Saint Paul Public Schools Library Services empowers students and staff to become enthusiastic readers, critical thinkers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information. To accomplish this, we:
- Provide resource-rich library environments that encourage curiosity and learning.
- Curate collections of a rich mix of resources that align with curriculum and student interests.
- Collaborate with teachers in instructional planning to support personalized learning.
- Offer engaging programs to connect students and staff with authors, partner organizations, and enrichment opportunities.
Library Services supports the SPPS Achieves Strategic Plan. Library Media Specialists are crucial school staff members in providing a well rounded education and preparing students for informed living in an information-rich society. Under the leadership of a library media specialist, the school library provides students access to resources and technology, connecting classroom learning to real-world events. By providing access to an array of well-managed resources, school libraries enable academic knowledge to be linked to deeper, personalized learning. The expanded learning environment of the school library ensures the unique interests and needs of individual students are met. In this way, effective school library programs prepare students for college, career, and community.
All students can check out books. (#PanthersRead)
-Students should check out books to read, it's great to have a book in class for when you're done with work
-Checkout period for students is 2 weeks (If you need more time, just let me know!)
-Students must arrive with a pass if not coming with their class. You're also welcome to stop by on your way to lunch!
-Open checkout everyday before foundations from 8:15-8:25 and after school (if you do not take a bus home).
The link to the library catalog is sppsk12.follettdestiny.com. Click on the middle school heading on the left and select Battle Creek Middle School to view the books in our collection.
Overdue notices are sent out electronically (check your emails, Panthers). If you have questions let me know.
SPPS has a variety of digital resources available for students at http://libguides.spps.org/online
Book return is at the circulation desk. You are responsible for your library books - please do not leave books outside the library door.
Your library ID is your student ID number (same number as lunch pin).
- Your LibraryGO number is 22091600 + your lunch number
Panther pride is school wide : Prepared ⋄ Punctual ⋄ Polite
sppsk12.follettdestiny.com Click on the middle school heading on the left and select Battle Creek Middle School to view the books in our collection.
This database provides full text for magazines, reference books, and primary source documents.
- Social Studies
- Research Process/Cross Curricular
- World Language and Multilingual Learner
- Fine Arts
- Career and Technical Education
SPPS Library Guides to Support Research and Content Learning
- SPPS Read Brave 2022
- MMS French Teacher resources
- SPPS Animals (3rd Grade)
- SPPS Biography (5th Grade)
- SPPS Countries of the World (4th Grade)
- SPPS Fake News (6-12 Media Literacy)
- SPPS Health and Wellness
- SPPS History Day
- SPPS HS Digital Reading & Listening
- SPPS Human Mobility Resources (ELA 11)
- SPPS Jump in to Summer BINGO
- SPPS Math Resource Guide
- SPPS Middle School eBooks & Audio Books
- SPPS Middle School History Day
- SPPS Middle School Research Resources
- SPPS MS Book Clubs for Q3
- SPPS MS Contemporary Classics Book Club Units
- SPPS MS Dystopian/Fantasy
- SPPS MS eReading & Listening
- SPPS MS Fantasy Book Clubs
- SPPS MS Graphic Novel eBook Boxes
- SPPS MS Historical Fiction
- SPPS MS NonFiction eBook Boxes
- SPPS MS Poetry Book Clubs
- SPPS MS Social Issues
- SPPS Online Resources
- SPPS Perspectives and Points of View (ELA 10)
- SPPS Race and Community (ELA 11)
- SPPS Read Brave 2017
- SPPS Read Brave 2018
- SPPS Reading and Analyzing Poetry (ELA 6-8)
- SPPS Research Process
- SPPS Science LibGuide
- SPPS Social Activism
- SPPS Social Studies LibGuides
- SPPS Virtual Field Trips
- SPPS: PreK-5 Diverse Books
- SPPS: Stuff to Try
Funding for these resources come from multiple sources: SPPS, ELM (Electronic Library for Minnesota), or through the Library Go partnership with the St. Paul Public Library
Right Track Summer applications will be posted here when it's available.
For more information on Right Track click here.
LibraryGo is a collaboration between Saint Paul Public Schools and Saint Paul Public Library offering all students free virtual library cards.
LibraryGo for Students. | LibraryGo information for Parents
How to Login:
Barcode/Library Card: 22091600 + 6 digit student ID (do not add the "s")
PIN: Your birthday (MMDDYYYY)
- Let your child choose what to read. While you may cringe at his preferences, he may never touch a title if it's force-fed.
- Talk about what she reads. Ask her what she thinks of a book and make connections with ideas or issues that are relevant to her life.
- If he's struggling or bored with a book, let him put it down.Forcing him to stick with a difficult or dull book that's intended for pleasure will reinforce the idea that reading is a chore.
- Subscribe to magazines that will interest her. Ask her to choose one or two titles and put the subscription in her name.
- Read the newspaper together. Whether it's for 15 minutes over breakfast or on weekends, establish a routine and discuss what you each read.
- Be flexible with bedtime and chores when your child is reading. Within reason, avoid asking your child to stop reading.
- Play games that utilize reading. Word- and vocabulary-building games like Scrabble or Boggle are great, but many board games provide reading opportunities (even if it's just the instructions). Crosswords provide opportunities for learning new words and spelling practice, too.
- Encourage your middle-schooler to read to a younger sibling. Letting him take over ritual reading at bedtime once a week will ensure he reads something, and he may find his sibling's enthusiasm for stories contagious.
- Visit the library together. Try to make it an event where you share some quality one-on-one time and both choose a few books.
- Find an outlet for your child to "publish" a book review. When she finishes a book, encourage her to write it up for a family or school newspaper, magazine, or Web site. She could also try posting a review at a local bookseller or an online retailer.
- Ensure he has a good reading space. He should choose where it is, but you can make sure it's well lit and inviting so he stays a while.
- Keep up on what she's reading. If you can, read a few pages of her books yourself so you can discuss them with her.
- Encourage writing. Whether it's via snail- or e-mail, suggest that he keep in touch with distant friends or relatives. Keeping a journal or chronicling a family vacation will also provide reading practice.
- Provide a good dictionary. She may not want to ask for your help with words anymore, so make sure she has a good reference.
- Suggest books from movies he liked. He may enjoy getting even more detail in the book.
- Listen to books on tape in the car. If you're heading on vacation, or even back-and-forth to school, try listening to a novel that will appeal to everyone.
- Model reading. Your pre-teen will still follow your reading habits (though she'll never let you know it!). Let her see you reading, make comments, and share interesting passages with her.
Scholastic Parents Staff. (n.d.). 17 ways to keep your middle schooler turning pages. Retreived from: https://www.scholastic.com/parents/books-and-reading/reading-resources/developing-reading-skills/17-ways-to-keep-your-middle-schooler-turning-pages.html
Collaborate with your librarian! Book a visit where Ms. Orensten can co-teach or students can have a book check out time! Staff must be signed into email to access the calendar. To schedule a visit for 5th hour, please email Ms. Orensten as she was unavailble to create appointment spots with 3 different 5th hour times. Thank you.
Ms. Orensten isn't just here for students, but also for teachers. Please email her and let her know how she can help.
For some ideas on what she can do click here.
LibraryGO for Staff : To sign-up for LibraryGO click here.
Student Login Information:
22091600 + 6 digit student ID
(do not add the "s")
PIN: Your birthday (MMDDYYYY)
If you'd like LibraryGO cards for students to put in their iPads please email Ms. Orensten and she will put them in your mailbox.
*Please call the library before sending a student with a library pass.
*NO library passes during 4th hour as Ms. Orensten is teaching her elective class. Thank you.