Library

Welcome to the McDonough Library Media Center


Mission Statement: Our school media center supports, empowers, and collaborates with all staff and students by offering a variety of digital, print media and technologies to create engaged lifelong learners and readers.


Vision Statement: We envision that by 2025 our media center will lead the district in providing all students and staff with access to the most current technology and other media resources to engage and empower future ready learners and global citizens.



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At McDonough Elementary School, we stand by our mission and vision statements. As the library media specialist, I want every student to have access to the library, and support them with all the resources they need to be successful during their time at McDonough.

The library has an open door policy. The students have a weekly library class where they learn research and reading skills. They are also able to participte in a book exchange and lean computer skills. Students can also access the library when it is not their weekly time to engage in other needs that may come from their classwork.

In the library this year we will be learning about different children’s authors, book genres, digital citizenship online, research skills and coding.

I look forward to working with all the students and hope to make the library a fun and inviting place for all.



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Circulation Guidelines and Goals

KINDERGARTEN: The kindergarten students participate in read alouds and literacy activities. The classes learn about caring for books, the parts of a book, the roles of authors and illustrators, and types of text (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, picture books, etc.). Kindergartners also participate in basic technology lessons and practice. Kindergartners select library books to bring back to their classrooms and borrow for the week from the PICTURE BOOKS (E) and EARLY (EMERGENT) READER (ER) shelves.

GRADE 1: The first grade students participate in read aloud stories and literacy activities. The classes learn about caring for books, types of text (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, picture books, etc.), story elements, and informational text features. First grade students also participate in basic technology lessons and practice. First grade students select books to bring back to their classrooms and borrow for the week from the PICTURE BOOKS (E) and EARLY (EMERGENT) READER (ER) shelves. It is a goal in library to transition first grade students into using the general FICTION & NON FICTION sections of the library while continuing to make appropriate book selections for themselves.

GRADE 2: The second grade students complete a book exchange each week from all sections of the library. Students are taught and guided in selecting "just right" books for themselves using the FIVE FINGER TEST. During library classes, second grade students participate in read aloud stories and literacy activities. Students review and practice library and literacy skills from previous grades, learn more about informational text, and develop basic research and technology skills.

Five Finger Test

*taken from Schmid, Mary Rose at http://www.rivervaleschools.com/Page/855

GRADES 3, 4 & 5: The students in grades 3, 4 and 5 complete a book exchange each week. The book selection may be a free choice or may be guided by their classroom teacher in order to coincide with the curriculum. Students are guided in selecting "just right" books for themselves and reminded to use the FIVE FINGER TEST to choose appropriate books. Along with a book exchange, library classes include lessons and activities based on a variety of library topics and skills including literacy, research, and technology. The goal is for students to use the library independently, practice and utilize the skills they learn.

Manchester School District Library Borrowing Guidelines: It is a guideline of the Manchester School District Elementary Libraries that students are responsible for taking good care of their library books and returning them in a timely manner. In the event a book is damaged or lost, students are responsible for paying for it. If this a financial hardship please do not hesitate to contact the Library Media Specialist. If the lost book is found within the school year, the money will be reimbursed. Thank you!

Contact Information:

Amy Duclos, Library Media Specialist