Every L'Anse Creuse student has a library card READY and waiting TO BE USED!
L’Anse Creuse Public Schools and the Chesterfield Township, Clinton-Macomb, Harrison Township and St. Clair Shores public libraries are partnering together to meet the ConnectED Library Challenge. This presidential initiative encourages collaborations between elected officials, school leaders, and public libraries to create or strengthen partnerships so that every child enrolled in school has a public library card. Our partnership is one of the first of its kind in the nation!
How the Partnership Works
- Students who already have a public library card are ready to go.
- Every student previously without a library card has been issued one automatically using the student’s L’Anse Creuse school ID as the library card number.
- Students should visit the library’s website for information on how to get their password to access a wide variety of resources.
- Students are encouraged to upgrade their access so they can check out print materials and more. Please call the library assigned to your school for further information. A parent or guardian signature plus photo ID is required.
- Teachers, regardless of residency, are encouraged to apply for a library card if they do not already have one in order to have full access to the resources available to their students.
Every resident of the state of Michigan has access to the Mel databases.
- Scholastic BookFlix - This database pairs a popular children’s picture book with a nonfiction title, which is great because kids have a different reading level for fiction and nonfiction. I really love this database for the early readers (maybe grades K-2).
- Britannica School (3 grade levels) - This is your online encyclopedia. While the articles are great, I love that they add media (pictures, video clips, etc.)
- InfoTrac Student Edition - This is where you can search for magazine and newspaper articles. The feature that I love about it is in the bottom left and is called “Topic Finder”. If you don’t know what you want to write about, this helps you narrow your topic down and provides resources to match. For example, global warming would be too broad of a topic for a high school student. By using the Topic Finder, you could find a better topic of Greenhouse Effect or Fossil Fuels and the resources to match.
- Novelist K-8 - This database helps students find books, then allows them to search their library catalog. The best trick of this database is that if you use the advanced search, you can search by Lexile. I don’t know if LCPS uses Lexile, but if you do, this is a hidden gem for parents and students.
- Opposing Viewpoints in Context - If your student has to write an opinion paper on a social issue, this is where I would start. This database provides expert opinions, along with newspaper and magazine articles, that will strengthen any opinion paper.
- LearningExpress Library - Where this resource really helps the student is with its College Preparation Center. There are eBooks and practice tests for AP exams, the SAT, and PSAT.