Reader’s Advisory

The library staff offers reader’s advisory services to our patrons. We are always happy to help you find a book that you may enjoy. If you have read authors that you have enjoyed in the past, we will help you find authors that are similar to those you enjoy. Our staff will also assist you in located the next book in a series that you are reading.

We will also help you locate books that are on reading lists or other required reading for school.

Reference Materials

The library has many print resources that may be beneficial when working on a research paper or other school assignment. Some of these materials circulate while others are reference materials to be used inside the library. We will be glad to copy pages from the reference material within the boundaries of the copyright law. Copies are five cents a sheet when made from non-circulating materials.

Study/Tutoring Areas

There are tables and study carrels located throughout the library. These areas may be used for studying and/or for using your laptop or other wireless device.

These areas are also used by private tutors who are working with students in the library.

STEM Kits

The library has STEM Kits available for use by our patrons. The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Kits provide children hands on experience in these subjects. Kits that are available for checkout include circuit board kits. Some kits are available only for use inside the library. The library use only kits include logic learning kits.

ABC Mouse

ABC Mouse is an excellent online learning program for children ages 2-7. Children learn through educational games, puzzles, reading tutorials, and other activities. Your children may use ABC Mouse without cost on the library computers or through the library’s wireless access. Click here to access the ABC Mouse website.

Accelerated Reader (AR) and Lexile

AR Book Finder
Searching for books with a corresponding AR quiz is easy with AR Bookfinder. Students, teachers, parents, and librarians can search in English or Spanish using criteria such as ATOS book level (or ATOS 2000), interest level, title, author, fiction/nonfiction, subject, award-winners, state lists, CCSS Exemplars, and more. There is no easier way to find books that are both appropriate and interesting to individual students. With more than 160,000 AR quizzes—fiction and over 70,000 nonfiction quizzes—kids will never run out of books to read.

Lexile

A Lexile measure is a valuable piece of information about either an individual's reading ability or the difficulty of a text, like a book or magazine article. The Lexile measure is shown as a number with an "L" after it — 880L is 880 Lexile.

North Carolina Digital Library

Library patrons with a valid library card from the CMC consortium (County, Municipal, College) are eligible to use the North Carolina Digital Library.

The North Carolina Digital Library has a large collection of eBooks and audio books that are available for checkout. In addition to the eBooks and audio books, there are some magazines available. The magazines must be viewed through the Nook App.

In order to use the North Carolina Digital Library, one must have a PIN on their library record. If you do not have a PIN, you may have a staff member add a PIN to your account.

The North Carolina Digital Library may be accessed by clicking on the NCDL link on the CMC website. This service may also be reached by clicking here to go directly to the North Carolina Digital Library’s website.

Instruction sheets for downloading eBooks on your device are available in the library.

The North Carolina Digital Library is paid for and provided to the CMC consortium by the Rutherford County Library.

ArtistWorks

ArtistWorks for Libraries provides patron with world-class instruction through self-paced video lessons from Grammy Award-winning music and artistic professionals. Users are offered everything they need for musical and artistic instruction, from introduction to advanced performance.

Click here to access the ArtistWorks website. 

ArtistWorks is paid for by the Rutherford County Library.

Internet and Wireless Services

The library has computers for our patrons to use to access the internet. You will also have access to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on these computers. Computers also have printing and scanning capabilities. Patrons may register to use these computers as the front desk. Anyone under the age of 16 will need a parent’s signature on the internet registration form. Once parental consent is given, you may use the internet independently as long as you are at least eleven years old.
The library has wireless internet service available. To access connect to NorrisLibraryFree and agree to the terms of usage. The wireless service is available from outside the building even when the library is closed.