can Read, I Can Do Anything" pilot site in 1999-2000. The school is located on the Pueblo of Laguna (New Mexico), one hour west of Albuquerque.

Laguna currently educates nearly 400 students in kindergarten through sixth grade. It was one of the original participants in the Four Directions project. Ms. Cynthia Crispin is the librarian.

News: Laguna Pen Pal Book Project

Laguna (New Mexico) Elementary School and the Jamestown (Arlington, Virginia) Elementary School are participating in a cultural exchange. Students share news in a pen pal relationship and send material about the Laguna culture. Virginia students arranged for the delivery of 4000 library books and created a hallway display on Laguna in their school.

Source: "Pal Book Project Brings Nearly 4000 More Books to Laguna Elementary School," Kukadze'eta/Towncrier (Pueblo of Laguna Community Paper), 6 (2) (February 2004): 12.

Pueblo Links

Thank You Drawings Collage from Laguna Students


Laguna site visits:

April 26-27, 2001
The trip to Albuquerque was my first visit to any program schools (we also visited To'Hajiilee). It was wonderful to begin to see where the work was going. I met Ms. Crispin, read My Big Dog to a number of classes, handed out dinosaur puzzles and got to know some of the kids. Loriene told ghost stories to an older class - and they told us some scary stories, too.

Frances Ramberg

May 8-10, 2000
On this visit we met with and had reading time with about eight or ten classes during their library time. We told scary stories and read humorous stories. We processed 150 - 200 books for manual check out with pockets and cards. We gave students one sticker and one glow-in-the-dark alien as a final reading incentive. We counted circulation statistics on all books we could find that were related to the reading project. We spoke with the incoming kindergarten students' parents at a 'transition meeting'. We signed reading certificates for each student and put students' names on each certificate.

Loriene Roy and Sara Joiner

March 13 - 17, 2000
On this visit my goals were to process new books for the library, meet with students during regularly scheduled library visits and help out wherever necessary in the library. I met with and had reading time with about 13 or 14 classes during their library time. I read scary and humorous stories. I processed about 250 - 300 books for manual checkout with pockets and cards. I replaced the previously installed comuter with a new one and installed Athena on the new computer. I entered each student's name into the Athena database and ordered MARC records for the database and Accelerated Reader books. I also distributed foam visors to students in the library and in classrooms.
This visit was very productive. Meeting with children again helped them get to know me and understand why I was there. Reading to them helped them to associate my visits with the library and new books. Distributing the foam visors to the students helped maintain their enthusiasm about reading. I was pleased to see that the students were reading the Accelerated Reader books, and that they were expected to continue reading non-Accelerated Reader books.

Sara Joiner

February 8 - 12, 2000
On this visit we processed about 150 books for manual checkout with pocekts and cards. We entered about 50 Accelerated Reader books into the Athena online catalog. We met with and had reading time with about eight or ten classes during their library time and read scary stories and humorous stories and told ghost stories. We met with the entire faculty to dicuss the progress of the reading incentive program.
The visit was productive. Meeting with the children again helped them get to know us and understand why we were there. Reading to them helped them to associate our visits with the library and new books. Telling ghost stories encouraged them to enter into a dialogue with us. Meeting with the teachers encouraged them to reinforce in their students an interest in reading. Our description of the current status of the project also helped maintain their interest in the program.

Loriene Roy and Sara Joiner

December 7 - 10, 1999
Our goals for this visit were to process new books for the library, meet with students during regularly scheduled library visits and attend a meeting of the Native American Libraries Special Interest Group of the New Mexico Library Association. We met with and had reading time with about eight or ten classes during their library time. We read Christmas stories and one scary story. We also attended a basketball game to support Laguna Elementary School students. We processed 350 - 400 books for manual checkout with pockets and cards. We attended the meeting of NALSIG and met with various librarians who worked in tribal libraries, the state library and universities.
This visit was very productive. Meeting with the children again helped them get to know us and understand why we were there. Reading to them helped them to associate our visits with the library and new books. The students at Laguna Elementary School are generally excited about reading. We want to be able to cater to their reading tastes. The students want to read scary stories, and those are the books we are trying to get for them.

Loriene Roy and Sara Joiner

October 13 - 15, 1999
On this visit we met with and had reading time with six classes and one Head Start class during their library time. We passed out brightly colored beach totes to the students. We also met with students in remaining classrooms and distributed the totes. We met with students at lunch and held drawings for eight Wishbone door prizes. We set up the computer in the library, installed Athena and began entering books into the online catalog. We processed about 80 books for manual checkout with pockets and cards.

Loriene Roy and Sara Joiner

September 15 - 18, 1999
Our goal for this visit was to initiate the kick-off for "If I Can Read". During a meeting with faculty and staff we distributed Read To Your Bunny posters and reading packets donated by the Texas State Library and displayed donated books that we brought for the library. We distrbuted Arthur bags containing a sticker, a bookmark or a postcard, a poster, a reading log and a membership card to students. We displayed the new books for parents and parents and children read together for about two hours during a Family Literacy Night activity. We provided snacks and drinks, some free pencils and stickers, and held a drawing for a donated Alphie the Bookworm stuffed animal. We also began processing the new books.
We left about 40 new books at the library, ten of them ready to be circulated. We met with all 370 students. This visit was very productive. Meeting with each classroom of children helped them to get to know us and understand why we were there.

Loriene Roy and Sara Joiner

May 12, 1999
The goal of this visit was to meet with schools interested in participating in a community based literacy project.

The objectives of this visit were: (1)  to explore the possibility of a future literacy based community reading program at Laguna. Laguna was chosen for its expressed interest in the project and the fact that they have a community library as well as school libraries; and (2)  to meet with Ms. Liz Wacando, Librarian at the Laguna Community Library, to assess her desire to attend the International Indigenous Librarians Forum in New Zealand, November 1999.

Teachers at Laguna Elementary School, including Malcolm Pedro and Lois Wacondo, were interested in participating in a reading program in 2000-2001. They provided feedback on the tentative program structure and added valuable suggestions. Lois offered to work on writing future grants that would support such a project. The community Librarian provided a tour of her facility and an overview of the services at her library, one of the last libraries to receive funding through Title IV of the Library Services and Construction Act (now defunct).

Loriene Roy and Sara Joiner


December 5, 2004
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