St. Timothy students are 21st century learners are digital natives who have grown up surrounded by electronic pathways. The modern school library needs to present and explain appropriate choices in both print and online sources so that students will know how to access, evaluate, and apply these choices, as they navigate both their educations and their daily lives. Students at St. Timothy will learn that a library is no longer confined to a brick-and-mortar building, but includes vast resources available through online databases.Of course, the goal of the school library is also to help every student discover books, authors, and subjects that he or she finds stimulating and exciting, thus encouraging a love of reading for pleasure at all ages.
World Book Online (remember to ask Mrs. Walker for a login to access this great resource from home!)
The school library catalog system may now be accessed from home computers. Students and parents may search the school library by author, title, subject, series or keyword. Items will be designated as “available” or “unavailable”. At this time, holds cannot be placed but by clicking on “add to this list” you will create a printable list of items to check out that the student can bring in to the library.
Searching by subject will also give you “web path express” results. These will direct you to websites on the topic that are written expressly for the elementary aged student. Each entry will have an icon indicating the appropriate grade levels and a brief description of the website content. To test the capabilities of this system, we suggest you do a trial search of “planets” by subject. Your search results will include available books as well as the web path express links.
Rotate with other parents in assisting Mrs. Walker while your child is in the Library, usually once every 3-4 week. Contact your room mother to schedule.
Please review the attached Donation Policy for information on monetary gifts and donated items to the library.
Battle of the Books
A diocesan-wide competition for interested 5th and 6th grade students. Students read from a list of 16 books in a variety of genres. Five students and two alternates will be chosen to compete in a Jeopardy style competition in May. Beginning each January, interested 5th grade students meet during recess with to discuss the books they have read and learn how to compete. Sixth grade students may select Battle of the Books as their third quarter elective.
Finditva.com is an online database that students in 2nd through 8th grade are taught to use during library class. They can access the databases from home for homework and research projects. A public library card is required.
Area Public Libraries: Fairfax County Public Library , Loudoun County Public Library and Prince William County Public Library all have online access to their catalogues, the ability to reserve books, and access public databases remotely. Quick Guide to MLA