Welcome to the F.D.E.S. Library

  • Our goal in the Frederick Douglass Elementary School Library is to serve the educational needs of our faculty and students. Our environment is warm and inviting, with many opportunities and resources for students to learn skills needed for academic success. We also want our students to have access to the best books possible and aim to promote a lifelong love of reading and learning!

    The American Association of School Librarians' Standards for Student Learning are the foundation for instruction. Library lessons are also developed to introduce, reinforce and supplement the Virginia Standards of Learning which are taught in the classroom.

    All students have a regularly scheduled library class once every four days, as a part of the rotation of Resource classes (art, music, physical education, library). Open Library, from 7:30-7:50 each weekday morning, provides an additional time for students who have finished a library book to exchange it for another.


What Are We Learning in the F.D.E.S. Library?

  • FDES library students are working on

    • finding a good-fit book.
    • locating and selecting books to read for enjoyment.
    • locating and selecting books to read for information.
    • using online databases, such as PebbleGo and World Book Online.
    • exploring author studies.
    • learning to appreciate a variety of types of literature.
    • researching topics in collaboration with classroom instruction.
    • developing understanding of cultures around the globe.

Reading Tips for Parents

    • Read aloud to your child.
    • Let your child read aloud to you.
    • Talk about what has been read.
    • Visit your public library and help your child get a library card.
    • Have a special place in your home for library books

    More Reading Tips for Parents

Meet the Librarian

  • Jonelle Trimmer

    Ms. Jonelle Trimmer


    Ms. Trimmer graduated from the State University of New York at Oswego with a B.S. in Education.  She earned an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from George Mason University.  She has served as a teacher-librarian at F.D.E.S. since 2001.