Welcome to the Media web page of

Town Creek Elementary! 

 

Marnie Stearns, Media Specialist

Useful Websites

 

Online Catalog- Destiny- Click Here

Capstone E-Books- Click Here

 

Media Program & Procedures Overview

Media Classes

Every student participates in a weekly 45 minute Library Media class. During the Library Media instruction time, each grade level Media class has the opportunity to learn a variety of skills. These skills include:

  1. Learning to use library resources to locate information
  2. Developing research skills
  3. Literature appreciation
  4. Developing technology skill proficiency
  5. Developing cyber safety practices

During this instruction time, students earn grades based on the five skills listed above. The grade earned is reflected on each student’s report card twice a year for 2nd quarter and 4th quarter.

Media Center Hours

The Media Center is open for student use from 9am – 3:30pm. Students are allowed to visit the Media Center Monday and Friday for book exchange from 9:05 to 9:30 am with their classroom teacher’s permission.

Morning Book Check-out

The details of the daily morning check-out are as follows:

  1. Students are released to the Media Center between 9:05-9:20 am, with the classroom teacher’s permission.
  2. In order to be dismissed to the Media Center, students must have a borrowed Media Center book in their hand.
  3. Students with 2 overdue books on their account must return those books prior to participating in morning check out.   Students may return overdue items to the Media Center during the morning check-out time.
  4. Early morning check-out concludes at 9:30am.
  5. Students participating in morning check-out are responsible for any work that they may miss during the time they participate in early morning check-out.

Checking out books is an opportunity that every child loves. However, checking out books requires responsibility on the part of every participating student.   Once a book is checked out, students may keep the book for one week, before it is due or considered overdue. If a student is not finished reading the book within the original 7-day checkout period, students may renew the book by bringing it in for processing. In order for a student to check out a book from the Media Center there must not be an “overdue” book on their account.  Please help your child to be a responsible library patron by encouraging them to keep their book in their backpack when they are not reading it.

Lost and Damaged Books

Occasionally, a book will inadvertently get lost or damaged. In cases of book loss or damage, the book will need to be replaced, so a fee will be assessed for the cost of the book. The Media center will send a sheet of paper with the title and cost of the book home with your child.   When paying for a book, please make checks out to Town Creek ES and in the memo section write your child’s’ name and “Lost or Damaged Book”.   

Media Volunteers

In the Media Center, we can always use extra help! Parent volunteers are always welcome in the Media Center to help in the following ways:

  • Shelving books
  • Pre-Processing books
  • Assisting students locate books
  • Assisting students use technology
  • Assisting students complete library activities
  • Assisting with the book fair

In order to be a volunteer in the Media Center, one must complete the volunteer screening and training with St. Mary’s County Public School System. See the SMCPS website (www.smcps.org) for more details.

Announcements

 

 

Suggested Leisure Reading List

GRADE

TITLES

K & 1st

A Big Guy Took My Ball!

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole

Fox in Socks

Moustronaught

Creature Features

The Day the Crayons Quit

Weslandia

Knuffle Bunny

The Adventures of Beekle: The unimaginably friend

Olivia

Crankenstein

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs

Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads

Sweet Tooth

2nd & 3rd

Dory Fantasmagory

Rainbow Fairies series

Notebook of Doom (series)

I survived (series)

The Magic Tree House (series)

Geronimo Stilton (series)

Charlie and the Chocolater Factory 

Zack Files (series)

Judy Moody (series)

Stink (series)

The magic School Bus Chapter Books

Katie Kazoo (series)

Horrid Henry

4th & 5th

Harry Potter series 

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Artemis Fowl

Goddess Girls (series)

Hoot

Wonder 

Rules

Gregor the Overlander (series)

Infinity Ring (series)

Percy Jackson (series)

39 Clues (series)

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Peter and the Starcatchers (series)

Elijah of Buxton

Countdown

Dead End in Norvelt

Odd and the Frost Giants 

 

 

Suggested Literature Websites for Children

Grade

Level

Favorite Character

Website

K-2

Clifford

pbskids.org/clifford/index-brd-flash.html

K-2

Peter Rabbit

www.peterrabbit.com/

K-2

Max & Ruby

www.rosemarywells.com

K-2

Curious George

www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com/features/cgsite/

K-3

Arthur

pbskids.org/arthur/

K-3

Berenstain Bears

www.berenstainbears.com

K-3

Junie B. Jones

www.randomhouse.com/kids/junieb/

3-5

Greg Heffley

www.wimpykid.com/

3-5

Ramona & Henry

www.beverlycleary.com/

3-5

Cpt’n Underpants

www.pilkey.com/

4-5

Harry Potter

www.jkrowling.com

4-5

Percy Jackson

www.percyjacksonbooks.com

4-5

39 Clues

gordonkorman.com

4-5

Goosebumps

www.scholastic.com/goosebumps/

 

Suggested Typing & Book List Websites for Children

Grade Level

Topic & Website

K-5

Tumble Books /e-Books

www.tumblebooks.com/library/asp/home_tumblebooks.asp

K-5

Reading Lists

www.stmalib.org/kids/reading-lists

K-5

Typing Practice

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing/

3-5

Typing Lessons

www.powertyping.com

3-5

Typing Lessons

www.typing-lessons.org/

3-5

Caldecott Award Books

www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/caledcottmedal/caldecottmedal.cfm

4-5

Newbery Award Books

www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/newberymedal/newberymedal.cfm

4-5

Md. Black-Eyed Susan Award Books

www.maslmd.org/awards_nominees.php

4-5

Coretta Scott King Award Books

www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/rts/emieert/cskbookwards/recipents.cfm