Library Learning Center

Unusual Reading Spot Contest

The Beacon Heights Library is excited to host our First Annual Unusual Reading Spot Contest!  Students have their picture taken while reading in an unusual place or pose and enter their picture in our school-wide contest. Students might be found reading in a tree, near an important landmark, in a basketball hoop, or any place your imagination takes you. Our students read EVERYWHERE!

Click here for all of the details.

Here is an example:

Example of a picture for the contest.

Read and Win at the Utah State Fair

Students can receive a free entrance to this year’s State Fair just by reading books this summer.

The prize is:

  • Gate entry pass to the 2017 Utah State Fair, this individual ticket can be used any one day of the Fair. The Fair runs September 7-17.
  • Ribbon Bookmark from the International Association of Fairs & Expositions
  • Coupon for a free drink, redeemable at the State Fair Store
  • Coupon from Thomas Carnival for one free ride redeemable at the Fair

For more details and entry form, click here.

The City Library's Super Summer Challenge

The Salt Lake Public Library has a great contest going for the summer. You can sign up any time this summer and earn prizes.

Promotional Video             SLC Library Website


Click here to learn about a great cartoon creating app and check out some of the examples.

Story Starters

Click on the wheel to create a story starter. Go to Story Starter site.

Adobe Spark Page Login

To use Spark Video, please open Chrome and type in Beacon Heights. Then you can login.

To login to Spark Page or Spark Video, click here.

Fifth Sixth Grade Challenge

The following ten authors each have at least one book which has something in common with all of the others.See if you can figure out what that is.

  • James Preller
  • Sonia Levitin
  • Karen Lynn Williams
  • Edward Marshall
  • Suzanne LaFleur
  • Charles Santore
  • Alexander McCall Smith
  • Keiko Narahashi
  • Andrea Davis Pinkney
  • Ken Croswell

If you have discovered the secret you have the password for the encrypted document. See if you can open this document. Print it out as proof.

Book Fair

Coming March 6 to March 10.

Flyer page 1                  Flyer page 2 & 3            Flyer page 4

Scholastic Book Trailers

Other Scholastic Trailers (may or may not be in Book Fair)

Book Fair Flyer

Finding Facts

Choose one of the following websites, read the article, and then go to Edmodo and post two interesting facts you read. Then go back to the other article and just skim it.

Dog Island

The Dangers of Bread

Shannon and Dean Hale

Check out her website by clicking here. 

Wikipedia article

Shannon Hale Biography (from her website)

Shannon and Dean Hale


Use a search engine and see how many of the questions you can answer. Open the link to the questions and open Microsoft word from the computer (not Office 365.) Copy and past a question into word and then type in the answer you have found. When you are told, print your results and give paper to Mr. Tim. Click here for questions.

Internet Safety

There are a number of articles regarding cyber bullying in a One Drive folder called Infobits. Click here to open folder.

Hour of Code

Here are some activities for kindergarten and grade 1.



Puppy Adventure

Draw a Monster

More Choices

Welcome to my library blog and web page. I hope to keep you all up to date with what we are doing in the library, as well as provide links to many useful resources. My name is Tim Rausch and I am the library technology teacher for Beacon Heights Elementary School in Salt Lake City, Utah. This is my 8th year at Beacon Heights and 47th year in teaching. The last 26 years I have been a school librarian. Before that, I taught 2nd through 6th grade as well as middle school reading, English, and math.

Be sure to check out the Resource Links.

Library Catalog – Look up what books we have in our library including eBooks.

Library Page – Information about our library including links to eBooks, book recommendations, and research links.

Student Activities – Links to many library, internet safety, holidays, and coding sites. 

Pioneer Library – A collection of great data bases for research. this site is paid for by the State of Utah for students of all levels.

Library Blogs – Keep up-to-date with what is going on in the library. 

Edmodo – A safe social networking site for students.


A student used the Battle Bunny technique.

by Jameson

Student books    
Utah vs USC by James and Cole Puppies and Kittens by Alicia and Olivia Simone Biles by Lien Hoa and Abigail
My Cute Dog by Ford Dabbing Book by Peter and Cole The Perfect Cats by Eva
The Trolls Story by Owen The Hotel by Jonah and Harry  

Mac Barnett

We are so excited to have children’s author, Mac Barnett, come to our school. He will visit with the 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders in the library on Friday, September 9 at 9:30 AM. If there is time, he might be able to visit several of the upper grades.

Battle Bunny – Original Story

Battle Bunny – Individual pages

Mac Barnett reading from “Sam and Dave Dig a Hole” in Beacon Heights Library.

Author Lisa McMann

The author of the Unwanted Series, spent an hour at Beacon Heights telling students some of the ways that she gets ideas for her stories. She was very impressed with the Beacon Heights students. See more pictures by clicking here.

This short video was created in Scratch

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