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Purpose

The overall purpose and objective of the library media center is to develop techniques essential for effective use of books and library media skills, as well as to encourage a love of reading. Library skills are taught whenever possible in connection with the curriculum goals. Basic skills are taught in grades K–5 and reinforced in grades 6–8.

Learning Outcomes and Objectives

Preschool and Kindergarten

In these early grades students will learn library behavior, book care, parts of a book, and taking responsibility for borrowed books. Students will develop listening skills and be introduced to holiday and seasonal celebrations and different genres of literature through story time.

Grade 1

In Grade 1 the goal is to build on the skills learned in Kindergarten by reinforcing listening skills, increasing knowledge of book care and library usage, and continuing to foster a love of reading and books. In Grade 1, Library and Technology classes are combined. The librarian and technology instructor work with students on thematic units, integrating library skills with technology.  Students will learn differences between fiction and nonfiction and learn about authors, genres of literature, and Caldecott books.

Grade 2

In Grade 2, Library and Technology classes are combined as well. The librarian and technology instructor work with students on thematic units, which integrate both library and technology skills. Students will identify parts of a book, fiction, and nonfiction; listen to stories and answer comprehensive questions; use alphabetical order; begin dictionary usage; browse and select appropriate books; and be introduced to the Dewey Decimal System.

Grade 3

In Grade 3, the purpose of the library program is to continue to develop a love of books and reading and to introduce research skills that will enable students to complete specific longterm reports for their classes. The librarian works cooperatively with the subject teacher and gethering specific reference materials, as well as providing the students with assistance in their research for their specific assignments. The skills taught in Grade 3 will include dictionary usage, encyclopedia usage, Dewey Decimal System, and genres of literature. 

Grade 4

In Grade 4, the purpose of the library program is to encourage a love of reading and to encourage independent study in a library. Students will learn to use the table of contents and index in books, learn to use the encyclopedia, and be introduced to Newbery award-winning books. The librarian works cooperatively with the subject teacher and compiles specific reference materials, as well as providing the students with assistance in their research for their specific assignments.

Grade 5

In Grade 5, the purpose of the library program is to help students develop a lifelong relationship with books and libraries. Students will identify character, plot, and setting. Students will use index, glossary, dictionary, and reference materials available in the library including the Internet. The librarian works cooperatively with the subject teacher and compiles specific reference materials, as well as providing the students with assistance in their research for their specific assignments.

Middle School Grades 6–8

In these grades students use the library for any research and longterm assignments. Library skills are reinforced for these grades as needed. The librarian and technology instructor work with students on their research and longterm assignments, integrating both library and technology whenever necessary and encouraging independent study in the library. Students will develop a lifelong relationship with books and libraries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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