Library / Media Center - Indian Lake
The joy of reading and more...
In the library, we find great books, magazines and websites to use for learning and pleasure. We learn how to access, use and present information safely and accurately. We work with our classroom teacher and Mrs. Negri on projects that extend what we are studying in the classroom.
The elementary library is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Kindergarten – Check out to classroom only
- 1st grade – 2 books
- 2nd grade – 3 books + 1 magazine
- 3rd grade – 5 books + 1 magazine
- 4th grade – 5 books + 1 magazine
- 5th grade – 5 books + 1 magazine
Materials are checked out for a 2-week time period. Students may renew their materials for another 2 weeks if they are still needed. Children must bring the book that they wish to renew into the library in order to renew it.
Students are not charged overdue fines; however their borrowing privileges may be suspended or restricted until the overdue materials are returned. If a book is lost or damaged, a replacement fee will be charged.
Students visit the library with their classroom on a weekly basis to exchange books usually following the schedule below.
Students need not wait for “library day” to visit the library, but may use a pass at any time with their teacher’s permission.
Classrooms also often have the opportunity to come to the library and engage in lessons cooperatively taught by the media specialist and the classroom teacher that enrich and support classroom curriculum with library resources.
Events & Activities
Fall has begun and the routines and activities in the library are well underway. In September, each 1st through 5th grade classroom visited the library for orientation. Kindergartners will follow in October. Additionally, many classrooms have visited the library to hear booktalks and to practice/enrich their technology skills. Throughout the year, teachers will work with Mrs. Negri to implement lessons that integrate library skills and materials with classroom curriculum.
As always, classrooms and individual students visit the library daily to choose books to meet their Accelerated Reader, classroom and individual needs. If your child needs direction in choosing books that are "just right," please encourage him/her to ask for help. The library is full of great resources and reads for all levels and interests. For information about when your child visits the library each week and the number of books they are allowed to check out, please visit the About the Library section of this website.
Fall Book Fair
This year's Fall Fair will be held September 26th-28th. Your child should have received a flyer with information about what is available on the Fair and when their classroom will be visiting. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please call the library at 321-1481.
Online Public Access Catalog
The library uses a management system called Follett Destiny. The best thing about this program is you can now access the library's holdings from any computer...in the library, in the classroom or at home. To view what is in Indian Lake's collection, go to follett.micase.org, select Vicksburg Community Schools; then select Indian Lake Elementary School. You can search by author, title, series or keywords to see what is available. Please feel free to contact the library if you have any questions.
Battle of the Books
Battle of the Books begins its 23rd year of competition this fall. Battle of the Books is a voluntary reading incentive program open to fourth, fifth and sixth graders. The competitions consist of teams of five to seven students answering detailed questions about books from a predetermined reading list. The list of Battle Books will be released shortly. Stay tuned to this spot for more information
Kid Friendly Search Engines
Reading Suggestion Sites
- MeL - (WorldBook Kids, CultureGrams, SIRS Discoverer, Kids InfoBits)
- Word Central - (dictionary and thesaurus)
New Nonfiction Books
'Where is the White House?' by Megan Stine
Introduces the White House, explaining where it is and why it is important and describing the rooms where the president works and lives.
'Amazing US Army Facts' by Mandy Marx
Amazing soldier facts -- Amazing on-the-job facts -- Amazing vehicles facts -- Amazing weapons facts.
'Jellyfish' by Katie Marsico
Simple text and illustrations provide an introduction to the physical characteristics, behavior, and habitat of jellyfish.
'Nuclear Energy' by Colin Grady
An introduction to nuclear energy and the reactions that create it.
'Kevin Durant' by Marty Gitlin
Provides a brief introduction to the life and career of NBA basketball player Kevin Durant.
New Picture Books
'Mary McScary' by R.L. Stine
Mary McScary loves to scare people, but nothing she thinks up seems to bother her cousin, Harry McScary--but Mary will not give up trying.
'Dogosaurus Rex' by Anna Staniszewski
Ben selects from the shelter a most unusual "dog" that wreaks havoc in town until she has a chance to prove her worth.
'Say Zoop' by Henri Tullet
Minimal text and simple directions, and the reader's imagination lead the reader to experiment with different types of sound in this interactive book.
'Legend of Rock Paper Scissors' by Drew Daywalt
Tells a humorous story of how the rock, paper, and scissors found each other and formed a battle game.
'Jack & the Beanstalk & the French Fries' by Mark Teague
In this humorous version of the traditional tale, Jack's magic beanstalk produces so many beans that soon everyone in the village is sick of eating them, and mad at Jack, and when he climbs the beanstalk he finds that Mr. Giant is equally fed up with beans--but fortunately Mrs. Giant suggests a solution to their diet problem.
New Fiction Books
'Cyclone' by Doreen Cronin
Blaming herself when the cousin she dragged onto a roller coaster falls into a coma, Nora struggles with unendurable guilt and tries to help when her cousin awakens with challenging disabilities
'Frazzled' by Booki Vivat
Nervous about middle school because her family does not get her and her friends know exactly what they want to do, Abbie Wu searches for her own passion before discovering a knack for leadership when injustices in the cafeteria come to light.
'Great Treehouse War' by Lisa Graff
Fifth-grader Winnie, with notes from her friends, writes of turning her treehouse into an embassy after her newly-divorced parents become unreasonable, where she is joined by nine others with complaints.
'Losers Club' by Andrew Clements
Alec, a sixth-grade bookworm always in trouble for reading instead of listening and participating in class, starts a book club, solely to have a place to read, and discovers that real life, although messy, can be as exciting as the stories in his favorite books.
'Point Guard' by Mike Lupica
"It's basketball season for the home team but Gus must wrestle with prejudice when he's the only one bothered by Cassie joining the boys' team and his teammate Steve makes fun of Gus's Dominican heritage.