The Davidsonville Elementary School Library Media Center
This school year is going to be a great one! Our curriculum, activities, and collection continually grow, change, and improve, and our students and staff make our school library an exciting and welcoming area in our school. We strive to provide materials and develop lessons that will help our students become adept researchers, avid book-lovers, and life-long learners. Mrs. Frank, Mrs. Vannoy, and Mrs. Courtney are looking forward to seeing all of you!
The Library Media Center is located along the School's main hallway, easily accessible to all students in the school. It has a collection of over 15,000 items and supports all areas of the school’s instructional program as well as meeting the individual reading needs of our students.
Print Materials: Our collection includes Fiction and Non-fiction, Everybody books, Primary Non-Fiction, Graphic Novels, Bridging Books (beginning chapter books, both fiction and non-fiction), Magazines, and Professional resources in both print and nonprint formats.
E-Books: The library subscribes to over 100 e-books that can be accessed both at school and at home. E-books are brought up with search results just like print materials. They can also be searched using the Database links.
Databases: A variety of databases are provided for students of all ages and abilities. These include general resources such as encyclopedias, almanacs, and dictionaries as well as those focused on biographies, cultures, history, animals, science, and literature.
Resource and School Catalog Access
Students can access our school catalog from at home as well as at school Go to https://opac.aacps.org and choose Davidsonville from the drop down menu under Elementary Schools.
All students have regularly scheduled Library classes each week and are encouraged to visit the Library Media Center during its open hours in the morning (9:15 AM - 9:30 AM) and during the day as their teachers allow. Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade classes are 45 minutes in length; 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes are an hour in length.
Kindergarten students begin the year by borrowing 1 item. This limit is quickly increased to 2 after the first few weeks of school. 1st graders begin the year borrowing 2 items, and beginning in the second month of school, may have 3, provided the 3rd choice is a Bridging Book or chapter book. 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders are allowed 3 items out at a time.
For all students, exceptions can be made, such as when students are working on a report and extra materials would be useful.
The normal checkout period is one week. Materials are overdue after 2. There are no fines for overdue materials, but students are held responsible for their materials, and if an item is lost or damaged, they are asked to either replace it or pay for it so that a replacement item can be purchased. If a lost book or magazine is later found, any monies paid for it are refunded. If a replacement copy was purchased, then the student may either keep the now-found material or donate it to the school.
The Library Media Center has 2 library media specialists - Mrs. Cathy Frank and Mrs. Alison Vannoy, and a Media assistant - Mrs. Mary Courtney. The Library is also extremely fortunate to have the assistance of many parent volunteers who generously give of their time throughout the school year.
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.