Library and Media Services
Cindy Kitzrow, Director
Phone616.863.6377FaxN/AHours8:00 AM - 4:00 PM



Director's Welcome

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, online 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 library media specialists to provide an environment that supports and fosters successful learners, both now and in the future.


Cindy Kitzrow, Director
Library and Media Services


Library Announcements

Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year!  The libraries are always a very popular and busy place in every school and this year is no exception.  Mark your calendars for these very exciting events this year!

FALL BOOK FAIRS

Scholastic Book Fairs will be held the week of November 11, 2014 at every elementary school library.  The book fairs will be open during the school day as well as during both evenings of parent teacher conferences on November 13 & November 14 from 5:00-8:00 pm. 

BATTLE OF THE BOOKS

Every elementary school in Rockford, including OLC and Assumption, come together each year for the Battle of the Books competition.  Battle of the Books has been a 5th grade tradition for many years in Rockford!  The Battle kicks off on Monday, October 13th so if you catch a 5th grader reading it most likely is a title from 1 of 25 on the battle book list.  School battles will be held the week of January 12, 2015 and the Grand Battle is scheduled for Friday, January 30, 2015 at the RHS Administration building.

2015 Winner:  Assumption               2015 Runner Up:  Lakes

                                    CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!      

      

MARCH IS READING MONTH

March is Reading Month at Rockford Public Schools and this year we will celebrate reading with an extra special guest...Michigan's own Johnathan Rand, author of over 60 books, including several series:  American Chillers, Michigan Chillers, The Adventure Club, and the all-new insanely popular Freddie Fernortner, Fearless First Grader series.  Over 4 million Johnathan Rand books are in print!  Johnathan Rand will be visiting every RPS elementary school between March 18-March 20, will be teaching two "Writeshops" at the Rockford Community Cabin on March 19 & March 20 from 4-6 pm. Please see your librarian for registration information.  Johnathan will also be back in Rockford for the fantastic "Reading Rocks" celebration in downtown Rockford in June.  Johnathan Rand's most important message to all students is how important reading and writing are to succeed in life and in everything that we do!  "Chill" out with a good book!

SPRING BOOK FAIRS
Scholastic Book Fairs will be held the week of March 2, 2015 at every elementary school library.  The book fairs will be open during the school day as well as during the Elementary Parent Teacher Conference being held on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 from 5:30-7:30 pm.  Visit your elementary library and check out all the new books!  

READING ROCKS FESTIVAL in Downtown Rockford

On Saturday, June 6, Rockford holds its annual Reading Rocks Festival from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm! For 2015, we welcome to the Festival Michigan's own Johnathan Rand! Rand is the author of over 60 books, including several series: American Chillers, Michigan Chillers, The Adventure Club, and the all-new insanely popular Freddie Fernortner, Fearless First Grader series. Over 4 million Johnathan Rand books are in print!

Johnathan Rand will be speaking at 10:30 am in the Council Chambers and will also be stationed on Monroe Street next to the Krause Memorial Library parking lot to sign his books from 9:30 am - 1:30 pm. Johnathan Rand's most important message is how important reading and writing are to succeed in life and in everything that we do! Take time with summer to "Chill" out with a good book!

Also joining in the Reading Rocks excitement in Author's Row (located in the City Hall parking lot) is Rockford's own Kenn Vidro, author, artist, and teacher famous for the Square Pears series and Totally Terrific, Twisty & Tricky Tongue Twisters!  Add to that the always fun Kevin Kammeraad, singer, songwriter, and author of The Tomato Collections and A Curious Glimpse of Michigan!  PaleoJoe, author of Dinosaur Detective Club chapter books will also add excitement with his fascinating adventures and mysteries.  Karen Bell-Brege and Darrin Brege, authors of the Mick Morris Myth Solver series and Ghost Board Posse series, will also join in the fun! 


 


School Library Staff

Belmont Elementary

Cathy Nitschke

616.863.6363 x 4505

Cannonsburg Elementary

Michele Julien

616.863.6345 x 3009

Crestwood Elementary

Melissa Braden

616.863.6347 x 3505

Lakes Elementary

Kimberly Jakubiak

616.863.6341 x 2005

Meadow Ridge Elementary

Lynn Bowen, Kathi Powell

616.863.6343 x 2817

Parkside Elementary

Jane Skeels

616.863.6361 x 4001

Roguewood Elementary

Michelle Halliday, Jan Mundwiler

616.863.6375 x 6005

Valley View Elementary

Nancy Foote, Laura Bargwell

616.863.6367 x 6506

East Rockford Middle

Laura Clark, Linda Evans

616.863.6141 x 1029

North Rockford Middle

Laura Clark, Bonnie Oberlin

616.863.6301 x 1508

Rockford Freshman Center

Kim Blunt, 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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