Happy Summer Reading!

    Welcome to William G. Vinal Elementary School Library!

     Sora and Overdrive are here (click here)! 

    Click Here for Overdrive Tutorial

    Click Here for Sora Tutorial

    Okay. I've Downloaded Sora. How Do I Use It?

     Click Here to View the Library Catalog!Check Out a Book Here!



    Scroll Down to See My Twitter Feed and Reviews of the Books I Read!


    Have a wonderful summer and read, read, read! Sora is always available no matter where you are!

    Summer is a great time to get a jump on the grade 4 & 5 Book Bee Books. Students were given Book Bee lists in June. Most titles are available on Sora! This year's classes to beat are Grade 5 - Mrs. Abbott and Grade 4 Mr. Fennessy. Let the (reading) games begin! 





     Are you doing a research project? Click here for a tour of Kids Infobits!






    Fabulous new resource for Kindergarten via Gale Databases!

    Miss Humblebee's Academy - an interactive kindergarten-readiness program that introduces children ages three to six to key concepts in math, science, social studies, language and literacy, art, and music. It’s as challenging as it is fun!

    LINK: https://infotrac.gale.com/itweb/c19micro3?id=open&db=MHA



    Did you know that every Massachusetts resident is entitled to a Boston Public Library eCard? Once you apply for, it you will have access to thousands of ebooks (and audiobooks) that you can download onto your devices by accessing them through the Overdrive or Sora apps. You can also load your current library card onto the Overdrive, Libby or Sora apps to access even more titles. Please contact me at mary.howard@norwellschools.org if you would like help setting this up!

    Do some creative writing with #StoryMarch


    You’ll find a selection of audio stories from three master storytellers on the K-3 Storytelling Learning Lab, found at www.storypreservation.org  To access click K-3 Learning Lab on blue banner.  A one-time registration is required and then click on “storytellers” and listen and enjoy at no cost.


    Need some book suggestions? I will be frequently updating what I am reading on my Twitter feed or you can scroll down on this page as well. 



    Use your public library card from home to access the Tumble Book Library's wide collection of animated, talking picture books!



    This is a collection of some of the very best Webcams. As I was wrting this, I was listening to birds in Kenya! How very amazing!



    Fabulous research sites: safe and free!

    Library of Congress: https://www.loc.gov/

    National Park Services: https://www.nps.gov/index.htm


     We are very excited to be continuing our subscription to Biblionasium this year. Biblionasium is a book sharing program that enables students to have a voice and review what they read and to share these reviews with their peers! Grades three, four and five will be working with it. You may also access Biblionasium from home!


    I will be constantly updating my Twitter feed with not only book recommendations but multiple ways to connect with reading. Many authors are conducting live readings of their books chapter by chapter at the same time each day. Please, follow me and I will keep you posted!



                        Follow me on Twitter:  @VinalGreatReads (or scroll down for previous book recommendation Tweets) 

    William G. Vinal School Library Mission Statement
    Norwell Public Schools believe that the library media information center is a welcoming, accessible arena which empowers students with tools enabling them to seek educational and collaborative opportunities, to apply and extend their learning, to navigate an informationally rich world and to engage in relevant, authentic learning experiences. We strive to produce independent-minded students who are lifelong learning enthusiasts and who establish a foundation of informational literacy which they will build upon throughout their lives.  Our approach to library and media education is inquiry- based, embedded in a process focused on research, collaboration, evaluation, creativity, and innovation while cultivating engagement in, and stewardship of, a global society.  


    Ms. Mary Howard MEd. CAGS
    Library Media and Information Specialist
    781-659-8820 ext 1416