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Family Patrons: Online Tools

Your Child's School Library: Online Tools for Finding Books

Presented to PTA on Nov. 18, 2009
Ms. Harmon (Library Media Specialist) and Mrs. Urbanski (Language Arts Coordinator)

Presentation points:

A classroom library's collection is chosen with the age group's reading ability span in mind.

The school library's collection is chosen to to provide materials that support the K-5 curriculum, foster inquiry and encourage reading for pleasure.

In order to use books that interest or appeal to them, many children in grades K-3 will need a reading partner. A reading partner may be a parent, older sibling, grandparent, baby-sitter, etc. The act of reading and talking together about a book will foster reading development. Visit the Jim Trelease web site for more information on reading together.

"Do-overs" are just fine... Children are very excited to make their own choices when selecting books from the library. There are many reasons why they might select a book. (i.e. to mimic a sibling, make connections to friend's selections, find information on a topic of interest, the cover or size of a book, etc.) If a library book comes home that a parent feels is not a good choice for that particular child, simply send it back for another book - just call it a "do-over"!

Adults are very influential when it comes to kids and reading. Children often get their ideas about the books that they read for fun from adults (Kids & Family Reading Report) Reading classics and your childhood favorites are great ways to bond with your children. You may also like to try some 21st century tools to help you find books with your 21st century kids! Try our online subscriptions below.


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 TumbleBookLibrary™ is a growing collection of interactive electronic books with animation and engaging narration.



NoveList K-8

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NoveList K-8™ is a database that helps users to learn about fiction titles (and some nonfiction) through summaries, reviews, booklists and articles.



Destiny library catalog

Opens Destiny OPAC @ PBE

Our library catalog is a database that helps users to locate & access library materials that are available for circulation to our students from our school and through the GCSD library system.