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The Library Lowdown

Posted Date: 6/03/24 (6:00 PM)

The Library Lowdown

STEAM in the Library!

Holt teacher librarian Robbie Cortez broke out the Ozobots for students to explore during their visits to the library in May. Ozobots are little robots designed to introduce coding. Students use color combinations to move the Ozobot on a path from one location to another. Students can explore and challenge themselves in infinite ways as they experiment with Ozobots. Classes were engaged and enjoyed exploring and learning screen-free coding with these cool robots!



Celebrate Rainbow Month with great books in Sora and in Destiny Discover (library catalog). Check out more resources via the American Library Association or the Library of Congress. To log in, select Eugene School District and log in with your 4J username and password. This video demonstrates how to log in.

Caribbean Heritage Month

Immigrant Heritage Month

Ebooks and Audiobooks Available All Summer!

Watch the video below to learn how to access ebooks and audiobooks all year round in Sora.
Click to play: Sora How-to and Tour

Summer Reading at Eugene Public Library

Starting June 1Eugene Public Library's Summer Reading program (link will be live on June 1st) helps students keep their skills up while school's out and offers a full calendar of free fun.

Each kid and teen gets to choose a free gift book to keep from an enormous selection with something for everyone.

Plus: play book bingo. Bilingual cards will be distributed in 4J elementary and middle school classrooms this month. And all ages can pick up a card at the library.

All summer, join in fun and learning at free events including hands-on activities, games, performances and more.

For more info, check the library's calendar at, see @euglibrary on Instagram and Facebook, call 541-682-5450, or drop by in person.

OBOB 2025 Titles
Need any ideas for summer reading? Check out OBOB's 2025 titles and start reading today! Some titles are available in Sora now and others are available at Eugene Public Library.
Read for Information and More!

National Geographic Kids (NGK) (elem. thru MS), PebbleGo (K-2), and Britannica (K-12)

  • NGK is a Gale database geared towards elementary and middle school students, and it has all issues of the National Geographic Kids magazine and over 700 ebooks about science and cultures, including some fiction options. This tip sheet and brief video tutorial can help folks get started. 4J students can access NGK and other Gale databases on the elementary and secondary Find Information pages of OSLIS. Just enter the name of your school district (2nd column).

  • PebbleGo is a fantastic, engaging, informative database geared towards K-2 students. Students can find information on almost anything they are interested in, and the read-aloud feature (read by real humans) makes content accessible to non-readers, too.

  • Britannica is another database that provides articles for all ages on a plethora of different topics. Username: brit; password: eugene

Reading Lists and Recommendations

  • Summer reading lists for children and young teens from the Association for Library Service to Children; four age groups: birth-pre-K, K-2, 3-5, 6-8

  • Book Finder from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA); database of over 4,000+ books from YALSA’s book awards and book lists for teens from 12 to 18 years old

Gale Books and Authors – To find your next great read, use this database’s advanced search function to limit books by audience – children and young adult. To login, in the "I know my GALE login" enter password: eugene/username: oslis

Password: oslis


Password: oslis

Special Holiday Calendar

Explore June holidays and celebrations in the choice board below. It includes links to PebbleGo and Britannica so students can learn more about each celebration.

OASL 2024 Fall Conference: Oct. 5th

Join us for the Oregon Association of School Libraries 2024 Fall Conference in Portland, Oregon, on October 5th. Our theme is #BetterTogether!

  • We are thrilled to welcome a fantastic panel of talent to this year’s conference. Author Phil Bildner will be our keynote speaker and join author Dashka Slater and cartoonist Breena Bard for a breakfast panel and session presentations.
  • Additionally, we have a full schedule of sessions that address the breadth of our work in school libraries, revolving around learning, best practice, program implementation, innovation in technology, and staff development.
  • You can check out all offerings via our OASL 2024 Fall Conference Website.
  • Reach out to Amy Page if you have questions! All are welcome to attend, teacher librarians, library staff, teachers, and administrators! Come and learn with us!

Book Creator: June Activity Journal

This journal is filled with activities and can be edited to make it your own. Get creative while learning about all the special days in June.

Have a Fantastic Summer! Happy Reading!

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Amy Page, Eugene 4J District Teacher Librarian
Amy is available to teach, support, and collaborate with K12 teachers and librarians in reading advocacy and engagement, digital citizenship, information and media literacy, technology integration, and professional development. Book a lesson or time to collaborate via email or phone.

Location: 200 North Monroe Street, Eugene, OR, USA
Phone: 541-790-7765
Twitter: @AmyPageTL