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Introduction

Welcome to the web page for the elementary school media centers.  The Media Specialists are responsible for coordinating the library services at each of the schools and providing technology support to teachers. 

The library media clerks at each of the elementary schools are responsible for the day-to-operation of the media centers.  Classes come to the library on a weekly basis to check out books, listen to stories, do  research and take Reading Counts quizzes.  The media centers are also open during recess and lunch.

If you do not have a public library card, I encourage you to stop at one of our local public libraries and sign-up.  The libraries have special programs and many useful databases online, which require a valid library card.  The LA County Public Library (Agoura and Westlake) has World Book online, Social Studies Fact Cards online (states, missions, explorers and presidents), and Kids Infobits (newspapers and magazines).  For younger children, there is Tumble Books, online audio version of popular picture books.  Click on the web site link to the right to access the LA County public library web site.

Click on the science and history tabs (above the book graphic at the top of this page) for additional web links. Click on the 4/5 Science tab (above the book graphic at the top of this page) for a list of suggested book titles that correlate with the science units.

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Library Services
SUMMER READING PROGRAMS
The local public libraries of Agoura, Calabasas and Westlake Village all have summer reading programs and activities scheduled.  Agoura's program is scheduled for Tuesdays from June 28 - August 2.  Westlake's program is scheduled for Wednesdays from June 22 - August 3.  See attached flyers below.
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Dr Seuss Day - Read Across America
March 2 is Dr. Seuss' birthday and the Read Across America celebration.  Many of our elementary schools have special programs to honor Dr. Seuss.  One idea I came across is to have students read books that take place in one of the 50 states and to track the settings on a map. 

Below are links to 2 bibliographies that list the books by state or geographic region.  Many of the books are in our Media Center collections.
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General Information

Students and staff can access the online catalog from home to see what books we have.  Searching can be done by author, title, subject, series name and all words (keyword).  If you search by author, it is done by last name (Cleary) or last name, first name (Cleary, Beverly).  The specific web link (school's name + library catalog) for each school may be found in one of several locations: under classrooms/teachers, the school's media center web page or information/links. 

The media center is open to students, teachers and parents during school hours. Depending on the school and funding, the library clerks work 3 to 6 hours daily, Monday through Friday. Depending on the grade level, students may check out one to three books. We do not charge a fine for overdue books, but students are responsible for payment or replacement of lost library books. Parents are welcome to check out books.   

 We are very appreciative of our parent volunteers. If you would like to be a  volunteer for your child’s class or work on special  projects, please contact the library clerk at your child’s school.  Below is a volunteer sign-up form to complete and return to the library clerk. 

 For Reading Counts information and the link to a list of Reading Counts quizzes available at each school, click on the Reading Counts tab at the tob of this page (above the book logo).

 

 

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Library & Information Skills Lessons
The Media Specialists have created several library skills lessons and posted them to the Moodle site (Mrs. Folkeson's Library Skills).  See the link on Page Links "Library Skills Lessons".  Some of the topics are:  Library Orientation, how to search for books using the computer catalog, how to use an encyclopedia, and web site evaluation.  The lessons include power point slideshows, short video tutorials and activities.
Book Donations

We accept donated materials (both new and gently used). The donations are evaluated by the library clerk and Media Specialist for wear & tear, usefulness to the collection and in accordance with our district selection policy guidelines. If the books are not needed in the Media Center, they are given to the teachers for their classroom libraries.

Some schools have a Birthday Book program of pre-purchased books. Parents purchase one of the books in honor of their child’s birthday and a bookplate is placed inside the front cover of the book. The Media Centers also have a Wish List of needed books.
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