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 The mission of the school library program in Dickinson ISD is to enable our students to be effective users of information and to encourage them to grow into life-long learners and readers, so they can become successful members of their communities.


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A message from the library:

 Welcome back, Hughes Road Gators! 


As you might expect, our library is going to run a little differently this year. 


We are going to do our best to keep books in your hands in the safest way possible.  The American Library Association (ALA) as well as the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommend that books be quarantined for at least three days before returning to circulation.  Hughes Road Library is ready for this challenge.  The librarian will be visiting classrooms with "Books on a Cart" with instructions on how books will be checked out and returned in a safe manner during this pandemic. Remote learners will be allowed to request curbside pickup for books beginning the week of Sept. 21st.  If you have selected to be a remote learner after September 14th, please visit the Curbside Pickup page for more information!  

I look so forward to sharing good books with you and hope to see your smiling faces soon! Be sure to share what you are reading in our library's Google Classroom Flipgrid!

Bluebonnet Book Program

The Texas Bluebonnet Book program is sponsored by the Texas Library Association for grades 3-6.  Each year a list of 20 new books from various genres is created.  Registered schools can promote the books and participate in the statewide voting to choose a winner.  Our Hughes Road list includes 15 of the 20 books, and students are offered three to explore the Bluebonnet books and earn rewards.

  • Bluebonnet Voting-Students who read at least 5 Bluebonnet books and pass quizzes by the end of January are invited to a voting activity and celebration in the library.

         We voted January 31. Our winner is Shadow Weaver by MarcyKate Connolly.

          The state winner is El Chupacabras by Adam Rubin.

  • Reading All Bluebonnets-Students who read 15 books and pass quizzes by April 16, 2020, receive a T-shirt.
  • Bluebonnet Rumble-Students form teams to compete in the DISD Bluebonnet competition April 30.  If necessary, a campus competition occurs in March to select 1 team to represent HRES.  The competition covers the 15 books promoted on campus.

See Mrs. Brown for additional information, lists of books and rules for any of the three opportunities.

Staff Bluebonnet Program

HRES staff can read all 20 books to earn a T-shirt. They enjoy reading current children's literature and discussing books with each other and the students.

FYI, the Texas Library Association creates book lists of various genres for several ages.  Please visit their website and browse the READING LISTS section for lists and activities.

Texas 2x2 Reading Program

Kindergarten, first, and second grade ELA teachers are reading the 20 Texas 2x2 books, the Texas Library Association list for KG-2nd grade, to their classes.  Each class will vote in May to choose a favorite at HRES.  Classes reading all 20 will receive an ice cream sundae party.

Free Rewards for Reading!

Pleasure Pier in Galveston sponsors a reading program for students in KG-6th grade. Our students have the opportunity to earn one All Day Ride Pass for each month for October-March, a total of 6 passes.  Your child will bring home a calendar for each month.  Students must read at least 20 minutes per day and obtain parent’s initials for each day, including weekends and holidays.  Completed calendars should be returned to Mrs. Bowen by the due date noted on each calendar.  Pleasure Pier will not accept incomplete or late calendars. Calendars are mailed to Galveston and tickets for qualifying students are sent to HRES.
Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark is again offering Waves of Pages, a reading program for students in grades K-5.  By reading 10 hours (600 minutes) by January 31, 2020, students receive one FREE admission to Schlitterbahn Galveston with a special discount offer for the family.  Titles of reading materials, minutes read, and parent’s initials must be recorded on the provided reading log.

Although he usually prefers nonfiction, third grader Aiden Nunez recommends the fiction Classroom 13 series by Honest Lee.  He says the first chapter lets the reader know what the book is about, and the following chapters are about the individual characters.  Aiden says these books are exciting and different from other books he has read.

Abigail Cerda, a second grader, likes the Mr. Panda books by Steve Antony for "lots of reasons."  She says the books are funny and have cute drawings, but they teach good manners and show how to be respectful and not rude, as well as thankful and patient.  Abigail enjoys reading Mr. Panda books more than one time!
Second grader Sawyer Bryan is reading the Dragonbreath series by Ursula Vernon because he likes "dragons and fire."  He prefers fiction over nonfiction and says these books have good stories and good endings.  Sawyer particularly likes the character Danny Dragonbreath.
Abigail Higgins, second grade, is excited about the Ellie Ultra series by Gina Bellisario and wants to read all of these books.  She is currently reading her fourth one in the series!  Abigail says there are always cute characters and she really likes the onomatopoeia the author uses.
Lucy Krupp, a third grader, recommends the Bad Kitty fiction books by Nick Bruel.  She likes these books because readers do not know what is going to happen next, and there is always a "cool ending."  Lucy thinks Bad Kitty had a hard life when he was a kitten and misses his mother.  Now he has to learn to not be "bad."
Levi Sermons, who is in the third grade, is a huge fan of Nathan Hale's nonfiction graphic novels.  He says to him they are better than Dog Man books.  Reading these books lets him learn about history, which he really enjoys.  For example in Donner Dinner Party, he learned how difficult it was in pioneer days to travel across a desert because of the lack of water and diseases.

Fiction or Nonfiction?

Kindergarten classes are studying the genres of fiction and nonfiction, learning to correctly identify the genre of a book by its characteristics.  During a recent library story time to enforce this objective, we read The Dog Who Cried Wolf by Keiko Kazsa and then compared the characteristics of the story with a nonfiction book about wolves.  Some of Mrs. Amber Semmlinger’s students are pictured here after learning about the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and creating their own nonfiction writing.

Reader's Theater

Reader's theater is a way to involve students in reading aloud with the goals of enhancing and improving reading skills, comprehension, and confidence.  Using only vocal expression without traditional theater sets or costumes, students "perform" by reading scripts created from books or stories.  Pictured here are students from Mrs. Tarver's first grade class preparing for a classroom performance.  Reader's theater scripts are available for many of our library books.



Since school began 10,491 books have circulated, and 560 classes have visited the library.  Students also have access before school and any time during the day when classes are not scheduled.  


The Last Kids on Earth and the Nightmare King

by Max Brallier


Dog Man: The Brawl of the Wild

by Dav Pilkey


The Boo-Boos That Changed the World

by Barry Wittenstein


Game Changers: the Story of Venus and Serena Williams

by Lesa Cline-Ransome


I Will Take a Nap!

by Mo Willems




Second grade


Mrs. Devin Tarver-first grade

Mrs. Chrissy Payne-2nd ELA


Jerrod Denton-1st

Bailey Nunez-2nd

Justice Charles-3rd

Jordan Charles-3rd

Abesira Daniel-4th


On Friday, Febrary 21, the CCISD Retired Teachers Organization will visit HRES and present a new book to each first grader.  We thank them for their generosity!


Our fall book fair was huge success with record breaking profit!  Thank you to all who supported this library fundraiser.  Profits are used for new books and materials and to fund reading initiatives.

The spring book fair will be April 20-24, 2020. 

We will be open during the Math/ELA Family Nights April 22 and 23.


Classroom and grade bees occurred in December.  The school bee was held January 14th.  Our school champion is fourth grader Trinity Smith.  Second place went to Abesira Daniel, also a fourth grader, and the third place winner is second grader Senai Daniel.  Trinity advanced to the District Spelling Bee which was January 28 in Friendswood.  She placed FOURTH!

On February 7 we surprised Trinity during her lunch with singing, dancing, and cheers performed by teachers and our student council.  She chose 4 friends to eat lunch with her on the stage at a decorated table.


Makerspace Update

Due to growing interest in Makerspace, we have added additional morning student helpers.  (L to R) Brooklyn Beohm, Brendan Dunn, Corbin Hebert, Aubrey Jackson, Cassidy Robertson, and Abesira Daniel (all 4th graders) volunteer their time before school to assist students in the Makerspace lab.  They display their knowledge and are very helpful with the younger children.  Mrs. Lisa Brown and Mrs. Bowen really appreciate their help!

New materials for younger students were recently purchased.  The lab is open 8:15-9:00 to third grade on Tuesdays, second grade on Wednesdays, and first grade on Thursdays.  Students must get passes from the home room teachers.

Fourth graders visit during their specials rotation and receive instruction from Mr. Brian Hopkins.

Use this link for additional information about HRES Makerspace.

Ms. Galvan

Ms. Rosaelia Galvan joined our staff this year as a pre-k teacher.  She is a graduate of UHCL, where she earned a master's degree in Early Childhood Education.  This is her 13th year of teaching.  An avid reader, Ms. Galvan is a member of our Staff Bluebonnet reading program.  When asked what were her favorite books as a child, she quickly replied all of Bernard Waber's stories about Lyle the Crocodile and all of the Amelia Bedelia books by Peggy Parish.  Ms. Galvan's enthusiasm about teaching and reading is obvious to her students and coworkers!  She also assists with the yearbook and is involved in numerous campus activities.

Kindness in the Library

As part of their celebration of Kindness Week, Ms. McGee's kindergarten class wrote kind and positive notes which they brought to their library story time.  After listening to Love Monster and the Last Chocolate by Rachel Bright, a story about being kind and thinking of others, they placed each note in a library book for other students to find and enjoy.  Mrs. Bowen is looking forward to watching other students discover the surprise notes!

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