April-June 2019  |  Grades 6 - 8
Welcome to Teachers Know, Deschutes Public Library's newsletter that shares resources to support you and your students. Don't miss an issue! If this newsletter was forwarded to you by your school librarian please be sure to subscribe here with your email address so you will receive future editions (sent quarterly). We will have a Teachers Know archive linked on our school services page. DPL's School Services provides a range of opportunities to connect you and your students with our resources. Here are a few examples.
New: Book Club Kits for Middle Schoolers
Are you interested in starting a book club in your classroom or after school? The library has a new collection of Book Club Kits for Kids and Teens. New titles include  Ghost by Jason Reynolds, It Wasn't Me by Dana Alison Levy, and Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce. The kits contain 10-12 copies of the book and a reader's guide to help you with topics for discussion. You can pick up your kit at all library locations and Linx schools and check-out for two months. You'll find a complete listing of all the kits in the online catalog. Just place a hold on the kit you want with your library card number and PIN/password, and the library will contact you when it's available for pick up.
Homework Help Spotlight: Gale Virtual Reference Library
Are you doing research projects on alternative energy, diverse animals, ancient civilizations, or Native American nations? The Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) can help! GVRL boasts a wide array of electronic encyclopedias covering history, medicine, the environment, religion, and more. The resources are reliable, searchable, and easy to navigate online. Each chapter or article within the encyclopedias offers citation tools, "Send to Drive" shortcuts, and easy downloading, printing, and saving for future use. If you want your students to have access to a wide array of dependable resources from their school or home, let them know about GVRL. Students will need a library card to access this resource from home. Librarians would be happy to teach your students how to use this resource, just drop us a line through the Teacher Request Form.
Summer Reading: A Universe of Stories
Join us this summer for a Universe of Stories! We all know the importance of summer reading in helping to alleviate the summer slide in reading skills. Studies show that children involved in public libraries' summer programs have a reduction in skill loss when it comes to reading as compared to their peers. But how do we convince our students to join these programs, and stay involved throughout the summer? At Deschutes Public Library we reward each with a free book of their choosing. As they move through the program they can come to the library to build solar robots, learn about game design, experience an escape room, and more. Throughout the summer they will also earn more prizes and be entered into a grand prize drawing. We're your partner in combating the summer slide!  If you are assigning specific titles for summer reading, please send the list to cherylw@deschuteslibrary.org so that we can ensure we have enough copies. More information on summer reading is coming soon to our website; the full schedule of Summer Reading programs and events will be published in late May.
Summer Learning for Teachers and Students 
Hooray, summer is coming, it's time to play ! It's also a great time for learning for you and your students. The library offers many online learning opportunities, from continuing education and college prep to learning a new language and photography courses.

Learning Express Library: Comprehensive, interactive tutorials, and practice tests including SAT, ACT and TOEFL; and skill building in math, English, civics, logic, science, and more.
Mango Languages: Conversation and film-based digital resources to help you learn over 70 languages.
Lynda.com: A broad range of technology, business, and professional self-paced courses ranging from coding to interpersonal skills to acoustic guitar.
Gale Courses: Hundreds of instructor-led classes from computer skills to personal development to college readiness including an entire section of education and teaching courses.
Teacher Requests: We're Here to Help!
Did you know that we can reserve great books for you to use in your classroom? We can even provide your students with a school assignment resource page to help find the books and information they need for their homework. Let us know what you're studying and we can make your life easier with great resources to support your unit. Bookmark the  teacher request form  and use it often. 
A Card Just for Teachers!
The DPL Educator's 
Card allows for 100 items to be checked out, 30 holds to be placed, and a four-week check-out period. This card can be held in addition to a personal library card; cardholders are financially responsible for all items checked out to either card. Show us your school ID for the current academic year and we will get you started!
Find Resources Online
Our School Services page is your gateway to resources designed to help you and your students.
Spotlight on Books
April is
National Poetry Month!
Check out the collection of new poetry books perfect for middle school-age kids. A few are highlighted below, but you'll find the  full list here.
OBOB 2019-2020 Books
The 2019-2020 Oregon Battle of the Books lists are out! Summer is the perfect time for students to start reading. Find the full list of books here
Library Events
Library Locations & Hours
We have six locations throughout Deschutes County to serve you. Click here for locations and hours. Online digital resources are available to you anytime, from anywhere with internet access.
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