TFAA Library Lingo Newsletter

Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL)

For Middle School Students

The TEL resource is a free, virtual library provided by the Tennessee State and Library Archives that can be accessed from anywhere at any time. This is an excellent resource for learning more about specific topics. The collection consists of over 400,000 electronic resources including scholarly journals, podcasts, magazines, videos, e-books, federal census records, primary sources, homework help, test preparation materials, and much more! Go to to access TEL.

Watch the video tutorial (created by Xan Lasko from Rockvale High) below to learn how to navigate TEL and access free e-books and audiobooks. She clicks on high school, but the same resources are also offered when you click on middle school.

Note: If TEL asks you to provide a password, it is: elvis.

Literature Choice Board for Middle School

Click below to access a literature choice board for middle school students. After students read a novel, they can choose some of these activities to complete.

For Elementary School Students

Good news! TEL provides free resources for more than just middle school students.

  • On the home page, click on the students tab at the top. On the next page, click on elementary. ("Elementary" includes early childhood as well.)
  • In the video below, Smyrna High Librarian, Mrs. Looper, explores some of the resources available to you.

Note: If TEL asks you to provide a password, it is: elvis.
TEL for Kids

Reading Comprehension Questions

The button below is a Scholastic blog that helps parents ask their students questions before, during, and after reading a story/chapter. These questions will help build reading comprehension and can help prevent that "summer slide". There are grade specific questions for grades K-5. Click the button below to access the blog. Scroll down in the blog to find your student's grade level.

Contact Info

Please contact Mrs. Thomas with any questions you may have at