Blanchette Learning Commons
Welcome to the Blanchette Learning Commons (formally known as the Library) at Providence Catholic High School! We provide access to reliable information sources, instruction for students and faculty, and personal enrichment through pleasure reading and other activities.
In the BLC, we wish to provide the best academic and recreational environment that we can. In order to meet the different study needs of our students, we have differentiated our space into four zones that reflect the more common study models of our students.
- We have a large Open Study area for students who may work alone or with a partner.
- For students that require a distraction-free space, we have the Focused Study area.
- And for group work and for the students who don’t mind some noise, there is the Collaboration Laboratories, or Co-Labs, with tables to accommodate small and large workgroups.
- For the students who are in the BLC to relax and enjoy one of our many titles, or wish to have a casual meet-up with friends and classmates, we have comfortable seating at our fireplace and in our Fiction stacks.
Destiny Card Catalog
At the BLC, our primary goal is to support our patrons in their academic pursuits. Our students have unlimited access to our databases from any computer in the school and any computer outside of school with an internet connection. The databases are:
||Credo is an easy-to-use tool for research projects and homework. Search in hundreds of encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, quotations, and subject-specific titles, as well as 200,000+ images and audio files, and nearly 200 videos.
||EBSCO provides patrons with access to full articles from over 1000 sources, such as magazines and peer-reviewed journals in EBSCOHost. NoveList is a reader advisory service that allows for patrons to read reviews and find read-a-likes for thousands of fiction titles. Teachers can use the Student Research Center to discover new pedagogy and best practices in the world of education.
||Gale provides online access to its wide range of print and eBook materials, tailored towards general research and knowledge building. Sources included are Gale’s encyclopedias, Opposing Viewpoints, which contains a variety of topics and the debates therein, and literature and literary criticism resources.
|POV and Opposing Viewpoints help students craft their rhetoric by providing of arguments from both sides of contemporary issues. These articles use reliable sources and demonstrate proper citation in argumentative writing.
The BLC has a wonderful collection of fiction in all genres. From classic and inspirational works to contemporary page-turners, you can find it in the BCS! Our book collection not only has 3000 hardcover and paperback books, but over 1000 eBooks as well, which students can read on a laptop, mobile device, or eReader through our FollettShelf and EBSCO subscriptions. Simply search our catalog and find a romance, an adventure, or a good scare. If you want to read, we’ll help you get it!
We have subscriptions to many popular magazines, such as Time, Sports Illustrated, Ebony, Scientific American, and others. Our databases provide access to hundreds of other magazines and journals. In the BLS, we pride ourselves in providing students with as many avenues to literacy and a love of learning as we can.
BLC Rules & Guidelines
The primary purpose of the library is to promote and support scholarship and academic pursuits. While we in the BLC recognize that we all learn in our way and at our pace, we ask that our patrons remember this as well. The overarching message that informs any action in the BLC is the Silver Rule: Do NOT do unto others what you would NOT have others do unto you.
- If you keep that in mind, then your time in the BLC will be spent positively and productively.
- We are 100% BYOD-friendly 100% of the time. Use your devices responsibly.
- When in the Focused Study zone, refrain from making any noise.
- If you are a large group, do not move chairs or furniture without informing Mr. Guldin or Ms. Sauter. Also, large groups are encouraged to sit as far from the Focused Study zone as they can.
- If you take a book off the shelf, do not return it to the shelf; we will be more than happy to return it to the stacks for you.
- If you wish to listen to any audio, you must use headphones (yours or ours).
- Please refrain from bringing food into the BLC.
- Please leave the BLC as you found it.
And the most important fact to remember in the BLC is: It is impossible to bother the librarian.
If you have a question, ask. If you’re unsure, ask. The staff in the BLC is more than happy to help you be awesome; all you have to do is tell us how.
Learning Commons Staff