Media Center

The Media Center at Forest Oak Middle School


  • Amy Sterrn, Media Specialist
  • Teri Kaelin, Media Assistant

Mission Statement

The Forest Oak Middle School Library Media Center's mission is to support curricular instruction by providing staff and student access to a collection of print, non-print and electronic media, along with training and support that will promote efficient and responsible use of all available resources.

In addition, the Forest Oak Middle School Library Media Center supports reading for personal satisfaction by providing a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction print materials intended to engage the middle school reader.

Policies & Procedures


The media skills program is taught in conjunction with classroom research projects. At each grade level specific research skills are matched with grade level curricula. Some lessons and units are taught whole-group in the media center, some small-group in the media center, some in the classroom, some in the computer labs, etc.

The media schedule is flexible, in order to accommodate the largest number of people in the most efficient manner.


Students are limited to three items, checked out for a 3 week period. Students have regular access to the media center for book exchange through English classes, and may visit the media center before school during lunch, or at any time with a hall pass. Staff may check out materials on an unlimited basis. Destiny is the library system in MCPS. The link to the catalog of resources is  Students can log in to Destiny with their MCPS username and password to review materials checked out or put books on hold. All library materials checked out are emailed to students' gmail account each week.


Students whose accounts show overdue materials may not check out anything until the account is reconciled by returning the overdue materials or paying for the lost item(s). A full refund will be given if an item is returned after it has been paid for.



TBC is a collection of videos and chapter books in categories which include: Ebooks (Shakespeare, poetry, non-fiction, science, history, geography, etc.) Read-Alongs,

Graphic Novels, Videos (from National Geographic) and Audio Books.


TumbleBook Library has animated “talking” books. You can read a book on your own or have it read to you. 




Infobase e-books are now available



 Visit the Forest Oak Media Center on Google Chrome

 This link includes a brochure about the Forest Oak Media Center, instructions on creating a Noodletools account, 2016-2017 BES books, a complete list of Forest Oak online resources with links and access information.  and grade level projects. You will need your GAFE ( Google Apps for Education) account information to access these resources


Resources from Common Sense Media