Library / Media Center - Tobey

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.

Circulation Policy

  • 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.

Herbener: 11:00-11:30
Boal: 2:00-2:30
MacDonell: 2:45-3:15

Hollladay: 9:30-10:00
McGill/Myers: 2:50-3:20


Wester: 2:25-2:55

Gebben: 10:30-11:00
Glerum: 11:30-12:00
Green: 1:00-1:30
Lovins: 1:50-2:15
Kilpatrick: 2:15-2:40

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.

Activities and Events

Throughout the fall months, the library classroom has been overflowing with students engaged in all sorts of academic activities.  Fifth graders completed a month-long research project focusing on a state they would like to visit.  They gathered information from online and print sources and created a brochure.  Fifth graders also examined the meanings of idioms and designed a classroom book to share common idioms and their meanings.  Second graders learned about the history of the Thanksgiving holiday and then wrote an opinion piece on why this holiday should or should not continue to be celebrated.  First graders discovered how authors use temporal words to move a story along.  They then wrote their own stories utiizing this vocabulary.  First graders also worked on gaining mastery with Chrome Book skills including cutting and pasting, resizing images and changing font size, text and colors.  

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 the library, in the classroom or at home. To view what is in Indian Lake's collection, go to, 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.  Teams have been busy reading the chosen books and quizzing each other in preparation.  The preliminary and semi-final Battles will be held Saturday, February 17th at 10:00 a.m. in the Schoolcraft High School PAC.  The Grand Battle is scheduled for Thursday February 22nd at 7:00 p.m. in the Schoolcraft High School PAC.  

Online Tools

Kid Friendly Search Engines

Reading Suggestion Sites

Reference Websites

  • MeL - (WorldBook Kids, CultureGrams, SIRS Discoverer, Kids InfoBits)
  • Word Central - (dictionary and thesaurus)


New Nonfiction Books

Flying Dragons by  Wil Mara.   Tells about where the flying dragon lives, how it behaves, its life cycle, and much more.

Blake Shelton by Katie Lajiness.   Examines the life and career of American country singer Blake Shelton.

Pokemon Designer: Satoshi Tajiri by Paige Polinsky.  Follow the story of Tajiri as he founds Game Freakmagazine which turned into Game Freak video-game development company and the creation of the Pokemon video games, trading cards, television series, and Pokemon Go!

Rocks and Minerals by Seymour Simon.  Learn all about rocks and minerals, how they are formed, crystals, fractures, Mohs scale of hardness, rock collecting, and more.

Detroit Pistons by Jim Whiting.  Summarizes the history of the Detroit Pistons professional basketball team, highlighting memorable events and noteworthy players such as Isiah Thomas.

Amazing U.S. Air Force Facts by Mandy Marx.  Presents data about personnel, working details, vehicles, and weapons. 

New Picture Books

Groovy Joe Dance Party Countdown by Eric Litwin.  Groovy Joe is a guitar playing dog who loves to sing and dance, and when many other dogs come and join him his home gets a little crowded, but the party is fun, and Joe is definitely a guitar hero.

Fly Guy vs. the Flyswatter by Tedd Arnold.  Fly Guy unintentionally joins Buzz at school, and then goes with his class on a field trip to a fly swatter factory.

Dogosaurus Rex by Anna Staniszewski.  Ben can't wait to adopt the best dog in the world. On a trip to the shelter, he sees dogs of all kinds, but none of them are quite right.Then he finds Sadie. Sadie is big--really big. She says "roar" instead of "woof" and she doesn't fit inside the house, but Ben knows she's the best dog in the world. Now if only she could stop causing so much trouble!

Sam the Most Scaredy Cat Kid in the Whole World by Mo Willems.  When two fearful children are terrified of each other, their respective monsters try to help.

Say Zoop by Herve 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.

Snappsy the Alligator and his Best Friend Forever (Probably) by Julia Falatko.  Snappsy the alligator wants to spend a quiet evening reading, but a pesky chicken who insists he is Snappsy's best friend will not leave him alone.

New Fiction Books

Lights Camera Cook by Charise Harper.   Follows Tate, Rae, Caroline, and Oliver, ages nine to eleven, both on and off-camera as they compete in a televised cooking competition. Includes cooking tips.

Super Turbo Protects the World by Stan Kirby.  The evil Whiskerface sees the perfect opportunity to test his plan to take over the world! Can the superpets stop him?

Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell.  Young wizard prince Xar, who has no magic, and warrior princess Wish, an outcast, team up on an adventure that brings them to witches long believed to be extinct.

Lone Stars by Mike Lupica.  When Coach Coop, a former star player for the Dallas Cowboys, starts exhibiting side effects from the many concussions he suffered while playing professionally, twelve-year-old wide receiver Clay Hollis becomes determined to help him get through the football season until Thanksgiving, when Coach plans to attend a ceremony honoring him and his former Super Bowl-winning teammates.

Overboard by Terri Lynn Johnson.  Eleven-year-old Travis and twelve-year-old Stacey, separated from their families after being thrown into the Atlantic off the coast of Washington, battle hypothermia as they struggle to survive. Includes Coast Guard-approved cold-water survival tips.

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.

Terri Negri

Phone: 269-321-1580

Tammy Jensen

Library Aide
Phone: 269-321-1681