About the St. Matthew School Library
St. Matthew School Library provides a variety of resources to supplement the education and Catholic formation of its students. Age-appropriate fiction, non-fiction, and general reference materials are available to assist in building reading skills, support the curriculum, and develop an interest in reading that will enrich students’ lives. Children are taught how to find and use library materials and how to be considerate and responsible library patrons. They are introduced to many different authors and artists. They become acquainted with different genres, and learn how to independently select books that are “just right” for them.
Students in grades one through five have a regularly scheduled weekly library period. Sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students have access to the library at any time during regular school hours, at their teachers’ discretion. Kindergarten students come to the school library once a week for story time.
Students are invited to donate new books to the library or to classrooms at any time during the school year through the school’s Birthday Book Program.
Parents please remind your children that thousands of books are available in the school library to use for research projects and book reports, as well as for reading for pleasure. The library shelves are filled with mysteries, sports stories, award winners, biographies, lives of the saints, and many of the titles that are on classroom reading lists. A visit to the St. Matthew School library provides students with the perfect opportunity to choose books based on their reading level and interest, and just might save you a last-minute dash to borrow or buy a book elsewhere!
St. Matthew Students recently participated in the Champaign Public Library’s annual Battle of the Books competition, in conjunction with Black History Month. In this challenge, students in grades 3 to 5 are tested on their knowledge of books written and/or illustrated by or about Africans and African-Americans. The twelve St. Matthew students answered multiple-choice and true/false questions about 25 books.
World book encyclopedia online
A world of information is truly available at your fingertips, through the St. Matthew subscription to the World Book Web. The articles contained in the print edition of the World Book Encyclopedia are available online, for use at school and at home, twentyfour hours a day, seven days a week. Our World Book subscription allows you and your family access to this valuable reference source on your home computer or tablet device at no charge! All the features that have made World Book a top-rated encyclopedia, including World Book’s rich collection of articles, tables, maps, and multimedia, are constantly updated to provide the most current and accurate information in a user-friendly format.
We hope your family will use this fantastic resource often to help with homework, special projects, and at-home learning.
To access the website, use the address below:
You will need to obtain the Login ID and the password from your student or his or her teacher, or from Mrs. McMillen. Please remember that logins and passwords are for our students and families only, and extending this information to anyone else could result in loss of at-home access for our students.
The site may also be accessed from the St. Matthew School home page under “Quick Links” on the left side.
Birthday Book Program
A gift of a new book to St. Matthew School through the birthday book program is a lasting way to honor your child’s special day and to show that you value books and reading. “Birthday books” may be donated to the library or to your child’s classroom and will receive a birthday label with the child’s name on it.
For suggestions for new books, please contact Mrs. McMillen in the library, or your child’s classroom teacher. A “Wish List” for the library is available on the St. Matthew School Library web site. Donation forms are available in the library or on the web page. If your child has a summer birthday, you may donate at any time during the school year.
Champaign Public Library – http://www.champaign.org
* WebSites to Check Out
Carol Hurst’s Children’s Literature Site – http://www.carolhurst.com/
Children’s Book Council – http://www.cbcbooks.org/
Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Awards – http://www.rebeccacaudill.org/
Newbery Medal Home Page! – http://www.ala.org/alsc/newbery.html
Caldecott Medal Home Page! – http://www.ala.org/alsc/caldecott.html
Students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grade may use the library at any time during the school day, with their teacher’s permission. Kindergarten students come to the library once a week for storytime.