Library/Learning Center

Welcome to the Library/Learning Center at Churchill School

Churchill Library

Churchill Library is home to over 11,000 books and a variety of kid friendly magazines available for check-out. Located in the “heart” of the building, directly across from the office, this colorful and welcoming space is visited by all Churchill students weekly during scheduled half-hour class sessions. The goal of our library is to foster a love of reading, while helping students to grow in responsibility toward caring for their books and returning them on time.

Churchill Library is proud to be a participating school in the selection of The Monarch Award: Illinois’ K-3 Children’s Choice Award presented annually to the author and/or illustrator of the book voted by students as their favorite. The Monarch Award is sponsored by the Illinois School Library Media Association. For the last several years, Churchill students have helped to predict the winner of this statewide award. Churchill students have had the opportunity to read and reflect upon the merits of all the Monarch Award nominated books. The top vote getters in our school have been consistent with the statewide winners.

Library Guidelines

  • Students may have 2 books or a book/magazine checked out at one time.
  • Fines on overdue books are a penny per school day, per book.
  • Fines do not accrue on weekends or school holidays.
  • Overdue notices are sent to the classroom teacher regularly.
  • Full replacement cost is charged if books are lost or damaged.
Churchill Intermediate Learning Center

Located in the core area of Wing 2, the Learning Center at Churchill School functions as an extension of the classroom, providing learning opportunities for students in grades 3 and 4 to practice, review, and extend core curriculum skills.

Student learning center goals utilize a variety of materials to differentiate instruction and meet individual learning styles. Six computers in the ILC afford students the opportunity to practice and reinforce specific skills through the use of a wide-range of educational software. Additionally, math, language arts, and writing interactives and manipulatives help students to learn while having fun. The use of listening, critical thinking and strategic problem solving activities also serve to strengthen intermediate grade skills.

The Library/Learning Center at Churchill also sponsors a weekly mobile “book store” called the “Bookmobile”. The Bookmobile is open for business most Fridays in the front hallway of Churchill School. Students may purchase quality children’s literature at bargain prices. A rotating crew of dedicated parent volunteers oversee our Bookmobile.

Project S.O.A.R. / Accelerated Reader

What is Accelerated Reader?

Accelerated Reader is a computer program that provides quizzes to many books students read, both independently and in school groups. It tests their comprehension on what they have read.

How Does it Work?

It helps students to read for details and better understand what they have read. Students are able to earn points for quizzes they take. It also provides students with immediate feedback on their reading skills. Students completely read a book and then take an AR Quiz on the book they have finished. The number of questions asked depends on the length of the book, usually ranging from 5-20 questions.

Each book has two levels assigned, book level and point value. The point value is based solely upon the length of the book. The points equal the amount of time spent reading. The longer the book – the greater the point value. The book level value relates to the difficulty of the book. These values are assigned based on the words used and comprehension skills necessary.

How Do Students Benefit?

Since students are reading books at their own level, they are working on skills they need as individuals. Students are able to select books that interest them. We have Accelerated Reader quizzes on hundreds of books. The Homewood, Glenwood, Flossmoor, and Country Club Hills Libraries have current complete listings of all of our AR Quizzes. Please ask at the Youth Desk.

Accelerated Reader at Churchill School

Churchill School has a reading incentive program, sponsored through the Library and Learning Center called Project S.O.A.R. The S.O.A.R. stands for Super, Outstanding. Accelerated, Readers. Students confer with teachers to set individual, personal, and attainable points goals to reach each quarter. Their successful achievement is celebrated with quarterly whole school recognition, incentives, and certificates.

The Library at Churchill School sports a big blue Project S.O.A.R. kite. Each time our students earn another 100 reading points, we tie another streamer onto our kite’s tail. Come visit us at Churchill and see the tail of our kite grow as we HAVE FUN READING!

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