Public libraries are well-positioned to work with school libraries in providing seamless and systematic integration of resources and services to promote Common Core principles and upgrade the quality of education in the community. Through its collection of online resources and apps found at its web site, the ZB Library supports K-12 students in Beach Park, Winthrop Harbor and Zion in meeting Common Core standards.
The Common Core language arts/literacy principles emphasize reading informational, or non-fiction text. The fourth-grade standard is 50 percent non-fiction reading, which increases to 70 percent by 12th grade. Through its non-fiction collection development (selecting and acquiring books and other media), the ZB Library already has expertise in the realm of children’s and young adult non-fiction literature.
Students, parents and teachers can use the Novelist K-8 Plus and Novelist Plus online resources at the ZB Library’s web site to create lists of non-fiction books that meet a student’s reading level and interests, while also meeting Common Core standards.
- Items that earned awards from a number of organizations, including Newberry, Caldecott, Lincoln, Printz, Sibert, YALSA Excellence in Non-Fiction and Orbis Pictus.
- Items in non-fiction categories like STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and STEAM (A for art) that offer an interdisciplinary approach and hands-on non-fiction content.
The library’s non-fiction adult and youth collections offers connections to a wider world. Common Core emphasizes reading non-fiction because it involves comparing, integrating, synthesizing, and evaluating books and information.
With its relatively large collections compared to school libraries, the ZB Library offers a seamless extension of education opportunity to K-12 students after school hours and during the summer and school breaks.