Library Access From Home
One of the
benefits from the library software upgrade is your ability to now access
Beasley's library catalog from home. This means our teachers, students
and parents can search the titles, authors, subjects and series held in
our library. Teachers can use this feature to help plan lessons.
Students can look for materials to help with homework or plan their
choices for their next check out during a library visit.
can work with students to find good choices for Reading Counts quizzes.
Simply click on the link http:library.mehlville.k12.mo.us/ click on
Beasley, then the catalog tab. You can search for books in your child's
reading level with limited success from this site. However, we are
working on adding a complete list of Reading Counts quizzes in lexile
and in title order to our school website that will provide a more
accurate method of finding titles for which we have quizzes. If you have
questions, please call Alicia Montgomery, librarian at 467-5440 or
email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mehlville School District provides access to the Scholastic Reading
Counts program. This computerized reading assessment program builds
independent reading skills and the student’s enjoyment of reading. Each
school purchases their chosen quizzes and then students can choose a
book to read. After one of these books is read, the student can take a
quiz in the lab, the classroom, or in the library. The quiz is
immediately scored and the student is provided with feedback.
You will find a list below that provides all of our quizzes in
alphabetical order by title. If your child has a book at home or from
the public library, you can check if we have a quiz for it at school.
There is also a listing of quizzes in Lexile order. This number is a
number which corresponds to the student’s reading level and is
determined by the results of the Scholastic Reading Inventory which most
of the students take. Once you know your child’s Lexile level, you can
look at other titles in that level and guide your child to read those
If you have any questions about Reading Counts, please feel free to contact me by phone or email at email@example.com.
Biographical Resources in the Library
readers enjoy stories about the lives of real people. These biographies
provide deeper information about heroes we see as role models for our
lives, and for those who we cast in the role of villains. Kids also
enjoy reading biographies. The school curriculum and state grade level
expectations place a growing emphasis on biographical information. High
quality individual books are sometimes hard to find, so we look for
other sources of biographical information.
The reference section
in Beasley's library has several fascinating and useful resources. The
most difficult to find information relates to famous Missourians. Our
Dictionary of Missouri biography and Show Me Missouri Women have both
been indispensable. The Scholastic Book of Outstanding Americans and
Portraits of African-American Heroes were specifically written for upper
elementary and middle school students. The beautifully illustrated 10
volume set titled Native Americans includes information reaching back
thousands of years to the present day.
Our newest resource in this
section is the 12 volume set The American Scene: Lives which provides
biographies of people in politics, science, arts & entertainment,
sports, military and current events. Our fourth graders were recently
using this set.
Reference section resources are not circulated to
students for several reasons. The purpose of this section is to be
constantly accessible, so we only loan these out to teachers for a
limited time. Otherwise, these are available in the library. Our
reference books are also our most expensive materials. This prohibits us
circulating them to students.