Library Book Checkout Policy:
Students are encouraged to check out books each week when they visit the library as long as there is helper/volunteer to assist, especially with lower elementary students. Kindergarteners may borrow one book while 1st through 6th grade may borrow two books at a time. Students may trade in their books at any time. Please help your child remember to return his/her book each week so he/she can borrow a new one to enjoy.
When I think about the librarians and media specialists that have crossed my path in life and what stands out about them, a true passion for literature is what I see in their hearts. As I begin to look at my own career path becoming a media specialist, I think about how a passion for literature is something that began at a very young age. Reading was an important part of my life when I was growing up. It was not uncommon to share special stories with one another in my family. When I had my own children reading to them and with them became part of our tradition. Throughout my school years I read hundreds of books for pleasure and for school, and though my uses of the library began to change because of my assignments and interests, my love of reading always remained the same.
Now that I am the media specialist at Monfort Elementary, I want to continue to share my passion for leaning with others. Having over 20 years of experience teaching second through sixth grade and media center has helped me to see that I was called to be a teacher. One of the most rewarding parts of teaching is the opportunity to share my passion for learning; questioning the answers, asking how, why, and using information to make my own decisions and develop my own ideas. This is also the philosophy I’ve used when raising my own two children.
I want to foster a love of reading and learning in students by giving them space to talk about books, explore new ideas, and possibly most importantly, know how to find and use the enormous amount of information available responsibly and ethically. It is my goal to empower students to harness the power of the internet and digital technology for leaning and for life – both in the classroom and out. This year, students will address digital literacy and citizenship topics in an age appropriate way with specific lessons developed for each grade level.
The media center is not just a place to come and enjoy books. It is a room filled with answers to questions that students wish to explore, and if those answers aren’t within the walls of the media center, our vast technology connections can connect us to the world. I can’t wait to meet each student that enters the media center at Monfort where we will go on a journey into learning that will hopefully last a lifetime.