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Calle Mayor Digital Library

One of the goals this year for Calle Mayor is to start a Digital Library, this will allow students an opportunity to download reading books that they may be using in class or just have an interest in reading. These books will not have late fees and are free to use. We have been researching this over the last few months and are working hard to bring you something that is easy to use and will also be built on a platform that will last.  

Update, APRIL 2018: We have looked at a few different platforms and have decided on the "Over Drive App", this is a free APP that is being used by over 11,000 Public Libraries(if students would like to access libraries and Schools. One plus to this choice is that it integrates with our Library Book Management System, Alexandria. During this implementation period, we have also recruited a few other Torrance Middle Schools to join us, this allows us to expand our library of online books for our students to enjoy. This is a three phase implementation:

  • Phase 1: Purchase Alexandria Library Software and have it installed. Set-up OVERDRIVE to interface with Alexandria Software.

  • Phase 2: Identify and Purchase Online Library of books for students to use.

  • Phase 3: Train students on the system. 

  • Is to use the current OVER DRIVE APP and point students to the Public County Library to check out books at those websites. This would require all student that would like to use the Digital Library to have a Los Angeles County Public Library Card.

  • Option 2: Is to purchase/lease a digital copy and offer it to students via our website and our School Library would be the only card that they would need.

We will keep you posted as we determine which was we are going to go. This is just an option for students, hard copy books will still be available, we are just looking for a way to prevent student loss of books and/or damage to books and think that this may be something that will enable students to access reading books on smart phones or other devices that they have in their possesion most of the time.    

Pilot Option 1: OVER DRIVE APP: Click here to set up an account and download the APP on your device: Available for iPhone, iPad, Android, Chromebook, Windows Phone, Windows 8, Kindle Fire HD, and NOOK® HD/HD+. You will need to set up an account at a County Public Library, a link to the County Library can be found here