UPE’s media center is a learning place where students can be found any time of the day browsing the stacks, researching on the computers or taking part in lessons taught by the media specialist. With a diverse collection, students can choose just the right book for their reading pleasure. A mini-computer lab of ten computers gives students the opportunity for research, test-taking or completing technology projects. A wide variety of resources supplement instruction and add to the students’ overall learning experience.
Flexible Scheduling: Students and teachers have access to the media center during all school hours. Teachers may sign up their classes for checkout, story time, research or instruction at any time in the week. Collaborative planning is preferred and recommended so that instruction relates to and supports current topics in the classroom. The signup sheet is available on the circulation desk, and the media specialist is available for conferences with teachers to discuss media center instruction.
Scheduling for the Mini Computer Lab: Our media center contains ten computers for research and searching the online card catalog (Destiny). Teachers may schedule a time to use the mini computer lab for any class related purpose.
Checkout : Individual students (or groups of three or less from the same class) are allowed to come to the media center for checkout or for research at any point in the school day that is convenient with the teacher's schedule. Teachers are asked not to send more than three students at a time without prior scheduling.
Guidelines for checkout: Kindergarten students are allowed to check out one book a week at the discretion of their teacher. Students in grades 1 and 2 are allowed ONE book at a time. Students in grades 3-5 are allowed TWO books at any one time. Books are checked out for a period of two weeks. Students may renew or return books at any time.
Lost or Damaged Books: Students will be charged for books that are lost or damaged beyond repair. Students must be cleared of all library fines before receiving their report card at the end of the year. The price will be the replacement cost of the book.
The primary objective of the Greene County School System media program is to provide resources that will enrich and support the instructional program. The program will focus on the students served – their varied interests, abilities, maturity levels, and socio-economic backgrounds.
The Greene County School System is concerned with generating an understanding of American freedoms through the development of informed and responsible citizens. The American Association of School Librarians and the Greene County School System assert that the responsibility of the media program is to preserve intellectual freedom by placing principle above personal opinion and reason above prejudice in the selection of media resources.
The principles of intellectual freedom are inherent in the first amendment of the Constitution of the United States and are expressed in the Library Bill if Rights adopted by the American Library Association.