About Us

Mrs. Blouch and Mrs. McIver celebrating Dr. Seuss!

The Shady Grove Elementary School Library serves a large population of K-5 students and their parents, along with a faculty of 50+ teachers and other staff members.  Mrs. Lisa Blouch is the Librarian and Mrs. Maggie McIver is the Library Assistant.  Assisted by a team of wonderful parent and student volunteers, they get to spend their days talking to  children about books and reading, assisting them in finding helpful websites and other informational resources, and generally having a great time in a very special setting.

Mission   In accordance with Henrico County Public School Board Policy and the national standards for school libraries established by the American Association of School Libraries (2009), the mission of the Henrico County School Library Program is to empower students and staff to become critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information.  (HCPS Library Administration Handbook, 2012)

Our curriculum   Our program supports the Virginia Standards of Learning for K-5, and we develop our lessons and projects in collaboration with the classroom teachers.  Our “blueprint” for designing the Library program is the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Standards for the 21st Century Learners.

Flexible Access  The Library is open to students each day from 7:20am  until 2:15pm.  Students  are encouraged to come and check out books (we have nearly 10,000 books from which to choose!), read, question, research, and explore.  We allow students to request books from other school libraries, if they can’t find what they need in our own building, and instruct them in using the online catalog to search for materials independently.  Our catalog is available, along with the other online resources linked to our page, around the clock.  Some of our databases require specific user names and passwords if they are accessed outside of school.  If you cannot find these (provided by your child’s teacher at the beginning of the year) please e-mail me at lmblouch@henrico.k12.va.us and I will send them to you.

Circulation  Books and magazines check out for 1 week.  Books may be renewed, as long as someone else is not on hold for them, if the student has not finished reading them.  (We will certainly make exceptions for book report or assignment books, and will not let reserves supersede those.)  Please let us know if a book is missing or damaged, and we will explain our lost/damaged procedures to you.  Lost or damaged titles must be paid for at a fee of $16 for hardcover books, $5 for paperbacks, and $2 for magazines.