Welcome to GCS Learning Commons' home!


Our Mission


The mission of the Guardian Catholic School Learning Commons is to nurture young minds into critical thinkers with digital citizenship skills who develop a desire to be lifelong learners in the technological world by supplying diverse collections of enriching resources for informational needs and providing services that facilitate the learning and teaching needs of our students and teachers while supporting the Diocesan standards.

Our Story


In the summer of 2017, we were blessed with a new 21-century school building, a new school name, and joined two cherished schools into one dream.  The clean slate to design and construct a new school inspired us to take on the name Learning Commons for our new school library.  A learning commons is a school learning community where learners can use the best resources and technologies to participate in active learning and collaborative thinking while building their personal expertise.  Our's features technology rich spaces with flexible seating for large and small group collaboration or individual learning; areas for quiet reading, writing, and reflection; bookcases of books for leisure reading or research; and a future makerspace to include a Lego wall and supplies to create, build, make, and innovate.  Every student's future looks bright at GCS's Learning Commons! 

Read Every Day! Just Take 20!

Just Take 20

Our digital library of eBooks and eAudiobooks are in Destiny Discover. Search our catalog and check out using your GCS Destiny account (same as Renaissance login). Browse for digital books in the other digital libraries available to ensure you always have a book or an article to read. Reading 20 minutes a day will keep your reading skills sharp if you are an advanced reader. Reading 20 minutes a day will build your vocabulary and reading comprehension if you are a beginning or intermediate reader. Students using Google Classroom should go to Media Lib Classroom to view all our virtual library displays, participate in optional enrichments, and find information about GCS's resources and reading program. In 2021-2022, GCS is Rockin' Reading in Crocs! Join us and happy reading!    

Visit FL DOE's Just Take 20 for Families to discover the importance of a child reading 20 minutes every day.  Read anything--a book, magazine, cereal box, signs--It's about exposure to words!

Search Our Catalog


Destiny Discover is our online catalog where our patrons can browse our print and digital resources. We have eBooks, audiobooks, Collections (curated resources by theme for quick access), and learning links.  Destiny Discover is accessible via mobile devices or a computer with Internet access, and the school issued iPads have apps for accessing Destiny Discover to read our digital materials.  Patrons must login to their Destiny account to access our collections.  Visit Mrs. Rice's Google Classroom, Learning Commons, or her library blog, Reader's Corner, for tutorials to use Destiny and it's features, read library news, and lots more!  If you need help with your account login, contact Mrs. Rice below.

Book Care



Digital Libraries

 Click on icon to visit the site.

GCS's Destiny Discover library catalog

Use your Destiny student login (same as Renaissance).                                              For grades PK-8 digital use only.    Grades 1-8 can borrow print materials.

Accelerated Reader 360
Use your Renaissance student login.

For grades 3-8. 

Find an article to read and take the quiz.

Scholastic BookFlix
Login to your Destiny account and find our BookFlix login credentials in Destiny Discover's News section.
GCS's MackinVIA Digital Library
Click here for our login site.

Enter your Destiny credentials.

Click here for help videos. 

Jacksonville Public Library


You need a Jacksonville Public Library card to use their digital libraries. 

Click here to apply for a library card. 

SSYRA 2021-2022

Jr. (Gr. PK-2)
Gr. 3-5
Gr. 6-8

 Visit your Learning Commons [Google] Classroom, click Classwork, and select the SSYRA virtual library material posted to access a SSYRA book for your grade's category.

Scholastic Book Fair Coming...


Date: December 6-10, 2021

Location: Learning Commons

Pay with cash, debit/credit card, or eWallet.  Learn more about eWallet here.  Create an eWallet here.

Visit our Book Fair webpage here for more information!

Shop our Online Book Fair from December 6th-19th, and orders over $25 ship to your home for FREE!

Grades PK-2

Grades PK-2 Book Fair videos

Grades 3-5

Grades 3-5 Book Fair videos

Grades 6-8

Grades 6-8 Book Fair videos

Explore with Links to Learning!

Destiny Discover
DK Find Out!
Jacksonville Public Library link
Common Sense Media
NASA Kids Club link
Freckle student login
Accelerated Reader Bookfinder
Smarty Ants
Fact Monster link
National Library of Virtual (Math) Manipulatives
Science News for Students
Smithsonian Fun Stuff for Kids and Teens
Switch Zoo
ABCYA link
Starfall link
PBS Kids online
National Geographic Kids
National Geographic Education
Time for Kids
Energy Kids link
Bill Nye link
Lego link



Mrs. Rice's Blog

Reader's Corner blog

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Contact the Media Team


April Rice

Media Specialist

April Rice

Lillian Porter

Media Paraprofessional

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Mission Statement

Our mission is to help each student attain their potential through high quality Catholic education in a Christ-centered environment that inspires each of us to think, learn, achieve, pray and serve our communities.