- Welcome to the ASPV Library!
Students, staff, and parents are invited to visit the ASPV libraries to browse the collection, check out materials, do class-related research, study, and use the computers. Your school librarian, Miss Jenny Orr, is responsible for the libraries’ role as a literacy and information hub for supporting student achievement. Our libraries enjoy both an Elementary and High School section.
We provide a variety of books and magazines as well as computers and Wi-Fi service in our libraries. Our total collection includes over 13,000 titles of books and audio visual materials. Our print magazine selection includes over thirty titles. We have an online library catalog, Destiny, as well as the Ebscohost database, both can be accessed from anywhere that has internet connection. Both the High School and Elementary sections are wired for computer stations.
Among the special events that take place throughout the school year are Banned Books Week, Art Exhibits, Special Project presentations, Get Caught up in Reading and others.
To find information regarding our hours, policies, and other information go to our Policy page.
Suggestions and Donations
Our collection of books and magazines is growing. We welcome your suggestions on new books to add or topics you would like to learn more about. Donations of current fiction and nonfiction books are also welcome! Please contact Miss Jenny Orr.
The students have been reading a novel called The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle which is a story about a thirteen year old girl in 1832. She is sailing from England to America and she is having the adventure of a lifetime!
Miss Jenny’s Comments
What do libraries, museums, concert halls, and places of worship have in common?
They are all shared, common spaces where people come together and seek a higher level of knowledge or even consciousness. They also happen to be among the most coveted architectural commissions that exist.
Now, our ASPV libraries may not compete with the New York Public Library, or the Guggenheim, but I am very proud of what we do have.
I am so grateful to our English Teacher, Miss Fenton, who has collaborated with us by bringing exhibits of student work to the upper school libraries.
The student’s work is amazing. They are so creative and colorful.
Please stop by the upper school library and take a look!
Great Books for College Bound Readers
At the link below you will find the College Board’s list of 101 Great Books recommended for college bound readers. We have these titles available as well as titles from Open Response Questions on the AP Literature Exams.
Destiny Online Library Catalog – Click here to visit our Destiny Library catalog.
What is Destiny
Destiny is our new, Web-based, district-wide library browser. Destiny is the library catalog produced by Follett, one of the most respected names in School Libraries. Navigating the Internet is second nature to today’s students. With Destiny Quest, students apply the web-savvy skills they already know and expand the skills they need to thrive as 21st century learners.
Destiny Quest™ is a K-12 student- friendly searching interface designed specifically for the digitally-savvy library searcher.
Destiny Quest at a Glance
Next-generation searching tool • for the K-12 digital native
Highly graphic, engaging web • interface
Top 10 Books and New Arrivals • highlight titles
Search narrowing produces • targeted results
Breadcrumbs enable dynamic • search refinement
Share and post reviews, • promoting safe social networking
“You May Also Like” • suggestions expand options
“My List” saves resources in a • personalized space
Visual shelf browse feature • displays related titles
How will Destiny help my child research?
- Destiny is web-based so it can be used from any Internet connected computer.
- Destiny is image-rich. The book cover is pictured in the search list. Selecting the book displays valuable information, such as the copies available, a description of the book, the books reading and interested level, etc. Clicking on the book cover (Title Peek) allows the reader to explore book pages and read reviews.
- Destiny makes suggestions of other subjects that are related to the book selected. A direct link takes the reader to a new list of options.
- Destiny allows the user to make a booklist of book selections.
- Destiny creates a bibliography from a booklist with a touch of one button.
To access your account , please enter your Destiny user ID and password. Please contact Miss Jenny Orr for this information.
- EBSCOhost is a powerful online reference system accessible via the Internet. It offers a variety of proprietary full text databases and popular databases from leading information providers.
The comprehensive databases range from general reference collections to specially designed, subject-specific databases for public, academic, medical, corporate and school libraries.
To access Ebsco, you must use the authorized user ID and password provided by Miss Jenny.
Then go to this link: Ebsco
For more information about using this database, please contact me.
Why search a database when you can simply “Google” something?
Database The Web
Reliable, safe, authoritative sources Unverified sources
Non-commercial and advertising-free Uncontrolled, promotional, full of ads
Efficient – content chosen for curriculum value Inefficient – lots of distractions and “clutter”
(ads, irrelevant content)
Contains many sources simply not available elsewhere on the Internet. Lacks many sources (e.g. back issues, out-of-print publications, international materials, specialized reports)
URL is constant Links change or disappear
Full citation on each article, document, statistic Citation incomplete or absent
Materials are indexed to assure search results are relevant Search retrieves 100,000 of web sites, many not relevant…lose valuable time
Databases within the EBSCO package:
Newspaper Source provides cover-to-cover full text for more than 40 (U.S.) & international newspapers. The database also contains selective full text for 389 regional (U.S.) newspapers. In addition, full text television & radio news transcripts are also provided.
Health Source – Consumer Edition
This database is the richest collection of consumer health information available to libraries worldwide, providing information on many health topics including the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health. Health Source: Consumer Edition provides access to nearly 80 full text, consumer health magazines.
MAS Ultra – School Edition
Designed specifically for high school libraries, this database contains full text for nearly 500 popular, high school magazines. MAS Ultra – School Edition also provides more than 360 full text reference books, 85,670 biographies, over 107,000 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of over 510,000 photos, maps & flags, color PDFs and expanded full text backfiles (back to 1975) for key magazines.
Advanced Placement Source
Advanced Placement Source is designed to meet the extensive needs of high school students enrolled in various AP courses. It offers a world of knowledge for students who seek to achieve academic excellence. Advanced Placement Source contains more than 5,550 full-text academic journals and magazines and over 502,000 photos, maps and flags
Literary Reference Center
Literary Reference Center (LRC) is a full-text database that combines information from major respected reference works, books, literary journals as well as original content from EBSCO Publishing. Literary Reference Center contains full text for more than 34,500 plot summaries, synopses and work overviews, nearly 100,000 articles/essays of literary criticisms, more than 253,000 author biographies (including more than 22,000 in-depth bios), more than 450 literary journals, more than 693,000 book reviews, more than 77,100 classic and contemporary poems, more than 19,400 classic and contemporary short stories, more than 6,400 author interviews, more than 8,200 classic texts and much more.
TOPICsearch contains full text for over 60,000 articles from 399 diverse sources including international and regional newspapers, EBSCO’s unparalleled collection of periodicals, biographies, public opinion polls, book reviews, pamphlets, and government information.
Middle Search Plus
Middle Search Plus provides full text for more than 140 popular, middle school magazines. All full text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). Full text is also available for thousands of biographies and historical essays. Middle Search Plus also contains 84,774 biographies, 105,786 primary source documents, and a School Image Collection of photos, maps and flags
Primary Search provides full text for more than 70 popular, magazines for elementary school research. All full text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles), and full text information dates as far back as 1990.
Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia
This database provides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas.
GreenFILE offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. The database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 384,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 4,700 records.
Here is a good tutorial on how to use EBSCO.
- The amount of links for research and resources is endless. Thus I have only posted three general links here. For more in depth resources including citation help and specific subject pathfinders, please go to the school Moodle Library Site.
- School Sections