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Welcome to the DSD Elementary Library Website


Use the Menus at the very top of this page if you are looking for:

  • How to Email our Librarian
  • Links to our Online Library Catalogs and how to search
  • Information about our library
  • AR Information and Links to the AR Program
  • Links, Photos and Reading Lists

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Keep reading below for Blog Updates about Projects, New Books, Events and Library News from Miss Chrusch.

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Book fair this week

Woo! It’s the best time of year in the library, the Annual Scholastic Book Fair begins today and continues until Friday. There is a shopping time set aside for each class (their library time) parents may send money, checks with their students so they may come to the library at the specific time and shop with their students. 

The book fair directly benefits our school library program and allows me to buy some of the most popular and requested books for the students every year.

This year we are doing a pre order for diary of a wimpy 12: the get away, it comes out in November but you can order it through the for a special (PB) price of 8.99 to benefit the school and I will bring it to your student’s classroom when they are published.

We will also be having a night event for family and community shopping: Wed Oct 25th  from 6-8 this year.

This year we are collections donations and running a poster raffle for theTX Library association’s disaster replied fund which provides grants to libraries to help rebuild from Hurricane Harvey. 100 percent of the students’ donations will be given to this cause.  Every year the students have been very excited to find a cause to rally behind!

You may also wish to donate a book to your student’s classroom to help build up classroom libraries with some of the newest books. There is a binder at the fair with teacher wish lists, please ask for assistance and we will help you with your purchase. 
Also we are running an online fair until October 31st to help students who may be sick, on vacation, or unable to come to the physical fair for some reason, this is also a great way for parents to buy some books on the sly (Christmas is coming, too quickly, I’m not ready!!! Lol)  

Thank you for your support of our annual book fair! I hope to see you there!

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Refresh your “Lib Skillz” for the new School Year

Helpful Links for Students and Parents:

About our Libraries

How to Search for Books 

When is my Library Class?

DES Catalog Link: Search for books and check out the new book section
DES Online Public Access Catalog

WES Catalog Link: Search for books and check out the new book section:
WES Online Public Access Catalog

Students and Parents, if you have questions about our 3rd -5th Grade AR Program:
AR Program Information


Parents Interested in Volunteering in the Library:

Volunteer Forms for the Buildings

How to Check Books in and out (11 min tutorial) * Sorry for the voice quality…laryngitis 😉

DES Parent Volunteer Powerpoint

Wycallis Library Volunteer Powerpoint


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2017-2018 Library Class Schedules

2017-2018 Library Schedules DES and WES

2017-2018 Library Class Schedules have been posted, please see the link above to know when your assigned class period is. Students come to library every week for 40 minutes. They will meet with the Librarian  Miss Chrusch, every other week, and trade off with our awesome Library Aide “Miss Louise” Van Tuyl on the alternating weeks.

Parent Volunteers are being accepted for all classes in both buildings, see the Volunteer section above for more information.


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How to be SUPER in library class!

IMG_6995(Starring Mrs. Derr’s 2016-2017 class) SUPER LIBRARY STUDENTS….Always use Shelf Markers.

Shelf markers hold your place when you are trying to decide if you like the book or not. Please leave them in so you know where you took the book from, so you can return it without a mess if you do not want the book. If you decide that is your library book please return the shelf markers to their container.



IMG_6998SUPER LIBRARY STUDENTS….Stand in line and wait their turn.

Be like Batman 😉 Please wait at the library desk area in a straight quiet line and be patient as the Librarian may be away from the desk for a moment or two helping another student.




IMG_7033SUPER LIBRARY STUDENTS….Help each other.

Using the Catalog is a great way to find a book! These Super heroes are working together to find a perfect book! Working together and being kind is ALWAYS SUPER!






SUPER LIBRARY STUDENTS…are kind and respectful FRIENDS!

Treating everyone with kindness and respect is the number one rule in library. We are a learning community and kindness and friendship makes our community GREAT!!




IMG_7004SUPER LIBRARY STUDENTS…Choose Just Right Books.

The perfect book for you is waiting! Choosing a just right book isn’t hard but it takes some work. Pick something you are interested in, but also read a page to see if It is a good fit (not too easy not too hard.) You can use the 5 Finger Rule to check. Read a page and put up a finger for every word you DO NOT KNOW. If you have 3-5 Fingers up this book may be too hard.  Using this test you can find a book that matches you PERFECTLY!!


IMG_7007SUPER LIBRARY STUDENTS….Work well in groups

Being able to work in a group is SUPER! Give everyone a chance to participate and treat your group with respect and you will accomplish so much!




When you are finished looking for books work quietly with your group.  Quiet activities include: reading, puzzles, magazines, coloring, looking at yearbooks…



IMG_7014SUPER LIBRARY STUDENTS…..Read at their tables for DEAR time. 

DEAR means Drop Everything and Read. The last 5 minutes of class is dedicated to quietly reading at your table enjoying the new book you  picked out!




Keep these Rules in Mind and you will have a SUPER LIBRARY CLASS PERIOD!!!! 🙂

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Thank you!!!!

Thank you to the Cook Family for this beautiful creation they gifted me with this  week! I may have cried because it is the sweetest thing I have ever been given in my 11 years teaching! Their kindness knows no limit and their Artistic ability is off the charts too!!! I am beyond appreciative of the wonderful families I have had the great joy of having in my life through teaching and through the PTO library volunteers!   Dallas is filled with amazing people and it truely is a wonderful place to teach!!

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Thank you!

Thank you again for your support of our Book Fair, as of 8:40pm last night the book fair has been packed up and the room is back to being a library…which may break some hearts but we had a GREAT week!!!

Online shopping continues for one more week:

Thank you to all the PTO volunteers who helped with students and to the PTO book fair committee and the executive council for their hours upon hours of work helping this week be s success!

Here are some photos I snapped, if anyone would like to email me photos they took I will post them. I believe the Dallas Post was out an about on Book Fair Night so maybe some familiar faces will be in the paper as well!






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PTO and UGI put on a reading event at DES Library

Thank you to the PTO Reading is Fundemental Commitee and UGI for a great first RIF Book give-out!! RIF is a federal grant program that matches schools with Sponsor companities who purchase free books for students. It is a program we have been doing with the UGI company for over 20 years.

The PTO plans a party day and UGI representatives come to give out the books. This session we had guest readers: parents/UGI and a craft (bookmarks) the students then selected RIF books that UGI purchased and as an extra treat they were also given UGI Reading Wizard coloring books! Thank you to everyone involved, all of the classes were so excited and love their new books and bookmarks!

Monday’s Class
Tuesday’s Class
Wednesday’s class
Thursday’s Class
Friday’s Class