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Info for Educators

The staff at the six Clayton County public libraries appreciates the opportunity to work with educators to assist local students in becoming life-long learners.

Assignment Alerts

In order for the library to better serve your students, please use the Assignment Alert Form to notify us of upcoming assignments that make use of library materials. This will give our staff members an opportunity to locate appropriate resources and, if necessary, to mark some items temporarily as "Reference" to be used only in the library so that all students working on the assignment will have access to them. We also use the assignment alerts that teachers provide to clarify the incomplete assignment information that students frequently give to us when asking for assistance. If we are unable to locate adequate information at the appropriate reading level to meet the guidelines laid out in an assignment alert you have given us, we will contact you.

Feedback From Assignments

If we are unable to locate age-appropriate information for a student for a specific assignment, we will complete an Assignment Feedback Form for the student to bring back to his or her teacher. The staff will be happy to work with the student for an assignment that is then modified or substituted by the teacher. Also, if you know of an age-appropriate source for the information required by the assignment, you may contact the library recommending that source. If that resource is not owned by the library system, we will consider it for future purchase.

Reading Lists

Accelerated Reading Lists
Most of the Clayton County schools upload their AR Lists through a service called Read The Books. The library links to these uploaded lists on the Clayton Kids' Accelerated Reading page.

Please note that there is a difference between the reading level (book level) BL and the interest level of a book. See an explanation of the differences.

See the instructions for uploading your school's AR list to Read The Books.

How can I determine the reading level of a specific book?
In addition to using the AR site listed above, you may use Lexile Book Finder to find books for a particular reading level. Teachers who are preparing booklists to distribute to students will find the Find a Book User Guide especially useful.

School and Teacher Reading Lists
In order to best serve local students, the library staff needs to know about assigned or suggested reading lists, including summer reading lists from both public and private schools. Based on budgetary restrictions, the library administrative staff will make a strong attempt to ensure these titles are in the system’s collection. However, it is helpful to have an adequate lead time to allow for titles to be purchased, cataloged, and processed in order to be available to the public in time for the assignment. Please get your list to the following people with as much lead time as possible. Please specify the date the list will be given to students and the date any book reports, or research papers based on these books, will be due. Send booklists for high school students to Flora Hazelton, florah@claytonpl.org. Send booklists for preschool-middle school students to Janice Arcuria, arcuriaj@claytonpl.org, or fax lists to either Ms. Hazelton, or Ms. Arcuria to 770 473 3858. If you have questions contact either Ms. Hazelton at 770-210-5235, or Ms. Arcuria at 770-210-5238.

In order to assist your students in locating the titles needed for assignments, please make sure your students know how to place a hold on a book through the PINES online catalog Please note that these holds can be placed from any computer with Internet access (including from school or home), the books can be requested from any of the 280+ libraries in the PINES system, and the student can pick up the books at any Clayton County library branch.

Library Resources You Can Recommend to Students

The library provides access to a comprehensive collection of research databases and online books and magazines through a statewide system called GALILEO. Learn how to find the current password.

If you are assigning classic literature, Shakespeare, or poetry to students, there are many online books available through TumbleBookCloud Junior. There is no limit on simultaneous readers of these online books, so these are a great option if there aren't enough copies of a particular library book available for all of your students.

There are some excellent online juvenile reference books that may be accessed through GALILEO. These e-books are listed by subject under the Homework Resources section of our Clayton Kids page. Other useful online databases to which the library subscribes in order to provide free access to the public include: Brainfuse (free, online tutoring for all ages) and Mango Languages (Spanish, Japanese, French, Chinese, German, and English for Spanish Speakers). If your students could use some academic practice in various subjects, then recommend Learning Express, an online collection of practice tests and tutorials for grades 4-adult. Be sure to have the students assign themselves passwords so they can track their progress!

Library Card Drives

The library would love to work with you to conduct a library card drive for your students. This can be done for an entire school, an individual class, or group of classes. See: Instructions for Conducting a Library Card Drive.

To summarize the instructions: Print the Library Card Application Form and the Parent Instruction Letter. (You may photocopy the parent instruction letter on the reverse side of the application after you have inserted the date by which you want the completed applications returned to you.) Once you have a batch of completed applications, you may deliver them to any Clayton County Public Library, or, you may send them to Janice Arcuria, Clayton County Headquarters Library, 865 Battle Creek Rd., Jonesboro, GA. 30236 for processing. If you mail the completed applications, please either call or email Ms. Arcuria to give her a "heads up" to expect that packet. For more questions, contact Ms. Arcuria at 770-210-5238, or arcuriaj@claytonpl.org.

Please note that the educator who is coordinating the library card drive MUST verify the information on the application to check for accuracy and for complete information. It is especially important to verify that the birth date is accurate for the applicant, the address is correct, and that a parent or legal guardian has completed the Internet permission section, and has signed the form.

After receiving the completed applications, we will start processing the new library cards and mail them to the applicants. This process can take up to two weeks.

Textbook Displays

Based on available space, the library system will work to help the school district comply with the requirement to seek public input for textbooks under consideration for adoption. Contact Janice Arcuria, Assistant Director/Youth Services to make arrangements for these displays. Textbooks not picked up by the district within one week after the end of the public input period become the property of the library to add to the collection or donate to the Friends of the Library for its book sale.

Educators Who Wish to Volunteer or Present Programs at the Library

Any educator who wants to either volunteer at the library or present a public program at the library should contact Janice Arcuria (arcuriaj@claytonpl.org or 770-210-5238) at the Headquarters Library.

Recommend Books for the Library to Purchase

Please submit any recommendations for book or materials purchases for the library on either the written suggestion forms in each library or through the Suggest a Book for Purchase form.

Bring a Class to the Library

How to Schedule a Field Trip to the Library:
To schedule a field trip, contact the library to which you want to bring your students:

Please note that each library can usually only accommodate one class at a time, due to space restrictions. Class visits requiring tours or programs conducted by library staff may only be scheduled based on staff availability. Class visits not requiring a program or a tour conducted by a staff member are always welcome at the library. However, students must respect other library users and follow the library's general rules of conduct. Students must be accompanied by an adequate number of school personnel who MUST remain with the students at all times. In order to most efficiently schedule library staff at public desks, please notify the library in advance of any visits of this type.

How to Bring a Class to a Library Program:
Groups and classes MUST pre-register to attend any of the scheduled library programs. Registrations are first come, first serve. However, each class (not each center or school) is limited to attend only one program per month, per branch, unless the library program has available space two days before the program. Each library reserves some program registration space for individual families. Failure to show up after registering, or repeatedly arriving late, may result in the library cancelling a class's registrations for future programs.

Based on library staff availability, a teacher may arrange for a story time for his or her class at the library, with a limit of one story time per month, per class. During all visits to the library, a class must be accompanied by adequate school staff to supervise the students. During library staff visits to schools or centers, the teacher MUST remain in the room during the presentation. To arrange for these programs contact the Youth Services staff member at the appropriate branch:

Request a Library Presentation at Your School

To see if someone from the library could participate in any school events, including parent and family events, or storytimes for classes, please contact either Janice Arcuria or one of the Youth Services staff members or Branch Managers listed previously. Based on staff availability, library staff members can have information tables, take library card applications, or speak about library services or librarianship as a career.

The Library's Web Site

The Library's "Clayton Kids" Page

This page is a great help to families. If you need to keep kids from getting bored, try the links to various fun, educational games in the Just for Fun section. To help your students with homework, look at the links in the Homework section. For some great book recommendations for children and teens, authors' sites, Accelerated Reading Lists, and other reading-related sites, go to Books.

In the Books section, click on TumbleBooks to gain free access to over 120 online animated picture books, available in English, Spanish & French with extended questions and activities. Also available - Sesame Street Ebooks featuring all your favorite Sesame Street characters!

The Library's "TCC" (Teens of Clayton County) Page

This part of our site provides lots of resources of interest to teens, as well as book recommendations, first-line quotes from Young Adult books, information about upcoming teen events and new book releases, and opportunities for teens to show off and display their own artwork and writing and to recommend books they like to other Clayton County teens.

Teachers are invited to encourage their students to submit their artwork and writing to the TCC Gallery and also their book recommendations to the What Are Clayton County Teens Reading? page. If you have any questions about how to submit, please contact Terran McCanna, Virtual Services Librarian at terran@claytonpl.org or 770-473-3850 x247.

Teen Zone

The Forest Park Branch Library has a special area dedicated for use by teens 12-18. This area houses the Young Adult books, has computers and a quiet homework area, a gaming console and large-screen TV, and study tables. Teens may also borrow board games, cards, and art supplies from the Youth Services desk to use in the Teen Zone.

Summer Reading Program (Vacation Reading Program)

During May, please promote the library system’s annual Summer Reading Program that encourages youth of all ages to read, or be read to, during the summer. The goal of the Summer Reading Program is to encourage youth to develop an enjoyment of reading for pleasure which will then lead to a lifelong love of reading and learning. Studies have shown that youth who read during the summer maintain or improve their reading skills, whereas the reading skills of students who don't read during the summer frequently decline. The Summer Reading Program usually begins the day after school lets out, and continues through the end of August. Pre-readers, as well as older children, may also participate by having books read aloud to them. Special needs children may be flexible in the ways they participate. Each youth who reads or listens to either 18 books, or reads or listens to books for 9 hours will receive a new paperback book to keep.

When school starts in the Fall, please find a way of positively recognizing students who have participated during the summer. Some schools or teachers have parties, post names and pictures on bulletin boards, make PA announcements, post participants’ names in school newsletters, highlight them at the first PTA meeting, or showcase them during morning video broadcasts. Each SRP participant receives a SRP reading log which can be shown to teachers or media specialists. Each participant who reads, or listens to, at least 18 books, or who reads or listens to books for 9 hours also receives a SRP certificate than can be shown to a teacher, or a media specialist.

Students in grades 1-6 are also encourages to check any Barnes & Noble store for an additional summer reading program that can earn each participant a free book.