Media Messages

A newsletter for LMES teachers, parents, and students

January 2013

Best Books

January is the start of awards season. Turning on the TV or chatting with friends often brings up talk of prestigious awards like the People's Choice, Golden Globes, or Screen Actors Guild Awards. Well, did you know there are also awards given out for best books?!


The ALA Youth Media Awards will be announced the morning of Jan. 28. The ALA Youth Media Awards honor children’s and young adult authors and illustrators, as well as producers of children’s audio and video materials. We'll discover the winners of the coveted Newbery Medal (awarded to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children), the Caldecott Medal (awarded to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children), and the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award (awarded to the most distinguished American book for beginning readers). Stay tuned for these to be published in the February newsletter or you can find the results here once they are announced! For past Newbery winners visit here, for past Caldecott winners visit here, and for past Geisel winners visit here.


Best books lists are also compiled each year. For noteworthy books that were published in 2012 see:



Mrs. Matney will try to order as many of these titles as possible. Check the library catalog to see if we currently own copies of any you may be interested in reading.

A day in the life of your school library

The library media center is a busy place. LMES took part in SCASL's annual Snapshot Day: A Day in the Life of South Carolina School Libraries. Data was compiled from one day earlier in the school year on a range of questions. See the results below by clicking on the images!

A New Year, A New Calendar

Try out this virtual calendar brought to you by the South Carolina State Library. This family literacy calendar centers each month around a theme. Bookmark the site to visit daily for activities, songs, videos, and book suggestions.

Get research and homework help from World Book Online

Did you know that our school has a subscription to World Book Online? It's a great starting place for your research needs. Access the complete World Book encyclopedia plus pictures, videos, maps, games, science projects, and more. Email Mrs. Matney for the log-in information. Once logged in, younger students are encouraged to try out World Book Kids while those in upper grades will benefit from World Book Student.

SC Book Award Challenge (Reading Goal #3)

Friday, Jan. 25th, 12am

1531 Three Dog Rd

Chapin, SC

Students in grades 1-5 should read and review 9 nominee books in order to qualify for the 3rd reading goal. First graders complete paper forms while students in grades 2-5 fill out online review forms on the Media Center website.

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Our Mission

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.