About Lincoln Library

  • Vision

    The ultimate goal of the Lincoln Library is to foster a love of reading and learning.

    The vision for the Lincoln Library is for all students and staff to become effective users of ideas and information to contribute to lifelong learning. As the library program continues to build and grow to engage the entire school community to elevate the learning experience for all.  As a school community, we teach the students to think critically and independently, and to construct new understanding and insights from varied information sources.  We lead and embrace the integration of technology to enhance learning.  We collaborate to design and enact rigorous learning experiences, and participate as positive digital citizens.  We maximize access to quality print and digital resources.  We champion and support the reading life of students.  We nurture curiosity to develop in students a passion for learning for life. 

    How does this translate into real life lessons?

    Library lessons address two essential components: literacy and information literacy. Here are just a few examples of what your child will learn in the Lincoln Library Program:

    Primary grades (K-2)

    • location of books in our library using spine labels
    • who are the author & illustrator and what do they do?
    • making predictions from cover illustrations
    • the parts of a book—spine, cover, title page, and call number
    • types of literature—fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and folktales, for example

    Intermediate grades (3-4)

    • finding materials on library shelves by alphabetical order
    • using parts of a reference book (index, table of contents, glossary)
    • choosing the best keywords to get to needed information
    • using the library catalog to locate material
    • note-taking strategies
    • keyboarding skills
    • identifying different types of literature

    Upper grades (5-6)  All the above and...

    • creating a reading list based on personal interests
    • creating digital projects based on class research units
    • using online databases to locate information
    • identifying and using appropriate reference sources

About Checkout

  • At Lincoln, we strive to have library checkout be a pleasant experience for your child. The ultimate goal of the library program is to foster a love of books, reading, and learning. We work in conjunction with classroom teachers to assure that all students select most of their books at the "just right" or "good fit" reading level for them. 

    If you have any questions about the Lincoln Library or the library program, call (319) 688-1130.

About the District Library Program

  • The purpose of the Iowa City Community School District library program is to enable all students to be effective users of information and to appreciate and enjoy literature and other creative expressions of information.

    We believe that ...

    • independent, life-long learning is the ultimate goal of schools in our society and that the library program is vital to creating independent learners.
    • promoting reading for enjoyment and information is a key element of the library media program.
    • all children have the right to equal access to literature, information, and information technologies.
    • educational goals are best achieved through the collaboration of an instructional team that includes a teacher librarian.
    • the teacher librarian is an instructional leader in the building with expertise in literature, resources, and technology.
    • the Information Literacy Curriculum must be integrated with other curricular areas.
    • the diverse needs of students demand that learning resources in many formats are available.
    • a well-organized, centralized collection of materials in many formats is essential to resource-based instruction.
    • libraries are essential to the functioning of a democratic society.

    Learn more about our District's library program.