About the Librarian: Joy Hassell

I love books! I have been a librarian at Chickasaw for 20 years. I love my job. I received my undergraduate and my Master's Degree from University of Memphis. I have two children. Thank you for all the help and encouragement that you give your children in teaching the love of reading.  Please email me at the contact button above.

We are excited about the 2019/2020 year!

Our Mission:

The mission of the Chickasaw Elementary School Media Center is to provide an innovative learning environment that encourages students and faculty to become effective users of information in the 21st Century while promoting skills necessary for lifelong reading and learning.

Library hours: Open check out each morning from 7:45-8:30. Students attend library once a week as their class is  scheduled.

Teachers can schedule research times between 8:00-8:30.

Library Rules:

Library Rules are the same as school and classroom rules, adding, respect for library materials.

Circulation policy:

Students will check out one book per week. They must return their book each week in order to check out another.


We do not charge for overdue books, but for lost and damaged books.


Summer Reading

Chainey public library is doing a great summer reading program online go to their website for the schedule of fun summer events to watch online.
I hope you will continue to read all summer using our Lightbox program. The login instructions are below.
Happy Summer Reading !!



We miss all our students and hope all of you are doing well. We look forward to seeing you again.

Library lessons week 1:

Students can get on Grolier online encyclopedia.

To do this you go to then type in Chickasaw as user name and grolier as the password.

The student will enter in the white search box an animal they are interested in reading about. They can click on the blue links to read the articles. They can look for the animals habitat, what helps protect them from their predators. and what do they eat? Also they could write down what they learned after studying about this animal.

The student can then go to Lightbox on the go follett link below.

They will login with their student number and their first name. Then they can read :   Meet the zebra. They can take an AR test on this book under the AR link below.

library lesson 2

Students go to magnolia. The link is below. 

Choose elementary

Scroll down and choose great websites for kids

on top left corner choose animals tab.

Choose kids San Diego zoo

Child can browse live animal cams or look at animal videos or read about an animal they find interesting  

Write down some interesting facts and share with your classmates.

Go to lightbox. Link is below   Login using student number as user name and first  name as password.

Choose a lightbox book to read on an animal. Watch the video  by choosing the video button on the tool bar. It highlights the pages of the book that have video .

Library Lesson 3

Go to the gofollett link below. Login using your student number then your first name as your password.

look at the lightbox titles that interest you. Most titles will read you the book as you read along. Also they have video and an activity page. I found one called meet the baboon. It is an AR book so if that book interests you read that. Then you can go to the link below and take an ar test on it. Remember for AR you login with your number and the password is your two initials.

Go back to lightbox and see if you see a biography that interests you. I found Beatrix Potter. She is the author of tale of Peter Rabbit. That book is a favorite of mine. Perhaps there are some seeds and dirt at your house and you could plant something.


Library Lesson 4

This week you can read an Aesop fable online. 

Go to and on the search box type in Aesop fables

Next select from choices children’s aesop fables.

Choose read online. You don’t have to download.

Then scroll down to about the 5 th one and look for the town mouse and the country mouse , enjoy.

You might find the lion and the mouse. That is a good one to act out.

Library Lesson 5

Choose the go follett link below and login to lightbox books with your student number and your first name as password.

You can choose Meet the Hippos or Cougars.

You could take an AR test on these using the Accelerated Reader ( renlearn) link below. Your login is your student number as user name and your two initials as the password.

You can browse the lightbox titles and find some interesting books to read.

Library Lesson 6

Choose the Follett link go follett to get to Lightbox books. Login using your student number and then your first name as your password. Once you are logged in you can browse through the titles. One called Fossils, you might find interesting. After you have read it or let it read to you and watched the videos you can research fossils.

Go to go and login typing Chickasaw as username then grolier  as password.

You can type in fossils and see what can be found.

You can also search the Smithsonian museum information on fossils here


Library lesson 7

Go below and look for the link to library catalog destiny

Choose Chickasaw, then login using your student number. then your first name as you password.

On the left hand side choose destiny discover.

Choose search options on the right hand side of the screen.

Choose under format, ebooks.

Now in the search box type in biographies and it will show all the biographies that we have that are ebooks.

Scroll down and find a biography that you might enjoy. I liked the one about Henry Ford.



We are now able to do AR online at home.

First get on website:

click on student

The user name is their student number

password is their two initials of their name. John Smith would be js 

 Student types in the title of their book.

You can go to ARBookfinder to see if a book is an AR book before they read the book.



PARENTS and STUDENTS,  Lightbox is a great program to use, to have reading materials while we are out for the Coronavirus.  We miss seeing the students and hope all in your family are well.


Follett Lightbox is a new ebook program available at home and school.


Choose below.

Choose Mississippi in the pull down menu.

type in Chickasaw as your school.

Student will click on login.

They will type in their student number as their user name and the password is their first name.

They can choose a LIGHTBOX title and click open.

To view and read ebooks visit:

EBook Program that is available due to school closure, department of education.    

to login:

first line school name: Mississippi distance learning primary

username: mde20201

password: mde20201

Magnolia is a great tool for research see link below


How to choose "just right books"--

1. Look at the cover.

2. Read the title and the author.

3. Read the blurb in the back.

4. Flip through the book.

5. Read the first page.

6. Use the 5 Finger Rule.

      0-1 fingers -Too easy

      2-3 fingers -just right

      4-5 fingers- Too Hard