Welcome to the
Diamond Elementary
Media Center!

Dr. Seuss reading quotation





Ms. Marcie Gross, Media Specialist         Ms. Kimberly Soles, Media Assistant


The Diamond Elementary Library Media Program’s mission is to cultivate a collaborative learning environment for enthusiastic and confident lifelong learners. We support and compliment Curriculum 2.0, promote reading and the appreciation of literature, and teach the information literacy skills necessary to be responsible and effective users of ideas and information.



                     Kindergarten                    1  Book

                     First Grade                       2  Books  /or/ 1  Book and 1 Magazine

                     Second Grade                   2  Books /or/  1  Book and 1 Magazine

                     3rd, 4th & 5th Grades      3  Books /or/  2 Books and 1 Magazine


Kindergarten and First grade books circulate each week.  Second-Fifth grade books circulate every two weeks.  Books are renewable if the student has not finished reading them.  


Centrally Purchased Online Subscription Services- Elementary Schools

Please contact Mrs. Gross at Marcie_l_Gross@mcpsmd.org

if you would like to get the username and password for a database:  Britannica School, Culturegrams, PebbleGo, PowerKnowledge Life and/or Earth Science, SIRS Discoverer, and Tumblebooks. 


Digital Citizenship

 Every student at Diamond Elementary School will become a responsible digital citizen who knows how to harness the learning potential of digital media in a 24/7 connected world and do it safely, effectively, ethically, and respectfully.  Teachers will implement technology-rich lessons that encourage active and project-based learning opportunities for our students to equip them to take ownership of their own learning and prepare them to thrive in the 21st Century.


(from Tippin Elementary School, El Paso, TX)




 Book Fair

Thank you to the DES PTA for sponsoring the Scholastic Book Fair each year.  This year's fair is coming up in November.  Stay tuned for dates and details!



PTA book fair 2017


Students and their families enjoy the wonderful selection of books. 

Read Across America Week

Let's read a book together

Just you and me

It's Read Across America Week

At Diamond Elementary!

Reading Websites


 A Book and a Hug

  Search for books by category, interest, and level.  Good resource for adults and students.

 Kids Read

  Search by title and author. This site includes summaries of books and reviews of books.  Information is good for teachers, parents and students.  

 Guys Read!

 The site is sponsored by author Jon Scieszka.  Focus is on books that would interest boys.   

 Scholastic Books

 The site is sponsored by Scholastic Books. You may search for books by title, author or genre.  Games related to specific books or authors are also included.



Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award Program

   Please click on this link to learn more about the program and to learn about this year's nominees.


BES flowers

All Diamond Elementary students participate in Maryland's student choice program, the Black-Eyed Susan Award. Each year a new set of nominees is selected by school librarians from around the state. Students listen and respond to Picture Book nominees during their library instruction. Students in grades 4 & 5 may choose to read 3 of the 10 nominees in the Chapter Book category. Voting takes place in April and the winner is announced in early May.



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