Natalie Hoyle Ross, LMC Director & Luciana Rodriguez, LMC Assistant
Dr. Hoyle Ross is delighted to serve as Spring Brook's Library Media Center (LMC) Director since 2009. She is extremely enthusiastic about creating student motivation for reading and 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 Spring Brook students, learning from fellow staff and students, and sharing book recommendations keeps Dr. Hoyle Ross smiling from ear to ear. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, spending time in nature with her husband and daughter, reading children and young adult literature, and ballroom dancing.
Luciana Rodriguez is thrilled to join the Spring Brook staff as LMC assistant. As a former reading teacher, she is looking forward to helping students foster their love for reading. She has a BS from The University of Texas at Austin, and a Masters in School Administration from The University of Houston. Luciana loves to read and enjoys reading to her sons. They have spent many hours at the library since they were a few months old at story time and reading all types of genres. In her free time, Luciana enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons. They love to travel, play mini golf, visit museums and amusement parks. Her hobbies include scrapbooking and sewing. Luciana is looking forward to working with students in finding books that they will enjoy reading and wanting to come back for more!
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 they want. The LMC Director, the LMC Assistant, or LMC volunteers are available to assist them.
Our Library Media Center (LMC) contains over 20,000 physical items.
- Second to fifth graders: Up to three books
- First graders: Up to two at the beginning; up to three soon after
- Kindergarteners: One book at the beginning of school and two later in the year
The Spring Brook LMC is flexibly scheduled. The LMC Director works collaboratively with classroom teachers, staff, 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 reading and learning opportunities.
How it works:
- Enroll your child at the beginning of the school year.
- During the month of your child's birthday, we'll call him/her down to the LMC to choose a new book.
- Your child poses for a photo with that book.
- We print the photo on a bookplate and put it in the inside cover of the book.
- Your child will be the first one to check out their chosen book from the LMC.
Link to Birthday Book Form
ONLINE RESOURCES FOR HOME USE
Spring Brook ResourcesSpring Brook provides students online learning opportunities. World Book Encyclopedia, BrainPop, PebbleGo, and PebbleGo Next are a sample of the extensive resources available 24/7. Please use your child's Google login and password to access "home access" under the Spring Brook Resources tab to the left for usernames and passwords for each resource.
- Culture Grams is a paid subscription by the district for student and teacher use. It 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.
- Facts for Me (M-F 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) 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!
- PebbleGo Spring Brook subscribes to PebbleGo and PebbleGo Next. PebbleGo is geared for kindergarten through second grade, but all grade levels may use it. It has information on animals, Earth and space, biographies and social studies. PebbleGo Next is designed for third, fourth, and fifth graders. Both databases have 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.
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 a password, please make sure the device is logged in as your child's account. Then click "Spring Brook Resources" on the left hand side of this page. Finally and click "home access" at the top of that page.
The Bluestem Award: Illinois' Grades 3-5 Readers' Choice Award
The Bluestem Award is a student choice award four our state. Every year there are 20 books on the list that appeal to middle grades. This year at Spring Brook, fourth and fifth grades are able to participate if they choose. If students want to vote in late February/March, they'll need to read/listen to at least four books to be eligible. This award is super popular at Spring Brook and our generous PTA contributes by purchasing books for this program. Dr. Hoyle Ross booktalks 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 and the overall state winner is announced in late March. Students who are really into the program and would like to participate in the Battle of the Bluestems read at least 8 books and form teams to compete in a Kahoot in the spring in the LMC.
Thank you to the PTA for their generous support!
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: https://www.aisled.org/monarch.htm
A HUGE thank you to our fabulous LMC Volunteers for their dedication! Your time, effort and care makes a difference in the lives of our Spring Brook students. As part of the Spring Brook LMC team, you add an important contribution to the educational environment.
If you choose to 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 630-428-6694.
Family Reading Night
Spring Brook's Family Reading Night is geared toward students and their families.
Due to Covid, we celebrated six online reading events during the 2020-2021 school year with students and staff. We are brainstorming ways to celebrate reading over the 2021-2022 school year. Please continue to share your reading experiences and your favorite books with me!
-Dr. Hoyle Ross