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Get to Know Your BVLS Library Media Center

Our school library mission is to help every student develop a love of reading, to become a skilled user of ideas and information and to explore the world through print and electronic media.

“Get to Know”—BVLS Library News

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Book Fair Schedule

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Library Contests

Summer Reading--Under Construction

 “Get Reading”—Book lists for all readers

(John) Newbery Medal
The Newbery Medal honors the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

(Randolph) Caldecott Medal
The Caldecott Medal honors the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

(Andrew) Carnegie Medal
The Carnegie Medal honors the producer of the most outstanding video production for children released during the preceding year.

(Theodor Seuss) Geisel Medal
The Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal honors the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished contribution to the body of American children’s literature known as beginning reader books published in the United States during the preceding year.

(Robert F.) Sibert Informational Book Medal
The Sibert Medal honors the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published during the preceding year.

(Laura Ingalls) Wilder Award
The Wilder Medal honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.

Coretta Scott King Book Awards
The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.

Printz Award
The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.

Alex Award
The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year's publishing.

Best Books for Young Adults
The Best Books for Young Adults is a list of significant adult and young adult books.  A list of top ten titles from the full list is available. It is a general list of fiction and nonfiction titles selected for their proven or potential appeal to the personal reading tastes of the young adult.

Children's Choices Selected by the Children's Book Council. The list includes brief reviews of approximately 100 titles, each of which has been recommended by children themselves.

Young Adults' Choices provides descriptions of approximately 30 books selected by teenage reviewers.

Book Adventure Search by title, author last name, or ISBN, or select your current grade, reading level, and subjects that interest you

BookHive: Your Guide to Children's Literature A readers advisory tool for infants through sixth graders that can be searched by topic or reading level; includes materials for parents and other adults.

“Get Current”—Current Events &World News

DOGO News  DOGO News has fun articles for kids on current events, science, sports, and more!

Tweentribune  Tween Tribune is a daily news site for kids, tweens and teens and includes materials prepared by the Smithsonian about current events, history, art, culture and science.

Student News Daily  Current event articles for teachers and students.

CNN Student News  Daily news program designed to bring current events into middle and high school classrooms.

“Get Interested”—Author and Illustrator Bio's

Authors & Illustrators on the Web  A list of websites arranged alphabetically about children’s authors and illustrators.

Author Biographies and Bibliographies A comprehensive list of author biographies online. Read the author's biography, and view a list of books he or she has written.

Author and Illustrator Almanac List of children's authors and illustrators for each day of the month.

“Get Cited”—Resources for citing sources

EasyBib:  Generate citations in MLA, APA & Chicago formats for your bibliography and makes a works cited page automatically.

Citation Machine Automatically generates citations in MLA, APA, Chicago, and Turabian

Bibme  Generate citations and very easy to use. 


“Get the Facts”—InfOhio Resources

In addition to the books and materials in the library, your student will also learn how to use INFOhio, Ohio’s virtual library. INFOhio is a collection of commercial databases and other resources that can be accessed free by Ohio teachers, students and their parents via the Internet. You can use INFOhio (www.infohio.org) from your home computer 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

INFOhio can help your child achieve in school by providing:

• Online encyclopedias and dictionaries in English and Spanish
• Homework help
• Test taking strategies
• Full-text magazine and newspaper articles
• Reliable and up-to-date resources for research on many subjects
• Large collections of maps, pictures, and charts

To use INFOhio at home you’ll need to enter a username and password. 

(Please contact your school librarian for login information.)

Encourage your child to look for information and answers on INFOhio at www.infohio.org from home or  click the links below:

Get Everything

Grades PreK-5

Grades 6-8

Grades 9-12

“Get Informed”—Reference Resources

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Fact Monster.com

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Merriam-Webster Online

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New York Public Library “On-Lion” for Kids








Genre Information


A GENRE is just a fancy name for books that share a certain s

tyle, form or content. There are two main types of reading material: fiction and non-fiction. Under those two

 main types there are small

er sub-categories, called “genres”. Here is a list of most of the genres and descriptions:


Fiction - Fictional stories may be based on actual events or people, or th

ey may be based entirely on the author’s imagination. An easy way to remember fiction is that it

 is fake (F for Fake).


    Adventure - These are stories about facing odds against survival in a variety of times and places. Danger is everywhere and the character’s courage is challenged.


    Fantasy - These are stories that contain elements that are NOT realistic, such as talking animals, magical powers, etc.  Make-believe is what this genre is all about.


    Historical Fiction - These stories take place in a particular time period in the past.  Often the basic setting is real, but the characters are fictional.


    Horror - May contain elements of the supernatural good vs. evil, with the promise that evil may have an opportunity to win.


    Mystery - These are made up stories about a mysterious event which is not explained or a crime that is not solved until the end of the story to keep the reader in suspense.


    Realistic Fiction - The characters are involved in events that could really happen. 


    Science Fiction - Futuristic technology—a blend of scientific fact and fictional elements.


Non-fiction - All of the information in a non-fiction book is true and based on facts.  It is not fake (NF for Not Fake).  Non-fiction books can be about any subject.


   Folk Tales, Tall Tales and Fairy Tales - These stories have been handed down from generation to generation by word of mouth. The authors of folk tale books today are retelling these stories.  Folk tales may be based on real historical people, but there are fictional elements to the story.  In tall tales, the main character is bigger than life.  Fairy tales often time begin with "Once upon a time".


    Myths and Legends- These are stories that usually explain something about the world and involve gods and other supernatural beings.

    Poetry - is verse written to create a response of thought and feeling from the reader. Poetry is usually found in the non-fiction section of the library under the Dewey Decimal Classification 811.