CMS Library News

December 14, 2015


We're experimenting with eBooks in the library. We currently only have a few, but we will be getting a few more in January. The books we have now are single checkout books. They work much like a physical copy in that one person reads them at a time. We will be getting some books that allow multiple people to check them out at one time.

Our management system for these books is Follett Shelf through Destiny. I will be showing all students how to check out the eBooks in January.

How to Check Out eBooks:

1. Download the Follett Brytewave K-12 free app on your phone or iPad. Students may use the Guest Wi-Fi and log-in with their school computer log-in.

2. It will ask you to select your location and school.

3. Log-in to the app with your Destiny Quest log-in. The log-in is your last name, first initial and, in some cases, last name and first two letters of your first name. The password is your I.D. number.

Ex: PollackB 94410

4.Go to "Collections" and "eBooks." You can open books available for checkout. You can check out a book and it will appear on your device for two weeks. It will disappear when the check out period is over.

The next newsletter will give the titles available.

Places of the World: Did You Know?

Sedlec Ossuary, a Roman Catholic chapel located outside of Kutna Hora in the Czech Republic, is almost exclusively decorated with human skeletons. It is estimated that between 40,000 and 70,000 skeletons were used in the church's decor. One of its most elaborate pieces is a chandelier comprised of at least one of every bone in the human body.

The story of the bones began in 1278 when the abbot of the local monastery brought back soil from Golgotha in Jerusalem. He sprinkled the soil on the cemetery. Everyone wanted to be buried on the sacred grounds. Some believed that the rate of decomposition of the bodies would be accelerated here.

With the plague, many people were buried in a short period of time. Bodies were exhumed for new burial spaces and stacked in the church ossuary. Heaps of bones remained at the church until 1870 when a woodcarver made them into a work of art. Today, this church, known as the Church of Bones, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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