News from the Library

Important things you NEED to know from your Librarian!

Welcome Back!

I hope everyone was able to enjoy a restful summer vacation. The library staff is looking forward to the many collaborations we'll be able to have with you this year.

Within this newsletter you'll find some important information regarding new, and changes to, the databases provided by the district. Please take the time to look it over as you may find some things useful for your instruction.

I am not able to post passwords in this newsletter as this is an online newsletter and it's not good practice to post subscription database passwords publically. Please refer to the email you received with the link to this newsletter for username/password information.

As always, never hesitate to ask if you have questions or need resources. That's what we're here for.


MediaConnect Change

There has been a change in our streaming media service. MediaConnect is now SNAP. Please bookmark the following URL for all future visits:

For those of you who may not have used MediaConnect in the past, now is the time to start using SNAP! SNAP is the database portal for the streaming media services to which we subscribe. SNAP allows you to perform one search that will in turn, search the following databases: Discovery Education, Learn 360, NBC Learn, PBS LearningMedia and Soundzabound.

Within SNAP you are able to create lists to organize and easily find videos and other materials for future use. You can even create a playlist for your students to access to view on their own in class or outside of class. (See Rachel for more information if you are interested in creating a playlist for your students.)

Be sure to check out SNAP the next time you're looking for: videos, audio, graphic maps, images, lesson plans, interactive resources, music tracks, science diagrams/experiments, sound effects, and timelines as these are just a few of the resources that you'll find in the databases contained in SNAP.

Last, but not least, we no longer have access to the physical media (jackdaws, audio books, DVDs, etc.) that were available for request in MediaConnect. If you find yourself needing a resource not found in SNAP, please let one of the Library staff know. We'll do our best to get anything you need for the classroom!

NEW Databases for the Elementary!!!


The Emergent Reader Research Solution

Audience: Grades PreK-2

From the database: "Each database (Animals, Science, Biographies and Social Studies) features expertly-leveled text and navigation specifically designed for your beginning researchers. Enriched with spoken-word audio, text highlighting and audio/video media, PebbleGo builds the foundation of research skills for every learner." From:

PebbleGo Next!

Audience: Grades 3-6

From their site: "Launching with a States and American Indian social studies module, PebbleGo Next is carefully aligned to curriculum for grades 3-6. The PebbleGo Next database is simple to navigate and offers key reading supports, such as read-along audio and word-by-word highlighting, along with a variety of downloadable content, including prompts to inspire critical thinking." Source:

Both of these databases are available through the elementary SEARCH page.

NEW Databases for the Middle/High School!!!

Science in Context From earth science and life science, to space, technology, mathematics and science history and biography, this revolutionary, this curriculum-oriented online experience is designed to boost achievement for students and researchers. Science in Context delivers delivers integrated content through 150+ comprehensive reference sets from Gale Encyclopedia of Science, Chemical Elements, Science in Dispute and Macmillan Science Library, as well as: More than 22,000 topic overviews 7,000 biographies 1.5 million periodical articles from noted publications like Science Weekly, Science News and The Science Teacher 16,000 images and videos 170+ detailed experiments 8,100 biographies and two dictionaries. To support secondary teachers, Science in Context features the Science Standards search of full-text results linked to national and state science standards for grades 9-12. Science Standards allows educators to search for content aligned to the most current state and national high school science standards. Standards are linked to one or more Gale vocabulary subjects, creating a dynamic search that will change as new content is added.

U.S. History in Context U.S. History in Context delivers comprehensive, contextual, media-rich search results from the most extensive online collection of historical information available today.

World History in Context World History in Context is a comprehensive online collection that uses an intuitive, Web-like interface to provide multicultural, global and research-based dynamic content that supports today's history research requirements.

Descriptions from SEARCH:

Even More!!!

The databases mentioned above are not the only resources to which you and your students have access. Use the link below to discover even more!


Please reference the email for usernames and passwords.

Library Staff

Rachel Allen - Librarian

ext. 3162 or 3173

Tricia Thomas- Elementary Library Teacher Assistant

ext. 1115 or 1116

Karin Nemier- Library Aide

ext. 3161 or 3173