Castlen Elementary School Library Media Center

Contact

Cheree Douglass

Phone: (251) 221-1102

Welcome

The library media center is committed to providing a welcoming environment where students may achieve intellectual and personal growth. The media center staff will provide access to informational resources in a variety of formats appropriate to student development.

Working with the Castlen faculty, the media center staff will:

  • assist every student in accessing, evaluating, and using information in the achievement of classroom instructional objectives.
  • encourage every student to read, view, and listen for information and enjoyment.
  • assist every student in becoming a lifelong learner who is information literate, learns independently, and is socially responsible.

The library media center staff is committed to providing a wide variety of resources relating to personal interest, creative expression, and the pursuit of knowledge. This will be accomplished by enlisting the aid of students, faculty, and the community in the identification, acquisition, and maintenance of these resources. The library media center staff is committed to the wise use of available funding in this process as well as flexible scheduling to provide maximum access for all patrons.

According to Literacy Partners, reading, viewing, and listening for information and enjoyment are practices that form the basis for a successful and productive life. The library media center staff is committed to encouraging and assisting every student in the development of these practices in preparation for graduation from high school and his/her participation in a democratic society.

Calendar

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ACCESSIBILITY

The Library Media Center hours of operation are 7:20 a.m. through 2:00 p.m.

COMPUTER LAB

We have one computer lab in the Media Center. Teachers schedule research times for their students to use the computer lab. Teachers bring classes in for 30 minutes a session. During this time students use technology to complete assignments.

Destiny Quest

READING ROOM

Teachers can schedule time to bring students in for printed research to complete assignments. Teachers also may schedule time to bring classes in to check books in and out. Students may come to the Media Center on an individual basis with a pass, during their lunch break, or after school to complete assignments and check books in and out.

Links

Mobile Public Library

Mobile Public Library
http://www.mplonline.org/

ALEX

ALEX
http://alex.state.al.us/

Renaissance

AVL

AVL
http://www.avl.lib.al.us/

AR Home Connect

AR Home Connect
https://hosted240.renlearn.com/79853/HomeConnect/

Big Universe

Big Universe
http://www.biguniverse.com

Tumblebooks

Tumblebooks
http://tumblebooks.com/

Ticket To Read

Ticket To Read
https://www.tickettoread.com/

Discovery Ed

Discovery Ed
https://mcpss.discoveryeducation.com/public:session/login?next=http%3A%2F%2Fmcpss%2Ediscoveryeducation%2Ecom

Castlen Destiny

Destiny
https://mcpss.follettdestiny.com/quest/servlet/presentquestform.do?site=117&context=saas03_0139762&alreadyValidated=true

Science

Social Studies

First Americans
Information on the following tribes: Dine, Muscogee, Tlingit, Lakota, and Iroquois. Choose icons leading to descriptions of housing, clothes, food, leaders, land, and history.
http://www.u.arizona.edu/ic/kmartin/School

Hymns and Carols of Christmas
What is the story behind "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer", and other Christmas favorites?
http://www.hymnsandcarolsofchristmas.com/santa/rudolph.htm

Virtual Marching Tour of the Revolutionary War
A summary of major battles of the Revolutionary War
http://ushistory.org/march/index.html

Alabama Unforgettable
Links to Alabama symbols, facts, cities, historical information, etc.
http://www.50states.com/alabama.htm

Battle of Breed's Hill/Bunker Hill
A summary of the Revolutionary War battle plus links to additional information
http://www.wpi.edu/Academics/Depts/MilSci/BTSI/Hill/

National Archives Experience
View, read, and download the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, The Bill of Rights, and access links to other documents important to our nation as well as information concerning the founding fathers.
http://www.archives.gov/national_archives_experience/charters/charters.html

Color Landform Atlas of the United States
Maps of every state including relief maps, county maps, and satellite imagery
http://fermi.jhuapl.edu/states/states.html

Alabama Department of Archives and History
Learn about famous Alabamians and much more at this Alabama history website.
http://www.archives.state.al.us/index.html

Early America
Learn about famous early Americans and their contributions to the United States.
http://www.earlyamerica.com/lives/index.html

Presidents of the United States
Learn about the U.S.presidents as well as the White House.
http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/presidents/

Presidents of the United States
Information concerning the U.S. presidents as well as the first ladies, pets, political parties, portraits, pictures, etc.
http://www.presidentsusa.net/

University of Alabama Map Library
Over 6,000 current and historical maps representing Alabama, the United States and the world can be found at this site.
http://alabamamaps.ua.edu/

Alabama Census and County Formation Maps
This site uses census and county formation maps to demonstrate settlement patterns and population changes from the eighteenth to twentieth centuries.
http://www.segenealogy.com/alabama/al_maps.htm

Alabama.gov: The Official Web Site of the State of Alabama
http://www.state.al.us/

Math

BasketMath Interactive
A fun site for learning math skills. Answer a question correctly and make a basketball shot.
http://www.scienceacademy.com/BI/index.html

Math Cats
Explore math concepts with lots of activities. Visit Polygon Playground and Tessellation Town. Create math art and animations.
http://www.mathcats.com

Cool Math
http://www.coolmath-games.com/

Think Through Math
https://login.thinkthroughmath.com/accounts/sign_in

IXL
https://www.ixl.com/

Language Arts

Games
Familiar characters such as Sesame Street's "The Count", Clifford the Big Red Dog, and Jay Jay the Jet Plane provide lots of interactive fun.
http://pbskids.org

Classic Fairy Tales
Animation is used to retell Grimm, Andersen and other classic fairytales. This site includes games and print-out coloring pages.
http://www.classicfairytales.com/en/main

International Children's Digital Library
Access hundreds of children's books from around the world.
http://www.icdlbooks.org

Starfall
This site provides all types of reading fun for K-1 students!!!!!!
http://www.starfall.com/

Reference

Internet Public Library
A wide array of resources and opportunities are available at this site. Add this one to your favorites list.
http://www.ipl.org

KidsClick!
Created by librarians, this site lists over 5,000 websites for children under different categories.
http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/KidsClick!/

FirstGov for Kids
Developed by the Federal Consumer Information Center, this site contains an abundance of sites from a variety of sources.
http://www.kids.gov/

Alabama Virtual Library (AVL)
http://www.avl.lib.al.us/