Just for Teachers

The Garden Spot Library Media Center offers a variety of services that can help you and your students.  You can schedule classes to come to the LMC at any time.  This school year a Librarian will be on site every Tuesday and Thursday for the entire school day.  We are eager to meet and work with your students!  You can schedule to come for a whole block or part of a block.  We can collaborate with you to develop lessons that meet the needs of your students.  Just contact Joan Wenger in the LMC to schedule.

Here are just some of the services we can provide:

Quality Resources:  The Media Center provides many quality resources including databases such as World Book Online, Culturegrams, E-Library, Literature Resource Center, American History Online, Science Online, Health Reference Center, Opposing Viewpoints in Context, and more.  The PA Power Library databases provide access to numerous periodical and journal articles, the Science Reference Center, SIRS Discoverer, e-books, newspapers, and historical images.

Research instruction:  Bring your students to the LMC, or we will come to you. We can teach your students how to find the best information for their assignments.  We can help them find print or electronic sources.  Need primary sources?  We can help with this too.

Citations:  Noodletools is an easy way for students to create and manage their citations.  They can make an outline, keep digital note cards, and even link their project to Google Drive. We can show students how to set up their accounts and how to use Noodletools.

E-books and audio books:  The Overdrive Digital Library provided by IU 13 is the perfect place to find e-books and audio books for any grade and reading level. Students can take notes, highlight information, and make comments on what they are reading.  The Media Center also has Playaways, another form of audio books. Many of these are paired with a paperback so students can listen as they read along.

Media Literacy:  Fake news, Internet Safety, Internet Privacy, responsible use of Social Media, and cyber bullying are all issues students need to learn about.  We are glad to teach these lessons.

Independent Reading:  The Library collection has fiction in all genres, graphic novels, biographies, poetry, and non-fiction, and at a wide range of reading levels.  Let us help match students to books that are just right for them.  We can help them find books, along with providing Book Talks.

DVDs to support your curriculum:  The Library collection has numerous DVDs that can support your curriculum.  Why spend time searching YouTube when you can search the Library catalog and find just what you need?