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JCS remote students encouraged to check out books from their school library

South Side drop off box

Click here to view a PDF with instructions on the check out process

There is always time for a good book and Johnson City Schools library media specialists want to make sure their remote students have access to as many books as possible. 

To ensure remote students can access their school’s library, school library media specialists have created a curbside pick-up system at each school. Students can log into their Single Sign-On Portal and click on the “Destiny” icon. Students select their school and are able to search through their school’s book catalog to reserve a book. 

“For me, it is so important for our students to have access to library books,” Woodland library media specialist Chris Simerly said. “Even though they may be visiting the public library, I think our students feel more comfortable checking books out with their home school. We have had great success in using this process and we have seen a lot of books coming in and out of the library for remote students.” 

At Towne Acres, students can reserve books throughout the week and then pick them up on Fridays. But library media specialists aren’t just there to provide books. They also have a vast knowledge of books and series that are appropriate for students. 

“A lot of the requests that I’m getting are for suggestions about book series that will suit certain reading levels,” Towne Acres’ library media specialist Donna Patterson said. “Parents are trying to find the perfect book to hook their students. We are here to help our students in any way that we can. We just want to make sure they have a good book to read.” 

At Woodland, students can visit their school library’s website and fill out a Google Form that will be delivered to their library media specialist. Parents are then able to stop by the school at their convenience to pick up the books. 

South Side Elementary students receive book bundles from their library so that they have enough reading materials throughout the week. South Side library media specialist Johnnie Sue Hawley said that the book bundles are a big hit with students. She helped spark interest by reading to students during Zoom sessions and then making bundles that reflect their interest. 

“It’s been going really well,” Hawley said. “I know that all of the library media specialists are very excited to be able to help our remote students find great books to read.” 

Each school is handling it a bit differently, so it’s best to ask your school’s library media specialist for information.


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