Welcome to the Rockford Public Schools Library Information resource page. We have created a learning tool tailored specifically to meet the needs of our 21st century students. We provide the user access to our computerized library catalog, on-line databases, and multiple up-to-date literacy resources. Our students are given instruction, learning strategies, and practice in using the essential learning skills needed in the 21st century. It is our responsibility as the library and media services staff to provide an environment that supports and fosters successful learners, both now and in the future.
Mike Westgate, Director
Library and Media Services
The Library Staff is pleased to announce the upcoming Battle of the Books. This year, our program will mark the 25th Anniversary of the Battle of the Books! This program has been a great success for the 5th grade students and we are anticipating another exciting year.
The program kicked off on October 12, 2015, and concludes on January 29th, 2016, with the Grand Battle at the Administration Office of Rockford Public Schools.
We encourage all 5th grade students to participate. A special collection of books are chosen by Library staff members each year which reflects the various interests and reading abilities of the students. Each library displays the books as well as provides a place for students to record the books they have read.
To participate in the School Battle, students must:
· Read a minimum of ten books from the list between the dates of October 12th-January 8th.
· Submit a question and answer for each of the minimum 10 books read.
· Participate in discussions and matches in an appropriate manner.
· Demonstrate a positive attitude and desire to be a team player.
Students earning the top eight scores during their School Battle will represent their school at the Grand Battle of the Books on January 29th, 2016!
If you have a current 5th grade student and would like to know more about the Battle of the Books, contact your student’s library staff member.
Good luck to all the 5th grade students!
Scholastic Book Fair – week of November 16th-20th
The book fair is coming to your elementary school! Consider helping to support our libraries by purchasing books through our fall book fair during conference week.
Check your school’s website for posted hours. Each purchase helps to fund your library with new books for students. The kids will love picking out a new book! Books can be ordered for Christmas or Birthday presents too!
Elementary conferences: Tuesday & Thursday, November 17th & 19th, 5:00pm – 8:00pm. Students are welcome to bring money into school to make a purchase as well.
School Library Staff
616.863.6363 x 4505
616.863.6345 x 3009
616.863.6347 x 3505
616.863.6341 x 2005
Meadow Ridge Elementary
Lynn Bowen, Kathi Powell
616.863.6343 x 2817
616.863.6361 x 4001
Michelle Halliday, Jan Mundwiler
616.863.6375 x 6005
Valley View Elementary
Nancy Foote, Karen Michel
616.863.6367 x 6506
East Rockford Middle
Laura Clark, Melissa Braden
616.863.6141 x 1029
North Rockford Middle
Laura Clark, Vivien Purvis
616.863.6301 x 1508
Rockford Freshman Center
Kim Blunt, Sally Luidens, Jennifer Gluth
616.863.6349 x 7508
Rockford High School
George Wilson, Mary Best, Sally Luidens
616.863.6038 x 7052
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