Welcome to the Potomac Elementary School Library Media Center!
Our Media Center provides a welcoming atmosphere for the Potomac ES learning community to read, browse, research, and use technology.
Mr. Mitchell Schorr: Media Specialist Ms. Shella Chappell: Media Assistant
Online Services and Digital Subscriptions
||Destiny is our online catalog for library materials. There are many ways to search for information or a free reading book.All students can login and see when their books are due, create lists of books for projects/pleasure reading, or review books they’ve read. Students in grades 3-5 may reserve one book at a time
||Capstone interactive is an extension of our library collection. We currently own 68 capstone interactive eBooks with more to come in the future! Choose from different subjects, genres and levels to find just the right book. Every title is supported by audio recorded by professional voice-over artists.
||Rourke’s e-Book collection features a variety of informational texts. Rourke educational e-Books are leveled by Guided Reading Levels. Many titles are embedded in the MCPS curriculum.
||Tumble Book Library where animated “talking” books help you read, learn to read, and entertain. You can read a book on your own or have it read to you.
|| PebbleGo contains information about insects, animals, Dinosaurs, Social Studies, science, and biographies. Pebble go includes photography, short video, audio, and guided audio reading with text highlighting.
PebbleGoNext is for young researchers ready to graduate from PebbleGo! It is curriculum connected, and the text is information rich and suitable for grades 3-5. It also includes many text features, video, audio, and highlighted guided reading.
||CultureGrams has information on 182 countries, including history, land, personal appearance, gestures, language, government, family lifestyles, climate and region.
||Britannica School is an online database and encyclopedia containing a wide range of topics and general information. Britannica School features versions of articles written for students in elementary, middle, and high school.
||Britannica Image Quest is a database of high quality images with usage rights for school projects.
||Annals of American History features speeches, historical accounts, memoirs, poems, images and other multimedia to learn about American History.
||Britannica Escolar es Britannica School en Español.
|Noodletools creates citations, note cards, outlines and helps organize your research projects.
SIRS Discoverer is a database of articles and images from
newspapers, magazines, government documents, and websites.
SIRS Knowledge Source has several databases to help middle and
high school students with research on current issues, government topics, arts
Explora Primary School includes a dictionary, encyclopedia and
images and videos. It also has teacher resources.
Animals, Biographies, Dinosaurs, Social Studies and Science articles to help
you with your research projects.
TumbeBook Library has animated “talking” books. You can read a
book on your own or have it read to you.
Ask Us Now! let’s you ask an online librarian questions
about research and get help in using websites and online resources.
ipl2 is a public service organization and a learning/teaching
environment. To date, thousands of students and volunteer library and
information science professionals have been involved in answering reference
questions for our Ask an ipl2 Librarian service and in designing, building,
creating and maintaining the ipl2's collections.
Black-Eyed Susan Books
will need your MCPL library card to login into the databases below)
MCPL A-Z Databases has magazine
articles, encyclopedias and eBooks to support your research needs.
Covers African American history, including primary sources and
biographies. Features the African American National Biography, Africana, and
the Encyclopedia of African American History.
Find good books, fiction and nonfiction, for kids and teens.
Kid-friendly, with recommended reading lists, read-alikes, award winners,
series titles, and more.
language courses, emphasizing conversational skills. Covers more than 70
languages, plus English courses for speakers of about 20 languages. If you want
the software to keep track of your progress, you should set up a username and
password in Mango. Mango Languages has apps for Apple devices and
for Android devices. To use the app, first log in to the Mango
website with your library card number, and create your Mango account. Then
download the app to your device.
Interactive language learning for
children. Teaches 8 languages, including English, with animation and games.
Media Center Offerings and Services
The PES Media Center offers:
- 14,000+ books, reference materials, and 11 magazine subscriptions
- Computers with internet access,
- 2 patron’s catalog terminals
- 17 online databases (with home access)
- Black - Eyed Susan Reading Program
- Wide range of technology available for supervised use
Finding Books in the Media Center
- Students use the patron’s catalog to search for books by author, title, subject, or key words.
- Everybody books and fiction books are organized alphabetically according to author’s last name.
- Nonfiction books are organized numerically according to the Dewey Decimal Classification System.
- Biographies are organized by the last name of the individual.
- Some books such as series books, graphic novels, and foreign language materials are displayed as special collections.
Media Center Schedule
The media center is open to students every day from 9:10-3:25. Media Lessons are provided according to the master school schedule. Students may check out books when their classroom teachers bring them to the Media Center. If students want to return, renew, or check out materials, they may come anytime during the day with their classroom teachers permission.
Book Check-Out Policy and Procedure
These are the guidelines for checking out books:
- Students may check out two books at time.
- If a student has any overdue materials, their check out privileges are suspended until the material is returned or the fine is paid.
- All materials are checked out for two weeks. However, a student may bring his/her book back at any time for an exchange.
- Students can renew books as long as there are no reserves placed on the book.
- Reference materials remain in the media center for everyone’s use. Please see the media specialist for questions about reference materials.
The policy for lost, damaged or overdue books is as follows:
- If a book(s) is 2 weeks overdue, students will lose check out privileges until the book(s) is returned.
- If a book(s) is more than a month overdue, media center staff will call the parent or guardian to ask for help in locating and returning the material(s).
- If a book is lost, a notice will be sent home to the parent or guardian with the price of the book.
- Fines are not assessed for late books.
We rely on parent volunteers to assist with book exchange before school and during the day. Volunteers also get to help with other tasks related to circulation, such as shelving books. If you are a PES parent and are interested in volunteering in the media center, please email Ms. Redman or the PTA volunteer coordinator. No experience is necessary!
Staff Digital Resources
DE Streaming (Discovery Education):
Education offers a breadth and depth of digital media content that is
immersive, engaging and brings the world into the classroom to give every
student a chance to experience fascinating people, places, and events. All
content is aligned to state standards, can be aligned to custom curriculum, and
supports classroom instruction regardless of the technology platform.
EBSCO Auto Repair Reference Center:
repair and maintenance information on most major manufactures of domestic and
import vehicles. New repair procedures, TSBs and updates are added to the
product on a regular basis.
EBSCO Explora Primary Search:
searchable encyclopedia and dictionary site is designed for elementary and
middle school students. It includes images, articles and definitions. It also has a teacher resources section.
EBSCO History Reference Center:
database includes more than 300 reference books and encyclopedias; 58, 000
historical documents; 43, 000 biographies; and more than 100,000 images and
EBSCO Master File Premier:
provides searchable full text for over 1,700 publications dating as far back as
1975. Also included are nearly 500 full text reference books and an Image
Collection of over 400,000 photos, maps, and flags.
EBSCO Science Reference Center:
science periodicals, reference books, encyclopedias, essays, biographies,
animations, image, and videos. Supports all science disciplines.
is an online bibliography (woks cited) composer and not taking tool. Students
inputs the information necessary and print out the bibliography.