What do our school libraries do?
  • Provide a safe, inviting, dynamic literacy environment 
  • Inspire curiosity and learning
  • Engage students with all kinds of literature
  • Connect students to materials they want to read
  • Create lifelong learners
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The basics of how we run:
  • No late fees
  • Students need to return books that are out before they check out new ones
  • Books that are lost or damaged need to be paid for. The library specialist can tell you the replacement cost.
  • Students can take discarded books for free. The barcodes are marked out with a D.
  • We accept donations of books and magazines! If the title you donate is not needed in the library collection, it may be offered to classroom libraries or other libraries in the district.

We are partnered with the Jeffersonville Township Public Library to provide a digital library card to every student that gives them access to all their online resources! Students go to https://jefflibrary.org/, click on Account, and log in with their 6 digit ID number.

Child looking for book
Find a book!

Everyone can search our library collections and see individual school information. Students log in to their school site with their 6-digit number and Chromebook password to access the eBooks and place holds.

Need an idea for what to read? Books that Hook You!

GoodReads.com has an ongoing poll “What book got you hooked?” Click here to view it.

Count on one of these to get any reluctant reader hooked!

  • Harry Potter
  • Little House on the Prairie
  • Charlotte’s Web
  • The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
  • Twilight

Need books you can read online? Click this link to access e-book resources.

Meet your librarian!
Sara Johnson

My name is Sara Johnson and I am the Library Media Specialist here at Charlestown High School.  I have been teaching in the Charlestown community since 2008 and I love being a media specialist because I get to bring adventure from the world and beyond to the readers of Charlestown.  My current favorite authors to share include:  Natasha Preston, Neal Shusterman, and Jeff Zentner.

Tammy Watson

I am a media specialist, I teach computer science, and I manage the Chromebooks.  Reading is my favorite pastime, and my favorite book is Copper Sun by Sharon Draper. Being a Charlestown Pirate, my favorite quote is “There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” – Walt Disney 

Tami Gibson

Because I struggled as a reader as a kid, my greatest desire is to instill a love of reading and ability to read in the kids. I have always wished I were an avid reader. I love to read to them so that hopefully they’ll love to read.

I really enjoy seeing kids learn to read and seeing the expressions on their faces–how proud they are when they get it. I like to see kids come out of their shell when they talk about a good book. I love to give the older kids the opportunity to teach the younger kids and give back. I love to give kids the push they need and I like to make sure no kids get left out. They all need to be recognized and heard.

Janie Ison

I have been the librarian at Northaven for 6 years. I love seeing the kids’ faces when they are able to find that just right book to read. My only hope is that I help them learn that everyone can find a book that they will enjoy. 

Books can take us around the world without ever leaving our rooms.

Michele McGloshen

I’ve been at Parkwood for 6 years. I’ve been married 41 years, mother of 2, and grandma of 3. I’m here because of the kids, to put a book in their hands. Reading is knowledge. If you can’t read, you can’t go anywhere! 

Maria Tosh

I am the media clerk at Parkview Middle School. My main job is keeping students provided with working chromebooks. I am originally from Northeast Pennsylvania and have lived in Indiana for 5 ½ years. I have a grown daughter and a grown son. My daughter lives in NYC and my son lives in Pennsylvania. I have a dog named Teddy, he is a yorkipoo and I am getting married in July, 2022.  I love to read, my favorite genre is historical fiction and my favorite authors are Jodi Picoult and Wally.

I find great joy in engaging with students and encouraging the next generation to be lifelong learners and readers as the Media Specialist at Pleasant Ridge Elementary School in Charlestown. I spent 11 years as a homeschool mom to three and three years as a GCCS substitute before joining the PRES staff. I am an avid reader drawn to British writers such as Jane Austen and Elizabeth Gaskell as well as historical fiction. In addition to reading, I enjoy time with family, yoga, walking, genealogy and language learning.

Susan Harrington

My name is Susan Harrington and I am the Library Media Specialist at Riverside Elementary School. I also teach computer science and manage the Chromebooks. I was hired on at Riverside in October 2012. One of my favorite books from when I was in Elementary school is A Dog Called Kitty by Bill Wallace. Another favorite from elementary school is The Lottery Rose by Irene Hunt. Favorite books I enjoy reading to the Riverside students are Dragon Masters Series, Eerie Elementary Series, Sammy Keyes Series, Fly Guy, Biscuit, and many more.

I have been at Utica for 4 years and this is my first year as the Media Clerk. I feel so lucky that both my boys are here, and they have such wonderful teachers and support staff surrounding them. 

Mysteries are my favorite genre. I enjoy promoting nonfiction or fiction mystery books like The Loch-Ness Monster, Nate the Great, Scooby Doo, or 39 Clues to the kids. However, my goal is to help the kids find any genre of book that sparks their interests, answers their questions, teaches them, or inspires them to try something new.

I’m thrilled to be in the library again. I love to read to children and watch their faces light up. I was a media specialist many years ago and I’m so proud to be in that position again. I have the opportunity to help raise leaders. Today a reader; tomorrow a leader.

I was hired by Greater Clark in 1997 to be the library teacher at Parkwood and Utica Elementary Schools. I was the library media specialist at my assigned schools through 2021. I loved connecting students with books and lighting that fire to read in them. My best times were when I was reading aloud and we were all experiencing the stories together. Now I’m the Elementary Library and Technology Coordinator, traveling around to all ten elementary schools, working with the specialists. I enjoy giving them the tools and skills and resources to be the best library teachers their students have ever had. It is a joy to see them connecting with their students and lighting that love of reading in them.

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