Old Pointe Media Center
The Old Pointe Media Center is centrally located in our beautiful school. The child friendly environment is one that is designed to nurture learning and strives to foster an excitement and love for books.
The Media Center is on a half flex/half fixed schedule. Partnering with the Guidance program allows opportunities for all classes to have scheduled instruction bi-weekly and an open block of time each day. The scheduled lessons focus on library/media skills, iPad/Tablet care and circulation, using the Internet for research, using the Internet responsibly, Internet safety, genre studies, writing styles, author studies, and a variety of additional topics that support the classroom curriculum through teacher collaboration.
The collection at OPES contains more that 10,000 titles that are age appropriate and support the school curriculum. An extra effort is made to keep the collection filled with up-to-date trends and favorite authors in order to appeal to all reading pleasures.
All books are loaned on a two-week circulation schedule. Students check out books during their scheduled class time. And an added bonus, students may come during the flexible time for research, additional checkout time, or quiet reading with their teacher’s permission.
Checkouts by Grade:
Kindergarten students check out one book. It is sent home in a plastic bag to help preserve the life of our favorite stories. Students are instructed on book care and are asked to return the plastic bag with their book.
First Grade Students are able to checkout two reading level appropriate books. It is encouraged to pick books the students can read in order to begin building strong reading habits early.
Second Grade Students may checkout four books. They may get two reading level appropriate books and two harder books. However, the harder chapter books are discouraged because the desire is for students and parents to enjoy sharing the love of reading with limited frustration.
Third through Fifth Grade Students can checkout four reading level appropriate books.
OPES also has a generous collection of fiction and non-fiction eBooks that students can access on iPads/tablets. These books are very convenient because they can’t be lost or damaged and they are never overdue! Students learn how to access them during their scheduled library time. The books can be downloaded to the devise and read on the device without Internet access.
The Media Center is the home of OPES’s in-school Panther News Network, PNN. Students in fifth grade are given a chance to apply to be part of the PNN news crew. The students experience a real-world job experience from the beginning work application to the daily responsibilities of manipulating the equipment needed to broadcast the daily news. By the end of their fifth grade year, they are able to operate computers, sound mixers, video mixers, cameras, and on-screen anchor jobs with limited teacher assistance. It has proven to be a great learning experience for those involved.
When OPES opened more that ten years ago, Jane Daffin, the Media Specialist, and Jan Elliott, The Reading Recovery teacher, partnered together to form the first literacy closet in the school district to be circulated through the library circulation system. Teachers have a wealth of materials leveled to Fountas & Pinnell reading levels. The book sets have enough copies to use for Guided Reading instruction during their reading blocks. Many of the upper grade sets have whole class novels that allow teachers to incorporate literature-rich materials that correlate to the Social Studies and Science topics. And, there are many titles that are just meant to encourage an excitement for reading. The Literacy Closet is a very valuable resource that busy, time-restricted teachers have access to throughout the day.
Two Book Fairs are held each year to supplement the budget to purchase books, replace worn/torn books, fund the Battle of the Books program, and any additional expenses that occur during the year.
Old Pointe is fortunate to have a few very devoted volunteers that come daily or weekly to help with many Media Center chores. Their donated time is so appreciated and needed to help the library run smoothly.
Next time you are in our school, checkout the Media Center.