Welcome to the
Diamond Elementary
Media Center!

Dr. Seuss reading quotation






Ms. Marcie Jarquin, 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. Jarquin 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. 

Literacy websites

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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)

The following link is to Common Sense Media.  www.commonsense.org

 MCPS has launched a partnership with Common Sense Education that will provide students with the resources and information they need to behave safely and responsibly with technology and social media. We already began this venture with Internet safety lessons our chrome book usage agreements. The curriculum will cover issues such as privacy, cyberbullying, internet safety and other digital dilemmas.  

You can sign up as a parent and utilize the resources from the site.  Once you sign up, please watch the following introductory video. 


Kids and Tech: The New Landscape

Summer Reading!

The Montgomery County Public Library’s (MCPL) Summer Read and Learn program offers kids and teens a chance to fill their summer with great books and fun activities. Read books, do fun learning activities, and attend events all summer long. You'll earn badges and prizes and enjoy fun raffles!

Participating is easy:

Sign up (or log in) online or in any library branch.

Visit a branch to pick up a game board and your minor league baseball ticket.

Earn points to complete the program.

Visit your branch to pick up your prizes while supplies last.



The Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge is a free program.  Over the course of 18 weeks, kids can enter their summer reading minutes online, unlocking digital rewards as they complete weekly reading challenges; and access book excerpts, videos, and other summer-exclusive content.

Once participating kids reach 25, then 50 and then 100 million minutes collectively read in the Summer Reading Challenge, Scholastic will donate a minimum of 200,000 books in collaboration with United Way to kids in need across the United States!



This summer, Capstone Publishing is providing free access to thousands of ebooks that can be read from school, home, or on-the-go. These eBooks can be used with a laptop or desktop computer or an iPad.

Check out all the titles available using the login information below.

Go to www.mycapstonelibrary.com

Login: capstonesummer

Password: interactive19


Barnes & Noble’s Summer Reading Program is back to give young readers the opportunity to earn a free book by following these three easy steps:

Read any eight books this summer and record them in your Summer Reading Journal (download here in either English or Español). Tell us which part of the book is your favorite, and why.

English:  https://dispatch.barnesandnoble.com/content/dam/ccr/pdf/2019/summer-reading/123233A-05-bn-tear-sheet-bndotcom.pdf

Spanish:  https://dispatch.barnesandnoble.com/content/dam/ccr/pdf/2019/summer-reading/123233A-04-BN-tear-sheet-spanish-cropped-edit.PDF

Bring your completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between August 1st and August 31st, 2019.

Choose your FREE reading adventure from the book list featured in the journal.



1st Annual Reading Night

  Families of grades K-2 joined us for our first annual reading night.  It was Friday, October 12, 2018 from 6-7:30.

Thanks to all families and staff members who attended and made it such a fun evening!

 Reading Night 2018


Book Fair

 Thank you for helping Diamond Elementary students kick off Summer Reading!  

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Book It!

We are participating in Book It!  It is a reading incentive program partnered with Pizza Hut. Please visit www.bookitprogram.com for details and ask your student about it.


Read Across America Week

 Welcome to Seussville

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

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. 
   Please click on these links to learn more about the program and this year's nominees.   BES flowers





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