Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend.
Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.
- Groucho Marx
The IES library is a wonderful place for students to explore a variety of genres and subjects to enrich their love of reading. Students and staff have access to over 16,000 books, eBooks, Science Kits, and DVDs. A variety of subscription databases such as Culturegrams, World Almanac for Kids, Pebble Go collection, and World Book Encyclopedia are available through our computer search stations and adjoining computer lab. These resources may also be accessed at home from the Library website and provided passwords. Additionally, the online library catalog, Destiny, is also available at school and at home. Fourth and Fifth graders have personal accounts to Destiny Quest which allow them to create bookshelves of books they are reading, have read and want to read. They may also recommend books to friends and receive recommendations. A favorite feature of Destiny Quest is the ability to rate and review books.
Students attend weekly library/computer classes taught by the librarian. Classes in first through fifth grades 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. Book exchanges, story times, the Birthday Book Club, participation in book award programs, reading incentive programs, author visits, and other reading activities support the development of student literacy. The librarian and library secretary are also responsible for the coordination of the elementary computer technology program, including integration, supervision of the computer lab, iPad and laptop carts and their maintenance, and staff in-service. Other duties include the administration and support of Study Island, Accelerated Reader and other building technology initiatives.