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Mission: The mission of the Ethel Koger Beckham Elementary Library Media Center is threefold: to provide, to promote and to instruct.

The library media center aims to provide the Beckham school community with current, quality materials that will complement our programs and enhance the value of our students’ education, promote reading as a worthwhile and pleasurable activity, instill in our students a love for the printed word, instruct our students in the most successful methods of seeking and acquiring information, and encourage the pursuit of knowledge as a lifelong objective.

Collection: The media center collection consists of over 12,000 items, including print and non-print materials and audiovisual equipment. Students are able to check out books and magazines as well as recorded audiobooks and videos.

Programs: The Beckham media center actively promotes the Accelerated Reader (AR) program. This reading comprehension software program uses computerized quizzes which allow students to accumulate points and participate in rewarding activities. Each year, the reading theme for the AR program is announced to the school in order to promote and encourage our students to love reading!

The Beckham Elementary Student Television Newscast is conducted in the TV studio every morning. Fifth grade students are selected every grading period to conduct the newscast that broadcasts to all classrooms each school day.

Every year, the Beckham students in grades 3, 4 and 5, are invited to participate in the Sunshine State Young Readers Award (SSYRA). This statewide reading program is designed to motivate students to read good fiction. Fifteen recent fiction titles, previously nominated by students in our state, are placed on the SSYRA list each year. Our SSYRA program begins in September and runs through the end of March each school year. The books on the list will be available at our media center, but can also be found in public libraries and bookstores. Because the demand is great, we encourage parents to make use of the public library to gain access to more of the SSYRA books.

Policies and Procedures: The Beckham media center functions on a flexible basis. Students visit the media center for a variety of purposes. These include checkouts, story time, instruction and research.

Students in grades PK – 1 visit the media center for story time and book checkout once a week. Second grade students are also encouraged to come as a class for story time.  These students usually check out one book.

Students in grades 2 – 5 may check out up to two books or magazines each time they visit the media center. Teachers are encouraged to send their students in small groups, allowing sufficient time to browse and to receive assistance from the media center staff.

In addition, parents may check out books throughout the school year.  Parents are encouraged to read to their children in order to help them develop good reading skills and a love for reading.

A student with an overdue item will not be allowed to check out until the item is returned.  If an item is damaged, the student is responsible for the cost of its replacement.  Overdue notices and bills for replacement are sent periodically. This aspect of media center policy is important beyond the simple act of maintaining the collection. WE WISH TO FOSTER RESPONSIBILITY AND TRUSTWORTHINESS IN OUR STUDENTS BY EMPHASIZING THE IMPORTANCE OF CARING FOR COMMON PROPERTY AND TAKING CHARGE OF ONE’S OBLIGATIONS. We ask parent cooperation in this important endeavor.

Parents are encouraged to visit the media center and check out books with their children.  Media center hours are 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each school day unless otherwise directed by the school administration.  The media center hosts various meetings, events and activities from time to time. When accompanied by an adult, students are welcome to use the media center computers after school until 3:30 p.m.

Students will also visit the media center for research and/or instruction. Research projects will have undergone careful planning and collaboration between the teacher and the library media specialist.

We hope that everyone in our school community will enjoy using our library media center!  We also hope that by using the EKB library media center our students will become life-long learners and always love to read!  Happy Readings!