Media Center

Once you learn to read, you will be forever free".....Frederick Douglass

Library/Media Center

Small group reading

A Design by the Book Library

Mission Statement

It is the mission of Lake View Elementary School library /media center to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information, and to encourage and prepare students to be life-long learners.


To provide a school library media program that is fully integrated into the curriculum and that has a positive impact on student achievement.

Lake View Elementary School Media Center Policies and Procedures


· To stimulate interest in reading for pleasure and in finding and using information and ideas

· To promote the use of the library media center by students and faculty

· To support the school’s curriculum and reading initiatives


Library Media Center Hours of Operation

The media center/library will be open from 7:30-3:15. The assistant will take a thirty minute lunch break and two 15 minutes breaks. The Media Specialist will take a 45 minutes lunch break.

Library Media Center Conduct Policy

  1. Students will respect others property at all times.
  2. Students must enter the library quietly, they must refrain from loud talking, playing or eating.
  3. Each student must sign in---name and teacher.
  4. The can computers be used if needed. There will not be any game playing unless it is curriculum oriented. Emailing from the library is prohibited unless permission is granted from the Librarian.
  5. Students are expected to be on their best behavior at all times.

Checkout Procedures

Library Orientation is held at the first of each school year. Each class will be introduced to the library sections, checkout procedures, catalog system (Destiny), and how to use other programs such as DISCUS. Library rules will be discussed.

Students are encouraged to visit the school library media center frequently, both as classes and individually with passes from their classroom teachers. As they enter, students will return books to the place designated by the school library media specialist. The assistant should have the primary responsibility of helping students locate books, checking books in and out, re-shelving returned books, and notifying students of overdue books.

Elementary students may checkout 1-5 books for a checkout period of two weeks based upon the Library Media Specialist’s discretion and teacher’s request. At the start of the year 1st-2nd grades will checkout 1-2 books. As the year proceed as they show responsible book behavior they will be able to check out more per the Librarian’s discretion. Third –fifth grade will be allowed to check out 1-4 books. Kindergarten will check out 1 book but it will stay in the classroom for story time. All students shall have opportunities to visit the school library media center at least once a week, done individually, in small groups or in classes.

Faculty and Staff

 Length of circulation period: Unlimited.  Number of items: Unlimited.  Overdue rate: None.

Faculty and staff members request items from media center staff (in person, via e-mail, or via printed form, if media center requires one).  Media center staff will check out item(s) and will hold items until requesting staff member picks them up.  Upon returning item(s), faculty/staff member gives item(s) to media center staff member, who, in turn, checks them in.

Lost Books

The following guidelines will be followed for determining the fine for a lost library book:

1. New Library Book (one calendar year from the date of purchase) – Fine will be the full purchase price of the book

2. Library Book (one year or older) – Fine will not exceed $10.00

3. Fire Damage – Fine will not be charge

Materials Processing

Depending upon how an order is placed, books and other materials will arrive pre-processed, partially processed, or unprocessed. Most will require at least some degree of processing, and all records will need to be edited for the particular collection.


In order to have a relevant and appealing collection, the media specialist must select materials to correlate with the topics and standards being addressed by the classroom teachers. Weeding books that are beyond repair, soiled, in poor condition, or do not meet the needs of the school is an integral part of the media specialist’s responsibilities. The copyright dates of books are to be considered when weeding the non-fiction books. Ideally, non-fiction books should not be more than five to ten years old. We want our patrons to be excited about entering the school library media center and weeding the collection regularly is paramount in having a relevant and desirable collection.

Inventory Procedures

An inventory will conduct every other school year. In the off year a partial inventory will be conducted. A complete inventory of all materials is required at least once in a four (4) year period. At the end of the inventory procedure, a report will be printed that will list the items that are lost/missing. This information will be used in the selection of materials the following year.


Destiny Library Catalog

This on-line library catalog allows access to materials available at each school’s library media center. The catalog also provides child safe Web resources. Each class will have orientation on how to use the cataloging system.

Special Programs

The school library media center conducts a variety of special programs and events during the school year. Some of the events that may be celebrated include book fairs, Children’s Book Week, School Library Media Month, National Library Week and Black History Month. The Reading Counts program is implemented in through the media center.

Public Relations

Contacts are made with the parents and community through a variety of ways: school newspapers, local newspapers, Peachjar (flyers), Dillon School District Four website, Lake View Elementary website, and bulletin boards.

Budget Information

A survey for requesting materials to be purchased is given to each teacher. These surveys are instrumental in directing the media specialists’ purchases for that year. Many times these requests are ordered to meet the needs of the school. All of the budgets are entered in the accounting program and the media specialists may generate purchase orders through this program. The program will inform the media specialist when all the funding in the account has been spent and it will inform her if she has overspent and by how much. Lake View finance officer provides the total in each account.



 National Books Awards
Caldecott Award
Coretta Scott
Newbery Award
Reading Programs: Reading Counts

"A Book for Every Child" is a Program sponsored by the librarian to ensure every child has a book at home.