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Summer 2018 – Keep Learning Alive!

May 31st, 2018

Help avoid the summer slide with these great summer reading and learning programs.

Oakland Mills Middle School Summer Library

The Oakland Mills Middle School Summer Library is open in July to all those age 18 and under. Children 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult. The Summer Library will be open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in the month of July from 8:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., with the exception of Wednesday, July 4. There will be story time each of the days at 10 a.m. for children ages 5-8. Students from any school may check out books and participate in activities including gaming, coding stations and much more.

Summer Reading Lists

As part of the A+ Partnership with the Howard County Library System, summer reading lists developed by HCPSS library media specialists and Howard County Library System Children’s Instruction and Research staff are available for students in all grade levels. Books included are just a sampling of what students may enjoy reading during the summer. Students are encouraged to check out other books by the authors included, as well as explore additional book topics at the library.

Recommended lists for all grade levels are available both in schools and online. Don’t forget to sign up for the library system’s Summer Reading Club online or at your nearest branch.

A+ Student Card

All HCPSS students received an A+ Student Card account number at the beginning of the 2017–2018 school year. With it, they have access to all HCLS eContent by using their account number to login via Using their A+ Student Card, students can place holds and check out physical materials, as well as take advantage of all the library’s digital resources.

Elementary English-Language Arts Resources

There are a variety of resources available on the Canvas parent site:


All students have access to their school’s digital MackinVIA eBook and audiobook collection all summer long by logging in through with their active directory credentials.

Students continue to have access to all the digital tools they used during the school year. This includes databases available from the “Databases” tab in MackinVIA, such as:

Summer Activities

Students can use their digital tools, available at, to document and celebrate their summer activities. Elementary students can use Wixie to create a summer postcard or travel journal. All students can utilize G-Suite to create a slideshow of their favorite summer day.

Contact Melissa Daggett at with questions or for more information.