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LMC Info for Parents

Dear Merton School Parents,

It would be helpful for parents to:

1) Become familiar with our library catalog system called Destiny.

Within Destiny you can search for library books, online resources and websites reviewed by educators with the click of one button, the One Search button.  The One Search feature is available only on our Intermediate extension of Destiny.  Students 4th grade on up are recommended to use this resource.  However it is commonplace to just use Google to access information we need.  Please understand that while Google is a great tool, it is not the best tool to help your child find quality, educationally sound information for research purposes.  

2) Become familiar with our eBook resources: Tumblebooks, Bookflix, and eBooks through our Destiny system.  

Our library resources provided are primarily offered in print, however to offer various resources in various formats the above mentioned resources have been requested by teachers and students.  (Note:  Login information for Tumblebooks and Bookflix can be found on the library fliers.  There is no login necessary for our Destiny eBooks.  Destiny eBooks can be viewed on iPads and other devices that are wifi or 3G capable.).  

Book Search

To help your child find books at his/her reading level on topics of interest please use the following resources:

Use Destiny Quest (a search screen within Destiny, our library system) to limit a search by grade level, genre, length of book, copyright date, etc.  This is the easiest and the best as it will target books available at our school library.  

Scholastic offers a free online book wizard to find books at a particular grade level, genre of interest, and suggests books similar to other books you have read.

Badgerlink is a free resource for all people in WI, but requires a public library card for home access.  NoveList is a database within Badgerlink that provides a useful search to a variety of books all kids will love.

Looking for a concrete list of books for a particular grade level?  Try Waukesha Public Library Lists by Grade Level and More

  • Lexile.com "Find a Book" Search: This search tool allows you to compare the child’s Lexile reader measure with all of the books that have a Lexile text measure—more than 115,000 fiction and nonfiction titles on various subjects and at all developmental levels.

    “Find a Book” is the quickest and easiest way to search for books at a child’s Lexile level and/or grade level. Whether the child is reading for school or for pleasure, the book search utility will help that child build custom reading lists on the subjects that interest him or her the most.

  • Reading A-Z Level Correlation Chart.  An easy way to look at both Lexile and Fountas & Pinnell levels.

  • Scholastic Book Wizard. Search for books by Lexile or Fountas & Pinnell level.

  • Visit http://www.lexile.com/m/uploads/Summer_Reading_Flyer.pdf for more information.


For more reading ideas see Fun with Books.


Last Updated: 5/12/14
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