2020 Sept.-Oct. Library Newsletter

WKMS Library News: Dr. Conrath, Librarian

Books A La Cart To The Classroom: A-Day & B-Day

Library Google Doc Request And Process for Paper Books for

A-Day and B-Day Students

Please follow the steps below to browse books and place a “Google Doc Request.”

Step 1: Search your home school’s library collection

How to Find and Logon to Destiny Discover, Our Online Catalog:

Book Availability Review Tutorial for Follet Destiny.

Step 2: Place a book(s) on hold

How to Reserve a Book Through Your Google Request Doc

*If you’re not sure what you what to read next, please investigate NoveList K-8 Plus at SCDISCUS.org

Step 3: When available, your book will be delivered directly to your ELA classroom. We will do our best to get the book to you as quickly as possible!

Step 4: Your teacher will share the process for your classroom on where to place your books when you are done with them. Returned books should be placed in the book return bin in your ELA classroom when you are finished with them. The bins will be distributed and collected on a regular basis for book delivery and safety. It is strongly encouraged and recommended that you explore and use our Ebooks available through the WKMS Learning Commons app, MackinVia, at this time.

*Returned items are being quarantined for a period of time for everyone’s safety. There may be slight delays if these items are needed to fill hold requests — as always we appreciate your patience. Our goal is to get library books to you as quickly as possible while maintaining safety for families and school staff.

Books Delivered Curbside for LOOLA Students

Please see the links and documents below that explain the upcoming book checkout procedure for LOOLA students. Some of these documents also contain relevant video instructions.

1. Curbside LOOLA Book Pickup at White Knoll Middle School Document.

2. LOOLA: Google Doc Form to Reserve/Request a Book


Video Tutorial

Digital Reading Hub

eBooks On Bullying To Make You Think

Epic eBooks & Remote Learning

We Heard You. Epic School Supports Remote Learning This Year.

NOTE: the following information has changed since publication: Epic School is now available from 7 am to 4 pm.

No matter what Back to School may look like this year, Epic School is here to support you. Now, through June 2021, your students can log in to Epic School from anywhere during school hours—Monday through Friday, 6 am to 3 pm (local time)—using just your class code. You can fuel students’ curiosity and boost their reading confidence in class or at home, with free access to thousands of high-quality books loved by students grade 6 and under, including tons of grade-specific, high-interest topics across languages and genres.

What Is Epic School?

As you get ready to rock that roster, we’re rockin’ a new name.

Epic School is the same, free-for-educators experience you know and love, but even better! With our newly designed educator dashboard—complete with enhanced roster controls and brand new Daily Reading and Quizzes sections, Epic School gives you more control to personalize each student’s reading experience while tracking their progress. Whether you’re using Epic School for independent reading, research or an exploration to spark interest in a topic, Epic School will help you find that perfect title.

But wait, there’s more!

Epic Free: Your After-School Companion

Students now have access to Epic Free after 3 pm (local time), Monday through Friday, and on weekends for up to 2 hours every week. The time limit resets every Monday so that students can enjoy after-school reading every week and fulfill their daily 20-minute reading goals. We’ve also included a better way to search, filter and assign that perfect book from the Epic Free library that you know your students will love.

What’s Included in Epic Free?

Although it doesn’t include as many books as Epic School or our subscription plan, Epic Unlimited, Epic Free still offers thousands of high-quality fiction and nonfiction books, including Read-To-Me’s. Note that Epic Free doesn’t include videos or audiobooks.


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A Great Lexington Library Resource: Public Library Card Sign-Up & HOOPLA!

"The Youth Services" department at the Lexington Main Library recently put together a brief video promoting "National Library Card Sign-Up Month."

Once you sign up for your public library card, check out Hoopla, one of the downloadable resources available. Hoopla has a "kid-friendly" filter setting for ebooks, audiobooks, music, television, comic books, and more. There are no wait times for items checked out via Hoopla, and an unlimited number of people can simultaneously check out an item!


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New Opportunity for Free Tutor Help: It's Free and Available 24/7!

Free, Real-time Tutoring Extended through 2020-2021 School Year

Are you struggling with a math problem, science concept, or writing issue? Discus Tutor.com to the rescue! K-12 students in South Carolina may connect to a live tutor to address these learning needs and more! Real-time tutoring is available from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 pm, Sunday - Saturday. Access the Tutor.com resource from the Discus A-Z List or Grade Level pages. For more information, contact the Discus Office Help Desk at discusoffice@statelibrary.sc.gov.

Here's a WKMS Video Overview by your librarian: Dr. Conrath

WKMS School Learning Commons Plan: 20-21

WKMS School Learning Commmons Plan (2020-2021)

Online Resources for Research and Learning Activities


Students can access DISCUS by going to the DISCUS app in their “Launchpad.”

SC Discus

Please email rconrath@lexington1.net or

wpatterson@lexington1.net for the DISCUS Username & Password

StudySC; CultureGrams ; Learn360; Explora for Middle Schools

Collaboration with Teachers for Classroom Instruction

  • Overview of Destiny Discover, including browsing, search features, how to place holds, and the Collections resource.

  • Collaboration opportunities and project planning (some examples):

    • Creating booklists/menus

    • Providing virtual book-tastings

    • Pulling resources

    • Gathering online resources

    • Teaching students research skills, including how to use databases and search strategies

    • Creating Book Talks using Flipgrid

Other Info/Resources

Other Resources:

Book Shopping and Handling Books in Our Classrooms During Covid-19 – A Few Ideas” by Pernille Ripp - Classroom library advice and tips on how to set up for this year.

First Grade Creative Bitmoji Library of Read Alouds (Share file #3 - links to YouTube videos - you can find more at https://linktr.ee/thefirstgradecreative)

Lex One Learning Commons Recommendations

List of Publisher Permissions for Online Read Alouds - Check this resource to see what steps may be required for sharing a read-aloud with your students virtually. The safest bet is to only share live or save it to share in a password-protected environment, then delete after one week.

PebbleGo and PebbleGoNext Resources for Teachers: https://www.pebblego.com/resources

SLJ Article/List of Online Read Aloud Permissions

Teacher and Parent/Student Tutorials Google Sheet

Dr. Russ Conrath, NBCT

Your WKMS Librarian