Staff Resources

Supporting & Expanding Curriculum

The library program provides teachers with curriculum resources and new learning opportunities for their students through information and digital literacy lessons, print and electronic books, databases and library supported activities.  

  • Curriculum Resources:  Curriculum resources can be secured through your site administrators. Library staff then checks out the materials to you. Find out what is checked out in your name by accessing our online catalog, Destiny. Refer to this tutorial for instructions on how to do this. 
  • Student Textbooks: Students check out textbooks in each of the core content areas. 
  • Classroom Literature Sets: Literature sets are checked out to 3rd-8th grade teachers, who keep track of these books via the barcode when lending them to students, and then informing the library of lost or damaged books.
  • Additional Literature Sets: Literature sets containing 20 or more copies are available to all district teachers for checkout through Redwood and RJH libraries. (See Elementary List and RJH List)
  • Science & Math Resources: Additional manipulatives, equipment, and models for example, can be checked out through the Sequoia Library. Look at Teacher Math Resources, and Teacher Science Resources for examples of what can be checked out. 

Library Lessons

Teachers bring classes for library lessons and checkout on a fixed schedule. The lessons are written by the district librarian. Library Lessons are based on the California Model School Library Standards, CCSS, and content standards. The lesson is generally 15 minutes with 15 minutes for checkout. A listing of lesson content can be found on RSD Library Lesson Topics.

Print and Electronic Books and Resources

  • Library Books in Print. Library books are available for classroom use by teachers. They are checked out in the teacher's name and can be transferred to a student's account if the library is notified. Watch How to Search The Library Catalog for tips on how to best use the online catalog. This tutorial uses the classic interface of Destiny. Destiny Discover is another interface that provides a more robust, visual experience in searching the catalog. Read the Destiny Discover Tutorial for instructions on its use. Students can check out books with their class and when the library is open before and after school and during breaks.
  • Open Educational Resources. Open educational resources (OER) are free and openly licensed educational materials that can be used for teaching, learning, research and other purposes. Find out more through this Open Educational Resources tutorial. Use the Destiny Online Catalog, Destiny Discover interface to search for resources. 
  • Ebooks. Single user and multi-user ebooks are available through the library catalog. Multi-user ebooks can be used by multiple users at the same time and can be a good resource for classroom use.  See Destiny Discover Tutorial for how to access ebooks and digital audiobooks. 
  • Digital Audiobooks. Digital Audiobooks can be accessed through the library catalog. Teachers may choose to use them in instruction, for whole class reading of literature sets, or literature circles. 
  • World Book Online. This online resource is valuable for classroom instruction and student research and can be accessed 24/7, onsite and remotely. Library Assistants can provide the user name and password for remote access to World Book Online and SIRS Discoverer.
  • SIRS Discoverer. This is a database of newspaper, magazine, and reference articles, vetted websites, and images. Watch ProQuest SIRS Discoverer Walk Through for a quick overview of the features. 
  • Resources for Close Reading Activities: The library provides resources for close reading by levels. These are searchable sources that allow you to choose just the right text for this task.
  • Digital Resources for Research:  There are many resources that can be highlighted here for your use with students. Link to Digital Resources for Research to discover some features found in two RSD resources that you can use right now with your students. 

Library Supported Activities

Each year the library supports and facilitates several reading related activities. These include, but are not limited to:

  • California Young Reader Medal (CYRM). This program encourages recreational reading of popular literature. Individuals and classes read nominated books, and vote on favorites.
  • Battle of the Books.  This is a reading incentive program that is site based. Students read books and in the spring participate in a competition to test their knowledge of the books they have read. 
  • Read Across America. Schools participate in this national celebration of reading in many ways. The library supports this initiative through library lessons, reading activities and by providing books for guest readers. 
  • Young Author's Fair. This is a site based event involving guest authors, and submission of student created books for display at the fair held in Bakersfield.
  • Oral Language Festival Students present a written piece that is 3-5 minutes in length, in verse choir, duo or solo. Those who place in their competition move on to the next phase and can ultimately compete at the Kern County Oral Language Festival.

Digital Resources



 

Student Library Use

  • Books for Checkout: Student can check out books for research and special projects and the library encourages students to self-select books and magazines for pleasure reading. Playaways are devices that are preloaded with an audio book and are available for student checkout upon completion of a Playaway Contract. Students can access and checkout ebooks and digital audiobooks through their Destiny Library Account.
    • AR Bookfinder: The Library supports the Accelerated Reader (AR) Program, by identifying books that have available tests. When away from the library, find out if book has a corresponding quiz by using AR Bookfinder. 
  • Parent Checkout: Parents of RSD early readers interested in checking out books for their children can do so through the library.
  • Students Access to Digital ResourcesDestiny Library Catalog, SIRS Discover and World Book Online are available for student use 24/7. Students can ask their library assistant for the username and password for remote access.
  • 1000 Books Project: Preschool through 1st grade students and their parents or guardians can participate in this program, where students work toward reading 1000 books, with adult, by the end of 1st grade. For more details about this program, see 1000 Books Parent Contract 
  • Summer Library. In order to avoid "summer slide" and to encourage reading, RSD School Library remains open on one campus for all RSD students, during several weeks in the summer.