PINES stands for Public Information Network for Electronic Services. The Georgia PINES is made up of 284 libraries coving 143 counties in Georgia. Basically, if you have a library card in Henry County, you can access the Georgia PINES website and view books in other counties in Georgia. PINES creates a statewide library that provides equal access to information for all Georgians. A user can find a book at a different library and request that this book is delivered to their home library free of charge. Users are able to find books and see how many are available and if they are all checked out, you are able to put a hold on the book. I noticed that you can apply for a PINES library card at the bottom of the homepage.
The PINES website has a Kid’s Catalog. This is a visually appealing site for students to use. They can search by author, title or by subject. There are pictures for subjects that students can select to see books in that category. I selected transportation and was then able to select from pictures of planes, trains, cars, trucks, tractors, machines, boats, and military. I then selected trains and was able to choose from 115 titles that were about trains. You can then sort the results by age group. I decided to select 6-8 years old and could then see 18 different titles that fit this criteria. It was easy to search this way. I feel that students will enjoy searching for books on this site. Users can see the call number and the section of the library where the book can be found. I noticed that most books have images of the cover of the book next to the title when you search for a book, but some covers are not available. I believe most students will notice and pay attention to the titles with covers, before acknowledging the ones that are missing the cover image. When you are viewing titles you have the option to “add to the B4 book log”. I have not heard of this book log, but found out it is an initiative to encourage parents to read 1000 books to their child before they reach kindergarten and The Georgia PINES catalog allows parents to easily add the books to the log to keep up with this endeavor.
Grades: K and up. Subject(s): Geography. Overall rating: 10.
Kids’ Catalog - High-speed trains : from concept to consumer. (n.d.). Retrieved November 14, 2016, from http://gapines.org/eg/kpac/record/5782026?qtype=subject;query=railroad%20trains;sort=pubdate.descending
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