Allen Elementary Library
Degrees and Certifications:
BA - Elementary Education MLS - Library and Information Science Endorsement - ESOL
Mr. G - Your Library Man
Welcome to the Allen Elementary Library! My name is Andrew Gonzalez and I will be your child’s library media specialist this year. This is my fourteenth year of teaching and I am very thrilled to be working with your student, the Allen staff, and our community at large. It is my intention to create a safe, positive, and organized environment in our library. As your child's teacher-librarian, he/she will learn lifelong skills in literacy, information, and technology. It is my hope that all of our library students will be future-ready and empowered to dream, achieve, and believe!
Our library is not like the stereotypical libraries of the 20th century. It is not a place to "just check out books," it is way more than that. It is our community hub! We are building a community of strong and independent readers, information seekers, and technology users.
It is my belief that 21st Century students should learn and know 21st Century skills. I am happy to teach these skills. Everyday of the week, students are working on literature and information skills using the resources in our library. On Thursdays, students are working on S.T.E.M. skills with an emphasis on problem solving using Technology and Engineering. To be future ready, our S.T.E.M. instruction will allow students to practice critical thinking, provide oppurtunities for collaboration, learn effective communication skills, show off their individual creativity and promote curosity in new learning. It is my hope that these skills allow our students to grow as library users and life-long learners.
Library Class and Online Catalog
In library classes, we are taught to be 21st century learners! We learn skills in reading, information, and technology. We learn how to find books we are interested in and how to tell if they are too easy, too hard, or just right for us. It's a great place to be!!
Destiny is our districts online catalog. We can use the online catalog to locate books in the library. When you search for a book, remember to write down the book's call number to identify its location in our library.
Click here to search Destiny.
S.T.E.M. is an acronym for the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. The S.T.E.M. initiative realigns traditional math and science education making career readiness a priority for all learners. It encourages a 21st century learning environment where students not only have the curiosity to wonder why, but the motivation to discover how. It allows our children to develop a solid foundation in the increasingly complex subject areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
The Power of Reading
The Power of Selection
The More You Read, The More You Know
2018 - Award Winning Books
by Matthew Cordell Year Published: 2017
2018 Caldecott Award Winner - In this spare, nearly wordless picture book, a girl and a wolf cub each get lost in the snow and rescue each other.
The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.
by Erin Entrada Kelly Year Published: 2017
2018 Caldecott Award Winner - Lives of four misfits are intertwined when a bully's prank lands shy Virgil at the bottom of a well and Valencia, Kaori, and Gen band together in an epic quest to find and rescue him.
The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
by Laurel Snyder Year Published: 2017
Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Winner - Two inventive young brothers share a series of wacky adventures involving conversations with lumps, a neighborhood party, a rock-selling venture and the creation of the "bedtime banana."
The Geisel Award is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year.