On this guide, you'll find a selection of recent and relevant fiction & nonfiction books from our library collections to encourage conversations about racial and social justice, center marginalized voices, and celebrate diversity.
A crucial movement in literature is the #OwnVoices initiative, which refers to books with diverse characters whose authors share those identities. Priority in this guide is given to #OwnVoices titles. If you have a recommendation for purchase for our district's Learning Commons, please send suggestions our way. We welcome these!
Thanks to our partnership with the Scott County Library, students and staff have access to Libby, their platform for eBooks & Audiobooks. Many titles have multiple copies (sometimes into the hundreds!) which opens up great possibilities for student and teacher book clubs and literature circles. With voice and choice so important in building strong readers, students can select titles that provide a "window" into new perspectives or find "mirror" titles that reflect their own experiences.
Teachers can sign up for a Scott County Library Educator Access Card through the link at the bottom of this page to access eBooks & audiobooks on Libby. Look below for information on how students and staff log in to MackinVIA and Libby.
If you are teaching or learning in the Shakopee Online program, visit this page to request library books and pick them up in the main office of the school where they are housed.
Please don't hesitate to reach out to us with any questions!
Katie Bohn, Elementary District Media Specialist
Sandy Reishus, Secondary District Media Specialist
School/Library Name: The name of the school where you attend or teach
User ID: Students - Your Student ID# | Staff - Your email prefix (i.e. sreishus)
Password: Your school password for your district accounts (i.e. Google, Canvas, and Infinite Campus)
You may also access MackinVIA eBooks & audiobooks through the Destiny Catalog by logging in with your school credentials.
Library Name: For location, type Shakopee, then select the MELSA: Twin Cities Metro eLibrary, then select Scott County Library.
Library Card # (Students): Your Virtual Student Library Card = 720+Student ID# (i.e. 720989402)
Library Card # (Staff): Educator Access Card Number
PIN (Students): the last 4 digits of your Virtual Student Library Card #
PIN (Staff): Your chosen pin for your Educator Access Card
Teachers can apply for an Educator Access Card to access Libby eBooks & Audiobooks, along with all other digital resources through the Scott County Library.
CLICK HERE to fill out a brief form and a staff member from the Scott County Library will contact you shortly with your log in information. Staff members can also use their personal Scott County Library card to access Libby, but many prefer to have a separate account for teaching purposes.