BACS Library

Greetings from the BACS Children’s Library!  We welcome students and their families to utilize the nearly 35,000 print books housed within our cozy library.  We also invite you to explore the many eBooks and audiobooks we offer through MackinVia, a digital library platform.  Please use the links provided to access both our in-print library catalog and our digital collection on MackinVia.


Access to Library Books

Student accounts will be up and running soon.  Meanwhile, feel free to search our catalog as a guest.  You will not be able to reserve books at this time, but you can contact the librarians through email to make requests.


Library’s Digital Book Collection

Instant access to the library’s collection of eBooks and audiobooks on the digital platform MackinVia

Download the MackinVia App use these links:
K-4 students:
5-8 students: (uses email to login)

Contact Information

Kelly Austin
215-947-4086 ext. 227

Shannon Good
215-947-4086 ext. 227


Library Special Events and Programs

BACS Summer Reading Program:  Students completing grades K-7th can participate in our summer reading program.  In this optional program, participants keep track of the time they spend reading over the summer in order to earn prizes and a free book from our November book fair.  A celebration of summer reading happens every October and participants are invited to attend.

Book Fair:  Our book fair fundraiser takes place in early November.  We set up our very own book store in the school for students, families and community members to shop at!  Our book fair profits earn the library money to support our summer reading prizes as well as providing many books for the library and classrooms.

Reading Olympics for grades 4th-6th:  The Reading Olympics is an event put on by the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit (MCIU).  Students in 4th-6th grades are invited to participate by joining our BACS teams.  Team members read books from a list provided by the MCIU.  At the event in early spring, our teams will join other schools in our area testing their knowledge of the books they read and earning ribbons.  Team members will meet with the librarians over lunch once or twice a month from September-March.  Snacks are provided, as well as an initial pizza lunch and final celebratory meeting with pizza and treats.

Upper Unit Book Club: Students in 7th and 8th grades are invited to join this reading group.  The group will meet to discuss one book per month for the months of October-March.  Our books have been selected from the Reading Olympics Middle School list created by the MCIU.  The books are provided by the librarians and each meeting will include snacks, as well as an initial pizza lunch and a final celebratory meeting with pizza and treats.


Library Policies

Library behavior: We seek to provide a warm and inviting space for all our student visitors. To help us with this environment, we ask that our students contribute to the library atmosphere by using quiet voices, refraining from running, and using good manners when looking for books with classmates.  Students are instructed to be respectful of library property including our shelves, furniture and most importantly our books!  Book care is discussed with all primary grades and reviewed with older grades as needed.

Book circulation:  Students in grades 1st-8th may have up to 6 books out at a time.  Kindergarteners may have one library book in their classroom each week.  Books are due after two weeks, although they can be kept longer as needed. 

Library Fines and Damaged or Lost Books: We do not have any late fees, but when a book is lost or damaged and needs replacing we ask that a donation be made towards its replacement.  The following amounts help us acquire replacements: $3.00 for paperback everyone reader books, $5.00 for other paperback books, and $10.00 for hardback books. Thank you for your help in keeping books available to our students for as long as possible!

Overdue notices: We will contact parents on an as needed basis when a student’s account is full or books are more than a month overdue.  Notices can also be requested at any time.

Parent library use: We encourage parents to use the library as well!  Please contact the librarians if you’re interested in creating your own library account and would like to check out books for use at home.


Library Curriculum

In Kindergarten, students visit the library every week and become familiar with how a library works.  Each visit, students will hear a story read aloud to them with a wide range of topics including library operations, kindness, confidence, friendship, nature, humor and school life.  Following the story, students will select one book to check out and take back to their classroom.  The librarians seek to create a comfortable environment for Kindergarteners so that they will feel familiar with its setup and able to find books on their own with confidence.  In Kindergarten, we strive to nurture a love of stories, literature and reading and to set the foundation for a lifetime connection with books. The goal of Kindergarten library class is to: familiarize each student with the library, create a comfortable environment in the library and thus develop a positive attitude toward books and reading. nurture a love of stories, literature, and reading; and give students the confidence to find books on their own.

Grade 1
In 1st grade, students visit the library once a week to hear a story read aloud by the librarian and to choose books to check out and take home.  Read aloud book themes include friendship, sharing, self-identity, diversity, serving others, courage, and humor, with a special focus on incorporating the annual school theme.  Students learn the importance of caring for books in their possession in the context of love to the neighbor and good stewardship because of the many other children who will borrow these books after them.  Students will become more familiar with different sections of the library as they find books that will work for independent reading skills, as well as books for looking at or sharing at home.

Grade 2
2nd grade visits the library once a week to hear read aloud books covering a range of topics from silly humor to quiet contemplation with particular focus on the beauty of the diversity that surrounds us in all areas of life.  Once a month is a “good fit” book day when the librarian book talks several books and the students practice searching the library for books that are a fit in both reading level and interests.  On good fit book days, students will have time for silent independent reading.  During each library class, students can check out books to put in their book box in the classroom and/or take home.  In the context of love to the neighbor and good stewardship, students are reminded about book care and about having the responsibility to keep track of and return the books they borrow from the library so that many other students may enjoy the books as well.

Grade 3 
In 3rd grade, students visit the library once a week.  The librarian reads a book aloud and then students have the chance to find books to check out and take home.  Read aloud books cover a wide range of topics including humor, heroic and courageous behavior, helping others, diversity, and friendship with a focus on true stories and folk tales from around the world.  Librarians book talk several books a month following certain themes and genres such as seasonal stories, animals, holidays, mystery, adventure, and fantasy.  3rd graders practice finding books that are a good fit for their reading level and interests.  In the context of love to the neighbor and good stewardship, students are reminded about book care and about having the responsibility to keep track of and return the books they borrow from the library so that many other students may enjoy the books as well.

Grade 4 
Students visit the library once or twice a month to listen to a read aloud and to look for books for both book reports and for recreational reading.  Students also attend 10 weeks of library skills classes.  In library skills, students learn how books are organized in a library, how to find books on the shelf using the Dewey Decimal System, and how to search for books in the library’s database.  These skills will help them use libraries in the future as well as teach and reinforce skills such as working with decimals, organizing items alphabetically, using search terms and search limiters, and using a digital platform to read eBooks and listen to audiobooks.  In 4th grade we hope to see students become very comfortable with using a library, and even become junior librarian helpers.

Grade 5 
Students in 5th grade visit the library regularly for book report books and to find recreational reading materials.  The librarians provide book choices in a variety of genres and subjects to support the 5th grade curriculum.  5th graders also come to the library for a series of lessons about research skills and using the library’s reference section.  Students conduct a mini research project in the library in order to put these new skills to use. 

Grade 6
Students in 6th grade visit the library monthly for book report books and to find recreational reading materials.  Throughout the year, librarians provide lessons on the meaning of “genre” and discuss the elements of the genres that 6th grade focuses on.  Genre lessons are organized in a way to help students discover their own favorite genre or genres to read.  Several times during the school year, in cooperation with the 6th grade teachers, the librarians teach the 6th grade: research skills, reliable resources, plagiarism, citation, and bibliographies.  Research and citation skills coincides with 6th grade’s country studies in order to make these skills relevant and provide real-life practice. Students acquire the skills they need while navigating the overwhelming world of information. Students are encouraged to use both print and digital resources and to recognize the benefits for all media types.

Grades 7 and 8
Students in the upper unit visit the library on an as-needed basis and individually.  Students are encouraged to visit the library independently for book report materials and for research projects.  The library provides research materials for classrooms during large projects.  At the teacher’s request, the library is available as an additional research space.  The librarians also offer the Upper Unit Book Club to interested upper unit students.