Welcome to the Olney Elementary Media Center

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Olney Elementary School Media Center, serves about 600 students, from kindergarten through fifth grade, and all staff members. The media center is home to over 13,000 books as well as audio books, PlayAways, educational DVDs, videos, magazines, and reference materials.

The instructional media center (IMC) is a classroom where all students are encouraged and prepared to become life-long learners by practicing the skills necessary to help them explore ideas, frame questions, solve problems, and satisfy their own curiosity. The instructional media center and the roles of the media specialist are crucial in assisting schools to meet the new standards, while educating students to deal with an information-saturated world.

This information center of the school goes by many names. Whether it's referred to as library media center, media center, instructional media center, or the library, this is the special place where students and staff are equipped with tools and strategies for lifelong learning.


Visit the media center frequently online or while you are at school.


The Facility

We are proud of our beautiful facility which includes:
  • 1,978 square ft. instructional/reading area
  • collection of over 13,000 books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, videos, & software
  • 624 square ft. office/workroom
  • 260 square ft. communication room (TV studio)
  • 724 square ft. textbook/equipment storage area
The Media Center offers:
  • Personal assistance of a certified media specialist to help you find what you're looking for  
  • Collaborative planning and teaching to integrate information literacy skills into the content areas
  • Resource-based instruction
  • Access to print and online resources
  • Integration of technology  
  • Literature appreciation  
  • Free choice reading  
  • Production of materials in various formats
  • In-house television studio

Mission and Vision


We, the students and staff of Olney Elementary School, will always give our best effort and work together to become independent users of the media center and life-long learners.


The Olney School Library Media Program is essential to student learning and achievement and is integral to the entire educational process. It provides all students and staff members with equitable and timely access to ideas and information in a variety of formats. Through a collaborative integrated instructional program, the media specialist and classroom teachers will teach students to be effective users of ideas and information. By helping students acquire information literacy skills, which are essential to mastering curricular content, critical thinking, and problem solving - the media program supports lifelong reading and learning.

Media Staff

 lorraine and roz
 Lorraine Brunn, Media Specialist (L) and Rosalyn Hall, Media Assistant (R)

Meet Mrs. Brunn 

I was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Takoma Park, Maryland. Teaching was my career choice since I was in elementary school. I graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. I have a Master’s Degree in Reading from Johns Hopkins University and a Master’s Degree in Media Library Science from Western Maryland College. (now McDaniel College) I taught first and second grade for ten years prior to becoming a media specialist.

I have been the media specialist at Olney Elementary since 2001. It is rewarding to have a career that is challenging, stimulating, and touches the lives of so many people. I really enjoy sharing my passion for reading and lifelong learning with the students and others I work with.

Besides teaching and reading, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Steve and two sons, Michael and Matthew. My other interests include bike riding, walking, traveling, cross-stitch, photography, cooking (when I have time) and shopping.

Please call or e-mail if you would like to visit, volunteer, or have questions about the library media program.


Volunteers are always welcome in the media center. Dedicated friends, parents, and students give the gifts of time and talent to help the OES media program. An hour a week or every other week can be a rewarding experience. Get to know which books are popular in elementary school. See your child's class at work. We can accommodate any schedule. No experience is necessary. We will be happy to train you. Interested??? Please e-mail Mrs. Brunn or Mrs. Purnell, our volunteer coordinator.

Volunteers help us:

  • shelve books
  • check books in/out to students and staff
  • repair books
  • create seasonal displays/bulletin boards
  • create data charts
  • file catalogs
  • type documents
  • help students locate books & navigate computer resources
  • laminate materials
  • water plants
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