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Mrs. Kate Keller, Library

Welcome to the Library! Saint John Fisher is a great place to be a reader!

The Library is a versatile spot. From the days spent in what is now the computer lab, then moving downstairs to room 109, and finally, Mrs. Funk brought the library to its current home - at the end of the hall, below the gym.

My name is Kate Keller and I worked as a volunteer with Mrs. Funk and was her substitute when needed for many years. I have three children who have attended St. John Fisher, Sally is a sophomore at Loyola University, Josa is a junior at Mother Mcauley High School and my son Johnny is currently in sixth grade at SJF. I am honored to “read from the rocker” at SJF!!! During, before, or after library class, I will do my best to find your kids something they will love to read!


January 2020

Posted on Jan 07, 2020

Welcome Back!

January will be a busy month in the library!! I hope everyone had a great winter break and read some good books ;)

The Book Fair is just a few weeks away! SJF will be having a Scholastic Book Fair during Catholic Schools Week! The fair will open on Sunday, January 26 so be sure to stop by after you have visited your student's classroom!!

This month we will be reviewing library skills and reading nonfiction. There is so much to learn and, thankfully, many different types of nonfiction books that I hope kids will enjoy! 

7th and 8th grade students will read a nonfiction book of their choosing and submit a review which will be due the first week of February. These reviews will count towards their second trimester grade (library grades are based on following directions, effort shown and student conduct while in the library). If you have any questions about this assignment or the school library in general, please contact me. 


December in the Library

Posted on Dec 10, 2019

December is such a fun time in the SJF library! 

From Preschool to 8th grade, we have read books that have reminded us to be patient and excited during the Advent season, thankful for the gifts we already have, ready for High School entrance exams, and grateful for our friends and families.

All students may enter the Christmas bookmark contest, by drawing a Christmas book or re-imagining a favorite book or book character with a Christmas theme (template is available in the library). Entries are due by 12/17!

Seventh and Eighth grade students have been working on reading comprehension and library skills. We will be reviewing research, citing sources and reading non-fiction when we return in January.

Students in seventh and eighth will also receive grades in the second trimester. Grades will be based on following directions, completing assignments and adhering to library etiquette. 


Library Info

Posted on Sep 04, 2019

The Library is open at 7:30 in the morning before school and until 3:00 after school. 

Students who need to visit the library before school must have a pass given by a member of the SJF staff the previous day or feel free to email me!  I want all students to always feel welcome and comfortable in the school library, especially when they need a quiet place to take a test or find a book. 


The school library has an Amazon wishlist! The list is public, feel free to add books or buy some for the library! (don’t forget to sign up for amazon smile!To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

To view and/or add to our library wish list on Amazon, here is the link:


Accelerated Reader

Students in 2nd through 6th grades use the AR program. After reading a book, students take a comprehension test and receive points for correct answers. Teachers assign a certain number of points to be earned per trimester.

Renaissance Home Connect links to Accelerated Reader Bookfinder, the online search tool that makes it easy for you and your child to search for the next Accelerated Reader book to read. In Accelerated Reader Bookfinder (as in Renaissance Home Connect), you may choose to see the pages in English or Spanish.


Here is the link to check student progress and/or receive notifications for Accelerated Reader:


More information about the goings on in the School Library will be forthcoming! In the meantime, please feel free to contact me!


Welcome Back!

Posted on Aug 26, 2019

The SJF library has had summer makeover and is ready for a new school year!


My name is Kate Keller and I will be seeing students from PreK to 8th grade for ‘library lessons’ to support classroom learning and encourage students’ love of reading. I hope that you will encourage your kids to read for fun and read with them as much as possible, because:


Reading can help you relax

Reading for 6 minutes a day can reduce stress by 68%

Reading can increase your intelligence

If you read for 20 minutes a day, you’ll read 1,800,000 words per year

Reading can make you more empathetic

Reading is contagious!



October Blog

Posted on Jan 25, 2019

Happy October from the Saint John Fisher Library!


First of all, many thanks for everyone who donated (or plan to donate :) books to the library!! We have gotten some great ones and the kids have been taking them out or are in line to do so.

Here is the link to an updated wish list: this is a public list so you should be able to add to it or purchase from it :)


This year in Library classes the focus will be on enjoying what we are reading and looking for books to read that we cannot put down, have to find the sequel to and/or want to find other books by the same author.


Kids in 2nd through 8th grade have or will soon be taking the STAR reading assessment. The STAR program is used to determine your child’s strengths and it will help us match your child with the right books for their reading ability. The assessment helps by providing a grade-level equivalent score to give an approximation of each student’s reading level.


For grades 3-8 the Accelerated Reader program is back in full swing! (second grade will begin taking AR tests in early October). Students with the top 5 highest point totals for each grade will be displayed outside the school library and updated each month, beginning in October.



What is Accelerated Reader?Accelerated Reader is a reading program designed to encourage and promote successful reading. It helps students to track their reading comprehension by providing them the tools to measure their improvement. AR places the focus on the careful reading of books, which in turn promotes critical thinking.

How does it work?Children read books and take the AR Reading Practice quiz for the book they just completed. They earn points based on their success on each quiz. The questions are designed to show how well the student understands the material. It’s one thing to read a book – it’s another thing to comprehend it in a meaningful way.

How is my child’s Reading Level established?At the beginning of the school year, your child will take a Star Reading test that determines his/her appropriate reading level. This test can be given three times per year. Based on his/her performance on this diagnostic tool, he/she is assigned a zone of proximal development, or ZPD. The number roughly correlates to the expected performance in a specific grade at a certain month of school. For instance, a level of 3.4 indicates third grade, fourth month.

What does ZPD stand for?The ZPD is a number range that correlates to levels assigned to AR books. The ZPD is designed to encourage students to read at their fluency level (the level at which they can read easily and with good comprehension).

How can I find out how many points my child has accumulated?Your child can check his/her reading record through the AR program at school. You can also check the Renaissance Home Connect Website to see your child's AR quiz scores. Another option is to check the reading log, which should have the score and number of points earned for each quiz taken.

Can my child take quizzes on books we own or check out from other libraries?

Yes, but the tests will need to be taken in the Saint John Fisher Library. Please check to make sure the book is on the Accelerated Reader List and that your child has not already taken the test! AR tests may only be taken once for each book. It is important that you help your child choose books that are suitable for their reading level.



Access the AR booklist here:


Access Accelerated Reader Accounts here:

You will need your child’s username and password to access your their bookshelf.