Library Media Center
Our mission is to create a dynamic media program that facilitates life long learning and promotes a love of reading by working collaboratively with the staff and students to meet the needs of each member of our school community.
Our student-centered library media program seeks to promote a love of reading and to help students learn how to access, evaluate, and use information from a variety of print and non-print sources in order that they may become “skillful consumers and producers of information.”
To that end, I embrace each of the four interdependent roles of a media specialist as identified by the ALA: teacher, instructional partner, information specialist, and program administrator.
- As a teacher, I will work with students and other members of the school community to analyze learning and information needs, locate and use resources to meet those needs, and communicate the information the resources provide. Using a variety of strategies such as read alouds, book talks, and individual selection support, I will promote reading for enjoyment.
- As an instructional partner, I will collaborate with teachers to design and implement authentic learning tasks which integrate information acquisition skills and support the curriculum at each grade level.
- As an information specialist, I will provide leadership and expertise in acquiring and evaluating information resources; model strategies for locating, accessing, and evaluating information, and demonstrate the ethical use of the information obtained from these sources.
- As the program administrator, I will work collaboratively with members of the school community to define and implement the policies of the library media program.
** Much of the wording in this vision statement is taken directly from pages 2-5 of Information Power: Building Partnerships for Learning. Chicago: ALA, 1998.
One of the goals of the Bells Mill ES Media Center is to provide all school community members equal and open access to the resources we provide. We strive to emulate the Montgomery County Public Library's book check-out process, encouraging students to exchange books based on their reading speed and interest rather than a certain day -- every day is book day!
Library Bill of Rights
The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services.
- Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.
- Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.
- Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.
- Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.
- A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.
- Libraries which make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How many books can students check out at one time?
- Kindergarten and 1st grade students: 1 book
- Grades 2-3: 2 books, OR 1 book and a magazine
- Grades 4-5: 3 books, OR 2 books and a magazine
- Students must return materials in order to check out new materials
2. How long can they keep the books?
- Library materials are due in 1 week, but they can be renewed or returned sooner
- We will not charge overdue fines, but ask that books be returned in a timely fashion so they may be available to all BMES students
3. When can students check out books?
- Any day before or after school - although we caution kids who take the bus that after school is not necessarily the best time
- During their scheduled Media Center time
- During the day with their teacher's permission
- Lunch/recess if they have a pass
4. Can parents volunteer in the LMC?
Absolutely!! We are grateful for all of the help we can get with book processing, shelving and helping students select just the right book! If you are interested in volunteering, please contact JoAnn Floyd.
Mrs. Floyd and Mrs. Mocarski
JoAnn Floyd, Media Specialist
Hi, my name is Mrs. Floyd, and I am very excited to be your media specialist. I enjoy working with the staff, students, and community members to create a dynamic media center program that meets your needs. Before becoming a media specialist, I was an elementary school teacher. Although I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the classroom, I am equally excited about this chapter in my professional career. My husband and I live in Gaithersburg, MD. We have two wonderful adult children, Christine and Andrew, and an adorable labradoodle named Lambeau.
Jessica Mocarski, Media Assistant
Mrs. Mocarski is thrilled to be back at Bells Mill for her sixth year as the media assistant. When she is not helping students find just the right books, Mrs. Mocarski is having a wonderful time playing with her grandson, Noah. She also enjoys her part time job developing and maintaining an educational Website. In her spare time, Mrs. Mocarski enjoys traveling and cooking gourmet meals.
Black-Eyed Susan Book Award
Soon all grade levels will begin reading Black-Eyed Susan nominated books. Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award Program sponsored by the Maryland Association of School Librarials (MASL). This reading program is designed to feature outstanding books published within the last three years. A state committee of school library media specialists selects books of various ability levels. When possible, they try to select titles from different types of fiction such as adventure, science fiction, fantasy, realistic fiction, mystery, historical fiction, sports, school stories, romance and sometimes non-fiction. Through the years the committee also tries to select nominees that depict characters and situations with multicultural representations. The purpose of this activity is to encourage students to read and enjoy quality, contemporary literature and to promote lifelong reading habits.
Students in grades 4 & 5 who have read (or have been read to) three titles from the Grades 4 – 6 selections by late March will be entitled to vote for the book they think is the best. Students in grades K - 3 who have read (or have been read to) eight of the fifteen titles from the Picture Book selections will be entitled to vote. And yes, older students may read, and vote for, the picture books and younger students may also read and vote for the chapter books.
The ballots from across the state will be tallied, and in late April the winner will be announced. Unlike other book awards, such as the Newbery, students determine the Black-Eyed Susan book award winner.
For more information, please visit the Maryland Association of School Librarians.
Online Research Resources
Passwords available in the media center
Volunteering at the Media Center
Are you interested in volunteering at Bells Mill? The Media Center is now using SignUp Genius to schedule their volunteers. All are welcome.
Special Occasion Book Club
Looking for an exciting gift idea? Join the Bells Mill Special Occasion Book Club. Learn more about this unique gift program, or you can browse our wish list on