We will provide opportunities for students and staff to become effective users of ideas and information, to gain an appreciation of literature, and to promote the library as a valuable source for research and reading.
Our media center will serve the students, the staff, and the families of Darnestown Elementary School.
Access to resources and materials will be freely and equitably provided to all students and staff. Materials and information will be representative of diverse perspectives on historical and current issues, as well as different cultures. The collection will meet the needs of all students and will supplement the curriculum and classroom activities. Students' interests will be taken into consideration when ordering materials and when assisting students.
We will prepare students to be "information literate" by guiding them with research and use of information. Our media center will be a warm and welcoming environment, where students and staff will enjoy reading, researching, and learning. We will collaborate with staff, students, and families to achieve our goal of creating lifelong learners and readers, who independently seek out further learning and read for pleasure.
Policies and Procedures
Students in grades 1 - 2: two books
Students in grades 3 - 5: two books or one magazine and one book
Kindergarten students: one book
Books need to be returned before students may check out another book.
Book Selection Criteria
Books will be selected by consulting several sources for recommended books. Books will be on the approved book list for Montgomery County schools, having been reviewed by media specialists and at least two professional sources.
Intellectual Freedom and Access
All students have the right to use the media center. All students may check out books as they wish, and choose their own materials. Materials are not restricted by age or grade level, although teachers and media staff may make suggestions. Parent or teacher approval of materials is not required for students when selecting books. Library materials will not be censored. Students will have a right to privacy of the materials they check out. The collection will contain material that represents diversity, students' interests, and intellectual growth.
Ms. Lang, Media Specialist
Ms. Olson, Media Assistant