Library Media Center
The mission of the Meade Heights Elementary Library Media Center 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.
Students attend weekly Media classes as part of the Cultural Arts schedule. Lessons are planned in collaboration with classroom teachers to ensure that Media lessons support classroom content. Lessons include using the online library catalog and databases, literature appreciation, and research skills. Lessons and projects include content from Social Studies, Science, and other curricular areas. The Meade Heights Elementary School library circulated more than 41,000 books during the 2018-2019 school year!
To support the reading program, students choose books that meet their personal interests during weekly book circulation time built into the Media class. Additionally, students in grades 2-3 have the opportunity to join the Chessie Book Club. Students in this club select one extra book from the Chessie Book Club collection, read it during independent reading time in the classroom, and meet with a volunteer one day each week to answer comprehension questions about the book. Students earn badges for every five books read, and badges are rewarded at the end of the school year with treats and prizes.
Students in grades 4-5 have the opportunity to join the Black-Eyed Susan Book Club. Students read the books nominated for the Black-Eyed Susan Award from the Maryland Association of School Librarians and complete an activity after reading that gives them opportunities to think about and respond to the stories they read. After reading a selection of the nominated books, students submit their vote online for their favorite book. Votes are tallied from schools across the state, and the winner is determined by the student votes. Students in Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and Grade 1 participate in the Black-Eyed Susan Picture Book Award during library storytime.
Library Media Specialist
National Board Certified Teacher
Access all of our electronic books and databases through the MackinVIA website or app (available in the iTunes and Google Play stores for free).
Students use their lunch number as the username and the last four digits of the lunch number as the password.
Library Media Staff
Amy Young-Buckler, Library Media Specialist/National Board Certified Teacher
Tina Hare, Library Media Specialist
Sandra Kane, Library Media Assistant (Mondays)
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. MackinVIA allows you to use all of our ebooks and online databases from home without knowing the user name and password for each individual resource! To use MackinVIA from home, use the student lunch number as the login and the last four digits of the student lunch number as the password.
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