Remote library services are open to Oakridge students for the summer.

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 a photo.
  1. Summer Reading
  2. Books that support an anti-racist mindset
    • A collection of digital and print books at Oakridge Elementary School library.  Use your APS log-in to read and request the digital books.
  3. Access to ebooks, audiobooks, and databases using MackinVIA . Use the app or the website. Watch this video for log-in instructions.    Click on the red ‘Groups‘ icon for:
      • Books for book-clubs. Choose from more than 400 multi-user books, which are perfect for virtual book clubs.
      • Classics? More than 400 ‘classic’ books.  But what makes a book a classic?  Read books from this group and we’ll discuss on Seesaw, email, or during my daily open office hours (details below).
      • Listen and Read. 60 multi-user books that read-aloud as you read-along.
      • Virginia Readers’ Choice 2020. Read the books in this group.  Which deserves the award? Prepare to vote at the end of April. Update: voting has been extended until September 30th.
  1. Screen Shot 2020-05-06 at 4.34.17 PMFinding Reading Joy: a 7-minute video with tips from Ms. Bentall about finding that ‘magical’ book. Use your APS log-in to view.



3. Storytime is back by popular request!  I miss reading and talking with my students about books, and they have let me know that they miss storytime too. Click here or on the Storytime link on the left to watch and listen. Email me for the password:

4. What to Read Next? Click here for links to ebooks, magazines, read-alouds and more.

5. Questions about COVID-19? Screen Shot 2020-03-23 at 9.11.51 AM Read this special issue of Cricket magazine. 

or listen and read along with Ms. Bentall to Coronavirus: a book for children

6. Destiny Discover.  Use this app or website to see which print books you have on your library account.

7. Individualized Help

    • Readers’ Advisory (What to read next?)
    • Research (access to databases and search strategies)
    • 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

@madrosenberg I’m so sorry. This is awful. Sending hugs of comfort your way.
Published July 01, 20 5:02AM