Middle School

Children are naturally eager to question, develop their own theories — even change a point of view.

Library Media Center

Students discover the world through the David Hale Library Media Center (LMC). Not just a room full of books, the LMC is the heart of the school. From early morning to late afternoon, children and adults are found enjoying a book, consulting librarians recommendations, or gathering with friends to discuss books. The collection includes children’s picture books, junior fiction novels, reference books, curriculum-based non-fiction books, biographies, middle school fiction, professional and parenting resource books, and a video collection.

The school library is a powerful resource in promoting cultural competency and in celebrating diversity in different forms. The LMC collection proudly includes materials that encompass the beliefs and ideologies of the diverse groups represented within and beyond our school, as well as materials that help students develop respect, and appreciation for global cultures.

The LMC has two full time library specialists who collaborate with teachers to use resources that enhance the learning process, support curriculum, and extend the classroom experience. In preschool, students visit the library weekly for story time. In the early primary grades students attend story time, check out books, and receive library skill instruction. In the later primary and continuing into the middle grades, students visit the library for instruction in information literacy, literature sharing, book selection, effective research, and customized lesson plans.

The library program aims to help students gain experience, knowledge, and confidence in the access, evaluation, and use of information resources.

Goals and Objectives:

  • Develop the habits of lifelong reading and learning
  • Develop an appreciation and understanding of literature in a variety of media
  • Ability to locate, identify and select resources using a variety of media
  • Apply reference and research skills in retrieving ideas and information from a variety of resources; including electronic databases and internet sources
  • Higher-order thinking to evaluate, organize, analyze, and synthesize information and ideas for problem-solving and decision making
  • Use of the research process to create classroom curriculum-based projects
  • Understand appropriate internet use and ability to assess credible and authoritative digital resources
 
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