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Liberty - Media Center

Amy Vosler
Media Center Specialist
Debbie Slager
Media Center Associate

The Library Media Center serves as the information hub of the school. Its purpose is to provide opportunities for students to become critical seekers of information, users of media in all formats, and independent, lifelong learners.The Library Media Program has three components:
* Literature Appreciation
* Library Skills
* Resource Based Learning


The Liberty School Library would be happy to accept the donation of a book to honor your child ... perhaps to celebrate a birthday or other special event in your child's life. We have books here in the Media Center from which your child may choose or you may visit your local boookstore. A book plate will be placed inside each donated book with your child's name. In addition, your child will be the first person to check-out the book. Please feel free to call the Media Center at 708/364-3848 for title suggestions.


Accelerated Reader (AR) Program
Find out if your book is AR by going to:

Click HERE to access the Renaissance Home Connect to view your child's progress in A.R.! The user name and password will be the same as the one your child uses in school. 

The Accelerated Reader is a curriculum-based assessment tool that provides a summary and analysis of results to enable teachers to monitor both the quantity and quality of reading practice engaged in by their students. Students administer comprehension tests voluntarily themselves, and the system is intended specifically to have strong formative effects on subsequent learning.
After reading, the student goes to the computer and takes a multiple-choice comprehension test on the book's content. Tests may have 5, 10, or 20 items, depending on the length and difficulty of the book. The computer scores the test, awards the student points based on the results, and keeps a complete record. For a book valued at 10 AR points, such as Anna Sewell's Black Beauty, a student would receive 10 points for a score of 100 percent, 9 points for 90 percent, and so on. However, the student must score at least 60 percent on the test to earn any points at all.
As students test on more books, the AR system enables close monitoring of general levels of reading performance. The software provides the teacher with an automatically updated analysis of scores for individuals or whole classes; details include average percentage of correctly answered questions, difficulty of books read, points earned, and other diagnostic information. Computer-generated ""at-risk reports"" enable the teacher to guide each student's reading practice for maximum effectiveness.
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Monarch Book Award                                                                       
The Monarch Award is an Illinois' K-3 Children's Choice Award that is presented annually to the author and/or illustrator of the book voted as their favorite by students in Kindergarten through Grade Three in participating Illinois schools or public libraries. The Monarch is sponsored by the Illinois School Library Media Association. All Liberty students in Grade Three may participate in this program by reading at least 5 of this year's titles. Visit to find out about the 2011 nominees.  Voting will take place in the Media Center at the end of February.
Rebecca Caudill Award
The Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award is an annual award given to the author of the book voted most outstanding by students in grades four through eight in participating Illinois schools. All Liberty students in Grades Four and Five may participate in this program by reading at least 3 of this year's titles.  Visit to find out information about the 2011 nominees. Voting will take place in the Media Center at the end of February.

Bluestem Award                                                            
The Bluestem Award is designed for students in grades 3-5 who are ready for longer titles than found on the Monarch list, but not quite ready for the sophistication of some of the Rebecca Caudill titles. All Liberty students in Grades Three, Four, and Five may participate in this program by reading at least 4 of this year's titles. Visit to find out more informaton about the 2011 nominees. Voting will take place in the Media Center at the end of March