My name is Laurie Kolle. As librarian and caretaker of the Howell Library, I have the pleasure of hosting several programs, empowering love of reading, as well as stimulating the campus vibe, creating a ‘hub’ for the students and staff!
I have been in Victoria all my life. I live in the country and enjoy hunting, fishing, sewing, cooking, and READING! While I have always been around education, this is my 9th year with Victoria I.S.D. Before joining Howell Middle School, I served in several positions at central, taught Sixth Grade ELAR at Stroman Middle School, and served as Library Media Specialist at Hopkins Elementary. I hold a Bachelor’s of Arts and Applied Science in Communication from the University of Houston-Victoria, a Texas Teachers Teaching Certificate, and a Master’s in Library Science and Information Technology from the University of North Texas.
At Howell Middle School, ELAR classes visit the library for approximately 45 minutes, every other week. We work on a short lesson exploring novels and authors, and develop skills in literacy, library use, citing work and digital citizenship. We will also promote experiences in technology by utilizing Apps to complete curriculum-rich lessons.
The Library opens at 7:45 every morning, a pass is required. New this year, the library will remain open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday till 4:15 for Wildcat Time (additional tutoring, make-up work, and make-up tests).
Students are allowed to check out two books for two weeks. **Please be mindful about lost or damaged book fines, as this affects a student’s ability to check out in our library.
It’s a pleasure to serve the students, staff, and Howell community, go Wildcats!