Welcome to Dr. Charles R. Drew Elementary School’s Library


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Welcome to the Dr. Charles R. Drew Library

What books are you enjoying?




Happy New Year from the Drew Library!

We had a wonderful end of the year celebration with the Blizzard of Books, funded by the wonderful ladies of the Northern Virginia Alumnae Chapter (NoVAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.  Every student received a forever book. Elsa was there to spread her love of reading, and yes, there was snow. If a child was absent on December 17th, they will receive one upon our return.We have exciting new books that have arrived and will be processed this week.

I have received a grant from the National Capital Bank to fund the program Virginia Reads One Book in March. Every student/family will receive a copy of the book Dog Days.  We will have a month of special activities based on reading the book.  One of the activities will be bedtime readings. . . .more to come.  Watch for more information.

In January:  We will be celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday with biographies, songs, poetry, and virtual field trips.We will be learning about primary sources and research skills with the fourth and the fifth graders.  I will begin Read A-louds with the Virginia Reader’s program.  The students will vote on their favorite book in April.  Look for these book titles on the library page of the Drew Website, https://drew.apsva.us/library/

Welcome to Dr. Charles R. Drew Elementary School’s Library – Dr. Charles R. Drew – Welcome to Drew – Dr. Charles R. DrewTracy Gaither, Principal 3500 South 23rd Street Arlington, VA 22206 703-228-5825 Fax: 703-979-0892drew.apsva.us

The students are doing a wonderful job of exploring new titles and recommending them to others.  Please remember to ask them what is happening in the library.

🙂 Mrs. Black and Ms. Lawler


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Reading is out of this world fun!


Virginia Readers’ Choice 2021 – 2022 Primary Titles

We will be reading these as Read A-louds during Kindergarten through second grade library times.  Voting will be the first week of April.  The results of our votes will be forwarded to the state and added to the votes across the state.

Almost Time by Gary D. Schmidt

Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao by Kat Zhang & Charlene Chua

Between Us and Abuela by Mitali Perkins

Inky’s Amazing Escape: How a Very Smart Octopus Found His Way Home by Sy Montgomery

Snail Crossing by Corey Tabor The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read by Rita Lorraine Hubbard

The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad This Way, Charlie by Caron Levis

What Riley Wore by Elana Arnold & Linda Davick

Who Wet My Pants? by Bob Shea




(November 2021)The Book Fair is Here!

If you want to purchase on line, here is the link:


Books can be purchased in the library Monday, Nov. 29 through Friday, Dec. 3.

Any questions?  Please email Mrs. Black at dorasue.black@apsva.us