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Thursday, October 20, 2011 New reading tools available on GRRL Library Catalog Great River Regional Library (GRRL) has added a new feature to its catalog of materials, making it easier for readers, parents and teachers to find suitable books for individuals at various reading lev- els. The catalog (at http://pac.griver. org) now displays Lexile audi- ence and item measures, Acceler- ated Reader item reading levels and interest levels, and Scholastic Reading Counts? item reading levels and interest levels for a wide range of titles. Each of these tools helps a reader to knowifthe book is a suit- able choice. Readers can search by level from the catalog's "Search by Number" drop down menus or link to other books at the same level as a reader favorite These enhancements have been added in response to frequent requests from students, parents and teach- ers for reading level guidance. The Reading Tools: A Lexile measure indicates an individual's reading ability or the difficulty of a text. A student gets his or her Lexile reader measure from a reading test or program. A book gets a Lexile text measure when it is analyzed by an auto- mated system. Some of GRRL's board books measure as low as 10 on the scale. "Hatchet," Gary Paulsen's award-winning book for teens scores 1020, and "Robert's Rules of Order" scores 1500. Accelerated Reader (AR) is a com- puterized progress-monitoring tool that provides feedback on students' comprehension of books they have read. AR uses a scale to showthe dif- ficulty of a text. For example, a level of 4.5 means the text could likely be read by a student whose read- ing skills are at the level of a typi- cal fourth grader during the fifth month of school. AR Interest Lev- els are helpful when trying to find a book that matches both somebody's interest level and reading ability: for example, finding a book to interest a ninth-grader whose reading ability is at the sixth grade. "Hatchet" has a AR level of 5:7 and an AR interest level of Middle Grades 4-8. Community reading level information is added to basic catalog entries by a com- mercial vendor. New items must first be scored by Lexile, AR and RC before the entries can be mod- ified. The information is not avail- able for all items, including some most recently purchased by the library. Great River Regional Library (GRRL) provides library services at 32 public libraries in Benton, Mor- risen, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd and Wright Counties. It provides Central Minnesota residents with nearly 1 million books, CDs and DVDs, 250 public computers, programming and information services. Scholastic GffAR9 Reading Counts! (RC) is a read- ing program for Grades K-12 which combines reading " " " '"  I " Kimball Public Library Library Hours Monday 3-6 Wednesday 10-1 3-6 Thursday I0-1 3-8 Saturday 9- t 2 5 Makt Street North, Kimball, MN 55353 320-398-3915 www.griver,org practice and soft- ware-based read- ing assessment. "Hatchet" has an RC level of 6.3 and an RC interest level of 6-8. The library does not have tools for measurement of reading skills and interest lev- els, and does not measure skills and interest levels. The l p for simplified bil!payng ' for your home, Vef and other possessions ble for all covered ons damaged in a single occurrence witti a repulation of hon and fair-dealing to handle it all for you Serving the Wright, Meeker and Stearns Edward Fisher 980 Elm St. E. Annandale MN county area (320) 274.7436 BS. FARM BURU NANCIAL SERVI Insurance . Investments ii iiii / iii iiii ii i iiiiii i i I iiiiiiii Academic Rigor Spiritual Growt00 Offering innovative education for grades 6-12. Learn more at our Information NighL Thursday. October 27th, 7pm  SAINT JOHN'S PREP SAINT JOHN'S PREPARATORY SCHOOL Your World Awai:s Call today to register! 320.363.3321 Box 4000 2280 Watertower Road Collegeville, MN 56321 P: 320.363.3321 F: 320.363.3322 admitprep@csbsju.edu * www.sjprep.net   "'11 ...................................................... Call Todd: HIHHHHNHHH ' IH 58, Waikird, 800-324-8269 Page 15 SERVICE , IIIl[lilll]]lEl.l,mel !II|; ]