Welcome to the Virtual Instructional Media Center (IMC)
Mrs. Konopack email@example.com
Dear Elms Families,
Our One School, One Book initiative is going live on March 1st! Each Elms family will receive a copy of "The World According to Humphrey" as well as a craft and schedule for participation.
Each day, you can participate in Chapter Trivia! Please have your child log on to his/her Media Google Classroom page for more information (look under the Classwork tab).
Our evening Read Across America Event will be held on March 4th.
Shop the Book Fair from 2/26 to 3/11 by clicking here!
I am encouraging all families to sign up for a library card or share your library card number with your child.
Digital library cards can be applied for online and used to access all of Ocean County Library's databases and digital materials. Corresponding physical cards will be made available for pick up at the branch anytime before the end of the school year. Students can have the barcode emailed to them in their school email to use remotely.
Books, audiobooks, graphic novels, and research websites are all accessible for FREE with your library card number
Each student will have library class in our Virtual IMC once every two weeks. Please contact your classroom teacher for the code to get into Mrs. Konopack's IMC Google Classroom page.
The Jackson Branch of the Ocean County Library is now OPEN!
Monday through Thursday 10am – 2pm, and 3pm to 7pm Friday and Saturday 10am – 2pm
Digital Library Cards: Did you know you could receive a digital library card? It's true! We are currently issuing temporary digital library cards to customers. Fill out the library card application form and you will be contacted with card information.
o View our quick video tutorial for How to Sign up for a Digital Library card here. (A valid email address is necessary.)
Digital Materials: As always, we have a great selection of digital materials available from several platforms—including audiobooks, eBooks (even graphic novels!), magazines, and more. There are many options for patrons of all ages, and our staff can recommend digital materials for you and your students (see Concierge Service below). The Ocean County Library has also temporarily increased borrowing limits on Hoopla and Overdrive (Libby) during this time.
o View our Digital Resources & Tutorials playlist on our YouTube Channel for additional information about these resources.
Chat/Text Service: Questions? Chat with us: Monday - Fridays 10am - 2pm. Text us: 732-943-1625 (standard messaging rates may apply)
Education Initiative Resources: We're here for you - Find digital resources for all your education needs.
Looking for Education Activities: World Book has opened all their digital resources to Ocean County Library patrons. Sign in to World Book Online with your Ocean County library card you will have access to eBooks, Activity Corner, Dramatic Learning, Science Power, and Social Studies.
OCL's YouTube Channel: Subscribe for the latest video releases for kids each week!
BrainFuse! Look no further than Ocean County Library for free live one-on-one online tutoring from a Brainfuse tutor. Tutoring is available in math, science, writing and other subjects for elementary, middle school, high school and college students.
TumbleBooks! Enjoy e-books, e-audios, videos and more without a library card and PIN-- just enter through their site. Options available for all ages, too!
Access Video On Demand and Access Video Just for Kids provides streaming videos for preschool to grade 5 that are educational and entertaining. Explore a kid friendly website to watch thousands of videos.
Concierge Service: Reader's Advisory Anywhere You Need To Be! Looking for your next great read? Look no further! Visit the link below and one of our experts will be in touch with new and exciting titles.
Books, Authors, and Illustrators
Audible: Listen to books FREE online; need an Amazon account
Tumble Books: Free eBook library for you to use - Login using the Ocean County Library website
Storyline Online: Watch famous actors and actresses read picture books aloud.
Storytime with Ryan & Craig: Fun, engaging read-alouds from two actors
Kate Messner: Author Kate Messner shared videos from authors and illustrators, reading aloud and talking about their work.
Jarrett Krosoczka: Illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka is sharing art lessons on his YouTube channel.
Emily Arrow: Librarian Emily Arrow shares singalongs with music and stories on her YouTube channel.
Story Time From Space: Astronauts read stories from space
We Are Teachers Storytime: popular books read aloud for you
Free Sites for Distance Learning
Wonderopolis: Every day this site shares a new wonder, submitted by kids, and the answer, in an article with a video.
National Geographic Kids: Games, articles, and videos about animals and nature.
Mystery Doug: Video science lessons and activities
Typing Club: Use your time at home to learn keyboarding skills!
Scholastic Learn at Home: Daily learning projects from Scholastic, geared for different grade levels
Explore Animal Webcams: Observe animals live on webcams from around the world
Hour of Code: Learn coding skills with an hour of code activity.
Code Break: From Code.org: Weekly live webcast & challenges for code.
Design Squad Global: Watch PBS Design Squad videos, to learn about science and engineering challenges
Khan Academy: Free online video lessons in math and other subjects
Crash Course Kids: Elementary school science videos
Instructables: Watch others make things, and try it out yourself!
Family Activity Ideas
Indoor Activities for Kids Stuck at Home: Buzzfeed lists 27 fun activities for kids home from school
70 Educational Activities: A former homeschooler shares 70 educational activities you can do when you're stuck indoors.
Podcasts: Listen to a podcast together. Common Sense Media curated this list of best podcasts for kids.
Cosmic Kids Yoga: Stay active as you practice yoga together.
Distance Reading Book Bingo: Read together and complete this bingo board!
Virtual Field Trips: Visit zoos, museums, and aquariums. Yep! Stream it to your big screen.
Jenkinson's Aquarium Penguin Cast: Yep, they're still there :)
Fluency and Fitness: Review essential K-2 reading and math topics, while providing a movement break.
The Franklin Institute's Spark of Science: At-home experiments & presentations created by FI.
Spanish/en Espanol and Other Languages
Story Place: Video storytime activities in Spanish
PBS Kids Spanish Games: Play educational games in Spanish
World Languages: Books that can be read in ten different languages, accompanied by video. Username: scholasticdemo Password: 4ktkon5t
(information above provided by https://librarylearners.com/distance-learning/?ck_subscriber_id=531712649)
RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS & PARENTS:
Article full of links for ideas regarding online learning: https://fordhaminstitute.org/national/commentary/coronavirus-bearing-down-schools-educational-content-providers-have-chance
Mindfulness: How to practice it, relieve anxiety, and other information.
How Parents Can Help Kids Understand the Protests and Fight Racism
To contact the Media Specialist, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We eagerly await the day when we can get back to planting in our aquaponics system!