The Fort Smallwood Elementary School Library Media Center
Media Center Nuts & Bolts
Students from Pre-K to 5th grade visit the Media Center each week for media instruction and book selection. Students in Pre-K through grade five come for a sixty minute period. Ms. Stacey Phillips, our media specialist, can be contacted via email: Smphillips1@aacps.org
Fort Smallwood students are bursting with enthusiasm over our reading incentive clubs. Beginning readers in first through third grade enjoy the Chessie Club while readers in fourth and fifth grade will have the opportunity to express their love of reading through Black Eyed Susan reading challenges!
Students may check-out books during their weekly Media Center time or during open media times in the morning or afternoon. Check-out limits are as follows: Pre-K and K may check out 1 book, Students in 1st grade through 3rd grade may check out 3 books, one must be a Chessie book. Students in 4th and 5th grade may check out 2 books.Mission Statement:
The mission of the library is to provide a stimulating, safe environment for all students to learn. The library will open eyes with information literacy and the skills needed to be life long learners of the 21st century.
The library will promote active student focused learning in order to produce high academic achievement. The library will guide students to be responsible and ethical citizens as they learn research, access and evaluate information and manage their own digital footprints as life long learners. Using advocacy and collaboration, the library will integrate information literacy as students engage in inquiry based learning.Welcome to the media website for Ms. Phillips at Fort Smallwood Elementary School. My goal is to place updated engaging books into the hands of students. I hope students find the love of reading through books. Through Makerspace and Inquiry based learning, students will build knowledge and research skills.
When I am not teaching I love to be outdoors. I like to be active with my three daughters. We enjoy playing sports, boating, crabbing, and doing arts and crafts. To relax you can find me reading. I am currently reading two books Managing the Successful School Library: Strategic Planning and Reflective Practice by Farmer and Leading for School Librarians : There Is No Other Option by Weisburg. I am a lifelong learner and finishing up my media certification at McDaniel College. I graduated from Bemidji State in Minnesota with a degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Psychology and Math. I later got certifications in the areas of special education, reading, and media. My masters degree is from Notre Dame of Maryland in Leadership and technology. I am looking forward to meeting you and helping you with any questions you may have.
Ms. Stacey Phillips
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.
Library Media Resources
Public Access Catalog & E-Resources : Allows you to search the school’s library for books, magazines, and electronic resources.
MackinVIA : A collection of assorted electronic books and databases.
Access AACPS databases, electronic resources, and the public access catalog from home without using a password. Select the MackinVIA icon from your ClassLink page. This will allow one click, no login access to MackinVIA.
Library Media Programs
AACPS Media centers are home to a variety of programs including:
(May vary by school)
*Scratch is developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab.
Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Books - 2020-2021 Nominees