Library Chromebook Checkout
You must use this link to fill out a Google Form each time before you take a Loaner Chromebook from the Library: CLICK HERE
Please note that Library Chromebooks must be returned each day before the end of the school day, and MAY NOT leave the school building for any reason.
Finding the Perfect Book
Our K-12 library sees hundreds of students each week. In fact, the last week in November, we had 836 book check-ins and check-outs. Part of our goal in the library is to help students find the right books. While some enter the library and know exactly what they are looking for, others need some additional guidance or recommendations.
Students are always welcome to ask for help finding a book that will suit their interests and reading level. Sometimes they come in and don't really know what they want to read, so we ask them a few questions:
- What genre of book interests you?
Mystery, horror, romance, drama, fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, sports, comedy, adventure, biographies, graphic novels, and nonfiction are all categories we offer in our library. If the student can narrow down an area of interest, we can make suggestions to fit.
- What is your reading level?
All students take Accelerated Reading tests that assess their reading level. Most students take these on a monthly basis. The scores they receive will help them, their teachers, and the librarians to determine which reading level is right. Each of our books in the Milan C-2 library has a label inside the cover that can show students the specific reading level of that book. We encourage students to choose books within their reading range when possible. This helps to promote their enjoyment of the book as well as their progress as a reader.
- What is the best book you've ever read?
At times, students are just stumped on what genre of book they would like, so sometimes by asking this question we can help them to recall a book that caught their interests. Then, we can do a search to find similar book titles.
There's nothing better for a librarian than to help a student get into a new book or book series. We encourage students to ask questions or utilize the online library catalog that is available on our computers at the school or through the school website on the library page.
3 Tips for Choosing the Right Book
Common statements and questions overheard in the Milan C-2 Library:
"I can't find ANYTHING to read."
"What book should I get?"
"I just don't like to read!"
"My teacher sent me to get a book, but there's nothing here I want to read."
"I tried this book, but I just didn't like it."
Surrounded by a room full of books in all different reading levels and genres, it can still be difficult for students to find the book they want to read. Perhaps they feel overwhelmed by the choices, but often times it's because they have a difficult time quieting their minds long enough to really explore books and discover what their preferences are.
Can you relate? Here are a few tips for finding the right book:
Tip #1: Do a Google Search
If you have ever read a book that you really enjoyed, you can do a Google search to find similar titles and authors. For example, if you loved the Harry Potter series, you could hop on Google and type in "books like Harry Potter" or "if you liked Harry Potter, you will like." The search engine will give you some suggestions. Then, you can hop on the Milan C-2 Library Search to see if we have the book. If we don't currently have a copy in our library, you can let Mrs. Salas know you would like to suggest it be added to our collection.
Tip #2: Use the Milan C-2 Library Search
You can access the Milan C-2 Library catalog through the website under the Library section, or click this link HERE. Once you click on the link, it will connect you to the complete collection where you can search by subject, keyword, author, or title. So if you are interested in horror books, you can go to the online catalog, type in "horror" and click "Keyword" to take a look at the books we have in that genre.
Tip #3: Read the Book Summary
A book summary is typically on the back cover or inside the front cover of the book. By reading the summary and even the first few pages of the book, students can get a good idea of whether or not it is a book they will enjoy.
Of course, the librarians can also help to guide you, so don't be afraid to ask for help and then take the suggestion of your librarian to try what she recommends. When you finally decide on the book you want to check out, make an effort to read at least two chapters before you decide you don't like it and want to return it. Some students don't really give a book a try and end up just checking out a new book every day without really learning to enjoy reading.
We are always working hard to add lots of new books to the high school and elementary sides for students to enjoy. Stop by the library when you have time!
Looking for a New Book? Here's Some Inspiration
A new year brings with it countless opportunities to explore new worlds and experiences through books. Until you've lost yourself in a book, it's really difficult to understand just how powerful and amazing literature can be. If you've struggled to find THAT one book that's really grabbed your attention and hooked you into the story, it's time to try again. Don't give up!
At Milan C-2, we are fortunate to have a school board and administration that provide a healthy book budget for our K-12 library. We are continually adding new titles, and this year we've added more than 120 new e-books to our online collection. This means students can read books right on their Chromebooks or personal devices.
If you are stumped when it comes to figuring out what to read next, here are a few places to start:
-Amazon Top 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime - Milan C-2 has many of these suggested books in our collection.
-PBS's The Great American Read Top 100 - To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee earned the #1 Spot.
-What Should I Read Next Online Tool- Simply input some information about what you like, and it will provide you with book suggestions!
Mrs. Salas in the library is also happy to help you find the right book, so don't be afraid to ask. Keep in mind, it's a good idea to read at least three chapters before you decide it isn't the book for you.
Here's to discovering new books!