Meet Our Librarians:
Mrs. Barr is excited to be a Kainalu Dolphin. She has lived in Kailua for a little over a year and has fallen in love with this little patch of paradise. She has two sons who attend Kainalu. Mrs. Barr is a former high school teacher and runs her own tutoring business. She is also Treasurer for Kainalu’s PTA. She enjoys hiking, running, swimming, paddling, and surfing. Her favorite books growing up were A Wrinkle In Time, including the other four books in the Time Quintet by Madeline L’Engle, and the Trixie Belden series, written by multiple authors. Currently, her favorite genre of books are crime and forensic mysteries, written by authors like James Patterson or Patricia Cornwell.
Mrs. Willweber has been a part of the Kainalu ohana for many years. She has three children who are students at Kainalu. A former high school English teacher and drama director, she is happy to return to a school setting. Working in the KES library combines three of her lifelong loves: people, learning, and books. When she was little she read whenever and wherever she could…under the covers with a flashlight, in a tree, even while walking home from school! She still enjoys all kinds of books, particularly ones her children recommend as a good read.
If you would like to volunteer in the library, please see Mrs. Rubidoux-Cadd, our PCNC, in room 17.
- Students are encouraged to come to the library to return and borrow books. read quietly, do homework, or research.
- Classes visit the library once a week to borrow books.
Library Open Hours
7:50 a.m. to 2:10 p.m.
Library Borrowing Hours
Morning Recesses (9:30 - 10:00 a.m.)
Weekly homeroom library visits.
Library Book Borrowing Procedures & Policies:
- Students can borrow books during regular class visits.
- Kindergarten: Borrow one book at a time. Library book remains in the classroom.
- 1st Grade: Students are allowed to borrow two books. LIbrary books may be taken home.
- 2nd - 6th Grade: Students are allowed to borrow two books at any given time. If a teacher gives an assignment, two extra books pertaining to that subject may be borrowed.
- Students are responsible for the books they borrow.
The library was a winter wonderland in December. Our students had the opportunity to curl up by our roaring “fireplace” with their choice of our new book arrivals. Two Christmas trees brightened up the room, while glittery snowflakes hung from above. Colorful displays taught us about Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, La Posada, and Winter Solstice. Many students participated in our Gumdrop Guessing Contest but only one clever guesser, Brayden Vierra-Hiromoto, was the winner!
At the beginning of the month, fifth graders showcased their Native American diorama projects. Lots of classes and individuals came by to see their hard work. Great job, fifth graders!
January’s science and space theme is out of this world! Come by the library and see a scale model of our solar system. You will be surprised by how S P R E A D out our planets are. Come check out the slide show or read a book under our starry night sky.
For some of us, navigating through cyber space is as challenging as trying to get to Mars. Let Mrs. Barr and Mrs. Willweber be your co-pilots as you use helpful websites like DestinyQuest, WebPath Express, and EasyBib for your research projects. Get links to other fun sites like Science Buddies and the Bishop Museum.
Interested in a career in space and/or science? One of the computer terminals near the circulation desk will be set up to explore jobs in the field of science. You can find out how much education you will need for each career, the salary you can expect to make, the projected demand for people in each job, and what the work is like. You may be surprised by how many jobs use science. Check it out in the library or at home at www.sciencebuddies.org, the “SCIENCE CAREERS” tab.
Join us for a Stargazing Night, Friday, February 8th! University of Hawaii astronomers will be offering a live tour of the night sky. They will point out a number of the brightest planets, stars and constellations visible in the sky and offer close-up views of the moon, Jupiter and its moons, and possibly some other “deep sky” objects if time and conditions allow. This event is organized and coordinated by our PTA.
Bring in a space-related object, poster, drawing, or artwork, and your name will go into this month’s drawing for a prize!
The sixth graders have their science projects on display in the library this month. Their projects address questions like “How salty are the bodies of water in and around Kailua?”, “How does light bulb wattage affect the rate of photosynthesis in an underwater plant?”, and “What is the fastest way to cool a soda?” Many students and adults have stopped by to study the projects. Three students from our school will move on in February to the Windward District Science Fair: Hunter Baehrens with his project “A Green Machine,” Sheraine Crivello with “Fantastic Photosynthesis,” and Noelle Medeiros with “How Salty Is It?” Good work, sixth graders! Good luck to Hunter, Sheraine, and Noelle!
February is Black History Month and the library is showcasing Black Americans whose accomplishments have helped make our country what it is today. Come grab a biography on historical figures like Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Duke Ellington, Jackie Robinson, and Martin Luther King, Jr., or learn information about current figures such as Barack and Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey. Come see photographs and read quotes by Black Americans whose accomplishments and stories are a vital part of American history and culture. Play a matching game and be entered in this month’s drawing for a prize!
Mrs. Baquiro’s third grade Language Arts students are displaying their Mr. Popper’s Penguins dioramas in the library! Stop by to admire their good work.
Interesting Facts About Kainalu's Library
- John Crosson Memorial Library is named after the first principal of Kainalu School, Mr. John Crosson. Mr. Crosson was the principal from 1954 – 1956. Mr. Crosson was very active in community organizations and was a Boy Scout leader.
- Kainalu library has nearly 15.000 books.
- There is a library helper group, known as the Menehune. The group is open to 5th and 6th graders who are very self-motivated and willing to give up one recess each week to work in the library.
Mr. Crosson - 1st Principal