Welcome to the Library

  • The library is the heart of the school.  The JKES Library provides learning resources and recreational reading materials for students and staff.  The library is a welcoming and safe environment for students to explore and personalize their academic growth and individual interests.  In addition to print books, the library offers digital resources, such as e-books and online databases, including PebbleGo and World Book Online.  Students attend library class as part of the Specials rotation.

    Please login to the library catalog using Destiny Discover to place a hold.  You may now login using your Gmail account.

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What Are We Learning in Library?

  • In library class, students will work on:

    • finding a just-right book
    • selecting books to read for enjoyment
    • using online databases, such as PebbleGo and World Book Online
    • author studies
    • appreciating children's literature
    • learning songs and poems
    • library skills
    • exploring the online library catalog
    • how to place a hold
    • how to create a collection

Reading Tips for Parents

    • Read aloud to your child.
    • Let your child read aloud to you.
    • Talk about what has been read.
    • Visit your public library and help your child get a library card.
    • Have a special place in your home for library books

    More Reading Tips for Parents

Our Librarian

  • Athena Michael

    Dr. Athena Michael
    Librarian, EdD, MLIS

    Dr. Michael returns to her first love "Librarianship" after spending nearly twenty-five years committed to the library profession working for industry leaders such as John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Ingram Industries, EBSCO Industries, and Simon & Schuster and actively working to promote global literacy through Committee Leadership positions within the American Library Association, American Association of Publishers, and international organizations focused on building libraries in developing countries. Dr. Michael earned an EdD from Shenandoah University in 2011 focusing her studies on collaborative librarianship—The Combined School-Public Library Model and Community Literacy.

    In 1988, Dr. Michael began her early career in librarianship as the second children's librarian at the Handley Library. Dr. Michael graduated with honors from Randolph-Macon Woman's College and received a MLIS from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Michael has a professional certificate in Book Publishing from the University of Virginia's Publishing & Communications Institute.