Our media center serves about 660 students and 77 faculty and staff members. Students visit independently throughout the day. They come in to browse our online patron catalog, read and check out books, books on tape and CD, magazines and other literature related materials. Children and staff are encouraged to use the media center computers to access information, take Accelerated Reader tests, or work on projects. Many children enjoy coming in to just relax and enjoy reading in some of our special reading areas. Our “Reading Garden” is a fun place to visit and is great for students as well as adults to enjoy a quiet place outside to read or study and/visit with our tortoises. We also have daily visitors that just stop by the see what our library pets are up to!
Media Center Resource Classes
Kindergarten, first and second grade classes come to the media center for scheduled classes each week. This is a time for listening to stories, learning how to use the library and curriculum related activities. Third, fourth and fifth grade classes are scheduled on a rotating basis. This time is used for “book talks”, library skills, information literacy lessons, and curriculum related research and activities.
Our collection houses more than 10,000 items which includes books, magazines, videos, books on tape and C.D., computer software, maps, picture files, and many other print and non – print literature related items. In addition to providing materials for students and teachers, our Media Center now has a Parent Resource section which will includes books, magazines, videos and other materials. Parents are welcome to stop by from 9:00 – 3:15 to use our Media Center.
Our collection also includes 10 computers. These computers act as OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog) stations that enable us to electronically search through our collection. These computers also act as research stations, which expand our printed reference collection. Internet access is also provided, which enables students and teachers to use the virtual library that exists outside our library walls.
Two enrichment classes are working on iMovie projects on Friday afternoons. These fourth and fifth grade students are learning to use digital cameras and software on the Apple computers in the Media Center to complete videos about themselves. Students will learn and use iPhoto, iMovie, Garage Band, and the Internet to make their video.