The RAINTREE LIBRARY and ONLINE BOOK RESOURCES
Online Book Resources:
- Author Kate Messner – Her growing list of authors and illustrators providing lessons and videos for children, including read-alouds of picture and chapter books for children and middle grade readers.
- Circle Round podcast – Offers the ability to listen to folktales adapted for young children.
- Digital Public Library of America – Their collection contains roughly 37 million images, texts, videos, and sounds from United States history for free.
- Epic Books – Free resource for ebooks, audiobooks, read-to-me-books and videos, including fiction and non-fiction titles for students.
- Harry Potter At Home – J.K. Rowling has launched a new online site for readers of all ages and families to access Harry Potter-related activities, free downloads and an audio/eBook option of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
- International Children’s Digital Library – This organization aims to make the best in children’s literature available online free of charge by building a library of outstanding children’s books from around the world.
- KidLit TV – Read-alouds for children of all ages
Lawrence Public Library – Our local library provides free access to the following:
- eBooks and audiobooks through the Overdrive app called “Libby,” with unlimited checkouts per month
- eBooks, audiobooks and comics through Hoopla, with up to 8 checkouts per month
- Digital magazines through Flipster, with unlimited checkouts
- The New York Times, unlimited access to articles
- Access to the State Library of Kansas, with a State Library card
- Other digital content too! Films, learning tutorials, and more
If you do not have a library card, you can get register for a card number here that will give you access to online content. To access a forgotten PIN, a state library card, or ask a question about access, email the library directly at: email@example.com They are responding! 🙂
- LibriVox – Free audiobook recordings of works that are in the public domain, read by volunteers.
- National Emergency Library – The Internet Archive has opened its library of nearly 1.5 million digitized texts for free during the time of the Coronavirus outbreak. They also offer millions of archived resources including websites, audio recordings, videos and software programs.
- Open Culture – Among many other things, this website provides a compendium of links to both digital audiobooks and eBooks, available for free through third party sites like Audible, Spotify, Youtube, etc.
- Planet EBook – The home of free classic literature that is in the public domain and made available in digital formats.
- Project Gutenberg – This is one of the oldest digital libraries, and this link will connect you to a selection of works in their collection specifically for children…but feel free to explore.
- School Library Journal – A list of more children’s authors reading their books aloud to children online.
- Storyline Online features famous actors reading well known books.
How to search the Raintree Catalog (https://www.librarycat.org/lib/RaintreeLibraryKS):
- Our catalog is simple, but very useful for finding books! We have nearly 9,000 books available for checkout. Be patient and try searching your topic in a variety of ways to find what you need. When in doubt, try, and try again. 🙂
- If you know the author or title of the book(s) you are searching for, start there.
- If you are searching by subject, use simple search terms, starting with broad terms (Art) and move toward more narrow terms (Picasso or Drawing).
- Books marked “Available” in green are ready to check out. Books marked “Checked out” in red, are currently checked out by another student or teacher and not available. Please understand that books being checked out using this form will not show up as “checked out” until Anne has checked out the books from the library computer system. This form is not a dynamic form that syncs with the online Raintree library (Library Cat).
- Look for the “Call number” and not the “bar code” number. The call number is the book’s address of where it lives on the shelf, and will help the librarian find it for you.
- If you find a book you like, click on the title and go to the description page. Look at the section called “Similar in This Library” to find other books about the same subject.
- At this time, we cannot place holds on books.
- Online forms due by 10:00 AM each Friday.
Instructions to check out/pick up your books:
(To begin, book checkout will be limited to two books per student.)
- Find a book in the catalog.
- Fill out the form below with all the needed information.
- Pick up the book on the next designated pick up date. Pick-up dates will be each Friday after 12:00 on the east side of the Phoenix (main) building under the east library stairs (toddler wing door exit). Your book will be clean, bagged, and labeled, ready for you to read. Pick-up dates are every Friday between 12:00-2:00 PM.
- Please pick up books one at a time and observe social distancing recommendations when you are on school property.
Instructions to return your books:
- All books can be returned at your convenience to the book return (plastic bin) located outside the east library door at the top of the stairs.
- Please feel free to return the silent reading books that went home with you in March.
- Returned books will be cleaned, quarantined for one week, and then processed to be checked out again for the next student.