Welcome to the Rainbow Creek Learning Commons

What is a Learning Commons?

Traditional school libraries are seen as quiet places full of printed books, people reading and librarians ‘shushing’. A Learning Commons takes school libraries into the 21st century. Yes, we still have printed text, and there are still people reading, and there is still a librarian, however the Learning Commons has so much more! There is a hum of activity with students talking, learning, searching for information on a variety of devices, focusing on content creation and synthesizing of information. The Learning Commons becomes the hub and the heart of the school; a place for teachers and teacher-librarians to collaborate to build inquiry learning and critical thinking skills in students; a place for technology integration and experimentation; a place that is ‘owned’ by students and staff alike.

by Kelly Reierson and Lissa Davies

Book Care

One of the concepts we emphasize in the library is respect for property.  You can encourage your child to take care of his or her library books by:

  • Keeping library books in a safe spot in your home - please help designate one
  • Washing his or her hands before reading or handling books
  • Keeping food and drink away from library books
  • Turn pages with care
  • Keep pets away from books
  • Keep books away from younger brothers and sisters who might scribble in, or tear books
  • Carry your library books in your book bag. Keep your books dry.

Lost or Damaged Book Policy

Students are responsible for the books they check out from Rainbow Creek Elementary School.  If a book is lost, or damaged the student will be responsible for paying the full replacement cost of the book.  While we do not charge fines for late books, we do charge if a book is irreparably damaged or lost.  To make a payment, send cash in a sealed enveloped.

Lost books - If a lost book is found after the replacement cost has been paid, the student will be reimbursed the cost of the book after it has been returned to the library if it is in good condition and can be returned to circulation.

Damaged books - A book is considered damaged if it is returned to the library in a condition that requires extensive repair or is unable to be repaired and cannot be returned to circulation.  Examples of damaged books include but are not limited to, water damage, mold, writing on the inside of the book, torn and or missing pages, and/or damaged to the outside of the book. Ms. Fowler, the library technician will determine if the book can be repaired or not.  If not, or if the repair work is extensive, the full replacement cost of the book will be charged to the student.

Overdue notices - Overdue notices and bills for lost books will be sent home periodically with your child.  Please check backpacks and agendas for overdue notices.

Access the Learning Commons Online

Did you know that you can access your library account online? In your account you can view your current checkouts, access your reading history and place holds on new books.

Start by going to the homepage of our school website: https://rcreek.rockyview.ab.ca and clicking the blue and white Koha icon on the very top of the homepage.

Once you've clicked on the icon, you will be redirected to Koha Library. Now, in the top left hand corner you will see My account [log in]. Click here and enter your username and password. Your username will be your first name, middle initial, (if you have one) and last name, all lower case and without spaces. Your password is the same as your powerschool number.

Ex. My account [log in]

username: petetcat

password: 84012345

 

Now that you are logged in you can view your dashboard (your account), search the search bar for specific titles and click the PLACE HOLD option on titles that you are interested in. Remember to log out once you are finished with your account. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Fowler.

E-Library

We now have a collection of ebooks that can be borrowed from the Learning Commons, downloaded and read on your device.

Please click on the E- Library tab above and log in the same way you would for your library account.

Example:

Username: petetcat

Password: 84012345

 

If you have any questions or require help logging in please ask Ms. Fowler

 

 

TumbleBook Library

Username:  rainbowcreek

Password:  books

There are currently no criteria on which to search. Please add them using the 'criteria' tab.

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