Elementary & Middle School Library
The mission of the Timothy Christian library is to teach students how to become effective users of information and to provide resources for enjoyment and enrichment. The library is open during school days from 8:00 AM – 3:15 PM.
The goal of TC Reads is to encourage reading choice for students in order to help them develop a life-long practice of learning.
Research shows that students who develop authentic reading interests and habits based on their reading choices are better life-long readers. These students think critically about their reading and go beyond the literal meaning of text.
Each grade level sets an appropriate TC Reads Challenge each year in order to motivate children to increase their reading. Students may have individual goals and/or goals as a class. Each teacher will provide information about these challenges and the incentives to participate to their students.
Near the end of the school year, students in K-3 and 4-6 will be invited to vote for their favorite books and to participate in a special “Book Awards” show that recognizes those who participated in the TC Read program. Parents are encouraged to join the celebration –stay tuned for details!
Illinois State Book Awards
The Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Book Award, Bluestem Book Award, and Monarch Book Award are all children's choice award programs in Illinois. Timothy participates in these awards as a reading incentive from August through February. Each award is given annually to one of twenty books that were nominated and voted on by children in Illinois. Books nominated were chosen by teachers and librarians throughout the state.
- Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders are encouraged to read books that have been nominated for the Monarch Award.
- 4th grade and 5th grade students are encouraged to read books that have been nominated for the Bluestem Award.
- 6th–8th graders are encouraged to read the Rebecca Caudill books.
Please check with Mrs. Larsen to see which of these nominated books will be available in our school library.
All students are highly encouraged to keep reading over the summer. To help students stay motivated, we offer Summer Reading Challenges for K-8 grade levels. Please help your child achieve these challenges by bringing them to your local public library throughout the summer and checking out books. All students who return their completed Summer Reading Challenge sheets will receive a special prize for their efforts – an invitation to a night of storytelling this fall (details TBA).
Each year, Timothy students in grades 3-6 and 7-8 can qualify to participate in the elementary and middle school spelling bees. Those interested in participating this year are encouraged to download and read books from the 2017-2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee study list (link to 2017-2018 Scripps Spelling Bee Books.pdf). All of these titles will be available for checkout from the ES/MS Library.
Celebrate reading and commemorate your child’s birthday, honor a teacher, remember an anniversary or another event by donating a book to Timothy’s School Library!
Select one of the already-purchased books from the display in the library, fill out the order form, and return it along with $12 to Mrs. Larsen in the library. Checks should be made out to Timothy Christian School. If you don’t see a book you’d like on display, talk to Mrs. Larsen about a title you might like to donate instead.
A book plate will be placed on the inside front cover of the book you choose, detailing who donated the book and why. The donating student will be the first to take the book home to read. Students’ photos will be taken with their donated books and displayed in the library. You are invited to donate a book any time during the school year (even if your birthday already happened.)
Need some practice reading? Don’t know what to read next? Visit some of these reading-related sites for suggestions…
10 Tech Hacks To Help A Struggling Reader
This Time Magazine article lists and explains reading practice apps for all grade levels.
A web-based literacy program for boys founded by author and First National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature Jon Scieszka. The mission is to help boys become self-motivated and lifelong readers.
Join the biggest get-your-kids reading movement on the web, organized by the author James Patterson. Get and share timps on ideas with thousands of like minded parents.
Six Ways To Encourage Your Son To Read
From the PBS parents website.
This website has 80,000 audiobooks available for download. Listen to the story while following along in the text. (Especially helpful for student’s with dyslexia or other reading issues.)
Websites for Kids
Great Websites For Kids
Looking for new educational websites? Check out Great Websites for Kids from the American Library Association. You’ll find all sorts of sites to explore.
Elmhurst Public Library
Find websites to help you find new books and authors, online games, and e-zines — all chosen for kids by librarians at the Elmhurst Public Library.
Kids.gov: The US Government Website for Kids
A kids’ portal to the U.S. government, this site was developed and is maintained by the Federal Citizen Information Center. It provides links to federal kids sites, along with kids’ sites from other organizations grouped by subject.
Digital Collections from the Library of Congress
Access online collections: view maps & photographs; read letters, diaries & newspapers; hear personal accounts of events; listen to sound recordings & watch historic films.