Policies & Procedures
During distance learning, Ms. Simmons has office hours of 9:00am to 1pm. Email or Facebook message for answers to questions. I am here to help with technology, online reading, and homework help. Just let Byrd know what we can do for you.
The Byrd Elementary Media Center is open Monday through Friday from 7:00am - 3:00pm.
Kindergarteners are allowed one book per week. First grade to 5th grade are allowed two books per week. Students visit the library for 50 minutes classes once or twice a week for an instructional session, followed by check-out. Students are allowed to come to the media center with teacher permission whenever they need new books.
Books are due back in one week, but can renewed for additional weeks. The media center has 10 computers with internet access & Office programs for research and classroom related activities. I welcome and enjoy collaborating with classes so please contact me.
To search our library online click Follett Destiny Discover
For a complete list of Byrd resources, click Parent/Student Resources
For more information on our Byrd Media Center, https://byrdelementary.weebly.com/
Feel free to email anytime! Jeannie Simmons
Links for online books
Amazon is providing audiobooks for students for free. Some of your favorites for all ages are available.
This website is run by educators and writers who want to bring the joy of reading to every home. They have published almost 200 digital books in the free library and have narrations available in multiple languages.
Many of your students teachers are already using Epic in their classrooms! It's a fun way to encourage reading and stay in touch with your classroom teacher.
"The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more. Reading aloud to children has been shown to improve reading, writing and communication skills, logical thinking and concentration, and general academic aptitude, as well as inspire a lifelong love of reading." (Sourced from web)
This is truly a comprehensive online library for children to read online, watch, or listen to books. It's the closest thing to my media center that I could find.
The nonprofit Internet Archive created an online library that houses more than one million books, with access to over 22,000 free online books for kids – classic and newer titles – for free.
It continually updates its collection of links to children’s books online.