The Library Media Center provides books, magazines, reference materials and internet service so children will become independent readers and learn how to do research. The library is home to 15,585 books, with approximately 13 new books added to the library collection each month. We have a section of 22 different foreign language books from Albanian to Vietnamese. There are 322 videos/dvd’s for teachers to check out for use in their classrooms.
Last year we upgraded to a new Accelerated Reader (AR) system and students now have access to over 100,000 quizzes which means almost every book in the Cumberland library is an AR book! Accelerated Reader (AR) is a computerized learning enrichment program that assesses the quantity and quality of independent reading and allows each student to progress at her/his own pace and level of reading ability. It provides teachers and children with a fun and exciting way to encourage and monitor reading at home and in the classroom. Accelerated Reader is easy to use. The student selects an AR book based on their Reading Level. A web-based circulation system provides students and parents 24/7 access to our library database.
The library club gives students a chance to help “run” the library, teaching them how to use the online circulation system, shelve books, and read shelves (put books in order). The club members also decorate the library for holidays and seasons. We participate in voting for the California Young Reader Medal books. The librarian reads aloud the five nominated books and the children vote for their favorite. This introduces the kids to a ballot and what voting means. There is an annual Klutz Build-A-Book night where families come together and build their spiral-bound one of a kind books.