Reading

**Library book delivery under the hybrid/cohort model**

*Click HERE for details of our Library Drive-Through (curbside) service for fully off campus students

*Click HERE for details of our Classroom Delivery service for on campus cohorts

Below are some screencast tutorials to help you with the ordering processes under the hybrid model:

Finding PS Library Catalog.mp4

This link will show you how to access the library catalog, and maybe even place a hold!

Note: the Search Catalog link referred to in this tutorial is now located on the Home Page

Logging into Catalog - for students.mp4

This link will show you how to log into our catalog using your username and password

Searching for and holding books.mp4

This screencast will show you how to search the catalog and put books on hold - this will help with 'ordering' books for our contactless classroom/curbside book delivery under the hybrid-model

Understanding the organization of the collection

Use this chart to map the "Call Numbers" to the types of book. Call Numbers have three parts, for example: FRE PIC TAC.

This chart refers to the first two parts:

Where can I find good books in our three languages, other than the library shelves?

Our eBooks collection is a great place to start, and here are some more resources to try:

English:

French:

Spanish:

Spanish and French at local public libraries

The public libraries below have children’s books available for borrowing in French and Spanish, even to residents in the DC area living outside their borders. Their online catalogs do not represent their language collections well so we recommend going into the branches detailed below to browse. Ask a children's librarian to help you select more from their catalog and the books can be brought to you at your branch of choice.

If you are looking for French then we recommend 1) Montgomery County Public Libraries' Bethesda branch (7400 Arlington Rd., Bethesda, MD) and Rockville branch (2100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD) and 2) DC Public Library's Georgetown branch (3260 R St, NW) and Cleveland Park branch (3310 Connecticut Ave, NW).

If you are looking for Spanish then we recommend 1) Montgomery County Public Libraries' Bethesda branch (7400 Arlington Rd, Bethesda, MD) and Rockville branch (2100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD) and 2) DC Public Library's Mt. Pleasant branch (3160 16th St, NW) and 3) Arlington Public Library's Central library (1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington, VA).

Local bookstore partners

Browse the carefully selected titles from our book fair vendors' online stores and place an order for at-home delivery.

BOOKWORM CENTRAL for English and Spanish

  • Enter Org Code at top of page: "wisp" and our Library will earn 15%

  • Shipping is free for orders over $20.

BONJOUR BOOKS for French

  • Shipping is free.

Encouraging reading

DC Public Library's summer reading program is a fun way to keep reading and earn prizes. Here is a flyer to learn about the GEORGETOWN BRANCH'S program.

READING ROCKETS is a national multimedia literacy initiative offering information and resources on how kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help.

Book reviews

Book reviews are a wonderful way to share recommendations within a community. WIS students can write book reviews in the library and often in their classrooms. We can also share them via our online catalog. If you'd like to read book reviews written by students outside of WIS and perhaps even write your own, visit Scholastic's "Share What You're Reading."