Library Media Center

 

About the Library
The Lavaca Elementary Media Center is a child friendly environment that encourages reading, learning, and the use of technology. The library has four computers for student use and three for circulation, presentation, and management purposes. Other technology includes a SmartBoard and two multimedia projectors. The library currently has approximately 8,000 print holdings. In addition, approximately 700 other holdings include videos, CDs, Cassette Tapes, and other audio visual equipment. The library also has electronic services such as Encyclopedia Britannica Online, and Ebsco (a magazine and newspapers article database).
These services are provided for participating libraries through the Arkansas State Library Traveler Project. An Internet Filter is also in place on all school computers.
  Library Explorer’s Toolbox

Lavaca Elementary School OPAC Library

 

Circulation

  • The media center uses Atriuum Book Systems, and automated system to check out all materials.
  • Student books are checked out for two week periods and may be renewed as necessary. A fine of $.05 per school day is assessed on overdue books.
  • Reference books and magazines are available for student use in the library.
  • Circulation averages about 100 books per day
Classes

  • All classes K-4 meet in the library for a minimum of 45 minutes per week.
  • Classes include reading enrichment activities, learning activities that support state standards, and book checkout time.
 
About the Media Specialist
Dasha Headley is the new Elementary Media Specialist at Lavaca. She spent 5 years in the classroom and is looking forward to serving our students in the library.
 
Parent Resource Center The Parent Resource Center is located in the Lavaca Elementary media center. Videos, brochures, pamphlets, and media center books are available to help meet the many needs of parents and their students. Also available is a list of websites along with Internet access for help with many different areas. Parents may visit the Parent Resource Center any time during the school day. To visit after hours, please contact the school office to make an appointment.LES Parent Resource BrochureHelpful Resources for Parents and Students
http://www.bookadventure.orgTumbleBooks
http://www.bemboszoo.com
http://www.funbrain.com
http://www.howstuffworks.com
http://www.coolmath4kids.com
http://www.explorescience.com
Search Engines
http://www.google.com
http://www.ajkids.com
http://www.yahooligans.com
http://www.altavista.comhttp://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/educate-families/tip-sheets
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Reader Program

The Accelerated Reader program is designed to encourage reading practice by creating a competitive environment and an incentive program. Students select books that are marked as having an AR quiz. They then read the book and take a computer quiz which awards them points based on the number of questions answered correctly, and the reading level and length of the book. To see the most reading growth, students should maintain an average of 85% correct on their quizzes and read within their reading ranges. The STAR test determines the reading range and is given three times per year. There are currently over 6000 Accelerated Reader quizzes available at our school. The tests are purchased with both District and PTO funds. School-wide contests are held every year to encourage the Accelerated Reader Program. Teachers also select their own incentives to encourage students to accumulate points. The program is excellent and has been linked to increasing literacy test scores.
 

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Library Catalog
The Spectrum library catalog allows patrons to look up the 9,732 library holdings by key word, author, title, subject, and call number. Students in grades 2-4 are taught how to use the program. We eventually hope to be able to provide online access to the catalog so students can search from home as well.
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