Library

Welcome to Immanuel Lutheran School's Library

Michelle Monzo

Library & Media Center

Goal

To help all students become lifelong learners and to help students develop a love to read.  We can do this by introducing students to great new books, help them be successful with their passports, and reward them for all of their hard work and dedication to reading. Studies show the more that children read the more successful they will be in school and in life.

Links to help at home

Destiny (online catalog system) – Immanuel Online Catalog System

Students can login at home to check our catalog to see if we have the book in our library. They also use this site at school to check out the location of books in our library.

Accelerated Reader BookFinder

This website is used to locate books that students can take tests on. AR Bookfinder includes many books that are not in our library. Therefore; if students check out books in other libraries, it is always a good idea to check on AR Bookfinder to see if the book has a corresponding test associated with it.  AR Bookfinder is also a good source to determine what the book's genre is.  This will assist students with completion of their passports.

Accelerated Reader Program

The purpose of the AR program is to improve reading achievement. In the AR program, students read a book, take a comprehension test, and are awarded points. The point value of a book is based on length and reading level. Since the tests and student records are online, it is relatively easy for schools to require students to accumulate a certain number of points each marking period.

There are over 100,000 books covered by this AR program, and books do not have to meet any special criteria to be included. There is a wide range of quality among all these titles. While there is value in students reading any book, we want AR to be more than an accounting system. We attempt to guide students toward titles that will challenge (but not frustrate) them. Book talks and reading lists are used extensively. Classes are taught the "five-finger rule" to help readers select books of appropriate reading level.

In a further attempt to keep reading from being "points driven", the Library has a Passport program. We use this to encourage students to read materials from different genres. There is more about this program under "Passport".

 


Instructions for Parents and Students on how to use Home Connect (Grades 3 - 8)

  1. Go to - Renaissance Home Connect
  2. Use your child's AR username and password and login to the AR Home Connect system. (This information will come from your child's teacher.)
  3. Click on "Email Set-up" in upper right hand corner. Enter the information for up to 6 email addresses that you would like to receive information every time your child takes an AR quiz (including which book was tested on, along with the quiz results).
  4. Go back to the home page and you will find the following:
    1. My Overall Progress - Shows your child's progress on quizzes taken and number of points achieved and compares them to their grade level goals. This will also show the average reading level of books your child has quizzed on. Note - information is displayed for only quizzes that have been passed (thus the importance of the email notifications in step #3 above).
    2. My Last Quiz - Shows information on the last quiz your child took. Click on the book for more details.
    3. View My Bookshelf - Shows book covers for all the quizzes your child has ever taken at Immanuel (if passed). Click on each book cover for more information on each book. Titles can be sorted in date or alpha order.
    4. AR Book Finder - Use this link to search for books that are AR and have AR quizzes. Be sure to use the Advanced Search tab to customize your search.
Passport Program

Welcome to Immanuel's "Passport ARound the World" program! This program compliments the Accelerated Reader (AR) Program by encouraging students to read not only for points, but to read for a broader range of reading experience. The program helps to make students more "literate" by encouraging them to read different genres and book categories. Students in 3rd-8th grades need to earn 100 AR points and complete one passport by the end of the 3rd quarter to be eligible for the Barrymore’s field trip on May, 17, 2017.

The goal is for students to read at least one book of their own choosing from each category listed and to complete at least one passport by the end of the school year. Once a book from each category has been read (and the AR quizzes have been passed), the passport is complete and the student will earn a prize. The prizes for 2016-2017 are: 5 extra bonus AR points (to be spent at the AR store) for the first completed passport and 7 bonus AR points (to be spent at the AR store) for each subsequent passport (limit 4 passports per school year). To help guide student reading, we have compiled lists for each passport category which can be found in the library and are listed on this website. The following gives you a brief definition of each book category on the passport:

3rd & 4th Grades (only)

Award Winner - Include books given the John Newbery Medal (most outstanding contribution to children's literature), the Ralph Caldecott Medal (most distinguished American picture book) and Michael L. Printz Award (young adult literature).

5th, 6th, 7th, & 8th (only)

  • Newberry Award winner or Newberry Honor - John Newbery Medal (most outstanding contribution to children's literature)
  • Historical Fiction - Stories which take place in a particular time period in the past. Often the basic setting is real, but the characters are fictional. (ex: Molly's Pilgrim)
  • Folktale - Stories which feature common folks, such as peasants, and commonplace events. There may be some "make-believe" elements, like talking animals, but the stories, overall, sound logical - even realistic. Folk tales are stories with no known creator which were originally passed down from one generation to another by word of mouth. They seek to explain things about life, nature, or the human condition. (ex: Paul Bunyan)
  • Mystery - Fictional stories, usually realistic, about a mysterious event which is not explained or a crime that is not solved until the end of the story to keep the reader in suspense. (ie: Cam Jansen series)
  • Classic - These are book titles taken from various lists which were chosen to stand the test of time. (ex: Rainbow Fish, A Wrinkle in Time)
  • Any Non-Fiction - All of the information in a non-fiction book is based on true facts. Non-fiction books include how-to books, science books, history books, biographies, autobiographies and much more. Non-fiction books can be about any subject.
  • Free - This can be any book a student reads and passes the AR test.

*Please note - many books could fit into more than one category.

Teaching Philosophy

I will strive to create a fun and inventive, educational atmosphere where children are engaged in learning and absorbing knowledge from all that is presented during the course of the day. I believe it is important to encourage students to be independent and to use critical thinking skills when they solve problems. In addition, students will be taught how to maintain a positive attitude and excel at good citizenship. Above all, kindness and humanity will be the order of the day.

Accelerated Reader

 


 

AR Test Dates

Note: The Media Center will be open for students entering 4th-8th grades.

  • 1st AR test date:
  • 2nd AR test date:
  • 3rd AR test date:

 

Summer Reading Log Grades K-2
Summer Reading Log Grades 3-8

Important Library Dates 2017-2018

 


Barnes & Noble Book Fair

Saturday & Sunday, November 11th & 12th


AR Store Dates

Note: All dates are scheduled from Wednesday through Friday during student’s regularly scheduled Media Center time.

  • 1st Store: December, 13th, 14th & 15th
  • 2nd Store: March 5th, 6th & 7th
  • 3rd Store: May 2nd, 3rd & 4th

CJ Barrymore’s Field Trip

  • TBD
  • Last day to submit required Passport for Barrymore’s: Friday, March 23rd

Last day for AR Points

Monday, April 30th

Book Lists

As part of the Accelerated Reader (AR) program, students read books from different genres (categories) of literature. This provides them with a broader exposure to literature and allows them to gain certain rewards. The "Award Winners" and "Classics" book lists have been compiled by our Library Team to guide the students toward choosing quality material.

Classics