The GMS library provides two ways for students to access books. A summary is below, but students can access helpful videos by logging into Blackboard and selecting GMS Library under Organizations. Then select Library Content, followed by their grade level.
1. eBooks and audiobooks: Students can add the Sora app to their ClassLink account to access eBooks and audiobooks.
2. Students can use the GMS Library catalog available on this website and also on ClassLink to request a print book be delivered to their English class. (Students who are learning remotely can contact Mrs. Perdue at email@example.com to arrange a pick up time. Please also place your hold in the library catalog as described below.)
Read an eBook or Listen to an Audiobook
- Add the Sora app to ClassLink
- Your Username is your computer username.
- Your password is the password that you created for your computer.
Requesting or Renewing a Print Book
- Select the Library Catalog on the right under Links or from the Follett Destiny Catalog app in ClassLink.
- Select “Log In” in the upper right corner.
- Your username is your computer username (usually this is your first initial, last name, and the last four digits of your student ID)
- Your password is the last five digits of your student ID.
- Locate the book you would like in the catalog and click HOLD.
- To RENEW the books, click the tab at the top that says My Info. Select RENEW to the right of each book.
- Books check out for two week. You may renew your book twice online. (If you need them longer, email Mrs. Perdue)
- If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Perdue at firstname.lastname@example.org (Remote learners can coordinate a pickup time with Mrs. Perdue.)
Research Resource Passwords:
Do you need the username/password for the GMS library's Research Resources (Encyclopedia Britannica, ImageQuest, Gale in Context Middle School, or the Gale Virtual Refence Library)? Go to BlackBoard and open GMS Library under your organizations. Under Library Content, select Passwords. The password only works if you use the links on our Research Resources page or the apps in your ClassLink account.
About the Library Program
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.
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