Highland Park Central Elementary Library

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

Role of the School Library

The school library is integral to the teaching and learning process. The school library facilitates the work of the classroom teacher and ensures each student has equitable access to resources, irrespective of home opportunities or constraints. While the role of the school library remains constant, its design, digital platform, strategies and tools change as pedagogy and technology changes.


The mission of the Topeka Public Schools Library Media Program is to empower all students and staff to be effective users of information and information technology in order to communicate ideas and solve problems in an ever-changing world and to foster life-long literacy.

School Library Programs and Services seek to:

  • Create and develop motivating, flexible physical and digital learning spaces.

  • Run independent learning programs, which integrate information resources and technologies.

  • Equip students with the skills necessary to succeed in a constantly changing technological, social and economic environment.

  • Collaborate with classroom teachers to plan, implement and evaluate inquiry-based programs that will ensure students acquire skills to collect, critically analyse and organize information, problem-solve and communicate their findings.

  • Provide and promote quality fiction to develop and sustain in students the habit and enjoyment of reading for pleasure and to enrich students' intellectual, aesthetic, cultural and emotional growth.

  • Cater for differences in learning and teaching styles through the provision of, and equality of access to, a wide range of curriculum resources - fiction and non-fiction, digital, print, audio and video.

  • Provide teachers with access to relevant curriculum information and professional development materials within and outside the school; and opportunities to cooperatively plan, implement and evaluate learning programs.

Source: education.qld.gov.au/library/support/role.htm and education.qld.gov.au/library

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Register Your Child

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library makes that easy and free. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a 60-volume set of books beginning with the children’s classic The Little Engine That Could. Each month a new, carefully selected book will be mailed in the child’s name directly to their home. This is a free program.

The library and United Way of Greater Topeka are partnering to make Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library available to all children birth to 5 years old in Shawnee County.

To sign up your child for this program visit the Imagination Library site and complete the registration form. Your child will start receiving books eight to 10 weeks after the form is submitted. They will continue to receive a book every month until they turn 5 or you move out of Shawnee County. Books are mailed to the address on the registration form.

2nd–7th Grade

Scholastic’s game page offers puzzles, games, and quizzes, but the first things you should check out are the writing games. These prompts are based on characters and themes from Scholastic books and encourage students to practice their creative writing skills.