Instructor: Brianna Morgan 
The Thomas Paine library is full of many resources available to students.  Students receive focused library instruction once a week and may check out books weekly.  For more information about Urbana School District libraries, library curriculum, and book fairs, please visit the district website.  Below you can find information on two reading incentive programs available to Thomas Paine students.

The Accelerated Reader Program (AR) is open to all grade levels and is run by the school librarian to encourage students to read more books. Students select a book from the AR list, read it, and take a short quiz testing their comprehension.  Points are earned for each quiz completed and awards are given for different point totals twice a year at a special AR assembly.

To find AR books, use this bookfinder:


The Battle of the Books Program is a voluntary reading incentive program for 4th and 5th grade students in the Urbana School District.  All reading levels and types of learners are welcome!  Each year a list of 30 books is created including Monarch, Newberry, Bluestem, and Rebecca Caudill award books.  Students form one team or several teams depending on the number of participants and work together to read all 30 books.  At the end of the year, there is a school battle where students answer quiz bowl type questions about the books.  All participants are invited to a district-wide celebration with Wiley, Yankee Ridge, and Leal schools.
Participating students will meet once a month during the lunch/recess period to organize, discuss the books, and practice battle questions.  This program is run by parent volunteers and supported by Ms. Morgan, our librarian, and the PTA.  Participating students receive a Battle of the Books t-shirt. Students will be able to check out books from the Thomas Paine library, the Urbana Free Library, the Champaign Public Library, and through the MediaMall online.  Audiobooks and ebooks are also available through the city libraries.  Information about the program will go home with students in the fall and parent permission is required to participate- no fee is required.  For more information, please email Jaimee Gleisner at
Download Battle of the Books Registration Form Here