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     Read Around the World


     Beginning in January, we will join with Read City USA to read around the world! You can get ready for the journey by dowloading the Beanstack Tracker App on a smart phone or by going to https://knoxlib.beanstack.org and registering. Everytime you read, you'll get us a little further around the globe.





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     DK Find It
    Exploring Nature  

     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

Hey Sharks! We are in full swing now in the Shark Tank, the AES library, and it has been tidalwave of learning for me and many of you. Let me challenge you to continue using those library skills. They will help you find the information you need to learn about the things you want to know about. I also want to give a big shout out to our library assistants, The Library Detectives, who are working hard to learn how they can help make our Shark Tank a great place for us all.
Amherst Elementary Library Media Specialist 
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