RCS Library Resources
Symbaloo is a bookmarking website that features webmixes in an easy-to-use visual format, making it more user-friendly than traditional portals.
RCS also maintains a Teacher Webmix featuring links bookmarked specifically for the benefit of teachers.
The RCS Portal is a bookmarking site with annotated links filed under headings that are arranged alphabetically.
The RCS Library Catalog can be accessed from any computer at school or at home. Here you can look to see if we have a book you are looking for.
Raz-Kids is an award-winning teaching product that provides comprehensive leveled reading resources for students, with hundreds of eBooks offered at 29 different levels of reading difficulty.
IXL (from “I excel”) is a subscription-based math and language arts practice website for students in grades K-12.
BrainPOP is a group of educational websites with over 1,000 short animated movies for students in grades K-12, together with quizzes and related materials, covering the subjects of science, social studies, English, mathematics, engineering and technology, health, and arts and music.
BrainPOP Jr. provides curriculum-based content geared specifically for K-3 students. The site offers a growing library of movies and interactive features across six subjects: science, health, writing, reading, social studies, and math.
Important Links for Readers
Be sure to print out a Reading Log to keep track of the books you read and earn credit toward the next Fall Book Fair.
To find out how many AR points a book is worth, go to the AR Book Finder website.
Looking for a book we don’t have? Search the catalog of the Roanoke Valley Libraries. They have books, e-books, audiobooks, and more. If you do not have a library card, please fill out an application and give it to your librarian.
The public library is promoting the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program and we encourage parents of preschoolers and PreK students to sign up. One book a day for 2.75 years seems like a lot, but think of the benefits!
Voting for the 2019-2020 Virginia Readers’ Choice award program has been extended to Sept. 30, 2020. Please turn in your reading logs by Friday, Sept. 25. Remember that you must read at least four books on your respective list to be able to vote. Students in 3rd through 5th should read books on the Elementary List, while students in 6th and 7th should read books on the Middle School List.
During the 2020-2021 school year, we will not be participating in the 2020-2021 Virginia Readers’ Choice program. Instead, we will try out our very own RCS Readers’ Choice program, with participation from all grades from 1st through 7th!
Summer (Autumn, Winter, Spring) Reading Lists
The following are lists of books for those seeking entertainment and enrichment at each stage of their reading lives. The first six also function as “Summer Reading Lists” for students enrolled in grades Pre-K through 7. Rising 6th and 7th grade students are, in addition, directed to complete the assignments they will find on the Summer Reading Lists page.
Board Books for Babies and Toddlers (Ages 0 – 3)
Books for Beginning and Early Readers (Pre-K – Grade 3)
Nonfiction for Beginning and Early Readers (Pre-K – Grade 3)
Books for Upper Elementary Readers (Grades 3 – 6)
Nonfiction for Upper Elementary Readers (Grades 3 – 6)
Books for Preteens and Early Teens (Grades 6 – 8)
Nonfiction for Preteens and Early Teens (Grades 6 – 8)
Books for Teens (Grades 9 – 12)
Nonfiction for Teens and Adults
Literature for Men and Women
Literature and Nonfiction for Women and Men
Unputdownable Fiction and Nonfiction for Adults
Supporting Your RCS Library
The Fall Book Fair will be held entirely online. You can access the site here: RCS Book Fair Online.
Due to COVID-19, we will not be running the school-wide Birthday Club. If you would still like to support the library by purchasing a book in your student’s honor, you can go to the Birthday Club Web Page, which will be maintained for that purpose. Thank you for your support!