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Cranston High School East Library: Home

CHSE Library

Welcome to the Cranston High School East Library

 

CHSE Library 899 Park Ave, Cranston, RI 02910

Heidi Blais, CHSE Library Media Specialist hblais@cpsed.net

Inside Phone Line: *290

Outside Phone Line: (401) 270-8315

CHSE Online Library Catalog

Book Review Blog: http://chsereads.blogspot.com

The CHSE Library supports all members of the CHSE community with instruction, digital informational resources, and books in a wide variety of formats and genres. 

The CHSE Library is featured in the "Overdue: The Value of School Librarians" documentary! 

Click here to watch this movie online.

Library Hours: 

 

   
Mon.  7:30 am - 2:15 pm
Tue. 7:30 am - 2:15 pm
Wed. 7:30 am - 2:15 pm
Thu. 7:30 am - 2:15 pm
Fri. 7:30 am - 2:15 pm

 

CHSE Library Websites: 

Destiny Discover - Search the CHSE library catalog (Log in through Clever to put books on hold)

Click here for the traditional RICAT catalog

SoraSearch the library's eBook collection. (Log in through Clever)

CHSE Reading Blog - Read book reviews written by CHSE students.  Write your own book reviews to earn community service hours. 

Quick Links: (Please use the tabs above for more detailed and project-specific resources.)

AskRI.org

Rhode Island's FREE Online Reference Center

Numerous informational databases, job & career resources, and much more...

Bloom's Literary Reference Online

More than 20,000 critical essays about works of literature

  CDC Covid-19 Website

Current information regarding COVID-19

 CHSE Library on Social Media

 

 @CHSELibrary 

Follow the CHSE Library to stay up to date on new resources and events.

 Clever

 

Login with your CPS Google Account. 

 

Cranston Public Schools

 

The official website of the Cranston Public Schools.

Culturegrams

Up-to-date information on the world's countries

 

Digital Theatre +

Streaming performances of over 900 plays, plus educational resources

 

Flipster Digital Magazines

Browse hundreds of popular and academic magazines

Gale Databases

High quality information in all subject areas.  This is an outstanding resource for research projects.

Kanopy

Stream more than 100,000 independent and documentary films

FREE with your Cranston Public Library Card.

Ocean State Libraries - Need a Library Card? 

Apply online!

(Photo ID and Proof of Residency Required)

Overdrive/Libby

Borrow FREE eBooks and audiobooks with your Ocean State Libraries card.

Teen Book Cloud eBooks

Over 1000 eBooks, graphic novels, classic literature and more.

Click here for the username and password

Tutor.com

Free live homework help in all subjects from 2-10pm every day.  You will be connected with a live tutor.   

Borrowing Library Materials/Circulation Policy

Borrowing Library Items
The loan period is 20 school days (4 weeks). Limit: 3 items per student.  When students have multiple research projects, they can request to borrow additional items.  
 
Renewals
You may come to the library to renew if you need additional time, or renew online in Destiny Discover. Please bring your items to the library when renewing.  You can also email Mrs. Blais and ask her to renew your library items. 
 
You may not borrow if...
You have an overdue book. 
 
Lost Books and Magazines
Students must pay the cost of replacing lost or damaged materials before borrowing additional items.
 
Notices
Check your school email address and/or "My Info" in your library account to check for due dates, overdues, and hold status.  Overdue notices are emailed weekly, and ready hold notices are emailed on the day that the item arrives.  
 
Interlibrary Loan
As a member of the RILINK consortium, the CHSE Library follows the consortium-level Interlibrary loan policy that is posted on the RILINK Website.

Interlibrary Loan Policy

Cranston High School East is a member of the RI Library Information Network for Kids (RILINK) Consortium

RILINK Interlibrary Loan Policy:
(adopted February 3, 2016; revised September 21, 2020)

For the purposes of this policy, interlibrary loan refers to both borrowing (requesting) and lending (supplying) of materials.

RILINK’s mission is to foster innovative learning and creative research in school libraries through partnerships and resource sharing for student success.

In support of this mission, RILINK encourages all of its eligible member libraries to join the LORI Network and actively participate in interlibrary loan and resource sharing.

RILINK member libraries that become LORI member libraries and participate in resource sharing and interlibrary loan must meet the requirements of the LORI Standards and are expected to adhere to the following interlibrary loan policy:

  • All items in a participating library’s collection that are generally available to the library’s local patrons must also be available through interlibrary loan to all LORI member libraries

  • Interlibrary loan requests must be filled (or declined) as quickly as possible

  • Interlibrary loan requests will be filled at the discretion of the school librarian

  • Interlibrary loan requests may be placed by patrons or library staff, depending on the needs of individual member libraries

  • Materials sent to fulfill interlibrary loan requests will be circulated for a minimum of 28 days to allow ample delivery time on either end of the loan period

  • Maximum interlibrary loan checkouts will be determined by individual member libraries

  • There is no charge for interlibrary loan transactions, with the following exceptions:

    • requesting libraries may charge overdue fines to requesting patrons who return interlibrary loan items late

    • requesting libraries may be billed the replacement cost of damaged or lost interlibrary loan items at the discretion of supplying libraries

  • A member library’s own patron hold requests will take precedence over interlibrary loan requests for the same item

  • Interlibrary loan requests may not be declined based solely on a requested item’s format

  • Items that are specifically reserved for in-library or classroom use may be temporarily excluded from interlibrary loan as needed

  • Any other collection items or special collections that are unavailable for interlibrary lending must be specified in the member library’s individual interlibrary loan policy; such restrictions must not violate compliance with the LORI Standards

2016 RI Library of the Year

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Congratulations to the CHSE Library for being named RI Library of the Year!

Read the press release 

Visiting the Library

Visiting the Library:
Students are welcome to visit the library before homeroom, throughout the school day (with a pass from their teacher) or after school.  When visiting the library, students should sign in and leave their passes at the circulation desk.  
During the school day students with passes must:
1. Sign in
2. Leave pass in basket
3. Get pass signed when leaving
4. Sign out
Students should conduct themselves in an appropriate manner, and should be careful not to distract other students who may be working in the library.  

Community Service Opportunities

The CHSE Library provides the following community service opportunities for students:  

  • Students can write a book review for any high school appropriate book that they enjoyed and the book review will be posted on the CHSE Reading Blog at http://chsereads.blogspot.com . Students can write as many book reviews as they like, and will receive one hour of community service per review.  Click here to access the book review submission form. 
  • Throughout the year, the library may provide special after school community service opportunities such as writing letters for teacher appreciation week, creating holiday gift bags for the military, or Valentines for Veterans.  Emails will be sent to notify students of these special community service opportunities. 
  • The library relies on student volunteers for after school help with shelving books, processing new books and keeping the library tidy.  Please speak with Mrs Blais if you would like to be considered as a library volunteer.  

Mission

Mission: 

The Cranston Public School Library Media and Information Technology Program’s mission is to ensure that all students and staff are effective and ethical users of ideas and information. Our program aims to help students achieve academic excellence through innovative and collaborative instruction. Our goal is to create future-ready citizens who understand the importance of digital citizenship, academic integrity, and a love for the written word.

Vision

Vision:

The Cranston Public School Library Media and Information Technology Program seeks to promote a culture where students think, engage, discover, and create using inquiry-based learning. Through a combination of collaborative teaching, an engaging information technology curriculum, and literature-based lessons, students will evolve into responsible, global, 21st century digital citizens.

Service Policy

Service Policy: 

The Cranston High School East Library serves as its primary clientele the CHSE school students, staff, teachers, service providers, family and community, without regard for age, gender, religious or ethnic background, political affiliation, educational ability or economic status. During operating hours, the library is staffed by a professional librarian who holds a master’s degree in library and information science from a graduate school accredited by the American Library Association. The CHSE Library’s resources are chosen for the students, staff and faculty. Resources are chosen to support the Cranston Public School curriculum and to engage and excite students grades 9 – 12. Resources include books, periodicals, DVD’s, digital books and online databases. As a member of the RILINK Consortium, the CHSE Library further extends full access to its materials and services at no charge to the RILINK Consortium schools, libraries and communities. The Library has one facility, a projector, classroom tables, and several desktop computers. The facility is available for use by the school community. The Library has a full-time flexible schedule Monday - Friday. Curriculum integration and collaboration are the lifeblood of the library. The Library also offers online databases, as well as Internet access. The library webpage and LibGuide (http://guides.rilinkschools.org/thunderbolts) provide access to the on-line catalog, selected online databases through CHSE subscriptions and the RILINK Consortium, various curriculum resources and integrations, and numerous links to recommended Internet resources.