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Welcome to Ensign's Library Media Center!

Virtual Office Hours during school outage:

I will plan to be online to answer email and monitor Canvas 8:15 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 

You may copy my address from under my photo here and paste it in your email. Students may also easily reach me by clicking on the email link under my photo on the Canvas library page, or by using the Canvas Inbox feature.   

I look forward to hearing from you and will reply to every note, just like at school!


We recommend these lessons on digital citizenship:

Battle of the Books

My library friend, Ms. Robinson, has created a little video that tells a bit about each book:

Notes on these books:

To help you decide which book you might like to read next, I have added a few notes about the ones I have read so far.  As always, reader interests vary and you should feel free to stop reading any book that does not suit you. You are welcome to text me if you want more information.  All of the books are available on Sora—click on Explore, then Collections, then Elementary Battle of the Books.  Physical copies are available at the public library and local bookstores.  Let me know if you would like to join the Ensign book club and compete in March, answering quiz questions about these books!

This Was Our Pact—Graphic novel—a fantasy book that keeps taking unexpected twists and turns

Sweep—Historical fiction—fantasy elements but based on research about the lives of child chimney sweeps in London

What Do You Do With a Voice Like That—Picture book—biography of Congresswoman Barbara Jordan

Unteachables—Realistic fiction—what happens when a worn-out teacher gets the worst-behaved class

Nikki on the LIne—Realistic fiction--for basketball fans and anyone trying hard to reach their goals

Because of the Rabbit—Realistic fiction—being new, being different, making friends

From the Idea to Disney--Nonfiction—the story behind the successful company

Queen of Physics—Nonfiction picture book--true story of a girl who loved math and grew up to solve the mystery of atoms

Nightbooks--Mystery—a witch captures children to write scary stories and make her potions

Stargazing—Graphic novel—unlikely best friends face challenges at home and at school

Some Places More Than Others—Realistic fiction—a girl from Seattle visits her relatives in NYC for the first time

-Caterpillar Summer--Realistic fiction—about a girl who ends up spending the summer with grandparents she had never met, she and her younger sibling get to explore life by the ocean

-A Wolf Called Wander--Realistic fiction/adventure--survival story told from the point of view of the wolf, based on actual tracking and research of wolves (they kill to eat, so know that there are some harsh descriptions)

-The Strangers (Greystone Secrets #1)--Fantasy/Mystery--It starts off very realistic but takes a huge jump into fantasy as the mystery unfolds.  The mystery is intriguing, with some fun number and coding twists.  Great young characters and family relationships, (know that it does talk about some children being kidnapped).

-Sal and Gabi Break the Universe--Science fiction--an action-packed book, the writing is very clever and full of humor.  It takes place at a middle school for the arts, and the characters are diverse, super-quirky and fun.

-The Bridge Home--Realistic fiction--about two young sisters surviving on their own in India. Conditions are harsh, and the girls have to decide who they can trust—a vivid look at another part of the world.

-Inkling--Fantasy--a fun, goofy story about an ink blot that comes to life just in time to help the boy with his homework and his dad with his next book.  It becomes a bit of an ethical dilemma but is also just a fun tale with the suspense of wondering how it will end.

-Dragons in a Bag--Fantasy--also has an interesting realistic side about life in NYC.  A kid stumbles on to some family secrets and is suddenly responsible for some baby dragons, with all sorts of things happening that he never expected.

-Cog--Science fiction—a robot boy is lost from his home and decides to take matters in to his own hands.  He meets up with a dog robot, trash robot, car robot, and demolition girl robot and things really get crazy!  This story has lots of action and humor, but also heart.

-Scary Stories for Young Foxes—Horror—(readers should know that this book includes descriptions of animals dying) seven little foxes listen to stories in the Antler Wood.  This book is described at “bone-chilling, and ultimately heartwarming.”


Book Lists for further reading and discussion about equality and racism and empathy: 

As with any book, some of these will suit your family better than others.  Reading books together gives you a chance to share your feelings with your family.  Through reading, we get a chance to experience other points of view and situations in life that are different from our own, and this builds empathy.

***Please note:  Information from here on down is from the 2019-2020 school year.  It is not being updated but remains for those who are interested.


Ms. Parkinson Reading Aloud

More read-aloud videos are posted on student Library Teams.  When you sign into the Teams app, you should see all of your Teams listed, so click on the library one to listen to your class book!

The Box Car Children--Surprise Island by Gertrude Chandler Warner for Adams and Sprague library classes, I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912, by Lauren Tarshis for Panameno library class, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis for Picklesimer library class, and Pirates Past Noon by Mary Pope Osborne for Kean, Cornelius, and Stratford library classes, and The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White for Duersch and Kerr library classes.

Carlos and the Squash Plant by Jan Romero Stevens, illustrated by Jeanne Arnold


Animal Dads by Sneed B. Collard III, illustrated by Steve Jenkins

Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse, illustrated by Barbara LaVallee

55 Grandmas and a Llama by Lynn Manuel, pictures by Carolyn Fisher 


Greetings from the frozen North! The Viking Chronicles video collection is here:

Ms. Ironsides discusses the proper trimming of beards

Here are the results of the trimming

Helga Horn has joined the Horde, and she even sings!

Sigrid Forkbeard shows why it is so important to trim your beard!

There Once Was a Girl with a Beard limerick by Edward Lear, recited by Babette Ironsides

Olivia Joins the Horde The famous Erik Eriksson presents Olivia with a Dastardly Duckie of DOOOOOM!

Dastardly Duckies of Doom greeting from Viking Erik Eriksson Watch the video and then begin adventures with your own map in the lesson section below!

Solveig Snake in the Eye remembers Ms. Ironsides’ pledge: (featured book: Goodnight Moon by Margaret WIse Brown)

Babette Ironsides sets sail from her own front porch: (book in hand: Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin)

Click here for a Viking surprise, and don’t forget to turn up the volume and scream:

There is still time to complete your reading goal and join the 2019-2020 Ensign Reader Hall of Fame Viking Horde, as long as you submit your paperwork by the end of May.

Kindergarten Readers of the Horde

First Grade Readers of the Horde

Second Grade Readers of the Horde

Third Grade Readers of the Horde

Fourth Grade Readers of the Horde

Fifth Grade Readers of the Horde

Sixth Grade Readers of the Horde

Library Lessons to Do at Home—

Email a photo or scan of your completed lesson to Ms. Parkinson, or upload a document or video to her using your library class in Teams.

  1.  Spring Holiday Research Project​  ​Spring Holiday Research  Here is an article about Ramadan this year in Newsela: ​ Learn about a tradition different from your own.  It shows respect for other people, and adds interest to our own lives, when we learn about different cultural traditions.  You will know you are successful if you can complete the L (Learned) section of KWL.
  2. Science:  Asking questions and finding answers  Learn to ask smart questions and think like a scientist.  Questions lead to research and that leads to new information and solutions. You will know you are successful if you can answer your question, or sometimes success leads you to a new question.

Choose a lesson based on a question that interests you.

  1. Favorite Books Project   Learn about a book you have not read before.  Once you have read a book, you can share a description of it with other students.  You will know you are successful if you can describe the book accurately.

Read a book in the genre of your choice, and write a review for others who are wondering what to read next. Favorite Books Project

  1. Review the guidelines of how to be safe as students are spending more time studying online.  Learn how to be a good digital citizen.  The Internet has lots of wonderful information, but not everything available is accurate or safe.  You will know you have learned about digital citizenship when you feel comfortable using online resources, know how to check facts, and know what to do if something makes you feel uncomfortable online.
  2. Makerspace STEM activity   Learn to use science, technology, engineering and math skills through hands-on activities. Sometimes making things can show your knowledge better than a worksheet or written test.  You will know you have succeeded if you build a set up that can move through a series of actions on its own, once you get it started.

Watch this video of what my son and daughter created while studying at home:   Construct your own cause-and-effect pathway at your house using items with a parent’s permission, then film a video or take a photo to share.  Write about how the process went for you.  Bonus: think about how good deeds can also have a “domino effect” and share an example.

  1. Use the UEN link below and then click on Gale Kids InfoBits Elementary School, click on Animals, then choose an animal to research. Make notes of what you learn, and remember to write down the sources.  Learn to research a subject of interest to you.  You will enjoy life more and find solutions to problems if you become a good researcher.  You will know you are successful in this project if you learn something about an animal that you did not know before.
  1. Get your own Dastardly Duckies of Doom Adventure Map and virtually visit where the Vikings traveled. Dastardly Duckies of Doom Adventure Map Learn where the Vikings actually traveled and have fun tracking your own library lesson progress.  Viking life was an adventure and your life can be an adventure too when you know how to use library resources.  You will know you have some valid library skills when you have checked off every location on the adventure map!





Utah’s Online Library from Home

This excellent resource has many great references and tools. If you are at school please click the Utah’s Online Library link to the right, in the blue box, underneath my photo.

Utah’s Online Library

To Access from home, email the library teacher for our login and password (this licensed information cannot be posted on a website).

Ebooks and Audiobooks for phones, tablets, and home computers

Click on the Sora link in the blue box to the right on this page.  Every student in our district is allowed to check out 3 items on Sora, by signing in to the Salt Lake City School District catalog.  Students will use the same login and password as they would to sign in to a computer at school.  Every student is also allowed a City Library card which gives access to that catalog and the Salt Lake County Library catalog using the same free Sora app.


Here are a few resources for families and students at home--


Comcast is offering FREE internet to low-income families for the next two months (March and April):


Here is a Google Doc of companies offering FREE educational resources (NewsELA, Kahoot, BrainPop, EPIC, etc.)*gLy19T3-up_neuCJ1mFOvg&fbclid=IwAR3qk2W0eRsmhQPkHobWm6UGn2qeKbe8ZxMgxJ_1fmOq2Suf0p0DiniKW5k


Here is a link to authors and publishers who are making video recordings of book readings copyright free for the next bit as well as some excellent resources from favorite authors:


Read aloud links:

Storytime from space-


Picture books read by actors-




Authors answer kids' questions-

Ensign Library Catalog 

Ensign's Library Catalog

Use this link to find books in our school library.  See how many copies we own, and how many are currently available.  



Internet Safety Information for Parents

Netsmartz Kids:

Common Sense Media:

            * Five Tips for Getting Kids off Devices:

            * 6 Ways to Help Your Kids Stop Multitasking During Homework:


Educational Movie Copyright Information

District Copyright Policy


Polly Parkinson

Polly Parkinson

School Librarian/Media Special