Media Messages

A newsletter for LMES teachers, parents, and students

2015 Summer Reading Edition!

Show Proof of Summer Reading!

When school starts back in August, show your reading medal to Mrs. Matney as proof that you read over break. You will get a special treat!

Summer Reading & Learning Opportunities

Lexington County Public Library

Lexington County's summer reading program runs June 1 - August 8. Read and earn fun prizes! Stop by the Chapin branch on June 1 from 2:30-3:30 or the Irmo branch on June 2 from 5:00-7:00 for the Summer Reading Kickoff. Fun events for kids will be held throughout the summer (Irmo branch - Tuesdays at 10:30 or Chapin branch - Tuesdays at 2:00). Events include visits from Columbia Marionette Theatre, Lunch Money, Tim Sonefelt, Chad Crews, Riverbanks Zoo, and Porkchop Productions. See their calendar of events for more information.

Richland Library

Start your summer by signing up for the Summer Learning Challenge! Kickoff your challenge with books, reading logs, and refreshments at the Ballentine branch on June 3 from 11:00-1:00.

TD Bank

Kids in grades K-5 can earn money for reading books! Go by your nearest TD Bank or print out their Summer Reading Form online. Read 10 books this summer and receive $10 in a new or existing Young Saver account.

BOOK IT! Summer Challenge

Join the Wimpy Kid gang for the BOOK IT! Summer Reading Challenge, an online interactive reading program that encourages kids in grades K-6 to read throughout the summer. Kids can share their daily reading minutes, download fun activities and chat with Greg, Rowley and the Wimpy Kid gang. This exciting new program launches June 22 and will end on August 15. For sharing their reading minutes with the Wimpy Kid gang, kids receive daily rewards. Additionally, children who read 5 books by August 15 have a chance to win awesome BOOK IT! prizes.

Scholastic Challenge

The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a free online reading program for children. Log your reading minutes to unlock stories and earn rewards. Help set a new reading world record for summer 2015! (May 4 - Sept 4).


Epic! is an ALL-YOU-CAN-READ eBook library for kids 12 and under with thousands of high quality children’s books, streamed instantly to any iOS or Android device or web browser. Online and offline reading access is available. Books come from leading publishers and include picture books, chapter books, graphic novels, and non-fiction titles. Audio enabled “read-to-me” picture books are now available! It's just $4.99 per month after the free trial. Educators sign up for a FREE account.

NewsELA Summer Reading Challenge

NewsELA Elementary has kid-friendly news articles that are current and high-interest. The text of each article can be modified according to the Lexile level chosen. Students can earn points for reading articles and taking the quizzes that come with them as well as earn badges for completing challenges. To read the full articles, you must sign up for a free teacher or parent account. Students log in with the given class code and their username/password.

DIY Camps

DIY Camps are online camps designed to meet a variety of kids' interests. Each camp is 4 weeks long, kids participate and post on their own schedule, and counselors post daily videos and how-to's on the app. Camps include Lego, Minecraft, magic, drawing, cooking, and more!

Reading Suggestions!

Reading Celebration Fun

A total of 128 students were invited to attend the reading celebration in the library on the morning of May 12. This was to celebrate their participation in the annual SC Book Award Challenge. Students were treated to breakfast, given award certificates, and earned gift certificates to shop the May book fair. Currently in it’s 5th year, this popular program encourages reading across genres by promoting the SC Book Award nominees chosen each year by the South Carolina Association of School Librarians. Technology and critical thinking are incorporated into the program by asking students to reflect on the nominees through completing Google Form book reviews. Approximately 2,800 book reviews were submitted this year alone! That’s a phenomenal amount of reading and writing!! Stay tuned for information on the 2015-16 Book Award program when school starts back in August...

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Storyfest SC

Saturday, June 6th, 9am-4pm

SC State Museum

The South Carolina State Library is proud to announce award-winning authors Bryan Collier and John Rocco will be featured at StoryfestSC 2015—the state’s summer reading kick-off event. Events include presentations and book signing by each author, storytelling for all ages, crafts, face painting and visits from literacy friends Cocky and ETV’s SmartCat. This event is FREE to the public! Visit for more information.

LMES Night with the Columbia Blowfish

Monday, June 15th, 6pm

474 Ballpark Road Lexington, SC 29072

For students who participated in the Blowfish Reading Rewards Program. Come out and see the Columbia Blowfish play the Petersburg Generals. Gates open at 6:00. The game starts at 7:05. Arrive early if you plan to march in the pre-game parade.

PLEASE NOTE: The Blowfish bookmark no longer counts as entry into the game! In order to collect prizes earned, the parent/guardian MUST reserve the child’s tickets/prizes at least 48 hours in advance of our school’s designated game! Call the Blowfish box office at 803-254-FISH (3474) or email

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The mission of the Lake Murray Elementary Media Program is to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information and to empower students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, ethical users of information, and productive users of technology.