Media Center Resources
The mission of the school library is to build a community of independent life-long readers and learners by fostering the spirit of curiosity and choice, by teaching the skills to think critically and creatively, and by providing access to a well-managed, high-quality, diverse collection of resources that meet academic and personal needs.
Purchases for school library materials are based upon:
- Support for curriculum
- Student/staff requests - professional reviews are checked for appropriateness of the materials for the grade level
- Weeding items that are deemed outdated or not used by patrons to make space for new items
- Reviews from professional organizations are used to sort for age/grade level recommendations and summaries/topics that the material covers
Parent Engagement and Controls
Parent engagement is important for Success For All. All parents have significant influence over what their children read or watch when enrolled in Grand Haven Area Public Schools. Here are some ways to engage with children for your consideration.
- You are your child's most important teacher. Talk to your child about what they read and watch. Help them process information with you.
Parents can access the Destiny card catalog to see what books are in the library. No password is needed.
Parents can access the Destiny card catalog to see what their child has checked out. A child’s password is needed.
Parents can request a weekly email with the titles their child has checked out.
Parents can request that specific titles are not checked out to their children. Contact your child's school librarian with those titles.
Parents can talk with school librarians and teachers and express preferences for the types of books they want their children to read.
Parents are encouraged to use books as a way to discuss sensitive topics to teach your family’s values and behavior.
Limit screen time, check your child's devices and have children plugin at an established time in a common area that is not the child's bedroom.
Online Databases and Resources
- Global Issues in Context
- LitFinder for Schools
- Gale Virtual Reference Library
Michigan e-Library (MEL)< >
Wilson Select Plus - Magazine index - requires MI ID card or driver's license # for home access
MEL Databases by Subject - requires MI ID card or driver's license # for home access
Kids Infobits - requires MI ID card or driver's license # for home access
Enchanted Learning - User name and password available at your media center
Facts for Me - User name and password available at your media center
ACT Online Prep
Living Green and Early Peoples - User name and password available at your media center