• H. L. Horn Library Book Search (Destiny) 

    This video explains how to access the newest books added to your child’s school library catalog. If you have any concerns regarding a title, please email your school librarian with the title, author, and any restrictions you would like placed for your child.

    Roanoke Valley Public Libraries Search | Audio/E-Books: young kids/older kids

    How long will it take to read this book? A helpful guide to figure out how many hours it will take a child to read various popular book titles.


    1. Britannica Elementary: quick-reference kid-friendly encyclopedia arranged by popular topics
    2. Britannica Middle: encyclopedia, research tools, dictionary, featured biographies, compare countries
    3. Britannica ImageQuest: millions of images for educational use.


    Gale In Context

    1. Gale In Context : easy access to full-text magazines, newspapers and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more.

    Research tips for students | How to evaluate websites

    Show your sources from your research!  Use this elementary guide to cite your references.

    The Vision of the Roanoke County Public School Library program is to empower students to learn technology and 21st-century skills incorporating collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, and citizenship.

    The Mission of the Roanoke County Public School Library program is to provide quality learning experiences designed to equip students with the skills to adapt and thrive in a changing global environment. The libraries extend and enhance the classroom experience: a place where students, teachers, and librarians can explore, learn, create, and collaborate. Librarians foster a love of reading and learning in addition to modeling and utilizing current technologies to assist students in becoming proficient and responsible users of information.

    Roanoke County Book Selection Policy
    The Roanoke County Public Schools library program has a book selection policy for our schools that supports the curriculum, incorporates current educational trends, and considers the needs, interests, and diversity of our students.

    When selecting books for purchase, school librarians consider professional reviews and recommended reading ages. Nonfiction books are selected based on accuracy, scope, reliability, format, points of interest, and potential use. Materials on opposing sides of controversial issues are purchased so that students may develop critical thinking skills. Fiction books are selected based on the needs of the collection, popularity, quality, curriculum-connections, and professional book reviews. Recommendations from students and staff members are encouraged and honored when possible. Donated books must meet the same criteria as newly purchased books.