As a flexible/fixed scheduled library, our mission is to encourage our school staff and students to enjoy literature and to become lifelong learners. Flexible scheduling means that students may use the Library Media Center anytime during open periods of the day to work on projects, study in small groups, search for information and materials, and read books. The School Librarian collaborates with teachers for a regularly scheduled weekly class for library instruction in information skills, literature appreciation, and digital literacy.
Students may check out books and read-alongs (book with an audiotape or CD) for a period of two weeks. Magazines and yearbooks may be checked out for one week. Items should be returned or renewed within that time period.
Kindergartners may check out one item weekly, until good library habits are established. At the beginning of the new year, we increase it to 2 books each week. First through fifth graders are allowed to have up to five items checked out in their name.
Students should take good care of library materials when using them and carrying them in their backpacks. Books should be kept away from food, drink and pets. Be aware: younger siblings need supervision and should never write or draw in library books. It is helpful when students establish a safe place to store library materials when at home. Accidents do happen, however, and damaged or lost books must be paid for, which is intended to help students recognize their responsibility and demonstrate respect for shared school resources.
The mission of the Guilderland Central School District Library Media Program is to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information.
To accomplish this, we will:
- Provide instruction to foster competence and stimulate interest in reading, viewing, and using information and ideas.
- Work with other educators to design learning strategies to meet the needs of individual learners.
Our Library Curriculum
The 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.