Mrs. Perna, LMC Assistant and Dr. Hoyle Ross, LMC Director
Dr. Hoyle Ross (pictured on right) became Spring Brook's LMC Director in 2009. She is extremely enthusiastic about creating student motivation for learning. She has a BA from St. Olaf College, a Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), a Doctorate from Judson University, and is National Board certified. Teaching at Spring Brook makes Dr. Hoyle Ross ecstatic and she loves learning with students and sharing book recommendations. In her free time, she likes traveling with her husband, reading children and young adult literature, and ballroom dancing.
Our Mission Statement:
To provide lessons, activities, and resources that assist students and staff to become effective users of information, develop a pattern of life-long learning, and foster a love of reading.
We want students to see the LMC as a hub for their learning experience at Spring Brook––a place they enjoy, where they find information they need, and especially, a place that prepares them to be lifelong learners. We strive to help students become good users of information. We believe that information literacy is key and strive to create opportunities in which students can learn to determine information needs, plan strategies for research, access information, evaluate information, use information, and evaluate the process and product. We believe reading is its own reward and encourage students to read often and share their favorite books with other students, family, teachers, and Dr. Hoyle Ross.
Students may come to the LMC anytime to check out library materials, use our MakerSpace, conduct research, pleasure read, or use computers during the school day with teacher permission. Students are encouraged to come to the LMC as often as needed. The LMC Director, the LMC assistant, or LMC volunteers are available to assist them.
The World Book Encyclopedia, BrainPop, and Pebble Go are just a few of the research resources are available to students. There is home access for all three. Please use your child's Google login and password to access the "home access" for the username and passwords for each resource.
Our LMC has over 20,000 items students and staff to borrow. We also have a Parent Resource Center with materials available on various family issues. If you are interested in setting up with an account to check out materials from this area, please email email@example.com.
- Students in grades 2-5 may check out 3 items
- Students in 1st grade may check out 2 items
- Students in Kindergarten may check out 2 items later in the year. (Kindergarteners can check out one item during August--November).
The Spring Brook LMC has a flexible schedule. This means that the LMC Director works collaboratively with classroom teachers and students on ongoing curricular units to maintain continuity. In addition, the LMC Director provides book talks, storytelling, integration of technology, author spotlights, and other learning opportunities.
eople can gather to create, invent, and learn.
The LMC Director helps students meet Common Core Standards in the LMC and collaborates with teachers to help make technology in the classroom meaningful for students.
The LMC Director and teachers use SmartBoards, ipads, laptops, digital cameras, data projectors, Osmos, Beebots, and document cameras to help to help facilitate teaching and learning. Our MakerSpace provides an opportunity for students to create, invent, and learn.
The following keyboarding sites can be useful for students:
The Wolves Hockey Reading Program, Chicago Fire Reading, Bluestem Award: Illinois' Grades 3-5 Readers' Choice Award, the Monarch Award: Illinois' K-3 Readers' Choice Award, the Ozzie Reading Program, 6 Flags, and the Public library's summer and winter reading programs encourage our students to continue reading all year long!
ONLINE RESOURCES FOR HOME USE Spring Brook Resources
CultureGrams is a paid subscription by the district for student and teacher use. CultureGrams links students to country reports that go beyond mere facts and figures to deliver a one-of-a-kind perspective on daily life and culture. In-depth reports covering 200+ countries, the United States, and Canada.
- Facts4Me is a reference site designed for elementary level readers. Facts4Me is ad-free and safe! Each of the 1,700+ reports is loaded with dynamic pictures, interesting facts and informative text. Facts4Me will engage readers of all levels!
Facts for Me (M-F 8-5)
Spring Brook subscribes to PebbleGo. It is a great database geared specifically for grades K-2, but all grade levels may use it. It has information on animals, Earth and space, biographies and social studies. Videos, sounds, maps and other useful and fun resources accompany valuable information about many topics. Also, many of the topics found on PebbleGo have an LMC book that accompanies it for students to check out. PebbleGo
World Book Online
World Book online is a paid subscription by the district for student and teacher use. It provides the most updated information within an encyclopedia. With movies, sounds and links to other resources, students can find information on almost any topic they are interested in. The different levels of difficulty linked below ensure every learner is able to read and understand the topic he/she is discovering.
World Book Online
- World Book Kids
If you need passwords for a resource, please contact the LMC.
- Science Fair Resource Video
The Bluestem Award: Illinois' Grades 3-5 Readers' Choice Award
The Bluestem Award is a student choice Award with 20 books on the list for grades 3-5. Students need to read at least 4 books to be eligible to vote in February. This award is popular at Spring Brook and the PTA contribute by purchasing some of the books for this program. Dr. Hoyle Ross book talks these titles and suggests these books throughout the school year. Students drop fuzzies in the jar with the cover of the book they finished reading to help stay motivated. Participating students vote in February and the state winner is announced in March.
For a list of this year's titles, visit: http://www.islma.org/Bluestem.htm
The Monarch Award: Illinois' K-3 Readers' Choice Award
The Monarch Award is a state-wide program for grades K-3. The butterfly logo is significant as the Monarch butterfly symbolizes the growth, change, and freedom that becoming a reader brings. The Monarch Award is designed to encourage children to read critically and become familiar with children's books, authors, and illustrators. The list of 20 nominee titles contains at least three of each of the following types of children's books: picture books, easy readers, chapter books, and often includes non-fiction and poetry books as well.
At Spring Brook, grades K-2 have chosen to participate in this program. Dr. Hoyle Ross, LMC Director, booktalks the 20 nominees and teachers read at least 10 of the titles. Participating students have the opportunity to vote for their favorite Monarch title in February. The winning book is announced in March.
For the list of this year's titles and additional information about the Monarch Award, visit:
Spring Brook will hold a book fair during the month of November for the 2017-2018 school year. Book fair profits go towards purchasing additional LMC materials and technology.
Stop by and shop during the book fair in the LMC. We will have a wide selection of books and gifts.For book fair dates and purchase times, contact Dr. Hoyle Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A HUGE thank you to our fabulous LMC Volunteers for their dedication!
First of all, thank you for sharing your time and caring for Spring Brook students. The difference that you make in the lives of our students is phenomenal. You are appreciated! As part of the Spring Brook team, parent volunteers add an important contribution to the educational environment.
If you choose to come volunteer in the Spring Brook LMC, we might ask you to:Shelve booksAssist children in finding booksPrepare displays/bulletin boardsHelp with book fair Prepare books for circulationSpecial projects in LMC
If you would like to learn more about volunteering in the LMC, please contact Dr. Hoyle Ross, LMC Director at email@example.com or call 630-428-6694.
Family Reading Night
Our Family Reading Night is geared toward students in grades K-2 and their families.
Please join us on Oct. 17, 2018 at 6:30-7:30 to celebrate reading!