Ms. Bentall is offering remote library services to Oakridge students and families during the coronavirus school closure.

A student and her cat reading Dog Man
A student and her cat read ‘Dog Man’ by Dav Pilkey. What are you reading? Ask your family’s permission to send me a photo.
  1. Access to ebooks, audiobooks, and databases using MackinVIA . Use the app or the website. It’s a library-without-walls. Click on the red ‘Groups‘ icon for:
    1. Books for book-clubs. Choose from more than 400 multi-user books, which are perfect for virtual book clubs.
    2. Classics? More than 400 ‘classic’ books.  But what makes a book a classic?  Read books from this group and we’ll discuss on Seesaw or email.
    3. Listen and Read. 60 multi-user books that read-aloud as you read-along.
    4. Virginia Readers’ Choice 2020. Read the books in this group.  Which deserves the award? Prepare to vote at the end of April.
  2. What to Read Next? Click here for links to ebooks, magazines, read-alouds and more.
  3. Questions about coronavirus? Screen Shot 2020-03-23 at 9.11.51 AM Read this special issue of Cricket magazine. 
  4. Destiny Discover.  Use this app or website to see which print books you have on your library account.  Ms. Scott and I checked out more than 1,000 books on Friday, March 13th.  Let me know what you liked so that I can recommend more (or what you disliked so that I know what to avoid).
  5. Individualized help
    1. Research (access to databases and search strategies)
    2. Readers’ advisory (wondering what to read next?). I miss my students and would love to hear from you.  Email me at


Oakridge Library has more than 26,000 resources (mostly books!). It is the beating heart of our school where students learn the skills to evaluate information for accuracy, validity, social and cultural context, and appropriateness for need.  During storytimes, they contribute to discussions in which multiple viewpoints are expressed.  Their curiosity flourishes by reading widely and deeply, and they develop the intrinsic motivation that can lead to a lifelong love of reading.

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Use the Destiny Discover Catalog or MackinVia to search for  books, audiobooks and online databases.


statue of liberty

For book character day 2019 we made costumes out of recyclables.




Tel: 703 228 8820

Hours: Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.



Ms. Bentall

Another good picture book is the Cyclops of Central Park by @madrosenberg and Victoria Tentler-Krylov. Support a local independent bookseller’s online delivery or curbside pick-up during this time if you can.
Published March 30, 20 10:17AM

Ms. Bentall

One of my favorite groups here is ‘Listen and Read’, which has more than 60 books that read-out-loud while students read-along.
Published March 20, 20 12:47PM