Library / Media Center - Tobey

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.

Circulation Policy

  • 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.


  • McGill/Myers:  2:20-2:40


  • MacDonnell:  9:15-9:45
  • Glerum:  10:30-11:00
  • Flynn:  1:00-1:30
  • Green:  2:15-2:45


  • Boal:  2:45-3:15


  • Breitenbach:  10:00-10:30
  • Gebben:  2:00-2:30
  • Wester:  2:35-3:05


  • Holladay:  9:15-9:45
  • Herbener:  12:45-1:10
  • Barton:  1:30-2:00

Students need not wait for “library day” to visit the library, but may use a pass at any time with their teacher’s permission.

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.

Activities and Events

The library schedule is packed with classes visiting to participate in activities to support their classroom curricula. Fourth graders are utilizing the Big Six Skills of research to learn about a chosen country. They will find out about the country's foods, wildlife, culture and geography and then create an online book to share their knowledge. Third graders studied how author's use sequencing as a means of organizing their writing. They created their own step-by-step writing including temporal words for transitions. After learning about how Sarah Hale fought to have Thanksgiving declared a national holiday, second graders wrote opinion pieces about whether or not they felt it should remain one. First graders worked on their Chrome Books to design online turkeys and then wrote adjective-filled descriptions.

The library program provides many services to your child all year long including:

  • promoting the very best of children's literature
  • keeping students "hooked on reading" by recommending titles suited to their individual interests and abilities
  • adding new titles of the latest and most exciting new books including  quality nonfiction titles that meet the Common Core standards (see the New Books section of this website)
  • teaching research and computer skills specifically geared for the developmental needs of each grade level
  • collaborating with teachers to provide activities that tie in the library and its resources to what is happening in the classroom

For information about when your child visits the library each week and the number of books they are allowed to check out, please visit the Schedule section of this website.

Book Fair

The Spring Book Fair will be held in March to coordinate with March is Reading Month.  Stay tuned to learn more about the Fair's offerings and opportunities for volunteering.  

Online Public Access Catalog

The library uses a management system called Follett Destiny. The best thing about this program is you can now access the library's holdings from any the library, in the classroom or at home. To view what is in Tobey's collection, go to ; 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.

Vicksburg District Library

Did you know that every student in Vicksburg Community Schools is able to check out books from the Vicksburg District Library regardless of where they live?  Just drop by the library to sign up for a library card. 

Battle of the Books

The 2018-19 Battle of the Books has begun and each of the district's elementary schools has teams competing.  Below is a list of this year's books and authors.

Book Scavenger by J. Bertman, The War That Saved My Life by K. Bradley, Who Was Milton Hershey? by J. Buckley Jr., No Talking by A. Clements, Fish in a Tree by L Hunt, Rain Reign by A Martin, Mark of the Thief by J. Nielsen, The Big Dark by R. Philbrick, Ghost by A Reynolds, What was the Titanic? by S. Sabol, Honey by S. Weeks, and Wolf Hollow by L. Wolk. 

Online Tools

Kid Friendly Search Engines

Reading Suggestion Sites

Reference Websites

  • MeL - (WorldBook Kids, CultureGrams, SIRS Discoverer, Kids InfoBits)
  • Word Central - (dictionary and thesaurus)


New Nonfiction Books

What Was the Titanic? by Stephanie Sabol.   For more than 100 years, people have been captivated by the disastrous sinking of the Titanic that claimed over 1,500 lives. Now young readers can find out why the great ship went down and how it was discovered seventy-five years later.

Grand Canyon by Jason Chin.   Home to an astonishing variety of plants and animals that have lived and evolved within its walls for millennia, the Grand Canyon is much more than just a hole in the ground. Follow a father and daughter as they make their way through the cavernous wonder, discovering life both present and past.

My First Book of Lacrosse by Beth Bugler.  Introduces kids to the plays, positions, and basics of lacrosse through a visual retelling of a professional game.

Hurricane Harvey by Rebecca Felix. Descriptive, informational text takes readers through the progression of events during the hurricane and its aftermath.

What is Climate Change?  by Gail Herman. Presents an overview of climate change, discussing if humans are at fault for the rapidly warming Earth, and describes why climate change has recently become a political issue

Where is the Bermuda Triangle? by Megan Stine.  Even before it was named, the Bermuda Triangle-roughly bounded by Miami, Bermuda, and Puerto Rico-had gained a mythic reputation. The Bermuda Triangle became famous for making boats and ships vanish, and for snatching planes right out of the sky. But are these stories true? And if they are true, is there a more sensible reason that refutes the bad karma of the region? 


New Picture Books

Old Hat by Emily Gravett.  Harbet likes his comfy knitted hat, but the others keep jeering at him--OLD HAT! OLD HAT! No matter what headwear he buys--be it a towering fruit platter hat, an old-boot-on-the-head hat, or a brightly lit traffic cone hat, Harbet cannot keep up with the latest fashions. As soon as he gets a brand new hat it is already...OLD HAT! It seems that Harbet will never fit in. But when one day he decides to go his own way, Harbet discovers just how much more fun it is to stop following others and think for yourself.

Fly Guy and the Alienzz by Tedd Arnold.  Buzz is filming a movie about aliens from Outer Space, who capture Fly Guy and Buzz Boy--and our two heroes must outsmart the aliens, with some help from Dragon Dude and Fly Girl.

Grow Up David by David Shannon.   David follows his older brother around, annoying him and doing everything he can to make sure his brother notices him--but when David gets hurt playing, his brother is there to make sure he is okay.

Dude! by Aaron Reynolds.  A platypus and a beaver who love surfing encounter a shark--with unexpected results

Click Clack Quack to School by Doreen Cronin.  When Farmer Brown and the animals are invited to Farm Day at school, he instructs them to be on their best behavior, forgetting that school can be like a barnyard.

New Fiction Books

Saving Winslow by Sharon Creech.    Louie doesn't have the best luck when it comes to nurturing small creatures-not even lightning bugs, worms, or goldfish. So when his father brings home a sickly, newborn mini donkey, he's determined to save him. He names him Winslow. Taking care of him helps Louie feel closer to his brother, Gus, who is far, far away in the army. Everyone worries that Winslow won't survive, especially Louie's quirky new friend, Nora. But as Louie's bond with Winslow grows, surprising events prove that this fragile donkey-and Louie-are stronger than anyone could have imagined

Nine from the Nine Worlds by  Rick Riordan.  The Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard trilogy may have concluded, but we haven't heard the last of our favorite peeps from the Nine Worlds. Join Hearthstone, Blitzen, Samirah, Alex, Jack, T.J., Mallory, Halfborn, and more on a hilarious and unforgettable journey through Rick Riordan's unique take on Norse mythology. While Magnus is off visiting his cousin, Annabeth, his friends find themselves in some sticky, hairy, and smelly situations as they try to outwit moronic giants, murderous creatures, and meddlesome gods. Can they stave off Ragnarok at least until Magnus gets back?

Extra Yard by Mike Lupica.  Teddy has been training all summer with his new friends Jack and Gus to make the new travel football team in Walton, but when his long-absent dad comes back to town and into his life he is faced with a much bigger challenge.

Pompeii Disaster by Dan Gutman.   Eccentric billionaire Miss Z is sending Luke, Julia, David, and Isabel on another mission back in time to capture one of history's most important events. This time, the Flashback Four are headed to AD 79 to photograph the eruption of Mount Vesuvius! Can the Flashback Four get their photo and get back home before they become ancient history?

Lost by Terry Lynn Johnson.  ln an interview with a reporter, eleven-year-old Carter recounts his tale of survival with twelve-year-old Anna in the perilous jungles of Costa Rica. Includes a list of suvival kit items.  (Survivor Diaries series)

Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty.  A lightning strike made Lucy, twelve, a math genius but, after years of homeschooling, her grandmother enrolls her in middle school and she learns that life is more than numbers.


Losers Club by Andrew Clements.  Alec, a sixth-grade bookworm always in trouble for reading instead of listening and participating in class, starts a book club, solely to have a place to read, and discovers that real life, although messy, can be as exciting as the stories in his favorite books.

Terri Negri

Phone: 269-321-1580

Tammy Jensen

Library Aide
Phone: 269-321-1681