Students and Teachers
What is a Virtual Library Card?
In order to ensure that the 30,000 K-12 students in the CMPL service area have access to resources critical for success in school, the library is partnering with local school districts to ensure every student has a library card. Students with a traditional library card are already set to go. Those who do not have cards will be given access by using the student’s school ID number. Cards issued this way will provide access to electronic resources, including books, magazines and music in electronic format, research databases, free homework help sessions with a qualified online tutor, and internet access in the library.
The Library Board has worked hard to make policies “educator friendly” so that use of library resources will be integrated into classroom instruction whenever possible. This means that teachers are given access to the same resources as students, regardless of residency. Every student in a classroom located in the library’s service area has access to the same resources. Our goal is for every student to become a lifelong, educated consumer of quality information for success in school and in life.
This collaboration between CMPL, local school districts and elected officials was because of an invitation from the White House in early 2015 to participate in the ConnectED Library Challenge. CMPL was one of as just one of 30 libraries nationally to be asked to participate in the ConnectED program when it began. The library board, elected officials and school superintendents had to agree to:
• Support student learning and school success through programming and other activities that develop students’ language, reading and critical thinking abilities
• Provide digital resources such as eBooks and online collections to learners
• Provide broadband access through public computers and WiFi
• Give access by providing every student with a library card
As CMPL serves just parts of some school districts it is collaborating with neighboring public libraries so that entire school districts can begin the program in a unified manner. Students in the following school districts may use their student number as their library barcode and access digital services and databases:
- Chippewa Valley
- L’Anse Creuse
- New Haven
Do you have a student number, but are having trouble logging in? Your password will be the last four digits of the phone number you have on file with the school. If you are still having trouble, please call us at (586) 226-5020.
Resources for Teachers
CMPL is dedicated to being a part of the community it serves. We are pleased to offer outreach services to the Chippewa Valley Public Schools, Clintondale Community Schools, L’Anse Creuse Public Schools, Fraser Public Schools, Utica Community Schools, as well as the many preschool/day cares and parochial schools located in the Clinton Township and Macomb Township service areas. For more information about any of the services offered below, please email our team.
- DATABASE TRAINING
Let the library come to you and your students directly in the classroom. We can walk you and the students through particular databases that are relevant to your current assignment.
- LIBRARY TOURS
Bring the students to the library and we can customize a tour tailored to your classroom needs/assignments. Tours can include in-house database training, library scavenger hunts, story times, book talks, free exploration time and much more!
- READING CHALLENGE VISITS
CMPL offers a variety of reading challenges for students in Kindergarten-4th grade. We are happy to visit your classroom to explain the programs and get students excited about reading. Take a look at the reading challenges we offer.
- REFERENCE VISITS
We are happy to visit with your parents during conferences, check-ins, kindergarten round-ups, and curriculum nights to highlight homework help tools to parents and teachers.
Teachers in the Clinton-Macomb Service area can receive a CMPL library card. Bring your driver’s license and school ID or pay stub to any location to sign up and receive your teacher card. With the teacher card you will have access to the following online services through CMPL:
- Electronic Reference Databases
- Gale Courses: offers free 6-week online classes and includes courses on teaching and education to help you keep your skills up
- Pronunciator foreign language learning program
- eMagazines (over 90 popular titles)
- Five free music downloads per week (over 7 million commercially produced songs)
- Use of the library’s public computers featuring Office applications and Internet access
TOP-NOTCH TEACHER E-NEWSLETTER
Subscribe to the Top-Notch Teacher e-Newsletter to receive bi-monthly updates on library updates you can use in your classroom. Each issue will focus on different services the library offers, how to use them, and what benefit they have to your classroom and students. Also included are upcoming events at the library and dates for outreach efforts.
All students in the CMPL service area have access to online resources through the Virtual Library Card. Students simply log in using their student ID number and last four digits of the phone number on file with the school. This service is available from noon until midnight daily. Watch the video below to see how Tutor.com can help you and your students.