Welcome to the McAuliffe Library

  •  Welcome to the McAuliffe Library!

     Mrs. Valgenti, Library Media Specialist 
    732-833-4701 ext 7112

    The Scholastic Book Fair is back! 

    Fair Dates: November 28, 2023- December 5, 2023

    Did you get a Fine notice or an Overdue notice?  If you return the book, you do not pay anything.  Remember we have no fines, you only pay if a book is lost or damaged!



Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Bridgit Lapierre Valgenti

Hello! I am Mrs. Valgenti, the Library Media Specialist at the Christa McAuliffe School.  I have been a Library Media Specialist for 13 years.   I am also an advisor for the Robotics Club, last year students built the robot in the IMC.  We are planning to compete again this year with 3 teams!  

In addition to the physical IMC, we have online resources.  Students can check out ebooks from our school catalog.  We have databases to use for research, such as Ebscohost.  
I look forward to seeing you in the IMC!
Mrs. V

Introduction Video

  • The New Hunger Games is out today!

    Posted by Bridgit Valgenti on 5/19/2020 12:25:00 PM

    The Ballad of the Songbirds and Snakes is out today!  I cannot wait to read it!  It is a prequel, which means it happened before the series started.  Want to know more about how Panem formed?  The book focuses on Coriolanus, as an 18 year old high school student.  Here is an article to tell you a little bit about it https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/19/books/review/hunger-games-prequel-ballad-of-songbirds-and-snakes.html


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  • Magic Tree House Home Adventure

    Posted by Bridgit Valgenti on 4/27/2020 8:00:00 AM

    Do you like the Magic Treehouse Series of Books?  Do you want to go on an adventure?  Check out this site: https://www.magictreehouse.com/go/

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  • Need a Book Recommendation?

    Posted by Bridgit Valgenti on 4/21/2020 8:00:00 AM

    Do you need a suggestion about what to read next?  Having trouble with ebooks?  Or your password?  You can still "come" to the IMC, just send me an email Mrs. Valgenti's email. 

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  • Reliable Information

    Posted by Bridgit Valgenti on 3/30/2020 9:00:00 AM

    What is reliable information?  It is information that you can trust to be factual, current and non biased.  How do we tell if information is reliable or trustworthy?  The first step is the who. 

    Who wrote the information?  Many times students say if it is a .org, a .edu or a .gov you can trust it.  If it is a .com you cannot.  I don't agree with that.  What if the .edu you are using was written by a 2nd grade student?  Maybe it is a smart 2nd grade student, but do you want to trust your grade to a second grade student?  Same thing with a .org.  All that means is that the author of the website is an organization, which can be biased or it can be a company that wants to sell you something. 

    So how do we know the who?  We research it.  Look around the website, is there a person's name?  If no name, an organization?  An organization can be a who as well.  If there is, open up a new tab and research the person or organization.  Are they an expert on your topic?  For example, a Medical Doctor (MD) is a great person for health information.  Research the who until you find out if you can trust them for your subject, that is important.  A doctor may be a great source for health information, but maybe not such a great source for baseball tips.  

    If you are looking for information on the best baseball glove, you would want to find someone who plays baseball.  In this instance, be careful they are not trying to sell you something.  For example, Rawlings would tell you that their gloves are the best, even if Wilson has a better glove.  Check both sources, Rawlings and Wilson to find out what they have to say.  This is called bias- when they are trying to influence you to feel or think a certain way.  Of course Rawling wants you to like them best, so you buy their gloves! 

    When you are researching, for school or for personal reasons, be a responsible researcher.  Consider the source, make sure you trust them, if not, move on and find another source!

    How to Know If a Source Is Reliable by Shmoop

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  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

    Posted by Bridgit Valgenti on 3/26/2020 1:00:00 PM

    Right now I am reading a nonfiction book The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind about a boy who built a windmill in his hometown in Africa.  He did this using books and scrap parts (trash!) he found in a junkyard.  It made me think of the Robotics Club.  I bet you all could build a windmill!  Let me know if any of you build one!

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  • Primary Sources- Journaling

    Posted by Bridgit Valgenti on 3/24/2020 8:00:00 AM

    Primary Sources are first hand accounts of an event.  Some examples are: 

    • Speeches
    • Newspaper articles from the time
    • Oral history
    • Photographs
    • Journals, diaries and letters.

    Most of the time, we use primary sources for our research. This is because they allow you to interpret the information instead of using information that has been interpreted by someone else.  But right now you have the opportunity to create a primary source. 

    Consider keeping a journal during this time.  The article in the link has some options for getting started (about halfway down) Journal Article.

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  • Virtual Franklin Institute

    Posted by Bridgit Valgenti on 3/23/2020 8:00:00 AM

    One of my favorite museums is the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.  They are offering virtual activities, check them out: 

    Link to Virtual Activities

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  • Does anyone sew?

    Posted by Bridgit Valgenti on 3/21/2020 2:00:00 PM

    If you sew and have 100% tightly woven cotton at home, you can help out by making masks.  Here are the directions: 

    How to Make a Face Mask


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  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

    Posted by Bridgit Valgenti on 3/20/2020

    I just finished (five minutes ago!) reading Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Allaire Saenz.  It is a Prinz Honor book about an angry boy named Aristotle who has a brother in prison and parents who won't talk about him.  He meets, Dante, a happy, know it all who becomes his best friend.  It is a great book about finding out who you are and embracing yourself. 

    As the publisher says: "Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be."

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  • Classics- Free in ebook Format

    Posted by Bridgit Valgenti on 3/19/2020 8:30:00 AM

    For access to free Classics, check out https://www.gutenberg.org/.  You don't need any special software (like an app) or a special device (like a Kindle or Nook); you  just download and read.  I have also added it to our ebook resources on the right.  They have over 60,000 books! The Gutenberg project gives people free access to classic books.  A book is a classic when it has stood the test of time.  For example, Shakespeare wrote his books years ago, but they are still relevant today.  In A Midsummer Night's Dream, all the problems are caused by gossip, he said, she said.  Even though the book was written 500 years ago, most people, even now, can relate to gossip. 

    The Gutenberg Project is named after Johannes Gutenberg, who invented the printing press.  Many view Gutenberg as the father of the book.  Without Gutenberg, books would have been printed so easily and only the very wealthy would have access.  

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  • Electronic Access to Books: 

    Christa McAuliffe eBook Collection

     Click here to access the Library Catalog  

    Click on Sign in- use your Student Id as both the Username and Password


    Your search screen will look like this.  Type in ebook. Be careful not to type in ebooks (there will be less results).  Find a book and click open. If someone else is reading it, it will say checked out. 


     Video Instructions to Access eBooksHow to get an ebook

    Jackson Public Library eBook

    “Even when the library is closed, you can still borrow & enjoy your favorite books. Free downloads of audio books & eBooks to your favorite devices including the Kindle are now available 24/7. This database is provided through funding from the Ocean County Library”

    Link to eBooks at Jackson Public Library

    Gutenberg Project

    The Gutenberg Project provides access to 60,000 free ebooks.  You don't need any special software (apps) or hardware (like a Kindle or Nook).  Just download and read. 



    Any problems?  Email Mrs. Valgenti and she will help you out!



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