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Here's What 55 Library Volunteers Accomplished At The Joyce Etulain Library In 2022-2023

  • 36,015 library materials checked out, checked in (many books twice), and shelved.
  • Library shifts 182 days at 6 hours per day = 1092 hours
  • 41 shift volunteers = 26.6 average hours of volunteer time
  • 631 book club awards including 64 Hall of Fame awards and 2 RAM Reader awards. Thank you, testers!
  • Spooky Story Night, Story and Illustration Contest, Pumpkin Contest
  • Book Fair and Family Event (profit $3900)
  • Read-a-thon Event (Donations $24,254.18, Profit $22,000)
  • Dr. Seuss Read Around the School
  • 4th and 5th Grade Battle of the Books
  • Hosted Author J. Scott Savage & book signing
  • Author Jennifer Nielsen (Paid for by FOL)

Thank you Volunteers! You are awesome!

Corporate Sponsors, We Thank You!

If you have a business and would like to donate, let us know, we are looking for corporate sponsorships!

Ms. Huggins, Our Magnificent Librarian

How To Check Out Ebooks

Video Instructions for eBook Checkout

Students may check out:

  • K: 1 book for 7 days
  • 1/2/3: 2 books for 7 days
  • 4/5: 3 books for 14 days.

How to log on: Click on the Library Catalog button above.

  • Student Username and passwords:
  • USERNAME: Student ID number (usually begins with 9800 or 9700.)
  • PASSWORD: Lowercase first name initial, lowercase last name initial, 2 digit birthday (month day year).

Important Links


For access to online resources visit ClassLink from anywhere. Enter your APS school ID and password.

Online Resources

See your librarian for database usernames and passwords.


Free E-Books For Elementary

Our generous vendors have given APS thousands of free multi-use Ebooks in English and Spanish until summer. Multi-use means that several students can have these Ebooks open at the same time, and they are great for the distance classroom!

6 Fantastic Websites for Free Ebooks

Capstone Interactive Ebooks:

  • English and some Spanish
  • Features: Text highlighting and read-aloud
  • Unlimited use, no password required

TumbleBook Library:

  • English, some Spanish, some French
  • Features: animated talking picture books, read-along chapter books, non-fiction books, quizzes, and exciting games and puzzles. Includes ebooks by popular authors like Kate DiCamillo, Doreen Cronin, Robert Munsch, and others.
  • Unlimited use, no password required

Tumble Math:

  • English. A comprehensive collection of math picture books, complete with animation and narration. The books are accompanied by supplementary materials such as lesson plans and quizzes.
  • Note: there is a tab on the page called “How to Use”. The “How to Use” page has information on how to use Tumble Math books in the classroom and at home.
  • Unlimited use, no password required


  • Select school and then use APS logon credentials.
  • English, some Spanish
  • Fiction and non-fiction ebooks
  • Mackin has given us thousands more ebooks until September 2020 and we are in the process of adding them. Some are multi-use unlimited and some are not. We will send out more information on how to find the multi-use ebooks. Mackin has a lot of distance learning resources and tutorials on how to use MackVIA.

Follett Lightbox:

  • Location: Any Location; School: Follett eLearning, McHenry, IL; click "Log in" in the upper right screen; username: guest; password: follett
  • English, some Spanish, a few Arabic ebooks
  • *Works better with Chrome
  • Features: Interactive ebooks, multi-use

Lightbox Instructional videos

Gale Virtual Reference Library:

  • Username: aps, password: cactus
  • English
  • Nonfiction ebooks
  • Note: these ebooks are good for older computers that cannot handle Flash or interactive ebooks.