The Northside Library has over 11,000 print and non-print titles. The Muncie Star Press and magazines are also available for research and leisure reading. The library is fully automated, using Surpass circulation system and card catalog program.
The school library media program is an important part of the school curriculum. The library provides a setting where students may develop into lifelong learners. Students are encouraged to develop skills to help them become informed citizens.
The main goal of our media program is to prepare our students in finding books for leisure reading as well as to be effective in retrieving information necessary in their lives. This is achieved by providing a variety of resources as well as the instruction necessary for students to locate, retrieve, and use information effectively. Both individual and group instruction is provided.
Through the computer network students have access to word processing programs, Power Point and Coin Jr. Students with a signed parental permission slip on file may have access to the Internet. Students have access to the library and computers during their classes and study hall time.
- Books are checked out for a two-week time period.
- Students may renew books two times.
- There are no overdue fines; however if a book is lost the student must pay to replace the book.
- Encyclopedias and reference books circulate for overnight.
The lifelong habit of reading and learning is encouraged by open access to fiction and nonfiction books, periodicals, and computers. The Accelerated Reader program helps to support this objective. All students participate in Accelerated Reader through their English classes. Students read a book and take a computerized comprehension test. They earn points based on the reading level of the book, the book’s length, and the number of questions answered correctly. Accelerated Reader motivates students to read, thereby raising their comprehension, raising their reading levels, and improving test scores. This program allows students to read books at their independent reading levels, whatever their grade level; therefore, meeting the needs of every child. Students and parents may look at the list of tests available in our library or in each branch of the Muncie Public Library.
INSPIRE, the Indiana Virtual Library, is a service of INCOLSA and is available to all residents of Indiana.
Over 2 dozen databases with:
- Thousands of magazines and journals with full-text.
- Hundreds of newspapers from around the U.S.
- Materials for students in elementary school in Inspire Kids and junior and senior high school in the Student Research Center.
- Other topics and resources include: Academics, Business, Careers, Literature, Health & Medicine, Biographies, Education, Spanish language.