K-12 Private Christian School in Northwest Houston, TX




Library

Librarian, Amy Mitton


Amy Mitton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Southwest Texas State University and a master’s degree in library science from Sam Houston State University. After teaching elementary students for eleven years, Mrs. Mitton discovered her passion for connecting students with books they enjoy and helping them develop a love for reading. She served as a librarian in both elementary and high schools before coming to Cypress Christian School. Mrs. Mitton has two daughters who attend CCS.






The Cypress Christian School library services the needs of our K-12 students. Students engage in checking out books, enjoying story time with the librarian, receiving assistance with research and learning how to use the library and online catalog system. Throughout the year, library activities include book fairs, author visits and other reading incentive programs.

Accelerated Reader
Students in grades 4-8 participate in the Accelerated Reader program. This program encourages reading by awarding points. Points are earned after taking online tests based on books that have been read. In elementary school, students earn a prize from the librarian for meeting their quarterly AR goal. Parents can log in to Accelerated Reader Home Connect to check student progress on AR using their child’s AR log in.

Library Catalog
The library uses the Follett Destiny Catalog System. Students can use the catalog from home or school to search for books, place books on hold, and create book lists which aid in research. Students may log in using their school computer login and password.

MLA Formatting
Click here for examples based on the MLA Handbook, 8th Edition, 2016 and https://style.mla.org/ via the Lone Star College website.

NOTE: For more details, consult the MLA Handbook, 8th edition. For heavily-used rules on works cited and
parenthetical rules of MLA citation, see the last page of the guide. Review the MLA core elements and
template on the last page of the guide for more details on works cited citation.

Research
The CCS library provides students with online databases and encyclopedias to aid in research. We subscribe to Gale Cengage Learning, Encyclopedia Britannica, and BrainPop. Passwords can be given by the librarian upon request. We also strongly encourage the use of the Harris County Public Library to further assist in research needs, although you will need to obtain a library card.

Book Recommendation Lists
There are many websites (see below) that offer excellent book lists to help you in choosing quality, age appropriate books for your child. As always, parental discernment is very important in using any book list for children.

Crown Book Award List: This list consists of wholesome and uplifting mainstream books that have been published within the last two years. The lists are for children in grades 1-8.

Houston Area Independent Librarians Network: Houston independent school librarians collaborate to produce this list of recommended books for preschool to 12th grade students.

Newbery Award List: The Newbery Award is given annually by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALA) to the author for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Caldecott Award List: This award is given annually by the ALA to the illustrator of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

Children's Book Council: This website gives current book suggestions for all reading levels.