Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Library Resources

Besides an array of books available for you and your student, the library also has digital resources.  These sites are made with young researchers in mind:  valid information, safe searches, and reading levels that are appropriate for all learners.  Ask Mrs. Wood for login information. (I'm not allowed to post passwords here due to licensing provisions.)  The links can all be found on the library webpage:

Opals Catalog

This is our online card catalog.  You can search for books that are available in our library.  

Britannica Online Encyclopedia

Britannica has information a large variety of different topics.  Articles can be read at three different levels:  elementary, middle, and high.  Every article can be read aloud and many articles contain multimedia   Britannica will also show related articles to help students extend their knowledge. 

Pebble Go Animals

This database has lot of information about a large variety of animals, including a special look habitats and behavior. This resource was specially designed for students PreK-3rd grade, making research more accessible for this group of students.  Each article can be read aloud and is accompanied by multimedia images and sounds.  There are also fun games to excite kids.  

Vermont Online Library

NEW:  Now FREE for all Vermont residents.  No password required, just click link for access!  

This is by far the most comprehensive online resource available but also the most complex.  There are over fifty subject specific databases available.  The database that is most useful for elementary students is Kid Infobits, but many will be helpful as kids get older.  Using Vermont Online Library, you can find articles from a large variety of publications such as New York Times, National Geographic, and Highlights.  More information about how to use this resource can be found on this blog post. 

Please use these resources to help your student research, explore, and learn.  If you have any questions, please feel free to stop by the library or email me:

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The book fair is coming!!

On November 14-18th, the Scholastic Book Fair will be visiting our library.  All classes will have a chance to preview the books on Monday November 14th.  Books will be for sale at the following times:

Tuesday: 7:30-9 & at lunch
Wednesday:  7:30-9, 11:15-5:00
Thursday: 7:30-9, lunch, 2:30-5:00
Friday 7:30-3:00

Book prices range from $1-$25 with the majority falling between $5-$10.  If any of those times are not convenient for you, the book fair is online too!!  Visit this website ( to purchase books between Nov 9-22.  For every online purchase, your name will be entered into a drawing for your choice of either the NEW Diary of a Wimpy Kid book or Raina Telgemeier’s NEW graphic novel: Ghosts!

Reading with your child is a great way to help them develop as lifelong learners and critical thinkers.  It also is just great quality time with your child.  At the book fair you’ll find books for all interest and reading levels.  Don't forget that books make good gifts too!  All proceeds go to our school.

If you have any questions or want to volunteer please see Mrs. Wood!


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