August 25, 2013
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Your son or daughter would like to check out one of the Hillview Library’s
We’re excited to offer a library collection for our more mature readers!
Here are some
answers to what we think you might be wondering.
Why another eReader?
Backlit screens like the one on the iPad can lead to eyestrain; the Kindle has a screen
that is easier on the eyes.
The iPads DO have a free Kindle app, but the library can’t provide a
book to each
This system gives students and parents more control over which books to access.
Loaning out the books through eReaders helps us limit the distribution to eighth
graders who have parental permission.
How does it work?
Each eReader cont
ains about ten books on a given genre (Science Fiction, Adventure,
Most of t
hese are books that library review journals recommend for
eighth or ninth grade and up
, with a few books for adults, especially on the
nd students sign the attached Technology Agreement form, which also
confers permission to access the Eighth Grade Only collection.
You can read these same reviews at www.titlewave.com. Username and password are
both hvschool. Click the “Saved lists” for a
showing what’s on each
Many of the books are also reviewed on the Common Sense Media website
(www.commonsensemedia.org) which gives
age ratings to books and
Students go to the Hillview library to check out a partic
ular Kindle for two weeks at a
time. Kindles can be renewed if no one else
get eBooks on our iPads?
students have access to about 25
0 eBooks through our Dest
Currently, those eBooks can be
accessed on iPads and Android
and with limited functionality on the Kindle Fire,
but not on Kindles or
load the Follett Digital Reader App.
(It’s already on the student iPads.)
library address is https://wbb20529.follettshelf.co
m and students use their Hillview
in information to download the books onto their devices.
Full directions can be found on the library website: blog.mpcsd.org/tpiombo (no
Please contact us
with any quest
ions or concerns you may have.
ted to be
dipping our toes into the eReader waters, and very grateful to the support of the MPAEF, the
PTO and the Friends of the Library for making this possible!
Theresa Fox &
4341 x 2831
P.S. PTO council wondered if parents could donate eBooks that their families had already re
After looking into it, we
don’t think this will be manageable at this time. Right no
w we’re very
fortunate to have the funding to support the project.
Science Fiction (aka the Ursula K. Le Guin)
Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and the
Answer, Monsters of Men,
, Paolo Bacigalupi
, David Macinnis
Singing the Dogstar Blues
, Allison Goodman
A Confusion of Princes,
Ian MacDonald (Everness
, Rick Yancey
Realistic Fiction (aka the Joyce Carol Oates)
The Fault in
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part
, Sherman Alexie
, Lauren Myracle
While He Was Away,
Karen Halvorsen Schreck
, Paul Volponi
Big Mouth and Ugly Girl
, Joyce Carol Oates
Fantasy (aka the J.R.R. Tolkien)
series, Kristin Cashore
Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Days of Blood
, Laini Taylor
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
, Neil Gaiman
The Lord of the Rings,
Romance (aka the Emily Bronte)
If I Stay
Where She Went
, Gayle Forman
Life of Planets,
Emily Franklin and
Die for Me,
, Maggie Stiefvater
Eleanor & Park,
Action / Suspense (aka The Edgar Allan
Series, Richard Yancey
series, D.J. MacHale
, Nancy Werlin
, Alann Stratton
, Rachel Ward
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night
, Mark Haddon
Fiction (aka the Melvil Dewey)
The Perfect Storm
, Sebastian Junger
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind,
Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
The Blind Side,
TECHNOLOGY LOAN AGREEMENT
Hillview Library Kindle
The Borrower (named above) has been provided with the loan of Technology Equipment (listed above) by the
Menlo Park City School District
(the District) for the purpose of providing a tool for the educational use of the
The terms of this Agreement shall include the following:
Borrower may check out a K
indle eReader from the Hillview library for a period of two weeks at a
needed. All loaned items shall be returned promptly and in good working condition by the due date. This
agreement may be rescinded at any time at the discretion of the District or the school principal.
All equipment and software shall remain
the property of the District.
The Borrower and his/her Parent or Guardian accepts responsibility for the equipment while it is in the
Borrower’s possession. The Borrower agrees to use an appropriate method of transporting the equipment and
to keep the equipment secure at all times. Damage, loss or theft will be promptly reported to Ms.
This equipment is provided only for the use of the Borrower. The Borrower agrees, by signing this Agreement,
that no one else, other than Distr
ict staff, will be allowed to use this equipment.
The Borrower must have a signed Acceptable Use Policy on file with the District and agrees to comply with all
sections of the Policy. The Borrower shall not attempt to upgrade, open, or make hardware
any equipment. Additional eBooks or software should not be copied onto other computers, or installed on this
device without the consent of the Technology Office.
By the signatures below, the Borrower and his/her Parent or Guardian ind
icates intent to use this equipment for
purposes of facilitation of the educational program of the District. The undersigned agree that this property will
be treated with care, with the understanding that the Parent or Guardian will be fully responsible f
or any costs
associated with damage, loss, or theft. The borrower will not be responsible for the cost of the eBooks; just the
device and its cover ($140).
Overdue fees for the eReader will be $.50 a day, maximum of $5.00.
The signatures below
also indicate permission for the Borrower to access the “Eighth Grade Only” library
Parent/Guardian Name (printed)
District Representative Name (printed)
District Representative Signature