Brand New Databases!
These databases were made available through The Minnesota State Library, a division of the Minnesota Department of Education that created a connectivity grant for libraries across the state. This program is partially funded with a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education using federal funding, CFDA 45.310, Library Services and Technology Act (LS-00-19-0024-19) Grants to States. Have fun exploring these newly available databases from Scholastic!
With colorful animation, rich audio, and interactive games, BookFlix® is a perfect tool to engage and support beginning readers. Built-in literacy support tools–including read aloud and word highlighting–cultivate key literacy skills, support beginning and ELL readers, and build fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.
Offering more than 50 complete units of study with over 8,000 science-related assets in a variety of media, ScienceFlix® provides students with a better understanding of science concepts and ideas through hands-on projects, videos, multiple text types, interactive features and more.
Videos have become an essential part of teaching and are one of the best tools to build learning excitement! Created by the editors of Scholastic News® and Let’s Find Out Magazines®, the Watch & Learn Library provides teachers with an online bank of developmentally-appropriate nonfiction videos to build knowledge, vocabulary, and introduce new concepts and topics. Simple and intuitive navigation makes teaching with the Watch & Learn Library an educational delight!
Virtual Storytime & Bedtime Storyhour!
Every Tuesday at 10 AM we'll be sharing storytime fun from our wonderful librarians, Miss Carrie, Miss Sunny, and Miss Kathy. Storytime videos will be available anytime through Facebook, on the Infant & Toddlers page, and on the library YouTube Channel.
Bedtime Storyhour will be the third Thursday of the month at 7 PM and can also be found on all three Facebook pages and the library YouTube Channel.
Storytime Kits will be available beginning with the September 15 storytime. Each kit will contain supplies and step-by-step instructions that will coincide with the storytime theme for the week. One month's worth of craft kits will be available for pick-up at the beginning of each month. Registration is required and supplies are limited so call your library to reserve yours!
K-4 Afterschool Kits
Each of the three libraries is providing fun and free kits for all kids in Kindergarten through 4th grade. Every month, from September to May, there will be a new kit available for pickup at all three libraries, all month long. The number of kits is limited, so contact your library to sign up and reserve the number you need.
September: Pony Bead Keychain Animals
October: Stained Glass Cauldron
November: Sponge Sprout House
December: Snowflake Ornaments
Picture & Chapter Books
No matter the interest or reading level, we have books for these emerging readers! All three locations have picture books, leveled readers, and a nice selection of chapter books sure to inspire the love of reading. If you can’t find what you are looking for on the shelf, we can get it from another library. Don’t know what to read? Ask a librarian to help you with a few suggestions. Book Bundles are available with fun topics for a quick pick up when you’re pressed for time.
The Jackson Library offers a program that helps young reader’s spend more time reading. With the understanding that many students set a goal for the accelerated reading program, we offer a “Reading Buddies” program to aide in reaching these goals or to just work on reading skills. The program is offered to 2nd and 3rd grade students and if space allows is opened up to 4th grade students.
The program will match the student with an 8th-12th grade student or adult volunteer. The reading partners meet for ½ hour once per week. All meetings take place at the library.
For more information or if you have any questions, please call Carrie Dose at the Jackson County Library.
Accelerated Reading Test Locations
The Jackson and Lakefield libraries have a computer for children to take Accelerated Reader tests. First graders can take two tests per day and second grade and up can take five tests per day. The librarian will log the child into the test.
You can check if a book has an Accelerated Reader test and see the reading level at Accelerated Reader BookFinder.