Helpful Links

Symbaloo is a visual bookmarking tool that allows you to easily navigate the web and compile your favorite sites all into one visual interface.

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HelpNow is a FREE online tutoring service through the Twin Cities metro public libraries.

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Library Resources

Users may be asked to provide their local county library card to access select resources or reserve books.

Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM)

Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM)

ELM gives Minnesota residents online access to magazine, journal, newspaper, and encyclopedia articles, eBooks, and other information resources. 

Their vast array of topics include arts and humanities, current events, health, science, social science, politics, business, and more.

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The Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA)

The Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA)

MELSA is an alliance of over 100 public libraries in the seven-county Twin Cities metro, working together to bring the best library services and programs to you.

The eight library systems in MELSA's region include Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, St. Paul, Scott, and Washington county libraries.

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Reference and Research Resources

Kids InfoBits (Elementary)

Kids InfoBits (Elementary)

Kids InfoBits is the perfect educational product for today's young learners. It's a content-rich, authoritative, easy-to-use resource featuring age-appropriate content covering a broad range of educational topics. It features a modern, graphical interface, great new content from trusted sources, more intuitive navigation, improved resources, and much more.

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Research in Context (Middle School)

Research in Context (Middle School)

Created specifically for middle-schoolers, Research in Context combines the best of Gale's reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and much more. Students will find outstanding support to complete assignments in core subjects including literature, science, social studies, and history.

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InfoTrac Student Edition (High School)

InfoTrac Student Edition (High School)

InfoTrac Student Edition provides high school students with access to magazines, newspapers, books, and other reference content. The database offers audience-appropriate information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports, and more.

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Student Resources in Context

Student Resources in Context

Student Resources in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on a wide-array of subjects. It merges reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.

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General Science Collection

General Science Collection

A collection of over 200 journals, providing researchers with the information needed to stay current on the latest scientific developments -- including such topics as particle physics, advanced mathematics, and nanotechnology.

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Google Scholar

Google Scholar

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Google Scholar helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research.

AND when you're logged into your pactcharter.org account, you can automatically track your citations! (click here for an overview)

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Encyclopedia Britannica

Encyclopedia Britannica

 

Britannica has gone way beyond traditional “reference.” In today’s networked world the scholarly and intellectual work Britannica serves learning in many new ways. As just one example, they now create high-quality instructional products for K-12 classrooms—products like Pathways: Science, which helps teachers correct common misconceptions about science among middle-school students.

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Media/Technology Integration Specialist

Marcia Aas
763-712-4200  |  m.aas@pactcharter.org 

Library Media Center

PACT's Library Media Center provides a dynamic learning environment for students and offers a place to promote literacy in both print and digital formats. In this collaborate space, students learn cultural awareness, curiosity, imagination, and character while processing information and solving problems.

Built in 2019, the Library Media Center is an exciting addition to the PACT landscape.

Library Media Center Resources

Symbaloo Logo
Google Logo
Gale Research in Context Logo
Gale General Science Logo
Electronic Library for Minnesota Logo
Wikipedia Logo
Gale InfoTrac Student Logo
Britannica Logo
Gale Kids InfoBits Logo
Gale Info Track Logo

Local Libraries

Anoka Country Library Logo
Hennepin Country Library Logo
East Central Regional Library Logo
Ramsey Country Library Logo
Great River Regional Library Logo

You build a thousand castles, a thousand sanctuaries, you are nothing; you build a library, you are everything!

~ Mehmet Murat ildan

 

In Fall 2019, PACT finished building a brand new Library Media Center. It took LOTS of volunteer help to get it ready for students.

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“Because that’s what Hermione does,” said Ron, shrugging. “When in doubt, go to the library.” 

~ J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

 

As a dynamic program that supports PACT’s mission to develop students of character and academic excellence, the PACT Library Media Center promotes literacy in print and digital formats.

Librarians are committed to promoting lifelong learning in order to create a community of well-informed individuals. Librarians are catalysts to enlightenment for their communities.

~ Louise Capizzo, Youth Services Manager, Scarborough Public Library

 

Our library media specialist is committed to assisting students, teachers, staff, and families with information literacy skills as they access, process, evaluate, and communicate information.

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In keeping with the school’s mission, our PACT Library Media program demonstrates a community atmosphere of mutual respect that promotes cooperation and collaboration. Group instruction and guidance is provided in kindergarten through grade 6. Individuals and small groups of from any grade level are encouraged to come in for assistance as needed.

It is through a variety of collaborative opportunities that learners are challenged to go above and beyond the norm as they explore the many facets of processing information and solving problems. Students practice information literacy, inquiry, and research skills through meaningful study experiences that help them continue on their journey of lifelong learning.

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Literacy

Through the PACT library’s evolving collection, students learn to appreciate literature that provides entertainment and knowledge.

 

Literacy is a fundamental skill that unlocks learning and provides individuals with the means to pursue knowledge and enjoyment independently. Literacy skills need to grow and mature over the course of every person’s life, giving each individual the reading, writing and thinking skills needed for success in academic, workforce and personal situations.

~ American Institutes for Research. (n.d.). Reading and literacy. Retrieved from air.org/topic/reading-and-literacy.

Used with permission.

Cultural Awareness

In the library media center, PACT students explore the world as they learn to view cultures from diverse viewpoints.

 

"The library card is a passport to wonders and miracles, glimpses into other lives, religions, experiences, the hopes and dreams and strivings of ALL human beings, and it is this passport that opens our eyes and hearts to the world beyond our front doors, that is one of our best hopes against tyranny, xenophobia, hopelessness, despair, anarchy, and ignorance."

~ Libba Bray, Author

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Curiosity and Imagination

PACT students let their imaginations run wild and follow their curiosities as they read and think and learn on the pathway of lifelong learning.

 

"Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve, and contribute to improving our quality of life. Libraries change lives for the better."

~Sidney Sheldon, American writer and producer

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Character

Also essential to PACT’s philosophy, the Library Media Center provides a safe and respectful learning environment that models and promotes positive character development through intentionally teaching qualities such as respect, citizenship, gratitude, compassion, integrity, cooperation, self-control, responsibility, and perseverance.

 

The library is an arena of possibility, opening both a window into the soul and a door onto the world.

~ Rita Dove, American poet

 

What is the value of libraries? Through lifelong learning, libraries can and do change lives, a point that cannot be overstated.

~ Michael E. Gorman, Professor of Engineering and Society, University of Virginia

Knowledge

"At the dawn of the 21st century, where knowledge is literally power, where it unlocks the gates of opportunity and success, we all have responsibilities as parents, as librarians, as educators, as politicians, and as citizens to instill in our children a love of reading so that we can give them a chance to fulfill their dreams."

~ Barack Obama, Former President of the United States

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School Libraries an Education

"ALA believes that every school should have an effective school library program. While reading and books are mainstays of the school library program, today’s effective school library programs are also sophisticated learning environments that provide the education and skill building to succeed in college and the workplace.”

The American Library Association

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Library Media Specialist / Technology Integration Specialist

Marcia Aas
763-712-4200  |  Email

Connect With Us

PACT Charter School
7250 East Ramsey Parkway
Ramsey, MN 55303

 

Phone: 763-712-4200
Absence line: 763-712-4200, ext. 2
Fax: 763-712-4201

 

MAP & DIRECTIONS

Office Hours

School Year
7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
Teachers leave @ 3:30 p.m.

 

Non-School Fridays
7:30 a.m. - Noon

 

School Breaks
Monday | Wednesday: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Tuesday | Thursday: 8 a.m. - noon
Closed Holidays and Fridays

 

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