Ms. Ratt              Ms. Nedwick
Ms. Ratt                              Ms. Nedwick
ratterreed@hohschools.org      nedwickj@hohschools.org    
Welcome to the Hillside Library from librarians Ms. Ratt and Ms. Nedwick.  Ms. Ratt will be here on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesday afternoons.  Ms. Nedwick will be here on Wednesday mornings, Thursdays and Fridays.  This schedule ensures that each of us sees all of the classes.  Ms. Nedwick is also running the Maker Space, so we've added books on tinkering and making to our collection. 
We will see your children once in the alphabet cycle for nearly an hour. We are using the New York State Information Fluency Continuum to acquaint our students with the library standards, from choosing just right books, to actually locating them in the library using the Dewey decimal system, to learning how to ask the right question in a research project and a web search, to safe and effective practices in web searches.  
Of course, literacy and learning to love books is an enormous part of our curriculum, developed and reinforced through read-alouds, author and genre studies, book talks and student shares, author visits, and ever-changing displays of our delicious materials.  We have added nearly 500 new books of all genres and levels to the collection this fall, from the new Harry Potter and the new Mo Willems books to books on how to code and create online games, biographies, graphic novels, and non-fiction.

We celebrate through literature whenever we can--from Banned Books weeks (and it is a pleasure to see the irate responses we get from the children to censorship (yay!)), to March is Reading Month, and April is Poetry Month. We support Parents as Writing Partners in March and Parents as Reading Partners, a form of parent-child book club, twice a year in the Fall and Spring.  Interested fourth graders are reporters on the Hillside Headlines newspaper, published from the Library three times a year.  
The catalog runs on the Destiny system, which is loaded with extras, and we invite you to investigate it with your child, using the link below.  The first page is a collection of useful, appropriate, and fun websites. The second page is the catalog of our collection; please take a look, and be sure to go into the details tab next to the title for all of the extras--books by the same authors, on the same subject, relevant websites vetted by Destiny and leveled by age group. 
To get in touch with us, we suggest emails because we often cannot answer the phone. 



Dee Ratterree
Jamie Nedwick