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.
OverDrive is a free service offered by the Roanoke Valley Libraries that lets you borrow digital content (like eBooks and eAudiobooks) anytime, anywhere.
We are not participating in the 2020-2021 Virginia Readers’ Choice award program. Feel free, though, to check out the lists to find titles that may be of interest to you. There are always a number of great reads listed! The page also lists the winners of the 2019-2020 awards. The plan at present is to resume participation during the 2021-2022 school year.
During the 2020-2021 school year, we are trying out our very own RCS Readers’ Choice program, with participation from all grades from 2nd through 7th. This program features nonfiction picture books.
The following are lists of books recommended by the school librarian. Each book listed is hyperlinked to its respective page on the Barnes & Noble website. Readers can purchase the books through Barnes & Noble online or at one of their nearby stores – or simply use the pages to learn more about the books. If you are looking for longer lists and summer reading assignments, please go to the Summer Reading Lists page.
Picture Books for Beginning and Early Readers (Pre-K – Grade 3)
Chapter Books, Etc., for Early Readers (Grades 1 – 3)
Nonfiction for Early Readers (Grades 1 – 3)
Fiction for Upper Elementary (Grades 3 – 6)
Nonfiction for Upper Elementary (Grades 3 – 6)
Fiction for Preteens and Early Teens (Grades 6 – 8)
Nonfiction for Preteens and Early Teens (Grades 6 – 8)
Fiction for Teens (Grades 9 – 12)
Nonfiction for Teens (Grades 9 – 12)
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!