“The Learning Resource Center extends the classroom for students and staff by creating an environment that supports and enhances the curriculum.  This is accomplished most effectively when all individuals have full access to a wide variety of resources and learning opportunities designed  to develop the skills necessary to become discriminating users of ideas and information.”


Using both physical and virtual environments, the library connects the learning community with resources and instruction to foster the discovery, creation and sharing of knowledge.


Librarian-Julie Phillips

Assistants-Aimee Williams & Kathy Silbernagel

JB Nelson LRC Reading Programs

Breakfast with Books

Once per trimester the LRC sponsors a program called Breakfast with Books.  Mrs. Phillips will do a book talk during regular library time to 4th and 5th graders. Students who wish to participate in the program return a permission slip with the money if they need a copy of the book.  Students will have about 6 weeks to read the book. We meet to discuss the book on the morning chosen.  It runs much like a regular book club.

Battle of the Books

Batavia Book Battle is a reading incentive program for students in 4th and 5th grade. Students read specific books and come together to test their knowledge of the books they have read.  Teams are formed with 1-4 members.

Accelerated Reader

What is Accelerated Reader (AR)?

AR is a computer program that helps teachers and librarians manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice.

Your child picks a book at his own level and reads it at his own pace. When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the

computer. (Passing the quiz is an indication that your child understood what was read.) AR gives children, teachers, and

librarians feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher or

the librarian then uses to help your child set goals and direct ongoing

reading practice.

Children using AR choose their own books to read, rather than having

one assigned to them. This makes reading a much more enjoyable

experience as they can choose books that are interesting to them.

Teachers and librarians help your child choose books at an

appropriate readability level that is challenging without being

frustrating, ensuring that your child can pass the quiz and

experience success.

If your child does not do well on the quiz, the teacher or librarian may

help your child:

  • Choose another book that is more appropriate.
  • Ask more probing questions as your child reads and before your child takes a quiz.
  • Pair your child with another student, or even have the book read to your child.

In most cases, children really enjoy taking quizzes. Since they’re reading books at their reading and interest levels, they

are likely to be successful. This is satisfying for most children. Best of all, they learn and grow at their own pace.

“Accelerated Reader Enterprise.” Renaissance Learning. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Jan. 2013.