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 can find all information about GCS's resources and reading program on our Destiny Discover homepage. In 2023-2024, GCS is WILD About READING! with an animals theme! 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 for accessing Destiny Discover to read our digital materials.  Patrons must login to their Destiny account to access our collections.  View Mrs. Rice's videos for tutorials to use Destiny Discover, all of our digital libraries, and more on GCS's Destiny Discover homepage.  If you need help with your account login, contact Mrs. Rice or Mrs. Porter below.

Book Care



GCS students can access our Learning Commons' digital collection 24/7 via Destiny Discover.  Students need to login to their Destiny account to check out an eBook or audiobook.  We encourage our families to read daily together to learn something new, go somewhere fun that only a story can take you, fall in love with reading, and come together as a family every day.  Happy reading!

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 K-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.


Login to your Destiny account and find our BookFlix login credentials in Destiny Discover's Info section.

Tutorial  |  Parent Tips

Lerner Sports database

Database of superstar athletes and teams for most ages.

Lightbox Learning K-5 Nonfiction

K-5 Nonfiction eLibrary with interactive multimedia.

Title Listing 

GCS's MackinVIA Digital Library
Click here for our login site.

Enter your Destiny credentials.

Click here for help videos. 

Scholastic Watch and Learn Library

Login to your Destiny account and find our Watch & Learn Library login credentials in Destiny Discover's News section.

How to Use  |  Title Listing 

Jacksonville Public Library

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

Click here to apply for a library card. 

SSYRA 2023-2024

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

 Students can click on their grade's Sunshine State Young Readers Award category below to access and reserve our copies of the 2023-2024 book nominees:  Jr. | Gr. 3-5 | Gr. 6-8

View the 2023-2024 SSYRA titles videos:  Jr. | Gr. 3-5 | Gr. 6-8 

Families Need to Know

Common Sense Media resources for parents
Preschoolers 2-4
Little Kids 5-7
Big Kids 8-9
Tweens 10-12

Explore with Links to Learning!

Destiny Discover
Accelerated Reader Bookfinder
Jacksonville Public Library link
Common Sense Media
Library of Congress
Fact Monster link
Time for Kids
National Geographic Education
Smithsonian Fun Stuff for Kids and Teens
Smarty Ants
Freckle student login
Sadlier Connect Login
Switch Zoo
National Geographic Kids
Science News for Students
Bill Nye link
NASA Kids Club link
Energy Kids link
Storyline Online
Story Time from Space
Met Kids -- The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Khan Academy
iCivics games
ABCYA link
Starfall link
Khan Academy Kids
PBS Kids online



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Our 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.