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Library Program Overview

 

PBE Library Overview

 

Our school has an automated library with a full-time library media specialist. The library's mission is to ensure that students become independent library users who enjoy literature and are able to access, evaluate and use information effectively. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade participate in our library media program once per week during a thirty minute class with their teachers.

 

Classes alternate between lesson weeks and whole classimage of Patron Pledge poster book exchange weeks, utilizing a mixed fixed and flexible schedule. During these times, students receive direct library instruction on information literacy and digital citizenship concepts, have time to apply their skills and knowledge to select materials (books, eBooks, audio books and magazines), utilize digital media and participate in the account management and social networking features of our web-based library catalog. Flexible scheduling means that students may also use the library media center anytime during the day to consult with the librarian, work on projects independently or in small groups, conduct research and checkout materials. Students must ask their teacher's permission to leave the classroom to visit the library.

 

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The library media specialist collaborates with teachers to support their classroom curriculum with library instruction that is based on the Common Core Standards and Capital Region BOCES Information Fluency Continuum to provide students the skills needed to be successful in the 21st Century. Recently, our library media center was provided with a mobile technology cart consisting of 24 Chromebooks to provide an opportunity for students to more effectively integrate Google applications within our library media program.

 

Program and Curriculum (from our GCSD curriculum guides)

 

The GCSD Library Media Program plays a vital role throughout all aspects of the curriculum. The mission of the Library Media Program ensures that all students and staff effectively generate questions, access resources and create and share their new knowledge. In addition to managing the book collection and library web page, the Library Media Specialist provides instruction for individuals, small groups and whole classes of students. Areas of instruction include library orientation and circulation, literature appreciation, information skills and utilizing technology and digital media.

 

Library Experiences by Grade Level

 

Our kindergarten students are introduced to and participate in a variety of library experiences, such as:
• Navigating the library, borrowing library materials and becoming good library citizens (Orientation and Circulation)
• Learning the parts of a book, understanding roles of author and illustrator, distinguishing fiction from nonfiction (Literature Appreciation)
• Choosing and evaluating “just right” books, finding books for various purposes (Information Skills)
• Experiencing literature and information in different formats (Utilizing Technology and Digital Media)

Our first grade students further develop and reinforce skills through participation in a variety of library experiences, such as:
• Navigating the library, borrowing library materials and becoming good library citizens (Orientation and Circulation)
• Learning the parts of a book, understanding roles of author and illustrator, distinguishing fiction from nonfiction (Literature Appreciation)
• Choosing and evaluating “just right” books, finding books for various purposes (Information Skills)
• Experiencing literature and information in different formats (Utilizing Technology and Digital Media)

Our second grade students are introduced to and participate in a variety of library experiences, such as:
• Using the OPAC (library catalog) and Interlibrary Loan (Orientation and Circulation)
• Learning elements of a story, appreciating award-winning books, acquiring visual literacy skills (Literature Appreciation)
• Learning the arrangement and gaining access to the fiction, nonfiction and reference collections, beginning research processes, identifying features of nonfiction (Information Skills)
• Online resources for research, creating digital products(Utilizing Technology and Digital Media)

Our third grade students further develop and reinforce skills through participation in a variety of library experiences, such as:
• Using the OPAC (library catalog) and Interlibrary Loan (Orientation and Circulation)
• Learning elements of a story, appreciating award-winning books, acquiring visual literacy skills (Literature Appreciation)
• Learning the arrangement and gaining access to the fiction, nonfiction and reference collections, beginning research processes, identifying features of nonfiction (Information Skills)
• Online resources for research, creating digital products(Utilizing Technology and Digital Media)

Our fourth grade students are introduced to and participate in a variety of library experiences, such as:
• Expanding their use of the OPAC (library catalog) and Interlibrary Loan, becoming independent library users (Orientation and Circulation)
• Classifying and experiencing various genres, appreciating award-winning books, acquiring visual literacy skills (Literature Appreciation)
• Identifying parts of a book with emphasis on nonfiction features and conventions, expanding research processes emphasizing inquiry, evaluating print and online resources (Information Skills)
• Utilizing online resources for research, such as databases and ebooks, creating digital products, evaluating websites, citing online resources and digital images (Utilizing Technology and Digital Media)

Our fifth grade students further develop and reinforce skills through participation in a variety of library experiences, such as:
• Expanding their use of the OPAC (library catalog) and Interlibrary Loan, becoming independent library users (Orientation and Circulation)
• Classifying and experiencing various genres, appreciating award-winning books, acquiring visual literacy skills (Literature Appreciation)
• Identifying parts of a book with emphasis on nonfiction features and conventions, expanding research processes emphasizing inquiry, evaluating print and online resources (Information Skills)
• Utilizing online resources for research, such as databases and ebooks, creating digital products, evaluating websites, citing online resources and digital images (Utilizing Technology and Digital Media)