Each Northgate building offers students and staff a variety of resources from written books to the latest in educational technology to enhance classroom learning and aid students in gaining proficiency in many areas. Library media specialists work closely with classroom and subject area teachers to engage students, promote interest in the library and increase student achievement.

Elementary Students 
Elementary students have one 40-minute library each week during the school year. Students will explore a variety of research projects throughout their experience. 

Secondary Students

The Secondary Media Center is open to students for use before and after school. Students are encouraged to visit the Media Center and Makerspace to help grow plants in our Tower Garden, to tinker with electronic circuits, build with legos, use our 3D printer, put together puzzles, use 3D pens, meet with friends to study, sit and relax in our reading area and much more. 

7th-grade students take Library Research for a 9-week period as part of their quarterly rotation. Middle school students also have the opportunity to enroll in the School News course as an elective for a semester or full year.

Both Middle School and High School students will visit the Media Center for research projects assigned as classwork as well as on their own during study halls. The Media Center is available for four periods during the school day when students drop by and work on independent research or use the Makerspace. 

Database Resources

Destiny Library Catalog
Search your school's resources in one easy place. Simply find your school to begin: once inside, you can search for books, eBooks, and other digital resources. You can also log in to hold and check out materials, using your provided login credentials.

Destiny Library Catalog

Gale-InfoTrac Database
A multimedia resource that includes primary sources, full-text magazine and newspaper articles, and reference documents. 


InfoBase Database
Comprehensive, subject-specific databases, written by experts that include Today’s Science, Issues and Controversies, and World News Digest.

InfoBase Issues & Controversies 

InfoBase World News

POWER Library - Pennsylvania’s Electronic Library 
Find trustworthy answers to questions about healthcare, consumer purchases, personal finances, and much more. Enjoy free 24/7 access to newspapers, magazines, journals, historical documents and photos, online databases, and eBooks. Research a subject. Learn about your family history. Locate a title. Explore career options. It’s all here at POWER Library.

Using these databases is free from any school computer. If you are using this link from home, enter your library card or eCard to have access to the POWER Library e-resources.

Kids Power Library
Power Library

Accelerated Reader Program

Accelerated Reader Program 
Accelerated Reader (AR) is a computer-based program used to monitor reading practice and progress. The intent of the AR Program is to encourage kids to read independently, at their own level and pace. Students earn points for every book they read. The number of points is based on a book’s length and difficulty. For example, a 3-point book may be a short, somewhat easier choice. A 10-point book would be longer and more challenging. Once a student has finished their book, they earn additional points by taking the online quiz. The points that are earned can be redeemed for exciting prizes. Teachers use these quizzes to track each student’s progress and set appropriate goals for each.

Accelerated Reader Book Finder

For More Information

Elementary Librarian
Gail Bernauer
412-732-3300 Ext. 3320

Secondary Librarian
Dorothy Schwemmer
412-732-3300 Ext. 1130

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