Beezus is Looking for Holiday Homes!

With the expected arrival of Mrs. Sharp’s baby girl in November, Beezus, the library guinea pig, is looking for a home for the holidays! A home has been found for Thanksgiving break, but Beezus is still looking to go home with a Zilker family for the following dates:

  • Winter Break (December 19th- January 2nd)
  • MLK Weekend (January 12th-January 15th)
  • Spring Break (March 9th-18th)

Mrs. Sharp’s long term substitute will send all supplies needed home with you when Beezus is picked up from the library, with the exception of veggies/fruits to feed her while she stays with you.

If you’re interested, let Mrs. Sharp know!



Scholastic Book Fair is Coming!

The Scholastic Book Fair will be held early this year! Mrs. Sharp is looking for lots of volunteers to help with set up and decorating, assisting students in making their wishlists during student preview and shop, as well as with the Late Night and then clean up.

Sign up to volunteer HERE! 

Mark your calendars for these dates:

Wednesday, September 20th: Book Fair Set Up (all day in the library)

Thursday, September 21st and Friday, September 22nd: Student Preview (students come with their classes)

Monday, September 25th through Friday, September 29th: OPEN FOR SHOPPING! 7:30 am-3:30 pm every day (closes at 10 am on Friday)

LATE NIGHT (in conjunction with Z’Fiesta Night): Thursday, September 28th from 5:30-7:30 pm

See you at the book fair!

-Mrs. Sharp, Zilker Librarian


Updates from the Library!

Zilker Families,

What a great start to the year! Kindergarten through 3rd grades have already had a fantastic author visit and there is one in the works for 4th and 5th grade later this fall. I am expecting a baby girl to be born in late November (due the day before Thanksgiving), so it will be a busy first few months in the library before I am home on maternity leave. Here are some dates to remember:

  • September 5th: Family Checkout before and after school begins! (see more information below)
  • Week of September 11th: First library checkout for K-4th grades

Scholastic Book Fair!

In order to celebrate our annual Book Fair prior to being home on maternity leave, the Book Fair is early this year! Volunteers will be needed from everything to moving furniture to helping students make their wishlists and then come back and shop. Look for a Volunteer Sign Up SOON! Mark your calendars for these dates.

  • Wednesday, September 20th: Book Fair Set Up day
  • Thursday, Sept. 21st and Friday, Sept. 22nd: Book Fair Preview
  • Monday, Sept. 25th-Friday, Sept. 29th: Book Fair Shopping!
  • Thursday, Sept. 28th: Book Fair Late Night/Z’Fiesta Night from 5:30 to 7:30 pm
  • Friday, Sept. 29th: Book Fair Clean Up (begins at 10 am)

Family Checkout

Families are welcome to come check out books from the library, too. Come by the library to sign up for a family card, if you don’t already have one. Families may check out up to 10 books for 2 weeks at a time. Don’t forget that the Twin Oaks Public Library is just across Lamar, too! In order to be sure classes in the library are not interrupted, the following days and times are designated for family checkout.

Family Checkout Days/Times:

  • Every morning from 7:35 to 7:45 am (Students should be in class by 7:45 am)
  • Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2:55 to 3:30 pm*

*Subject to change as needed if meetings are being held in the library.


The library is always looking for regular volunteers from everything to helping students with check out to shelving books. If you are interested in volunteering in the library, let me know! (

Thank you for your support of the library!

-Mrs. Sharp

Zilker Librarian


Peter Brown Author Visit: August 31st!

The talented Peter Brown will be visiting Kindergarten through 3rd grade on Thursday, August 31st at 8:30 am! Mr. Brown has illustrated the hilarious bestselling book Creepy Carrots and his newest release, Creepy Pair of Underwear.

Students may purchase copies of Creepy Pair of Underwear and Creepy Carrots prior to the event to be signed and personalized by Mr. Brown!

Order form is here and can be returned to Mrs. Sharp in the library with cash (exact amount) or check (made out to BookPeople) or ordered online. Come by the library to get more information!

We are so excited to host Peter Brown at Zilker! View the S’more HERE for more information!


Summer Library Newsletter

Check out the Summer reading edition of the Zilker Library newsletter! Find out about Dr. Cruz’s 5 Book Dive, suggested summer reading lists, e-book resources and what the Austin Public Library has going on this summer!

All Library Books Due!

Zilker Families,

Just a reminder that all library books need to be returned immediately. If your child has lost or damaged a book, stop by the library and we can help you find the cost of the book. Students are also encouraged to help in the library during their library time to help pay for the cost of replacing a lost book.

Upcoming Library Events:

Monday, May 22nd at 2:00 pm– Author Visit with Kat Kronenberg, author of the book Dream Big (Kindergarten-2nd grades)

Wednesday, May 24th from 7:15-8:45 am– Friends of the Zilker Library Breakfast in the library

Wednesday, May 24th at 1:45 pm– Author Visit with Michael Fry, author of the new series How to be a Supervillian (3rd-5th grades)

May 22nd-30th: Makerspace Parties for the 1st class in each grade to return all their library books!


Thanks so much!

Mrs. Sharp, Zilker Librarian

April/May Edition of Book Marks, the Zilker Library Newsletter

The April/May edition of Book Marks, the Zilker Library newsletter, is HERE! Check out what we’ve been up to lately!

-Mrs. Sharp

Zilker Librarian


February/March Edition of Book Marks

Check out the February/March edition of Book Marks, the Zilker Library newsletter, HERE! See what we’ve been up to in the library and what’s coming up!

-Mrs. Sharp

Zilker Librarian



The Book Fair is Coming! Sign Up to Volunteer!

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming soon!

The theme for this year’s fair is so much funHappy Camper Book Fair! Have S’More Fun with Books!

Mrs. Sharp would like to celebrate two things that Zilker is great at, reading and getting outside, with a display in the library hallway. If you have a picture of your Panthers (or yourself!) reading outside, please send it to Mrs. Sharp ( by January 31st. 

Mark your calendars for the following dates:

Wednesday, February 8th: Book Fair Set Up! (Volunteers needed)

Thursday, February 9th and Friday, February 10th: Book Fair Preview Days (students will preview with their classes)

Monday, February 13th-Friday, February 17th: Book Fair is Open for Shopping!*

*closes at 10 am on Friday

Thursday, February 16th from 5:30-7:30 pm: Z’Healthy Family Night and the Book Fair Late Night!!

The Zilker Library is looking for volunteers for the upcoming Scholastic Book Fair!

Sign up HERE for shifts! If you have experience being a cashier, please let Mrs. Sharp know. Volunteers are needed for:

  • Wednesday, February 8th: Book Fair Set Up!(Volunteers needed)
  • Thursday, February 9th and Friday, February 10th: Book Fair Preview Days (students will preview with their classes)
  • After school on Thursday, February 9th from 3:00pm – 4:00pm to serve snacks at Staff Preview
  • Monday, February 13th-Friday, February 17th: Book Fair is Open for Shopping!*
  • Book Fair Clean Up and Break Down on Friday, February 17th


  • Thursday, February 16th from 5:30-7:30 pm: Z’Healthy Family Night and the Book Fair Late Night!!

Mrs. Sharp is also looking for few volunteers to help with the Bluebonnet Lunches on Monday, January 23rd and January 30th!


Calling Zilker Alumni! Help with the Happy Camper Book Fair!

Mrs. Sharp, the Zilker Librarian, is looking for Zilker Alumni to help with the Book Fair on Z’Healthy Family Night! Know a middle schooler or high schooler that wants to help with the Happy Camper photo booth or help families shop?  We’re looking for 6-8 volunteers!

When: Thursday, February 16th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm (volunteers will need to arrive by 5:00 pm to receive directions)

Where: Zilker Library

What: Help run the photo booth in the library hallway or help families find books at the book fair!

Email Mrs. Sharp to let her know you’re interested!