Oct 012015

Goodbye, Searchasaurus! Hello Explora!

Explora Logo
EBSCO is retiring Searchasaurus, Kids Search and Student Research Center, the three EBSCO interfaces used by students in grades K through 8. In place of these, EBSCO has rolled out Explora, a beautiful graphical interface that allows students to browse and search in a variety of ways.

Explora contains the same databases as Searchasaurus, Kids Search and Student Research Center, but they are displayed in a new and improved way, based on research on the information-seeking behavior of children and young adults.

Explora features a large search box at the top of the home screen. Suggested search terms are displayed as students type, even if the terms are spelled incorrectly. At the top of the result list, students will often find a topic overview that provides background information to help them understand their topic and begin their research.

Explora also offers students the convenient tools that used to only be available in EBSCOhost Web. Most results offer text-to-speech so students can listen to the text being read as they read along.  There are also tools to create citations, make notes, and save, email or export the results.

There is a separate version of Explora for grades K-5 and grades 6-8. There is also a high school edition of Explora and one created especially for educators. You can reach all of them by clicking the EBSCO link in the right toolbar of this page.

For a quick overview, try this short tutorial and say hello to Explora!


Feb 062015

February is African American History Month and the Middle School/High School Library is paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who have struggled with adversity and celebrating the contributions of African Americans to U.S. society.

The MS/HS library has a special display of books for you to browse. We have also created a special collection on our new catalog, Alexandria, which you can browse online from any computer with Internet access.
Black History Month Exhibit

Dec 052014

Check out the “top 10 reasons to code!” You will gain an understanding of the different types of work computer programmers do and some of the perks of a career in coding.


If you would be interested in learning to code, tell Mrs. Scaffidi in the library. We are looking for interested students to begin an after-school coding club.

Oct 102014

I am MalalaMalala Yousafzai has been selected as one of two winners of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize for risking her life to fight for children’s rights. Now just 17, Malala was a 15-year-old student in Pakistan when she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman for insisting that girls have the right to an education. Through God’s grace she survived and has continued her fight for the education of girls around the world.

Check out her autobiography, I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban in the TKCS library.

Mar 032014

Breakfast With a BookIt’s been a long winter, but here’s a sure sign that spring is coming soon! Our Scholastic Book Fair is on the way!

TKCS libraries will be hosting a Spring Scholastic Book Fair for all ages during the week of March 10-14 and we wanted you to know about a brand new event we have added!

On Friday morning, March 14, we will be opening the Book Fair at 7:30 a.m. for “Breakfast with a Book.” Parents, you can have a snack and coffee, browse with your children (or without), and buy from our large selection of book titles! The Book Fair will remain open all morning in our elementary library.

In a few short months when you and your children are relaxing on the white sandy beaches of the Jersey shore, you will be happy to have brought along some fun reading material. Come visit our Book Fair. We can’t wait to see you!

(Please visit our Book Fair website for our schedule and more information about the Book Fair.)

Jan 142014

We are pleased to announce that we have added two new databases for our elementary students — Grolier Online’s New Book of Knowledge and Amazing Animals of the World Grolier Online is published by Scholastic Library Publishing.

Amazing Animals of the World
The New Book of Knowledge

The New Book of Knowledge is a general reference and current events database with articles on history, literature, art and music, geography, mathematics, science, sports, and more. It is suitable for elementary-school and middle-school students. Amazing Animals of the World is a science-intensive database focusing on wild animals and their habitats and is most appropriate for elementary-school students.

To access the databases from school, just click the icon of your choice in the right sidebar of this page or on the Elementary page of this website. You may also visit go-elem.grolier.com/ and select the icon for the database of your choice.

You can also access these databases from your home computer, but you will need our school’s Username and Password in order to do so. You can get this information from your teachers or the school librarians.

We would love to have your feedback about these new databases after you have had a chance to use them!

Nov 292013


We are excited to offer our Fall Book Fair via Scholastic Books.  There will be numerous titles from which to choose.  Please note that Scholastic Books is a secular company. While we  have tried to be proactive in pulling any titles that would be inappropriate for a Christian reader, we urge you to talk with your child about choices that meet your personal criteria for children’s reading. To help us meet your family standards as well as possible, if you have any issue with a book your child may select on their “wish list”, be sure to note that on the list or with your child’s teacher.

Check our Book Fair Homepage to find out about the books of interest for your child!


                Monday: Library closed ~ Book Fair set-up
                Tuesday: Elementary preview and wish lists
                Wednesday: Elementary shopping day/ Middle School preview  at lunch time and during last period.                   
                Thursday: Middle School shopping day ~ Middle School students may shop during lunch, study halls (with hall pass) and/or Language Arts periods with teacher. Elementary students may also shop.
                Friday morning after the Grandparent breakfast until 11:20 ~ Grandparent and Grandchild shopping.

      Again, we thank you for supporting our book fair and our library program at King’s!

Mrs. Richmond

All hours are during school hours.
Make personal checks payable to TKCS.
Parents are welcome to visit the Book Fair any time during school on Wednesday and Thursday.
Major credit cards are accepted.
Cash is also accepted.

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