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OSRCL Classroom Libraries

Contact Vanessa Perez with any questions or concerns about OSRCL Classroom Libraries.

General Information

In 2018, Clinton Public Schools won an Oklahoma Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy (OSRCL) grant. One goal of the grant is for every site to create a print-rich environment that is positive for all students through classroom libraries. 

The classroom libraries are intended for student enrichment, to help increase the number of students who will enjoy a lifetime of reading. Titles selected include fiction, nonfiction, high/low*, Spanish/Bilingual, and teacher choice. 

*High/Low books are described by Reading Rockets as titles that “can motivate struggling readers by providing books on topics that their peers are reading, but targeted toward their reading level. High/low books can help build reading fluency, vocabulary, background knowledge and interest in reading. Effective high/low books provide supports for struggling readers, including illustrations to support the text, carefully chosen vocabulary, simple sentences, compelling stories, and characters that interest the reader. The very best high/low books materials provide these supports invisibly, so that young readers don't feel that they are reading ‘books for babies.’" (http://www.readingrockets.org/article/highlow-books-children)

Every child deserves and can benefit from a classroom library.

The ordering window is open until midnight on January 6, 2020.

  1. Go to booksource.com and scroll down, looking at the left side.
  2. Underneath “Log in”, click on “Log in Trouble.”
  3. A new page will open, enter your email address to retrieve your username. Most people used “@cpsreds.org”; if your email used in “@clintonokschools.org”, I emailed you.
  4. You will get an email from Booksource with your username.
  5. Return to the Log in Trouble page to reset your password.

In an effort to make the process easier for everyone, we have gone to using one vendor: Booksource.com. The company also built collections by grade for Spanish/Bilingual and HiLo. Links to your grade level are on the left sidebar. You are not limited to them; they are for your convenience as they already meet the 25% requirements.

You must activate your account before you can login. Booksource sent an activation email. Your username is firstname.lastname@cpsreds.org (unless told otherwise). There are directions in the FAQ if you don’t remember your login information.

After you log in, add the items to your cart. The spreadsheets include books that are in stock. You do not have to use the Custom Built HiLo and Spanish/Bilingual Lists; they are for your convenience as they already meet the 25% requirements.

When you have spent your entire budget, press the orange "Request Quote” button. Fill in any needed information. Put the next day for “Quote Needed By”.

Your order will be processed on its own; it will not wait on other teachers. The order will arrive in your own personal box with your name on it. Each book will be labeled. 

Budgets are also available at the top of every customized set on the sidebar.

PK-5 $68.18 $68.18 $136.36
6-8 $76.22 $76.22 $152.44
9-12 $109.97 $109.97 $219.94

*Washington teachers were emailed if they are 5th grade or 6th grade.

  • Limit of 3 books per title per teacher
  • Must be print (no ebooks or audio unless it comes with a print book
  • Not to supplant curriculum
  • 25% HiLo (custom sets by grade are on the left sidebar)
  • 25% Spanish/Bilingual (custom sets by grade are on the left sidebar)
  • 50% Teacher Choice

If a printed text comes with a digital or eBook, you may order it. Otherwise, no.

High/Low books are described by Reading Rockets as titles that “can motivate struggling readers by providing books on topics that their peers are reading, but targeted toward their reading level. High/low books can help build reading fluency, vocabulary, background knowledge and interest in reading. Effective high/low books provide supports for struggling readers, including illustrations to support the text, carefully chosen vocabulary, simple sentences, compelling stories, and characters that interest the reader. The very best high/low books materials provide these supports invisibly, so that young readers don't feel that they are reading ‘books for babies.’" (http://www.readingrockets.org/article/highlow-books-children)

A selection of High/Low books appropriate for your grade is available in the curated lists on the right sidebar.

Yes. Either email Vanessa Perez with the request OR have the person share their cart with you.

Vanessa Perez will order your books.

After you have submitted your cart to Booksource, they check your order:

  • is within budget
  • 25% Spanish/Bilingual
  • 25% High/Low

If there are any discrepancies, they contact Vanessa Perez. She will adjust your order accordingly. After Perez approves orders, shipping information will be sent to the teacher. Orders will be sent as they are approved, and not all at the beginning of January. The sooner you order, the sooner your books arrive. Your order will be packed in its own box with your name on a bright yellow label. Please check that you received all your books. Booksource is excellent at customer service if there are any discrepancies.

Please feel free to loan books out to your students in a manner that works for you. It may be as simple as a sign-up sheet or the Booksource Classroom Organizer (also available as an app on iOS and Android). The point is for the books to be in student hands and read.
 

Books ordered from Booksource can be imported into your library through the invoice. Teachers will just need to enter the Customer Number and then select their individual order from the list of invoices. Once you have selected the invoice itself in the Classroom Organizer import, you can also scroll down and select/de-select the collections or titles you want to import into that library (with the little checkboxes on the left).

All books in the classroom library should be boxed up, clearly labeled, and left in the classroom. If there is any doubt, please send the box to your principal or Vanessa Perez at CHS. 

Unfortunately, inventories have been adjusted as staff and assignments have changed. Vanessa Perez can provide you with what was ordered from Booksource and what was originally ordered in Year Zero, but the accuracy will vary. The goal is to have a more accurate list at the end of this year.

Books purchased in Year Zero have an OSRCL stamp on the inside cover, or front cover depending on the book art.

Books purchased after Year Zero have a label with “OSRCL Classroom Library” on the back cover.

Each site should have 2 OSRCL stamps: one was given to the librarian and one to the front office.

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