What do we do in Media?
In media we learn a lot more than just how to check out (and return) books! We have weekly media classes during related arts time and we learn all about research and technology. We often align with both the Library Media State Curriculum as well as the Grade Level Common Core Curriculum for writing, reading, and content.
A+ STUDENT CARD
Does your student have a Howard County Public Library card? The answer is yes for all students!! Howard County Library System and Howard County Public School System have launched a new A+ STUDENT CARD to make it easier for all students to access HCLS eContent in the classroom, at home, or anywhere they need to do homework or research. The new A+ initiative delivers HCLS' extensive catalogue of eContent directly to the classroom.The A+ card is a virtual card. It can be accessed by having your student login into the public library via the hcpss.me site. Students will need to login using their technology username and password. Once logged in, the student's name and a scannable barcode will appear. This will allow for students to use the services online (the online account will automatically authenticate by following these steps). To use the card in person, just repeat the process on a smartphone and present the barcode during checkout. During media classes students have been/will be shown how to access their card.
What's going on?
It's March Reading Madness Month!
This month we are expanding our literary awareness, voting on our favorite books from our Reading Brackets, having contests within each grade level by homeroom class, getting ready for a Parent CRASH Course, and all culminating on Thursday, March 28th with March Reading Madness Family Night!
Here are the books in our brackets this month:
In other news!
The Media Team is thrilled to have had a successful family book club meeting in January. Families of 3rd-5th graders pre-read Rain Reign by Ann Martin and had fantastic conversations about some real life topics. Stay tuned for the next Family Book Club title and date!
Our other ongoing initiative is a non-fiction reading challenge. Students are challenged to read from the 10 different Dewey categories within the Non-Fiction section of the Media Center. The students are tracking their progress using a special card and they are receiving prizes after completing 5 and then the entire 10 categories.
These exciting opportunities are in hopes of further engaging our readers and their families. They are completely optional and any questions can be sent to either Heather_Tordella@hcpss.org or Loreal_Edmondson@hcpss.org
=================================================================Kindergarten and 1st grade students may check out 1 book at a time.
2nd-5th grade students may check out 2 books at a time.
1st-5th grade students may come to the media center to check out a book with teacher permission by using a media pass throughout the school day/week. If there is not a staff member available to check out to them with a media pass they can return at another time.
Students may check books out during media each week as long as they do not have any overdue books. To clarify: if a student has turned in 1 book but the other book is overdue (has been checked out for more than 2 weeks and has not been renewed) they will not be able to check out until that overdue book has been returned.