Mrs. Susan Ritchie
Our beautiful McKnight library provides students and staff access to materials in a variety of genres and subjects to enrich their love of reading. In addition to print books, we also have ebooks that students can access using our catalog, Destiny Discover. Using either the Destiny Discover app on their ipad or going to Destiny Discover from our library webpage, students can use their account to checkout ebooks while at home or at school. They can also view their checkout history and create a list of favorite books that they have read.
North Allegheny also provides access to a number of subscription databases such as the Pebble Go collection, World Book Encyclopedia, Access PA/Power Library, CultureGrams, and World Almanac for Kids for use both in school and at home. Links to these resources are located on a tab to the left called Elementary Resources. Logins for these databases are available through your child's Google Library Classroom. The library also maintains a collection of web sites arranged by grade level under Library Internet Links.
Each week, students attend library and technology classes taught by the librarians, Ms. Falkner and Ms. Mautino. Book exchanges, story times, the Birthday Book Club, March Book Madness (grades 3-5), the Summer Reading Program through Northland Library, author visits, and other reading activities support the development of literacy. Classes in first through fifth grades will receive a report card grade at the end of each semester. Additional collaborative library/information technology lessons delivered in conjunction with classroom teachers are encouraged whenever possible because of the wide applicability of information and technology skills to all areas of study. The librarians and library secretary are also responsible for the coordination of the elementary computer technology program, including integration, iPad and laptop carts and their maintenance, and supervision of the computer lab. We also host two book fairs a year where all money raised goes to purchase new books for the library.