K-2 Library

Welcome to the K-2 Library Media Center

The mission of McDavid-Jones Elementary School is to produce lifelong learners who demonstrate the desire for educational success. The mission of McDavid-Jones Elementary K-2 Media Center is to support the students, faculty, staff and parents, as they become effective users of the information that is available through the LMC. This can be accomplished with a child-centered staff who provides knowledgeable instruction and up-to-date technology and resources in an open caring environment.

As you may have noticed, McDavid-Jones is blessed with two libraries. It is an ideal situation for everyone because each library is able to provide materials to support the curriculum and specific needs of the students and teachers it serves. In the K-2 Library Media Center we are proud of the collection we have of almost 13,000 resources carefully selected to accommodate our young patrons. It is awesome to see how our Kindergarten through 2nd grade students take ownership in their library. Please come by to get acquainted when you visit the school. We will be happy to show you around.

Here you will find information about the Accelerated Reader Program, AR BookFinder, Home Connect and AVL, but please do not stop with this main page. Click on the links at the top of this page to get to other important, educational and fun information.
Destiny Quest: to search for books in our library.

Val Shirah


Hours of service for students:

  • 8:00 to 2:00 Open Checkout
  • Storytime & class time
    Scheduled for Pre-K through 2nd grade students

Accelerated Reader Program

Students at McDavid-Jones have access to every Accelerated Reader test made by Renaissance Learning. While students must test on all books at school, we strongly encourage students to read books from home or the public library as well. To see if the books your child is reading from home or the public library are AR, go to AR BookFinder with the link shown on the home page of this site or click on this link http://www.arbookfind.com/ If the books your child has read are indeed AR titles, simply make a list of those books and send it to school with your child. Your child can test on those titles as time allows in their classroom or in the library.

Both the K-2 and 3-5 libraries work together to provide an incentive program to the students to encourage them to reach their quarterly AR goals. AR goals are set individually for each student according to their independent reading level. This insures that all students are working on their level and have attainable goals and opportunity for success with the AR program.

The Accelerated Reader program gives you access to your child's AR information with the Home Connect option. With this feature, parents can keep up with their students' AR and STAR reading test scores by using the link for Home Connect also on the home page for this site or by going to this link https://www.renaissance.com/products/practice/home-connect/ and logging in with the student's username and password. All students will use their 10-digit State number as the username. Ask your child's teacher for this and their password.

AVL - Alabama Virtual Library

The Alabama Virtual Library is a free online database for all students, teachers and citizens of the State of Alabama which gives access to essential library and information resources. It contains dictionaries, encyclopedias, magazines and more! This awesome resource is paid for with your tax dollars so you will want to tap into this resource, and remember to thank our State Legislators for providing it. Click on this AVL link http://www.avl.lib.al.us/ to access this valuable resource for help with projects and research.

K-2 Library Links

Homework Alabama

Homework Help
Online help with homework.

Teacher Resources

Copyright Information

Copyright Information

Destiny for K-5 grade students.

Visit our library catalog.  Click here.

Mobile Public Library

Mobile Public Library



Lots of fun activities and facts about the Solar System.

When you go to this website, click on "For Students" at top of the screen--choose "age group" which is located at the left of the screen.  This will give you age-appropriate information and activities.  The site even includes games and homework help.  A fun site, even when you are not studying the Solar System.

Check Your Weight on Other Planets
Ever wondered what you would weigh on Jupiter or Mars?  This site will let you know with a simple conversion calculator.


Starfall Reading
A good online program for beginning or struggling readers.

Classic Fairy Tales
Animation is used to retell Grimm, Andersen, and other classic fairy tales.  This site includes games and print-out coloring pages.


Students can go to this site and access our e-books.  McDavid-Jones K-2 and 3-5 have over 600 titles.


Alabama Virtual Library

Alabama Virtual Library
The Alabama Virtual Library provides all students, teachers, and citizens of the State of Alabama with online access to essential library and information resources. It is primarily a group of online databases that have magazine, journal, and newspaper articles for research. When you go to this site, choose the Age Group Elementary to find resources that are helpful for your elementary students.  Available here are encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs and other resources that are age appropriate.

Student Reference and Digital Resources

Discovery Education

Renaissance Learning--AR

Students can only take quizzes at school.http://hosted240.renlearn.com/79853

AR Book Find

Great source to check out whether or not your personal books are AR.http://www.arbookfind.com/UserType.aspx
Moby Max

World Almanac For Kids
A website filled with all kinds of information, including:  animals, environment, inventions, nations, populations, U.S. presidents, religion, space, sports, states and U.S. history timeline.  

Kids Click
A great web site created by librarians!  This site lists over 5,000 websites for children. Don't miss it! 

Panda Central: Live Panda Cam
Who can resist a baby panda live?      http://sandiegozoo.org/pandas/pandacam/
Big Universe


Visit Arthur and his friends on this website. There are coloring pages and other activities to keep you busy at home.
Jan Brett
This popular children's author provides coloring pages, activities, crafts and much more on her exciting web page for children.

David Adler

Author of the Cam Jansen series--a student favorite. http://www.davidaadler.com

Lynne Reid Banks
Read her latest news, her interview with herself, and see an array of photographs and videos, and you can even listen to her read from  some of her books. http://www.lynnereidbanks.com/

Judy Blume

http://www.judyblume.com/reference/multimedia.php  click her to hear her read some of her audio books. Want to know how Judy came to write her books. It's all here. http://www.judyblume.com/

Betsy Byars

Betsy Byars has written over sixty books for young people.  Her first published in 1962 and since then she has published regularly.  Her books have been translated into nineteen languages and she gets thousands of letters from readers in the United States and from all over the world. http://www.betsybyars.com/

Matt Christopher

Matt Christopher is the writer young readers turn to when they’re looking for fast-paced, action-packed sports novels. He is the best-selling author of more than one hundred sports books for young readers. http://www.mattchristopher.com/

Sharon Creech

Roald Dahl

Some of his best know books are Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, and The BFG. http://www.roalddahl.com/

Kate DiCamillo

Because of Winn-Dixie is one of this author's books. http://www.katedicamillo.com/