Runkle School is starting the school district’s first e-library to lend books to students, teachers, and parents anytime, anyplace, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Runkle’s librarian Teresa Gallo-Toth just received a $1,000 grant from the Brookline Education Foundation’s new Idea Lab initiative, which is designed to award grants to educators to try new, innovative ideas.

Beginning in early March, the library will begin to offer e-books that can be checked out electronically from the school’s Destiny online catalogue. These e-books can be downloaded onto iPads, Kindles, Nooks, or other reading devices; they will have a due date—just like print books—and will automatically disappear from the reading device on the date due, unless renewed

“I felt the time was right to apply for this grant, now that we’re in the new building. Every classroom has a SmartBoard so teachers will be able to use electronic books on their boards, and highlight passages using the e-books and SmartBoards,” said Ms. Gallo-Toth. “We will have non-fiction and fiction books that appeal to grades kindergarten through 8th grade and beyond. There will be a print version and electronic versions of the same books. I envision that Runkle Reads, for example, would give students the option to read either a paper copy or an electronic version.”

The entire award from the Brookline Education Foundation will go towards buying books rather than setting up the management system (which has already been funded by the district). “This will also allow us to have books that have been published much more recently than we are currently able to buy, and to better support the curriculum needs of teachers in all grades. If a grade is studying mammals, for example, we can buy the e-book and students and teachers can all have access in their classroom and from home. I couldn’t be more excited about this opportunity and have already started working with fifth graders on how to use the online catalogue!” said Ms. Gallo-Toth.

To see part of Ms. Gallo-Toth’s presentation to the Idea Lab click on this link: http://vimeo.com/57538169 (http://vimeo NULL.com/57538169). To learn more about other Idea Lab Grants, or to support this and other Brookline Education Foundation programs, go to www.brooklinefoundation.org (http://www NULL.brooklinefoundation NULL.org).

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