Media Center General Information
The primary function of the Library Media Center is to support the district's mission, vision, and values by:
- Preparing students to be independent and skillful users of information
- Developing an appreciation for reading and literature
- Developing appreciation for diverse perspectives and points of view
- Helping enable students to become independent, life-long learners
Our Library Media Center provides access to materials that support all areas of the curriculum as well as materials that represent diverse perspectives. We offer a large collection of resources that include reference, non-fiction and fiction books of all genres. Online resources have becomes an essential component of research in the time of innovative technology. We have several online databases that students can access at school as well as from home. Students also have access to ebooks.
Our Library Media Center is completely automated and we have computers as well as ipads for students to access. We check out over 5000 books every month in our K-8 Media Center! Students are allowed to check out 2 items at a time (Kindergarten & 1st grade-1 item). Students may check out additional items for research with permission. All items may be kept for 2 weeks. We do not charge fines for overdue books, however if a student loses or damages a book, the student will need to pay for a replacement.
Our K-8 Media Center uses the Accelerated Reading program. This program matches students to appropriate books within their zone of proximal development and the students take a computerized test over the book. Accelerated Reader helps you focus attention on careful reading of books, which improves students' critical-thinking skills and builds the intrinsic love of reading.
We do a variety of activities in the Library Media Center to promote reading. We celebrate Children's Book Week, Teen Read Week, Read Across America, and many others. The Book Olympics are also held every four years for our middle school students. We participate in the State of Iowa voting of the Iowa Children's Choice Award and Iowa Teen Award books. A strong partnership has been established with our public library to help ensure student success with resources and to promote the love of reading.