ABOUT

Mission

The mission of the FRES media center is to promote the love of reading and to teach students to be effective producers and consumers of information.

Vision

The media center is the hub of learning in the school by providing resources to foster collaboration and access to cutting edge technology. Students and staff will experience a welcoming and inclusive environment that enable all to be lifelong learners that appreciate creativity, critical thinking, literature, and diverse perspectives.

About the Staff

Mr. Amnott

This is my 14th year teaching and my 1st as a media specialist. I cannot wait to spend time with students exploring books and learning about being smart digital citizens.  

Ms. Taylor

This is Ms. Taylor's 3rd years as a Media Assistant at FRES. She's an avid reader, of course, but also enjoys hiking, cycling, family game days and learning new things.

Circulation

All students can check out new books throughout the day, with a pass from their teacher. All students may check out books according to the following guidelines:

  • PreK: 1 book 

  • K - 1st: 2 books

  • 2nd - 5th graders: 3 books

 

Students may borrow materials for two weeks. Students in all grades can come in at any time during the school day to return, renew, or check out materials as long as they have a pass from their classroom teacher. Students visit the Media Center once a week for a lesson and to exchange their books.

Philosophy

Every student, regardless of: gender, sexual orientation, age, race, ethnicity, etc. has the right to feel welcomed in the media center. They should also be able to have access to books that they find relatable. No one has the right to determine what another person should or should not read. Intellectual freedom is a right, not a privilege. The media center must keep an up to date and diverse collection because reading is at the core of academic success.

The media center and all of its offerings and programs are focused on increasing student achievement and preparing them for college, career, and life. All students and staff should use the media center as an extension of their regular classrooms. It should enhance instruction that is already occurring by allowing for meaningful collaboration and integration of technology. 

In addition, the media center should be led by a qualified media specialist. They should be afforded the flexibility to be able to collaborate with teachers, teach information and digital literacy skills, and discuss and promote literature with students.

Freedom to Read

You have the right to:

  • read.

 

  • visit the media center to select books, work with others, or have a quiet place to read.

 

  • choose the books you want to read regardless of your age, gender, or ability.

 

  • receive help from Mr. Amnott.

 

  • have books that are culturally diverse and that show each culture in a positive light.

 

  • have current books to choose from that present all viewpoints.

 

  • have privacy in selecting which books you want to read.

Selection Criteria

MCPS Selection Criteria

https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/ policy/pdf/iibra.pdf

 

Mr. Amnott's Selection Criteria

Overall:

  • Is the book age appropriate?

  • Is the book about diverse characters? 

  • Will the book be read by many different students? If not, does it fulfill a specific need of the school?

  • Will the book help teachers teach their lessons?

  • Is the book free of bias and stereotypes?

  • Is the book new?

  • Did the book receive good reviews?

  • Is the book unlike others in the media center?

Picture Books:

  • Is the story relatable to the students at the school?

  • Can the students learn about diversity from the text?

  • Do the illustrations add to the story?

  • Are the illustrations well done?

 

Non-Fiction:

  • Are the facts correct?

  • Did the authors present multiple points of view? If not, does it add to the viewpoints already present in the collection?

  • Will the reader understand the topic?

  • Does the book have new (or up to date) facts?

  • Does the book have helpful pictures (also other text features like tables, charts, index, etc.)?

  • Are the facts presented in an easy to understand way?

  • Does the book add to what the library knows about the topic? (or is it another book on sharks)

  • Is the author an expert on the topic?

 

Media/Technology:

  • Can students easily use it or will they need a lot of help from an adult?

  • Will it become outdated quickly?

Updated July 2020 by Joyce Raynor