Director of Library and Media Services

SCHOOL BEAT — May 3, 2012

May 3, 2012 // 0 Comments

Reading is a Treat by CINDY KITZROW Principal, Cannonsburg Elementary School Director of Library and Media Services Rockford Public Schools March is designated as National Reading Month. Each year the library services staff of Rockford Public Schools offers a fantastic reading program to encourage reading with our PreK through eighth-grade students. This year, for our 15th annual reading celebration, we were pleased to announce our theme was “Reading is a Treat.” During the month, we invite students and parents to become involved in reading thousands of hours or a million pages. The students keep track of the time they read (or parents read to them). As the students read their allotted amount of time, they bring the reading slips to their library staff. The staff then records the hours and promotes the times throughout the building. Each library had a number of exciting events going on throughout the month in all of our buildings. We have several quest readers from the community to share their love of reading with our students. Dr. Michael Shibler, our superintendent, as well as Peter MacGregor, our state representative, read their favorite books to a number of students. Each building principal adds their encouragement for reading with many different reading incentives. For one building the class that read the most had an ice cream sundae party. One of the  principals and cooks dressed up as Fiona and Shrek when the students met their reading goal. The students loved spending the morning with them. Another principal became an ice cream sundae. The students draped him with all their favorite toppings. Each building met and surpassed their building goal. Lakes Elementary set a huge challenge for their students to read one million pages. They read over a million pages—what an AWESOME accomplishment. On March 2, our buildings celebrated the birthday of Dr. Seuss. As part of the national program “Read Across America,” we joined the nation’s biggest reading party ever. We gave parties and read our favorite Seuss books. The movie the “Lorax” came out on Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Thanks to Cannonsburg’s PTC we were able to take the whole school to a special viewing of the movie. It was an exciting event for all of our students. We have much to celebrate […]

School Beat — December 23, 2009

December 23, 2009 // 0 Comments

Rockford Public Schools’ libraries are places of opportunity by CINDY KITZROW Director of Library and Media Services Rockford libraries are the cornerstone of our school community. We are the learning hub and integral to the teaching and learning for Rockford Public Schools (RPS) students. We provide teachers and students with a full range of print and electronic resources to support their learning. The school libraries impact our students’ achievement. As the largest classroom in the building, we are the hub of activity with services to all staff, students and parents. Research shows that a well-developed library collection coupled with a qualified staff has a significant impact on students’ reading scores and technology skills. ALL our students can strive for and achieve success. Our quality collections are in print and online, as we support the curriculum and address a variety of learning needs. “Destiny” is our library catalog. It is accessible to the total school community, on-site or remotely. We are a “library without walls.” Visit for further details. Reading is a foundational skill for learning, personal growth and enjoyment. Our students develop a love for reading and literature through our library programs. All children deserve equitable access to books and information, to technology in an environment that is safe and conducive to learning. We carefully select high-interest materials and encourage lifelong readers and independent learners. The library staff’s “AAA—Access, Anytime, Anywhere” focus helps our students explore the world around them with all types of resources. We have 177,569 books and equipment housed in the libraries. Over 105,838 books were checked out in 2009. We taught over 3,600 research classes to our students. They learn how to use our online research databases. At our RPS libraries, the students learn important lifelong skills that ensure their academic success.