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Welcome to the TJ Library

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The TJ Library is open when the school is open.  The library resources are available for all students in grades Pre-K through 12, and books may be checked out by students and parents for a period of two weeks.  Library resources include books and multimedia in almost every classroom (especially in Early Childhood and Lower School classrooms), so be sure to check with your child's teacher about additional resources.

TJ Library resources:

Computer Lab:
The TJ Computer Lab is open for Early Childhood and Lower School students as scheduled.   Middle School students use the Computer Lab resources (Tablet PCs) in the Computer Lab or in the Library on a regular basis.  The Computer Lab serves as one of the school's videoconference classrooms, and can support up to 45 students for videoconference sessions. 

Early Childhood and Lower School Book Collections:
Thousands of titles are available for students in grades Pre-K through 5.  Books for Early Childhood students are mostly arranged along the circulation and search desks, while books for Lower School students (including Accellerated Reader books) are arranged in the shelves along the west and south walls of the library.

Middle and Upper School Book Collections:
The TJ Library maintains thousands of books for students in grades 6-12 in the shelves along the west and the north walls of the library.

The TJ Library operates a videoconference lab (can serve up to 40 students at the same time) and a mobile videoconferencing unit that moves from class to class and can serve as many students as can fit in the classroom.  Teachers use the videoconferencing systems to enhance their curriculum and expand their students' educational horizons by accessing resources that are not available in Joplin.  TJ students participate in live videoconferences with researchers at leading universities, scientists at major research centers, students at dozens of schools around the world, and curators at world-famous museums.

Reference Section:
The reference section in the Library includes classroom sets of globes; English and foreign language dictionaries; statistical abstracts; legal, medical, and scientific encyclopedia sets; literature and poetry anthologies; historical references including The Annals of America, The Story of Civilization, and presidential biographies; World Book and Britannica encyclopedia sets; and dozens of other resources.  

The TJ Library subscribes to dozens of periodicals for student, faculty, and parent use.  In addition to periodicals referenced in subscription-based digital services, the library offers copies of local and national news magazines and newspapers, as well as magazines for all ages including Ranger Rick, National Geographic, Smithsonian, and many others.

Parent Resources:
Books for parents are kept on the shelf in the southwest corner of the Library.  Orange-colored labels on the spine identify books that are specifically offered for parents of TJ students.


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