For Parents and Teachers

Leveled Reading

Accelerated Reader
Scholastic Reading Counts
Accelerated Reader helps you:

Make essential reading practice more effective for every student;

Personalize reading practice to each student’s current level;

Manage all reading activities including read to, read with, and read independently;

Assess students’ reading with four types of quizzes: Reading Practice, Vocabulary Practice, Literacy Skills, and Textbook Quizzes; and

Build a lifelong love of reading and learning.

Search for your AR books here!
Scholastic Reading Counts! is the only independent reading program based on the Lexile Framework.

The program begins with great books – students read fiction, nonfiction, and curriculum-based books based on their interests and Lexile level, ensuring they will enjoy and have success with what they read.

Know what book your looking for? Find it fast with a quick search. Find out what level your book is or find similar books at the level you need.

Social Networking/Internet Safety

Internet Safety
Children use a variety of online services, and each of these services can have different safety concerns. However, there are some basic tips which you can employ no matter how your children use the Internet.
Keep the computer in a high-traffic area of your home.
Establish limits for which online sites children may visit and for how long.
Remember that Internet technology can be mobile, and make sure to monitor cell phones, gaming devices, and laptops.
Surf the Internet with your children and let them show you what they like to do online.
Know who is connecting with your children online and set rules for social networking, instant messaging, e-mailing, online gaming, and using webcams.
Continually dialogue with your children about online safety.

Transitioning to YA

As your child is transitioning from reading books in the Youth collection (birth through 6th grade) to reading books in the Young Adult collection (grades 6-12), it can sometimes be difficult to decide where to begin. We encourage you to be involved in your child’s book selection, particularly as they move into new areas of the library.

As you and your child start to browse the YA collection, please keep in mind that the books in this area are meant to appeal to a wide range of ages and interests. As a starting point, you may wish to look at Teen Central’s Transitioning to YA Reading List. The books on this list were selected by the Teen Services Librarian as books that have appeal to the younger end of the YA spectrum and cover a range of topics and genres.

Additionally, if you are questioning the reading level or content appropriateness of a book, you may be interested in the library’s subscription database, NoveList. Note: If you are accessing NoveList from home, you will need to provide the barcode number on your library card.

NoveList is a database that will allow you to search books, providing you with a summary of the book, a reading level, and, when available, reviews of the book. Looking at reviews can often offer great clues as to the content of the book and usually include a suggested age/grade for readers. You may notice in looking at reviews, however, that different reviewers may assign different age groups to the same book. This is why it is important for you to be involved as your child is selecting new books. Book reviewing is subjective–different reviewers (and different parents) may have varying comfort levels with topics covered in Young Adult literature.

If you have any questions as your child is beginning to browse in the Young Adult collection, we encourage you to seek out assistance from the friendly and helpful staff in Teen Central.

Tours & Class Visits

The Teen Services Librarian is available to give class or group tours of the library and/or Teen Central, or to visit classrooms and community groups around the Council Bluffs area.

Visits to your classroom can include:

  • General library promotion,
  • Overview of library resources, including reserach-related resources
  • Book talks highlighting particular authors or topics
  • Reading promotion through games and activities
  • And much more!

If you are interested in arranging a visit for your class or community group either at the library or on-site at your location, please contact Anna Hartmann, the Teen Services Librarian.

Homework Assignments & Class Projects

The Library has access to all sorts of great materials, but as a public library, our resources are limited and our collection is not curriculum based. If you are recommending that students use the public library as a resource for particular homework assignments and/or projects, we would encourage you to visit the Library first to ensure that we will have an ample number of resources on the subject assigned.

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