Programs
Library Media Center

Patricia Clare Library - Parkville Campus

The library is a space to imagine, learn, explore, create and share knowledge and ideas in a caring environment. Our beautiful and spacious library is fully equipped with comfortable study areas, as well as a reading corner with beanie bags and comfortable seats for storytelling and for individual reading time. All students, teachers, and school personnel have full access to the Patricia Clare Library at the Parkville Campus. Our library is staffed by a full-time professional librarian, Ms. Cindy Jiménez, as well as a full-time library assistant, Ms. Annette Nieves. We have an excellent collection of resources including: Reference, Puerto Rican and Professional collections, as well as Non-fiction, Biographies, Fiction, Picture books, Award Winning Books, Books with puppets, Big Books, and Special collections. The library also provides computer software, wireless Internet access, magazines and professional journals, and educational online databases for lower and upper elementary students. These databases can be accessed through Internet, using our Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) for research and resources needed outside school hours. Students in grades PPK-4 visit the library for enrichment, storytelling, reading motivation, research, and instruction on a fixed visit schedule. Students in grades fifth and sixth can visit the library on their own time or be scheduled by the teachers during class time for curriculum-oriented instruction, project-based research or orientation. Our library also supplies AV equipment for classroom use. All students can borrow materials for two weeks. Students in PPK and Pre-Kinder may borrow books and have parents/guardians sign for them. All parents, who wish to use the library, both the general and the professional collection, are more than welcome.
 
LIBRARY HOURS:
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday – 7:30 am – 4:00 pm
Tuesday – 7:30 am – 3:15 pm
Friday – 7:30 am – 3:30 pm
 
RESOURCES:
  • Books - over 15,000 titles
  • Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) with access to our books and videos, as well as to our Web path, which are previously evaluated websites classified by grade level
  • Online Databases
  • Magazines in print
  • Special Collections
  • Caldecott and Newbery Award Winning books
  • Reading Corner
  • Study Area with ergonomic tables
  • Ben Q monitor
  • Seven touch-screen computers
  • Four regulars PC computers
  • Black and white and color printers and copy machine services
  • Audiovisual collection with DVDs and CDs
  • AV equipment, such as iPads, digital cameras, DVD players, CD players
  • Laminating machine for school materials used by faculty and staff
ACTIVITIES HOSTED BY THE LIBRARY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR:
  • Library class, research skills workshops and storytelling with and without our fixed visit schedule
  • Reading Challenge: twice a year
  • Scholastic Reading Club: all year round
  • Book Fairs
  • Used Book Sale
  • Authors visits
  • Literary and creative writing workshops with writers and artists
AVAILABLE DATABASES FOR PRIMARY GRADES:
  • World Book Encyclopedia Online
  • World Book Encyclopedia: Encicloepdia Estudiantil Hallazgos Online in Spanish
  • World Book Encyclopedia: L’Enciclopedie Découverte Online in French
  • World Almanac for Kids
  • Ebsco Explora Primary School Students
  • Ebsco Teachers
                                                                                                                                                                                    

    • Ms. Cindy Jiménez (left) & Ms. Annette Nieves (right)

      Ms. Cindy Jiménez (left) & Ms. Annette Nieves (right)

Ms. Cindy Jiménez-Vera, the Patricia Clare - Parkville Campus Librarian, is an avid writer, having authored many publications and papers.  Her work and initiatives have been recognized, becoming the recipient of numerous awards, including the Lifetime Award in Recognition of Leadership in the Information in Library Sciences Field in Puerto Rico, given by the University of Puerto Rico and the New Publications Grand Prize, awarded by the Puerto Rico International Book Fair. 

Her wide-ranging skill-set includes: languages (English, Spanish, Italian), mastery of research skills and integration of databases and other web technologies into curriculum, expertise developing syllabi and overall course structures, evaluation and assessment of curriculum, and management and instructional uses of cooperative learning. 

She holds a Masters in Information, Library Sciences, and Technology, a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate as a School Librarian, and a B.A. in Comparative Literature, from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus. She comes to us with vast related experience, having worked as an elementary school Media Teacher / Librarian for over 10 years at a local private school and most recently, as Instructor/Lecturer at the UPR’s Graduate School of Information Sciences and Technologies (close to 10 years). She is a member of the American Library Association and Asociación de Bibliotecarios Escolares de Puerto Rico, among other pertinent memberships.
MAILING ADDRESS:
COMMONWEALTH-PARKVILLE SCHOOL (CPS)
PO BOX 70177
SAN JUAN, PR 00936-8177
info@cpspr.org

PARKVILLE ALABAMA ST.  
GUAYNABO, PR 00969  
TEL: (787) 720-3992  • FAX: (787) 272-8150
ROOSEVELT 100 CASTILLO ST.  
SAN JUAN, PR 00918  
TEL: (787) 765-4411  • FAX: (787) 764 3809