Access to Resources and Services in the School Library Media Program
Your school has a wonderful room that houses information on lots of topics, with something special for everyone. That room is the library media center. In it you will find what our School Board recognizes as “the center of the educational program of the school. It provides materials and services that meet academic, technical, personal and social needs of the school community.”
In meeting these needs, the media selection policy makes available a wide range of materials on varying levels of difficulty, with something to appeal to everyone. Many religious, ethnic, and cultural groups are represented in the school library, and specific criteria are used in considering items to be included. We have a selection policy and we adhere to it. Specific selection criteria are appropriately applied to the extent possible for every title purchased. Because libraries are forums for information and ideas, books are provided for the interest and enlightenment of all students and teachers.
Many of these books are on various reading program lists, such as Sunshine State Young Readers’ Awards, Accelerated Reader, Reading Counts, and Young Adult Choices. Some of these lists also include recommended reading levels. These reading levels are determined by companies that are selling the book product, and while they may indicate the level of vocabulary and grammar that your child may understand, they do not necessarily reflect the appropriate chronological age, developmental age, maturity level, or family values for all students. As with all other aspects of a student’s education, parents are encouraged to be involved in a student’s book selections. The books in the media center, whether part of a specific reading program or not, are available for the review of all patrons, but are not necessarily recommended for everyone.
Since reading is vital to success in our world, and since we know that many of the best readers are those whose parents are involved in their education, we encourage parents to read and review the books your student selects. Come in and visit your school’s media center. Browse through the books. Your child’s media specialist and classroom teachers are also excellent resources for further information about books. You may find just the right book to share with your child.