Special WKMS LC Resource Edition

Tools & Links To Help With e-Learning: March 2020

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WKMS Learning Commons

Librarian: Dr. Russ Conrath, NBCT

Librarian Assistant: Mrs. Wanda Patterson

Lexington County Library Card Access to Check Out eBooks and Audiobooks.

Free Tutor Help Through DISCUS: South Carolina's Virtual Library

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Here's Your Tutor & Subject Help Link

If you have trouble, accessing DISCUS, please email me at rconrath@lexington1.net for the DISCUS password.

Connecting To e-Books: Reading

While the WKMS Learning Commons is not available in person for traditional paper books at present, we do have several great ways to access e-Books. In your "Launchpad," in the bottom right corner of your Chromebook, you will find Destiny (Click here.)

Under this link, scroll down to ebooks; we have over 460 eBooks accessible through Destiny Discover.

Another link for our e-Book collection is through MackinVia.com Here, put in the school name in the first box and your regular username and password in the other boxes. Using this resource, you can access 753 library eBooks from the WKMS Learning Commons.

A third product that allows you to read eBooks is Epic. The WKMS Learning Commons code for Epic during school hours is LEL-6827. Epic Link (Click here.)

A fourth option is through DISCUS, South Carolina's online library resource. Once logged into DISCUS, you can select "TumbleBooks." There are eBooks, graphic novels, "Read Alongs," and much more. TumbleBooks can be found fourth from the bottom under the middle school tab in DISCUS. (I will email out the username and password to you for DISCUS.)

Your LC Is A Reading Oasis With Guided Instructions To Access Your eBooks

Lexington County Public Library Audio & eBooks For Middle School Students

Lexington County Library has several age-appropriate books for middle school students through eBooks and audiobooks. Below are two direct links:

Audiobook Middle Grades Must Reads

Ebook Middle Grades Must Reads

Much Like GoodReads, NoveList Can You Find The Just Right Book To Read Through DISCUS

NoveList Plus Features

NoveList Plus has reading recommendations for both fiction and nonfiction, for all ages. NoveList's expertise in books and reading means that you'll always get the best help for finding just the right books.

Read-alike recommendations
Our recommendations are crafted by experts, and we let you know who wrote a recommendation and why the recommendation makes sense. We offer recommendations for titles, authors, and series. Read more about our recommendations.

Listen-alike recommendations for audiobooks
The same expertise NoveList has always used to recommend print books is now applied to audiobooks. Learn more...

Series information
A common challenge for readers -- NoveList Plus has full series information.

NoveList has appeal
Appeal factors are terms that help you decide whether or not a book is “your style”. Learn more about our appeal language

A single place for reviews
Tired of searching multiple places just to find out what people are saying about a book? NoveList includes reviews from professionals (Booklist, Kirkus, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal), as well as from readers (via Goodreads). One stop shopping!

Top ten, best of, favorites -- we have hundreds of reading lists that make it really easy to quickly find great books to read.

Award winners, all in one place
There are A LOT of book awards out there -- Caldecott Medal, Pulitzer, Man Booker, etc. We offer ONE place to find them all.

Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours You Can Take on Your Couch

Google Arts & Culture’s collection includes the British Museum in London, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the Guggenheim in New York City, and literally hundreds of more places where you can gain knowledge about art, history, and science. This collection is especially good for students who are looking for ways to stay on top of their studies while schools are closed.

Explore the following sites, and you can be transported now:

British Museum, London

You can find hundreds of artifacts on the museum’s virtual tour.

Guggenheim Museum, New York

Google’s Street View feature lets visitors tour the Guggenheim’s famous spiral staircase without ever leaving home.

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

This famous American art museum features two online exhibits through Google. The first is an exhibit of American fashion from 1740 to 1895.

DISCUS & TumbleMath Have Teamed Up: Check It Out!

TumbleMath is the most comprehensive collection of math picture books you will find anywhere. All in the amazing TumbleBook format complete with animation and narration.

Writing Reference Center Through DISCUS

If you need help practicing your writing, visit "The Writer's Reference Center" in DISCUS.

The purpose of "The Writer's Reference Center" is to guide you through the writing process whether it is for grammar, revising, or research.