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Children's Literature Comprehensive Database
An amazing database for anyone interested in finding and using children's and young adult literature. Not all titles found here are available in IG12, but it's a good place to start your search.
Springfield-Greene County Library District
Students living on campus and Greene county residents can request an online card. The Park Central branch and the Midtown branch are closest to the Springfield campus. (You can take the shuttle to the square downtown to get to the Park Central branch). If you can't find a book in
IG12 and need it quickly, the public library is a great place to check.
A statewide consortium of mostly college and university libraries. Search the MOBIUS catalog to borrow books from other consortium members and request books for delivery to MSU’s libraries. Most MOBIUS items arrive in 5-7 days. An email will notify you to go to Circulation for pick-up.
Finding the right book for a child is not an easy task. However, there are a number of tools that can help! Try the following:
Many Web sites have age-appropriate lists of books. Try the ones below:
The sites below provide good 'starting points' for finding multicultural books. It is helpful to review sites that give good guidelines for evaluating multicultural titles; many award-winning books do not accurately represent the cultures they are attempting to depict, and some are, quite frankly, what one reviewer calls "toxic".
To learn how to easily find books with ideas on lesson plans and activities (such as the ones above), go to the SEC 302 tab, above.
Often textbooks have excellent lesson plan ideas. Look for the
Teacher's Edition, which often has "wraparound" text giving ideas for
activities, lessons, and assessments. Since textbooks strive to fulfill
national and state standards, the topic areas are usually quite
similar, but the ideas for presenting them can be different and fun to
Tired of spending hours Googling for lesson plans or other information?
We have 4 main areas within IG12; each has its own location code that you will see on the library catalog record:
MSU Meyer Curric Juv denotes an item in our small school library area;
MSU Meyer Curric General denotes an item in our Curriculum Guide area;
MSU Meyer Curric Textbook denotes an item in our Textbook area; and
MSU Meyer Curric Kit denotes an item in our Curriculum Kit area.