Mrs. Tara Durant, Librarian
Our Holy Cross Academy library is an inviting space where children and adults come to read, learn and study. Our primary goal is to promote a love of reading and help our students to discover the world that books can open up for them. Our librarian and all our teachers promote the wonder of books and guide our students to become lifelong readers.
We are working hard to keep kids reading and raise critical funds for our school with our spring Scholastic Book Fair. We are so excited to be able to offer students a sense of normalcy and joy after they’ve missed so much this year.
Our Fair will connect your kids to notable books and inspiring characters — helping them become lifelong readers.
And all purchases will directly support our school!
Important information for our Fair, held in the HCA library on May 24th-28th
Safety First: The safety and well-being of your child is our priority. We’re taking extra precautions to host a safe, socially distanced Fair at our school, focusing on preventive measures. Learn more at bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/articles/safety
Contactless Checkout: With Book Fair eWallet, a convenient digital payment account, your child can shop the Fair cash-free. And now grandparents, friends, and others can contribute to the eWallet to help build your home library!
Shop Online: Experience the Book Fair fun by visiting our Book Fair online! You can shop over 6,000 products — and all orders ship direct to your home (with free shipping on book-only orders over $25*)!
All purchases made during the Fair will bring our school 25% in rewards.
Visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more and get started with eWallet and online shopping. Our link goes “live” on May 16th and profits will go to Holy Cross Academy Until May 29th.
We look forward to seeing your child at the Fair! Thank you for continuing to support our school.
Motivating children to read is an important factor in student achievement and creating lifelong successful readers. Research has shown that children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school.
Library Catalog & Programs
Students may search the school library collection by author, title, subject, series, or keyword. Items will be designated as “available” or “unavailable." At this time, holds cannot be placed but by clicking on “add to this list” you will create a printable list of items to check out that the student can bring in to the library.Go to link
This is a diocesan-wide competition for interested 6th grade students. Students read from a list of 16 books in a variety of genres. Five students and two alternates will be chosen to compete in a Jeopardy-style competition in May. Beginning each September, students will meet one day a week during lunch to discuss the books they have read and to prepare for the competition.Go to link
Subscriptions & Resources for Students
Build a love of learning with paired fiction and nonfiction books. Designed for grades PreK to 3.
State history, people, places, and events for elementary and middle school students.
This links to the kid’s page in the Central Rappahannock Regional Library System. Click here to search the online catalog, get book recommendations, live homework help, website for kids, and more!
Handy online style guide from the Purdue Online Writing Lab.
The Free Automatic Bibliography and Citation Maker.
Summer Reading List
Gale Learning Resources
Congratulations to the 2019 Battle of the Books Participants!
HCA participated in the Battle of the Books! Our students did a wonderful job in battling for the championship title.
Overall placement among 26 teams:
Lightning Round 27 (30 possible points) which gave us 2nd place
Verbal Round 86 (96 possible points) which gave us 5th place
Written Round 4 (15 possible points) which put us...well...almost last
Overall we placed 8th with a total of 117 points!
Yay HCA!! We are super proud of our students!