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Welcome to the Gregory Portland Middle School Library

Librarian: Michelle Costilla

Library Assistant: Karen Doty

Library Hours:

7:30-7:50- ID Card Replacement

7:50-3:50- Library Operating Hours

April is National Poetry Month! National Poetry Month was introduced by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996 to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States. As we find ourselves in these unforeseen circumstances surrounding this virus, more and more people are turning to poetry. Poetry and inspiring language can help bring solace and needed strength.

One fun type of poetry is Blackout Poetry. This type of poetry is when a poet takes a marker (usually black marker) to already established text like a newspaper, magazine pages, etc.. and starts removing words until a poem is formed. I encourage you to create your own blackout poetry, that includes inspiring language that is up lifting during this time when we need it most. I would love to see your work! Please take a picture of your blackout poetry and send it to my email mcostilla@g-pisd.org. I will then upload it to our library website for all to see.

Click on the following link to view a PowerPoint presentation that will inform you about Blackout Poetry. There are also many good examples. Enjoy!


If your children are asking questions about the Coronavirus, you can share this informational short Coronavirus BrainPop video. It's free, no subscription required!

While we are out of school to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus we can still read and learn! Click on Distance Learning to find a growing collection of resources. This collection includes learning activities, read alouds, writing mini-lessons, and much more. This list is focused only on links that families can access without subscription. The list will be updated frequently so visit it often to find new links.

Scholastic's Learn at Home website provides free resources to turn unexpected time at home into exciting opportunities for your students to learn, think, and grow.

The following resources are for our younger students, perhaps for younger brothers and sisters.

Facts4Me is offering free online access through 4/4/2020. This is a great online research site for elementary students. Username: read (case sensitive) Password: read (case sensitive)

PebbleGo and Capstone Interactive eBooks are offering free access through June for schools that are closing.


Username: engaged

Password: learning


Username: continue

Password: reading

Useful Links

Destiny Catalog is what we use for our library catalog. A library catalog is a listing of all of the materials available in the library. Click on Destiny Catalog in red to access our online library catalog.

Accelerated Reader Bookfinder makes searching for books with a corresponding Renaissance Accelerated Reader 360 quiz easy! Students, teachers, parents, and librarians can search in English or Spanish using criteria such as ATOS book level or a Lexile measure, interest level, title, author, fiction/nonfiction, subject, award-winners, state lists, CCSS Exemplars, and more.

Scholastic Go! Are you looking for credible, accurate, and reliable content on almost every core-curriculum subject? Scholastic Go offers endless resources for research in a multitude of media. Explore nonfiction texts, newspapers, videos, and more with this easy-to-navigate digital resource designed to strengthen content knowledge, vocabulary, and core proficiency skills. You do not need a username and password while accessing Scholastic Go! at school. If you want to access Scholastic Go! at home contact Ms. Costilla for the username and password.

Thank you all so much for supporting our Book Fair, it was a GREAT SUCCESS!!

Your purchases helped our teachers build their classroom library!! Each ELA teacher was able to spend $25 at our Book Fair to purchase books for their classroom libraries. Your support was GREATLY appreciated!