Welcome to the Gayle Middle School Library!
Our library is committed to providing our Gayle Community with the resources they need throughout the school year to inspire and educate. See our Video Playlist all about GMS Library resources this year!
Our digital library Sora, is ready for you now!
Learn how to use Sora here!
Library Books at Gayle
Our physical library is available through Destiny.
Browse our catalog!
SOMETHING NEW! WHAT SHOULD I READ NEXT? WHAT SHOULD I JOIN?
Lots of Booktalks, just for you! BEST BETS BOOKTALKS!
Learn more! See the Video Playlist of GMS Booktalks!
And our new 10-4-All Reading Program!
And our new Battle of the Books Reading Program!
WHAT SHOULD I DO NEXT?
Be a part of our ongoing library programs in reading, technology, craft, STEM, author visits and more! Complete this survey to sign up. Sign up for our latest competition:
Last school year we have... had programs in paper craft, toy making and 3D printing; had an author visit to Kenneth Oppel, Alan Gratz and Neal Shusterman; participated in contests like the Cover Redo, Wimpy Kid and Rick Riordan cover design; joined reading groups for 10-4-All, Battle of the Books and Books-n-Breakfast.
Sign up to see what's next!
Update: We miss you in our library, but there are lots of resources available from home. Take a look at some of these essential online resources below!
Our Mission is to provide a welcoming environment that encourages students to become successful readers and effective users of information. We are the best place at Gayle for students to explore their interests and discover something amazing. When school returns to in person instruction, students may use the library anytime they wish, in addition to their regularly scheduled class, if they have a pass from a teacher and sign in. Students may check out up to three books for a period of two weeks, books may be renewed for another two weeks. No fines are charged for overdue books, but lost books must be paid for or replaced. We offer a number of reading programs, book fairs, author visits, maker programs and much more throughout the year. See you at the library!
Visit our Library pages for more information:
Cafe Book, - A reading program for 7th and 8th graders at GMS, run in partnership with CRRL, building a community of readers
Ten 4 Sixth, - A reading program just for 6th graders at GMS, based on promoting the Virginia Readers Choice novels
Battle of the Books, - A reading competition both in school and district wide, for all GMS Panthers
Makerspace, - Highlighting our ongoing, award winning, hands on, techology-based based programming featuring computer science, art, music and more!
Resources, - A great pick stop for staff and our GMS community, featuring access to many of the physical and digital resources available at GMS
Nathan Sekinger, NCBT Librarian - firstname.lastname@example.org
Denise Wallace Library Assistant - email@example.com
Library daily hours are from 8:20 AM - 3:20 PM
Take a look at some of these essential online resources below!
About Gayle's Library Catalog: Destiny
You can now access Gayle's library catalog, Destiny, online. Click on the link to the right, or visit this website:
Online Catalog: Sora
Students can access an online collection of Ebooks and Eaudio books through Sora. Sora is available to students when they log into their Google account on any computer. Sora can be found in the Google "Waffle" Apps and will instantly invite students to check out and start reading or listening. Sora has hundreds of great titles and can also added to mobile devices through the App. Download the app and find "Stafford Schools". Link your student account and start reading.
Want to learn how: Watch this videoWant to make Sora even more useful for you? Connect it to your CRRL public library account. Open your app and "Add a public library". Then, just add your CRRL library card number and pin and you're ready to go. Browse CRRL's great selection and GMS' choices. Note: your pin number is typically that last four numbers of the phone number on file through CRRL. Need help setting it up? Even though CRRL is closed, you can still email them!Want to learn how: Watch this videoWant more ebooks and eaudio? CRRL has them!
Valuable Resources to Learn from Home
Maker and Coding Resources
Looking for a challenge? Explore hands on learning, STEM activities and computer science resources with these links below!
https://code.org/ Is a great resource for students from elementary to high school to learn more about computer science.
https://arcade.makecode.com/ Make Code is a free coding resource from Microsoft, code for the Micro:bit and design classic video games to play and share.
https://www.tinkercad.com/ The tool we use at GMS to teach students how to design and make in 3D. It's free and web-based. Students can design in 3D and share their creations. Use your school Google account for an easy login.
https://www.exploratorium.edu/explore This museum in California turns learning into play through inventive approaches to all thing STEAM!
https://makercamp.com/ Family Maker Camp! The Make Community is a great resource for projects, ideas and lots more.