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Mrs. Furstenau, LMC Director and Mrs. Perna, LMC Assistant
Mrs. Furstenau started as Brookdale's LMC Director in 2012.  Mrs. Furstenau is very excited to work along side an excellent teaching staff in making life-long learners of all of our students.  She has a BA in Elementary Education  and a Library Science Endorsement from National Louis University.  Connecting with students over literature and helping students navigate the information highway is highly rewarding to Mrs. Furstenau.  In her spare time she loves to read and spend time on her sailboat with her husband, 4 children and 2 black labs.

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LMC Mission Statement

To provide lessons, activities, and resources that will assist students and staff in becoming effective users of information, developing a pattern of life-long learning and fostering a love of reading.
Information Literacy is what the Brookdale LMC is all about. It is here that students learn to determine information needs, plan strategies for research, access information, evaluate information, use information and evaluate the process and product. The staff in the LMC continually helps students become good users of information.

The LMC is a fully automated facility for both circulation and the catalog. Students check out their own materials at the circulation desk. Search stations are available in the LMC. In addition, the catalog can be accessed from computer on the school network. Students are given assistance and instruction in the use of the online catalog on an ongoing basis. Formal class instruction on the use of the catalog usually begins in 2nd grade.

The World Book Encyclopedia, Nettrekker, and Pebble Go as well as other research resources are available at any computer in the building. There is home access for all three. Please contact the LMC Director for these user names and passwords.

During school registration, parents are asked to read and sign Brookdale's Acceptable Use Policy (AUP). The Internet is viewed as another tool available to teachers and students for curricular enhancement. All sites to be used by students are previewed beforehand by the teaching staff.
Students may come to the LMC anytime to check out library materials, do research, or for free reading during the school day with teacher permission. Students are encouraged to come to the LMC as often as needed. There are always qualified and enthusiastic adults to help students find materials.

Our goal is for students to see the LMC as the center of their learning experience at Brookdale - a place they enjoy, where they find information they need, and especially, a place that prepares them to be lifelong learners.
Click on the link below to access the Brookdale Birthday Book Club Form. 


There are over 20,000 items in the LMC for students and staff to borrow. We also have a Parent Resource Center that has materials available on various issues facing modern families. If you are interested in being set up with an account to check out materials from this area, please email or
Students in grades 2-5 may check out 3 items
Students in 1st grade may check out 2 items
Students in Kindergarten may check out 2 items later in the year
(One item may be checked out until after the first quarter)
The Brookdale LMC has a flexible schedule. This means that classes do not come in on a fixed basis for a set period of time each week. Instead, it allows the LMC Director to work collaboratively with the other teachers and students so that lessons are complementing classroom activities. This helps maintain continuity in students' work. 

The LMC is a fully automated facility for both circulation and the catalog. Students check out their own materials at the circulation desk. Search stations are available in the LMC. In addition, the catalog can be accessed from computer on the school network. Students are given assistance and instruction in the use of the online catalog on an ongoing basis. Formal class instruction on use of the catalog usually begins in 2nd grade.
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Reading Programs

Brookdale Reads is Brookdale School's reading incentive program. You can enter your minutes electronically or print a paper log and turn it into your teacher. At the end of each month your minutes will be tallied. To earn an incentive grades K-2 should read 300 minutes a month and grades 3-5 should read 400 minutes a month.
To submit an electronic form click on the link below:
To print the printable form click on the link below:
The Reading Incentive takes place each month during the school year and include the Wolves Hockey Reading Program, the Rebecca Caudill State-Wide Program, the Blue Stem State-Wide Program, the Monarch State-Wide Program, the Ozzie Reading Program, Meat Heads, Anderson's Bookshop summer read, 6 Flags, Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program and the Public library's Summer and Winter Reading Programs to motivate our Brookdale Students to keep reading all year long!
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  • CultureGrams
    CultureGrams is a paid subscription by the district for student and teacher use.
      CultureGrams links students to country reports that go beyond mere facts and figures to deliver a one-of-a-kind perspective on daily life and culture. In-depth reports covering 200+ countries, the United States, and Canada. 
  • Facts4Me 
   Facts4Me is a reference site designed for elementary level readers. It is ad-free and safe!
   Each of the 1,700+ reports is loaded with dynamic pictures, interesting facts and 
ormative text. Facts4Me will engage readers of all levels!  
Facts for Me
 (M-F 8-5)
  • PebbleGo
    Brookdale subscribes to PebbleGo. It is a great database geared specifically for grades K-2, but all grade levels may use it. It has information on animals, Earth and space, biographies and social studies. Videos, sounds, maps and other useful and fun resources accompany valuable information about many topics.  Also, many of the topics found on PebbleGo have an LMC book that accompanies it for students to check out.  


  • World Book Online

    World Book online is a paid subscription by the district for student and teacher use. It provides the most updated information within an encyclopedia.  With movies, sounds and links to other resources, students can find information on almost any topic they are interested in.  The different levels of difficulty linked below ensure every learner is able to read and understand the topic he/she is discovering.

    World Book Online

        If you need passwords for a resource, please contact the LMC.
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Following district standards, grade-level objectives encompassing a variety of skills. The LMC Director models use of how to use technology to fulfill the Common Core Standards in the LMC and collaborates with teachers to help make technology in the classroom meaningful for students.

The LMC Director and teachers use SmartBoards, ipads, laptops, digital cameras, data projectors and document cameras to help to help facilitate teaching and learning.  

The following keyboarding sites can be useful for students: 
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First of all, thanks so much for sharing your time and caring for our students. The difference that you make in the lives of our students is phenomenal. You are appreciated! As part of the Brookdale team, parent volunteers add an important contribution to the educational environment.

If you choose to come volunteer in the Brookdale LMC, we might ask you to:

  • Shelve books
  • Assist children in finding books
  • Prepare displays/bulletin boards
  • Help with book fair twice a year
  • Prepare books for circulation
  • Special projects in LMC

    If you have an interested in helping out in the LMC, please contact the Brookdale LMC at 428-6805.

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    Award Lists


    Rebecca Caudill

    Rebecca Caudill is a state-wide program in which children in grades 4 through 8 choose their favorite book from a list of 20 nominated books.  The purposes of this award are to encourage students in grades 4-8 to read for personal satisfaction, to develop a statewide awareness of outstanding literature for young people, to promote a desire for literacy, and to encourage cooperation among Illinois agencies providing educational and library service to young people. The nominated books were suggested by students and teachers.  A committee of teachers and librarians develops the list of nominations for the year.  

    The Brookdale LMC promotes and participates in voting for the annual Rebecca Caudill Award. In September/October, Mrs. Furtstenau, LMC Director booktalks the Caudill list to familiarize and excite Brookdale's 4th and 5th graders with the new titles every year. Students who have read or heard at least 3 of the 20 titles will be able to vote for their favorite nominated book in February. Many of the Rebecca Caudill books from the master list are available for check out in the Brookdale LMC.  Of course, these titles are always available at the public library or your favorite bookstore. We will also have some of the titles available at the fall book fair. The winning book is announced in March. Students will use an interactive bulletin board in the LMC to keep track of the nominee titles they are reading.

    More information about the Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Book Award and the current master list can be found at the program's website:



    The Bluestem Award is a student choice Award for grades 3-5. Students need to read at least 4 books to be eligible to vote in February. 

    For a list of this year's titles, visit:


    Younger students have been asking, “Why can’t we vote for books too?" ISLMA, the Illinois School Library Association responded with “YES YOU CAN!” and created a kid’s choice award, similar to the Rebecca Caudill Award, but for younger students grades K-3.

    The Monarch Award is a state-wide program. The butterfly logo is significant as the Monarch butterfly symbolizes the growth, change and freedom that becoming a reader brings. The Monarch Award is designed to encourage children to read critically and become familiar with children's books, authors, and illustrators. The program is open to all K-3 age children in Illinois.

    The list of 20 nominee titles contains at least three of each of the following types of children's books: picture books, easy readers, and chapter books and often has non-fiction and poetry books as well. This year, K-3rd grade Brookdale students are registered to participate in the Monarch Award. Mrs. Furstenau, LMC Director, will booktalk the 20 nominees and teachers will read at least 10 of the titles.   K-3rd grade students will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite Monarch title in February. The winning book is announced in March.

    For more information about the Monarch Award, visit the ISLMA website at:

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    Family Reading Night

    Information Coming Soon! 
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    Commonly Accessed Links and Info for Students, Parents and Community