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    It's Never Too Late!

    If you have library books to return, you can drop those off anytime. How awesome it would be for us to all begin the 2019-2020 school year with clean library check-in status!!


    There's a New SHARK in the TANK..and It's ME!    

    I have never met a shark face to face, but I'm ready! Please come see me in the library or wave when we pass in the hall. It can be pretty scary to be new, especially in a #sharktank; but I am so glad to have over 850 new friends to help me make our library a safe - but full of adventure - place for all of us.

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     Amherst Elementary Library Hours
    Monday-Friday 7:30-3:00
    7:30-7:45 - open
    7:50-8:35 - 4th Grade
    8:50-9:35 - 3rd Grade
    9:40-10:25 - 1st Grade
    11:50-12:35 - Kindergarten
    12:40-1:25 - 2nd Grade
    1:55-2:40 - 4th Grade
    2:40-3:00 - open
    In and Out They Go!
         The students at Amherst Elementary visit the library regularly with their class throughout the year. With classroom teacher permission, students may return late books or choose new ones in between these visits. All students may bring their books home to enjoy with their families.

    Reading Sharks Will Be...

    RESPONSIBLE by taking care of books and returning them before or on the special class's 2nd rotation (12 school days), bringing "sick books" to Mrs. Dishner for help, and paying to replace lost books.
    RESPECTFUL by using appropriate library listening and speaking skills, returning books so others may enjoy them, and taking care of the reading materials, technology, and furniture provided for us to learn and grow.
    KIND by listening to and participating in learning communities that show care in others' interests and ideas and putting others first in activities and choices.
    SAFE by controlling our bodies while on the carpet, at tables, and exploring the shelves; using shelf markers and other learning tools only for their purposes; and listening and following instructions.

    What If I...

    damage my book?

         Bring your book to Mrs. Dishner and give her a chance to make repairs get it back on the shelf for others to enjoy. If it is damaged beyond repair, you will need to pay the cost of the book so a new one may be purchased and returned to the shelf.

    forget to bring my book on library day?

          If you haven't checked out your maximum number of books, you may still check out that day. If you have met your limit, you may still enjoy books in the library and then return your books the next day.

    I am absent on my library day?

         You may return your books and check out a new one at anytime with your teacher's permission. Third through fifth graders will be responsible for this at the Self Check Out and Self check In station.

    my parent or guardian wants to visit our library?

         Invite them to visit during open library times and parent nights. The library schedule can be found on this webpage.

Mrs. Melissa Dishner

Phone: (865) 560-7001


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Science, Ele. Ed. (Interdisciplinary Studies, gr. 1-8) Middle Tennessee State University Masters of Education, School Library Media (k-12) East Tennessee State University

Mrs. Melissa Dishner

 Welcome Sharks! I am excited to be a part of the Amherst Elementary School community and look forward to learning alongside everyone. I look forward to helping you, Sharks, discover your gifts and interests as you learn to LEARN. Please come by and introduce yourself, and let me know what you love to learn about. This is your library, and I want to make it work for YOU! Have a great year of learning, growing, and sharing!
Amherst Elementary Library Media Specialist 
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