Library | Media Center
The joy of reading and more...
In the library, we find great books, magazines and websites to use for learning and pleasure. We learn how to access, use and present information safely and accurately. We work with our classroom teacher and Mrs. Negri on projects that extend what we are studying in the classroom.
The elementary library is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Kindergarten – Check out to classroom only
1st grade – 2 books
2nd grade – 3 books + 1 magazine
3rd grade – 5 books + 1 magazine
4th grade – 5 books + 1 magazine
5th grade – 5 books + 1 magazine
Materials are checked out for a 2-week time period. Students may renew their materials for another 2 weeks if they are still needed. Children must bring the book that they wish to renew into the library in order to renew it.
Students are not charged overdue fines; however their borrowing privileges may be suspended or restricted until the overdue materials are returned. If a book is lost or damaged, a replacement fee will be charged.
Students visit the library with their classroom on a weekly basis to exchange books usually following the schedule below.
Classrooms also often have the opportunity to come to the library and engage in lessons cooperatively taught by the media specialist and the classroom teacher that enrich and support classroom curriculum with library resources.
Kid Friendly Search Engines
Reading Suggestion Sites
(WorldBook Kids, CultureGrams, SIRS Discoverer, Kids InfoBits)
- wordcentral.com (dictionary and thesaurus)
The following are new titles that have recently been added to the library shelves.
'Hole Story of the Doughnut' by Pat Miller
In 1843, 14-year old Hanson Gregory left his family home in Rockport, Maine and set sail as a cabin boy on the schooner Achorn, looking for high stakes adventure on the high seas. Little did he know that a boat load of hungry sailors, coupled with his knack for creative problem-solving, would yield one of the world's most prized pastries. At long last, here's the hole truth about the invention of the donut!
'Please be Nice to Sharks' by Matt Weiss
Color photographs and text describe fourteen varieties of sharks and discuss why sharks are beneficial to the oceans.
'How a Computer is Made' by Sam Aloian
Text and illustrations explore how computers are built. Part of the Engineering Our World series.
'Schools Around the World' by Moira Butterfield
Introduces readers to different schools from around the world. Part of the Children Like Us series.
'Unsolved Historical Mysteries' by Allison Lassieur
Describes mysterious and unsolved historical events from around the world.
'Old MacDonald Had a Truck' by Steve Goetz
An update of the classic folk song, Old MacDonald, featuring farm vehicles like excavator, dump truck, and bulldozer.
'My Favorite Pets' by Jeanne Birdsall
For his homework assignment, Gus spends less time on what he likes about sheep and more on how he has gotten in trouble doing such things as using a sheep as an umbrella, or letting sheep into his house.
'Not So Quiet Library' by Zachariah OHora
Oskar and and his bear Theodore must save the day when an angry monster barges into the library...and thinks it's an all-you-can-eat buffet!
'Teachers Rock' by Todd Parr
A celebration of the ways in which teachers change the world, from encouraging creativity, to making students laugh, to helping them form friendships, always wanting everyone to succeed and making the classroom a great place to be.
'I Love Cake!' by Angela Rozelaar
Through the story of three characters celebrating a birthday, this picture book teaches the themes of friendship and forgiveness.
'Ark Plan' by Laura Martin
First in the Edge of Extinction series. A century and a half after cloned dinosaurs forced humans to move into underground compounds, Sky discovers a clue to the whereabouts of her long-missing father and ventures above ground on a quest that has the potential to save the world.
'Stick Cat' by Tom Watson
It's a big day in the big city for Stick Cat and his best friend, Edith. There are treasures to hunt, songs to sing, pigeons to catch, and naps to take. But way up on the twenty-third floor, danger lurks just around the corner. Terrible noises and violent crashes trap a desperate man in the building across the alley. Stick Cat will need to navigate his way across the alley—and around Edith's peculiar ways—to attempt a rescue.
'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' by J.K. Rowling
As an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and a father, Harry Potter struggles with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs while his youngest son, Albus, finds the weight of the family legacy difficult to bear.
'52 Story Treehouse' by Andrew Griffiths
Andy and Terry live in a 52-Story treehouse. (It used to be a 39-story treehouse, but they keep expanding.) It has a chainsaw-juggling level, a make-your-own-pizza parlor, a rocket-powered carrot-launcher, a life-size snakes and ladders game, a remembering booth, a Ninja Snail Training Academy and a high-tech detective agency, with all the latest high-tech detective technology, including the Disguise-o-Matic 5000!
'Just My Luck' by Cammie McGovern
Benny Barrows is a down-on-his-luck boy whose caring heart ultimately helps him find the strength to cope with tragedy and realize how much he truly has to offer his friends and family.
Events & Activities
At last, spring is in the air! Students have been busy in the library working on research and literacy projects. Third graders each chose a famous Michigander and, after reading and taking notes from online sources, wrote a report. They also presented their information via green screen videos. Second graders looked into how authors create effective endings. They practiced adding their own conclusions to a piece of writing. First graders focused on sequential writing - how to tell a story from beginning to end in a logical way. They read several nonfiction and fiction books as examples and then wrote their own selections. Meanwhile, fifth graders focused on science journal writing with an astronomy theme.
As always, students are busy checking out books to fit their reading needs. If your child needs help in choosing books that are "just right", please encourage him/her to ask for help. The library is full of great resources and reads for all levels and interests.
Spring Book Fair
This year's Fair will be held during March is Reading Month and will run Tuesday March 21-Thursday March 23 with a Family Night on Monday March 20th from 5:30-7:00. If you are interested in volunteering at the Book Fair, please give us a call at 321-1681.
Online Public Access Catalog
The library has a management system called Follett Destiny. The best thing about this program is you can now access the library's holdings from any computer...in the library, in the classroom or at home. To view what is in Tobey's collection, go to follett.micase.org, select Vicksburg Community Schools; then select Tobey Elementary School. You can search by author, title, series or keywords to see what is available. Please feel free to contact the library if you have any questions.
Battle of the Books
Battle of the Books was in its 22nd year in 2017. A total of 31 teams and 191 students participated. All teams read 12 challenging books from a variety of genres; mystery, historical fiction, biography, nonfiction, and fantasy. The Grand Battle was held on February 25th and hosted a team from Tobey Elementary--6 Lllads Reborn, a team from Sunset--Readers, Readers, Everywhere, a team from Parchment, and a team from Schoolcraft. It was a tight competition, but Sunset Lake students won. The winning team included Molly Young, Morgan Zagar, Tyler Fenwick, Brady Young, Grant VanWoert, and Clara Centofanti coached by Tamara Young and Alicia Zagar.