Brookhaven Elementary School Media Center:
The Dr. Thomas R. Peters Memorial Library
Dr. Thomas R. Peters worked for MCPS for 25 years and served a number of years as Principal of Brookhaven ES.
The Brookhaven Elementary School Library was dedicated to Dr. Peters on June 13, 2005.
"... when books are opened you discover you have wings." ~Helen Hayes
About the Media Center - Vision & Mission
Our vision is that the Brookhaven ES Media Center's community of learners will ask questions, seek answers, share knowledge, and practice effective and ethical use of information in a global society.
The mission of the Brookhaven ES Media Center is to encourage our students to ask questions, seek answers, share knowledge, and practice effective and ethical use of information in a global society. Our school is filled with life-long learners - including not only our students, but our staff and our administration - come learn with us!
- Ms. Kathryn Lee: Media Specialist
- Mrs. Carole Eagleson: Media Assistant
We want our students to have the best school year ever. We love to read and to help our students find just the right book. The school library media program focuses on reading for both pleasure and information, and includes 21st Century learning skills and working with technology. Digital citizenship is essential in 21st century learning. Please visit the MCPS Cybercivility and CyberSafety page and CommonSense Media for more information.
The Media Center is open every school day from 8:30-3:30. During the school day, you may come in at any time (with your teacher's permission) to return or check out materials.
Students in Kindergarten may check out one (1) book or magazine for up to two weeks at a time*.
Students in Grades 1-4 may check out two (2) books, or one book and one magazine, for up to two weeks at a time*.
Students in Grade 5 may check out two (2) books, or one books and one magazine, for up to two weeks at a time*.
*We recommend that our students return their book as soon as they are finished reading it. Classes visit the media every week for a book exchange.
- You may not check out any materials if you have an overdue book or magazine. A notice will be sent home if the student has an overdue book.
- You may check out additional books when working on a project for class with the permission of the classroom teacher and Ms. Lee.
- Reference books may be checked out overnight with Ms. Lee's permission.
- Students are responsible for paying for lost and/or damaged materials.
How to Choose a Book
Think about a subject you enjoy or would like to know more about. Perhaps you would like to read another book by an author you have already enjoyed. Decide whether you want fiction or nonfiction. Use the patron's catalog to locate books (their call numbers). When you find the book, look at the cover and illustrations. Read the inside of the book jacket to learn more about the book. Read a page in the book. Use the five-finger rule to decide if the book is too easy or hard for you. If the book fits your need, go check it out! If not, put it back on the shelf in the right spot. Check the other books on the shelf to see if you can find a better choice.
Remember that the words in books, magazines, and the computer are owned by the author who wrote them. You MUST put the information into your own words and/or give credit to the author...citing your sources is thanking those who helped you find the information!