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Welcome to the Minnie Ruffin Elementary School Library!

At Minnie Ruffin Elementary School, we believe that "Readers are Leaders!" My name is Ms. Laura Bryant and I am your school librarian. Thank you for visiting our "Baby Wildcat" library site!  I strive every day to help our community of learners achieve their academic potential.  Our students library time is aligned with the Common Core State Standards which can be found on the Louisiana Department of Education website.


Students in Pre-K and Kindergarten enjoy a story time once a week. We discuss authors, characters, themes, and much more!  Students in the 1st through 6th grade attend 45 minutes of library time once a week. During this time they check out books on their reading level. We also discuss authors, illustrators, book awards, themes, genre, and encourage independent reading. Students may also return books and check out new books during "Book Exchange" times daily.


Twenty minutes a day is all it takes to build key reading skills. Here are seven ways to build a better reader.

   1. Create reading rituals and read together every day.

   2. Snuggle up close with a book.

   3. Talk about the pictures and ask questions.

   4. Share different kinds of books.

   5. Read with expression.

   6. Read favorite books again and again.

   7. Record yourself reading and play it on car trips or as an alternative to television:) 


Students in grades Kindergarten-6th have the opportunity to participate in Accelerated Reader parties when they meet their reading goals.  Students must have a 90% average and meet their individual point goal to achieve their Accelerated Reader goal each 9 weeks.  In addition to their AR goals, students are rewarded when they read a million words. I know it sounds like  lot of words, however, it really isnt when you add all the words in the books they are reading. It's so much fun to see the looks on their faces when the students see just how many words they have read!


There are many free websites for students to read books and articles during the Covid19 crisis and beyond.  The Ouachita Parish Public Library is offering free library e-cards that will give the students access to many books, articles, and activities.  Please visit  Other websites available are listed below:



If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me via email at


Stay safe and I look foward to seeing everyone soon:) 




Laura Bryant, Librarian/Media Specialist


"The mission of Minnie Ruffin Elementary School is to educate each child to his/her ever increasing maximum academic and social levels."