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Library Staff

Hokanson, Karen
Library Media Assistant


Library Pet

Stop by the library and meet Spider. She is Mrs. Hokanson's purple pet tarantula. Spider turns 14 years old in 2014. She can live to be 25 years old. Go check her out. She’s quite furry (the tarantula, not Mrs. Hokanson)!

Librarian Pet

Our Librarian

By Silver Oak parent, Dixie Lopes

Many of you know our librarian at Silver Oak is Mrs. Karen Hokanson.  As a parent who frequents the library after school, I’ve learned a few new things about the library, and I’d like to share my findings with you.

Did you know…

  • the library has been reorganized to make it easy for 1st-3rd grade students to find just the right books to read?
  • the fiction “Chapter Book” portion of the library has been completely re-done?  Did you know that she is currently re-doing the all of the non-fiction section? The changes in our library "layout" make it really easy for students to find just the right library book! 
  • she loves to work with parents who want to help their children learn to love reading?  Because we have a great selection of library books, she is even willing to check out an extra book or two if you (or another responsible adult) come into the library with your child!  Kindergarten parents take note:  this is also possible for your kindergarten students if they come with a responsible adult.

…and that Mrs. Hokanson is a rock hound?  She is always ready to share rocks or help students identify their rocks.  Take a look at the big fossil from her yard.

Please take the time to “check out” Mrs. Hokanson, Spider, the rocks and our spiffy, Silver Oak library!



Library and Media Center

Silver Oak has an outstanding library/media center containing a wide variety of books, computers, audio-visual materials, and other equipment.


Library Hours


Monday 7:45 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday 7:45 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday   7:45 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Thursday 7:45 a.m. - 2:30 p.m
Friday 7:45 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.



Library Rules


Students will take care of the books that they check out. Students who have not returned library books or paid for lost library or textbooks will lose their library privileges.


Mac.jpgSilver Oak library has 6 Macintosh computers that parents or students can use before or after school. If your child needs to take an AR test or spend a few minutes on IXL, Mrs. Hokanson welcomes them in the library at the following times:


  • 15 minutes before school starts
  • After 1 p.m. (including the last recess)

Reading is Fun!

Book_swap_sm.jpg2013-2014 Book Circulation

at Silver Oak Library

Breaks All Time Record

Silver Oak students like to read. They like to read so much, that during the 2013-14 school year they checked out 32,969 books! “It’s exciting to see such enthusiasm from our students for reading. Since last year, I’ve seen a 20% increase in the number of borrowed books from our school library," says Silver Oak Librarian Karen Hokanson.reading.jpg


Research shows there is a strong correlation between independent reading and academic success. Independent reading boosts vocabulary, reading comprehension, verbal skills and achievement test scores. Reading opens up a world of knowledge and can help children pursue their interests and hobbies. According to Educational Psychology, students who read regularly have better research skills and are more effective writers. 

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Find AR Books


Use the AR BookFinder to find out if the book your child is reading has an AR test. Most, but not all library books have an AR quiz.

Click here to find AR books


Accelerated Reader (AR) Program

What is AR?

Accelerated Reader (AR), created by Renaissance Learning, Inc., is an individualized reading program used at Silver Oak to assess and improve each student’s reading skills and to increase reading enjoyment. To find out more about the AR program at Silver Oak click here.

AR High Point Achievers

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Congratulations to these Silver Oak students for earning the most number of AR points in their grade during the school year!


Coming soon...


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Parent Volunteers Needed

Mrs. Hokanson is always on the look-out for volunteer help to do all of the nifty things we want to in our library. Stop by or email her to find out more.