Highland Gardens Library

Cheryl Clark, Library Media Specialist



The mission of Highland Gardens Library Media Center is to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information. This mission is accomplished: by providing intellectual and physical access to materials in all formats; by providing instruction to foster competence and stimulate interest in reading, viewing, and using information and ideas; by working with other educators to design learning strategies to meet the needs of individual students. Information Power: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs (1988), p.1


Guidelines for Checkouts:

Kindergarten: 1 book

First Grade: 2 books

Second and Third Grade: 3 books

Fourth Grade-Sixth Grade: 4 books 

 All books are checked out for 5 days and must be returned or renewed within the time frame. If the books are not returned or renewed, the book becomes overdue and the student will not be able to checkout any books until it is returned or paid for.


Overdue, Lost, or Damaged Books: 

Students are responsible for lost or damaged books checked out of the library. When a book is overdue, students and their teachers are given a notification letter. The letter lists the title and price of the overdue book. 


Important Links

 Visit our OPAC (Online Catalog) for specific book titles at


ABCya is a teacher-created website which provides fun and educational games and apps for kids to use under the guidance of their parents and teachers.


Alabama Virtual Library

The Alabama Virtual Library provides all students, teachers, and citizens of the State of Alabama with online access to essential library and information resources. It is primarily a group of online databases that have magazine, journal, and newspaper articles for research. Through the AVL, an equitable core of information sources is available to every student and citizen in Alabama, raising the level of excellence in schools and communities across the state.


Accelerated Reader Home Connect

Accelerated Reader Home Connect is an Internet site where parents can access their child's AR progress. 

Students are not allowed to test at home, only at school.

To get to Home Connect, go to:


Compass Learning 
Compass Learning Odyssey provides digital curriculum for K-12 students that can be used as primary or supplemental instruction. Odyssey uses a diagnostic to offer prescriptive instruction through a personalized learning path that can be both monitored and manually altered by the teacher.


This computer program concentrates on phonemic awareness, phonetics, vocabulary and fluency in reading. Students use this program at school and are familiar with its content.


ABC Teach 
Educators in all grade levels can find useful resources. Use it to locate everything from Flash cards to worksheets that help with spelling.


Apples 4 The Teacher 
This web site gives an array of coloring pages and activities for everything from holidays to history.


Education Helper 
Build a crossword puzzle or find worksheets. A section also features activities in Spanish, French, German, and Italian.


Education World
This website covers all facets of teaching and education-including lesson planning, professional development and school related issues-with this online resource. Also use it to find creative new ways to teach students.


Education Reference 
This is an informational tool for researching issues and subject areas that may be unfamiliar to you, such as counseling and special education. It also provides teacher-submitted lesson plans.


ESL Learners 
Teachers with young ESL learners will find these resources especially valuable. It's learning tools include flashcards, phonics cards, and ESL/EFL games.



An educational portal with free resources for teachers and their classrooms as well as students and parents.


Public Broadcasting System 
Enhance your curriculum by using the online and offline lessons provided here. The PBS site's activities featuring familiar television characters give students an extra incentive.


Room Recess

Room Recess contains reading games and activities that expose children to a variety of skills and reading strategies that will help to create better overall comprehension. To help make reading more engaging, there are options that allow for teachers and parents to focus on specific educational standards.


Contact Person: Cheryl Clark (334) 269-3685







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