Library & Research

Our library has over 14,000 titles in its collection, including both fiction and nonfiction, for grades PreK - 8. Supplementing the non-fiction section are numerous reference sources, including both print and online encyclopedias, as well as Catholic resource materials such as Catholic encyclopedias, Catechism resources, and Saint books.  In addition, the library houses videos and  DVDs for teachers.

Students in grades PreK - 5 come to the library each week during class time.  Sixth grade students have regular access to the library during Study Skills classes.  Seventh and eighth grade students are welcome to come on their own time, either before or after school.  All students are permitted to visit the library during lunch or before and after school with their parents, in order to check out books, take Reading Counts quizzes, or conduct research.  The library collection is cataloged through Library World.  Students are encouraged to access the online catalog when
searching for specific titles or subjects. 

Encyclopedia Britannica Online is a comprehensive, regularly updated, online encyclopedia.  Search results are grouped by grade level, allowing student researchers to find age appropriate answers to their queries.  EB Online can be accessed from any internet connected computer, allowing the student to work on assignments outside of school.  User Name and Password information can be found on ParentsWeb -> Resource Documents.

EBSCO is an online database of reputable journal, magazine, and newspaper articles that are ideal for students who are gathering research for a paper or project.  Within EBSCO, Primary Search and Middle Search Plus are specifically appropriate for students in elementary and middle school, respectively.  As with EB Online, students may access EBSCO from home; log-in information can be found on ParentsWeb -> Resource Documents. 

Scholastic Reading Counts is a reading program designed to boost a student's love of reading along with their comprehension.  Our school offers the program in grades 2 - 8 to supplement the classroom literacy program.  After reading a book, the student takes a 10-question quiz to assess their comprehension of the story.  The student gets immediate feedback, and can also rate the book.  Teachers can chart the student's progress and adjust his or her readings accordingly.  We believe that this program helps to continually enhance the overall reading program.  Students may check to see if books have Reading Counts quizzes online.

A Summer Reading List will be distributed at the end of each school year to provide continuity in students' literacy development.  Students are encouraged to visit their public library and to continue reading during the summer months.

Lectio Book Awards is an optional reading challenge, offered by multiple schools across the Diocese of Austin.  20 books are selected annually by DOA librarians (including Ms. Banda) for their excellence in quality and student interest.  Students in grades 4-8 are invited to participate.  The program ends on March 31, 2017 when the following prizes will be awarded:

  • 5 books – Vote for your favorite Lectio book
  • 10 books – Certificate
  • 15 books – Pizza Party and Book Giveaways
  • 20 books – Medal

Lectio books can be found in the HFCS library, at your public library, or at your local bookstore.  Students are required to pass a Reading Counts quiz for each book read.  Lectio Book Awards 2016-2017 list may be found here.