Baldwin County Public Schools
J. Larry Newton School Fairhope, AL



Newton School's Accelerated Reader Widget
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Review of how to locate a library book
How to locate a library book

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Renaissance Home Connect
Renaissance Home Connect

Renaissance Home Connect allows parents and students to log in to a web site and view the student’s reading practice and progress towards goals. Access to online results promotes discussion between parents and students, which should help to motivate students and can make reading practice even more effective.

In addition, parents can specify up to six email addresses to receive automatic updates in English or Spanish on their student’s reading progress. (Please note that students can only take AR tests at school. Renaissance Home Connect provides students and parents access to reading progress.)

AR Book Finder
AR Book Finder

AR Book Finder is an awesome tool for parents and students. Now, anyone can search for AR books online for free! That means parents, guardians, and students can conduct book searches by author, readability level, point value, and topic. Then, they can place the titles in their online AR Book Bag, print it, and take it to their bookstore or library.

Reading Websites
Book Adventure
Book Adventure is a FREE reading motivation program for children in grades K-8.

The Starfall learn-to-read website is offered free as a public service. Primarily designed for first grade, is also useful for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and second grade.

Alabama Virtual Library

World Book Online

Merriam-Webster Dictionary Online


Bookin 4 Books

A Library Fundraiser for ALL Public School Libraries in Fairhope

Many people in our community are not  aware that all public school libraries have had their budgets slashed over the past three years.  During the 2008-2009 school year when Governor Riley declared proration, our school library budgets were cut in half. Last year and this school year our libraries received no funding from the State of Alabama nor from our local board of education.  We anticipate no money for the 2011-2012 school year. 

This elimination of funding has resulted in each library trying to raise funds locally to purchase much needed items. We are struggling to purchase new books for our many readers.

Last year the Kiwanis of Fairhope and the Eastern Shore enthusiastically supported our libraries by sponsoring the first annual Bookin 4 Books 5K Plot Trot and 1-Mile Pun Run.  This fun family event was held April 24, 2010, and was a huge success! It grossed $18,900.00 for our six Fairhope school libraries!

We appreciate the Kiwanis' recognition of the libraries as a necessary and vital part of every school curriculum, as having a direct impact on student achievement, and as important to the children of our community.  The Kiwanis of Fairhope and the Eastern Shore is planning our second annual Bookin 4 Books 5K Plot Trot and 1-Mile Pun Run on Saturday, April 9, 2011. Please support this fundraiser by participating in the race, becoming a sponsor, or by making a donation.  Since the library media centers are the heart of our schools, every student in Fairhope public schools can be positively impacted by your support.

Hope to see you on April the 9th!