Welcome to the SMCS Library Media Center web page. You will find a plethora of information regarding our library, its reading programs, class schedules, upcoming library events, new databases, as well as information regarding our book fairs, Summer Reading Programs, author visits, Speaker’s Bureau, etc.
The mission of our library media center is to support the goals of the school, church and the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston by providing an exemplary library program for our children that ultimately will contribute to the development of the whole person ~ heart, mind, and spirit. The St. Michael Library Media Center serves students, faculty, staff, and parents and is an active center for learning in our school. Besides holding regularly scheduled classes for circulation of books, library and study skills instruction, and research, we also hold many special events such as faculty meetings, receptions, and student parties in the library.
The goals of the library are to:
- Encourage a love for reading and books
- Create a library media center that is the heart of the school
- Collaborate with administrators, teachers and parents to provide best practices in education and basic world knowledge for each child
Provide instruction in information literacy through integration of technology and information skills
Ms. Cheli Henderson is our librarian. She has been employed at St. Michael School since 1995 and has served as the librarian since 1999. She has been a classroom teacher in kindergarten, first, fourth, fifth, and eighth grades. Her areas of expertise are English and Social Studies, and she has received training in Alphabet Phonics from the Neuhaus Center. Formerly, Ms. Henderson was a librarian for the Houston Independent School District and River Oaks Baptist School, and the Circulation and Cataloging Clerk for the Bates College of Law (University of Houston). Ms. Henderson received her B.A. from the University of Texas and attended Sam Houston State University in Library Science. Presently, Ms. Henderson is the former President of the Bishop Byrne Chapter of the Catholic Library Association and serves on the Advisory Board of the national Catholic Library Association. She is a member of the American Library Association, the Texas Library Association, and the Houston Area Independent Library Network. She also serves as a Coordinator of Professional Development for Librarians in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. Her duties at St. Michael also include sponsoring the Annual Fall and Spring Book Fairs, the Tiger Shop, and Mock Trial for the seventh and eighth grade students. Ms. Henderson believes working with the children at St. Michael School is a blessing that validates every day of her life.
Ms. Dolores Lemon is the Library Instructional Assistant and has worked in the St. Michael School Library since 1999. Ms. Lemon received her B.A. and teaching credential from Colorado Woman’s College. Before coming to St. Michael School, Ms. Lemon traveled around the world and even had the wonderful opportunity of meeting Queen Elizabeth and President and Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson. She also worked in district sales and was store manager for Laura Ashley and The Sun Glass Hut International. She loves reading, of course, and going to the movies. She especially loves discussing books with the middle school students and reading to the children in early childhood.
The Library serves its students, faculty, and other patrons Monday through Friday from 7:45 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. However, many days throughout the year with prior notification, our library is open beyond the closing time for special research projects and recreational activities as well as to occasionally offer a space for tutoring of students.
Each week students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade visit the library for checking-out books and for story time and/or library/study skills instruction. Flexible scheduling is also available for students to do research with or without teachers, to receive certain subject area instruction, and for special student recreational activities.