The Cape St. Claire Elementary School Library Media Center
Our Media Center is the very center of our school. Students come to the Media Center each week for media instruction and book selection. Students in grades one through five come for a forty-five minute period. Kindergarteners come for a thirty-minute period.
Our students love coming to our Media Center to read and share their books. Beginning readers, starting in 1st grade, enjoy the Beginner Chessie Clubs Levels 1 and 2. Intermediate readers are exploring the Chessie Jr. and Chessie Clubs. More advanced readers enjoy reading Black-Eyed Susan novels and Newbery Award winners. The boats and stars earned by the students are proudly displayed in the Media Center. These students are learning to love reading and working toward a goal!
Generally speaking, students may check out books during their weekly Media Center time or during open media times in the morning or afternoon. Kindergarten and 1st Graders can have one book checked out, 2nd can have two books checked out, 3rd graders are allowed to check out 3 books, 4th graders may have four and 5th Graders may have five books checked out at a time.
See Media Specialist for the username and passwords for these tools
EBSCO Primary: Includes newspaper, magazine and journal articles as well as general and animal encyclopedias, such as Searchasaurus and KidsSearch.
NewsBank KidsPage: Contains articles from newspapers, wire services, magazines and primary sources from 1992 – present and a historical perspective from 1970 – 1991. There are Spanish-language articles and resources that feature articles from children’s magazines.
World Book Online: Features an English and Spanish encyclopedia, atlas, dictionary, and sections on current events, historical events, student homework assistance, and parent resources.
Grolier Online: Includes an encyclopedia, atlas, dictionary, thesaurus, and sections on the United States (called America the Beautiful), countries around the world (called Lands and Peoples), and animals (called Amazing Animals of the World).
CultureGrams Online: World Edition: Features 182 cultures and territories in reports that include maps, statistics, a glossary, and in-depth information on 25 categories. Kids Edition: Contains the cultural, geographical and historical information of 66 countries. States Edition: Features reports on the fifty U.S. states and the District of Columbia that include facts, symbols, time lines, and more. Provinces Edition: Tour all the Canadian provinces and territories in 13 image filled reports. CultureGrams also includes a photo gallery with over 600 images, short biographies of famous people from each country, and recipes from each country and state.
SIRS Discoverer & Discoverer WebFind: Contains articles and graphics from more than 1,600 U.S. & international magazines, newspapers, and U.S. government documents. Features include: Current Events, current World Almanac for Kids, Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia, Dictionary, Thesaurus, Activities, Biographies, Fiction, Country Facts & Maps, Photo Essays & Pictures, as well as WebFind, which are safe, global websites monitored daily for grades 1 – 9.
PebbleGo: Features hundreds of animals, expertly leveled text, reading supports, and audio and video resources designed specifically for grades K – 2.
International Children’s Digital Library: Contains 592 international children’s books that can be read online for ages 3 – 13 (most are written in foreign languages – identifies the language – neat for the students to see).
Library Media Vision & Mission
The Office of Library Media Services envisions school libraries that are the hub of the school and are innovative, vibrant, and flexible spaces, staffed with school librarians who inspire students to become tech savvy and independent life-long readers and learners.
The mission of the Office of Library Media Services is to develop students who are lifelong readers and effective users of technology and information. We do this by teaching critical thinking, research skills and ensuring access to information resources and literature. The curriculum is designed to teach library media skills and information literacy at appropriate levels. In collaboration with the teachers, the library media specialist has developed an instructional program based on curriculum and the needs of the student population.
Over 1.6 million items are checked out each year to students and faculty.