State of the Media Center

2016-2017 School Year

Year in Review...

My first year in the SBES Media Center was full of projects, learning, creativity, books, games, and reading. Our Book Club did not read any books, as they remind me, but they did help design a Little Free Library at the Municipal Park, plan a Read-In, and organized a Book Drive to redistribute gently used books to new readers. The Media Center helped plan and organize Read Across America Week, including our first Character Parade! We partnered with our local Public Library to encourage students to sign-up for LEAP passes to access their eResources.

All in all, it was a wonderful year and lots to look forward to for next year.

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I Spy...

In the image above, students scan texts to find words that follow a designated pattern.

Swansboro Municipal Park Little Free Library Partnership

As part of SBES's Club Program, our Media Center sponsored a Book Club. We researched ways that we could make reading and books a bigger part of our community. One of our crowning achievements was a partnership with Brittany Shipp and Swansboro Parks and Recreation to build a Little Free Library in our Community Park,

My students wrote letters to Mayor Scott Chadwick, met and planned with Brittany Shipp, painted the Little Library after the Parks Department created it, and held a Book Drive to stock it with books!

The end result is a beautiful, funky free library in our park for children and adults to enjoy! The final image is our Grand Opening celebration on March 2!

Look up our Little Free Library at

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Daily Library Stats

During the 2016-2017 School Year, our Media Center...

  • Hosted 842 classes (approximately).
  • Held 2 Scholastic Book Fairs.
  • Participated in our school's first Read-In.
  • Circulated 32,126 books in and out of our Media Center.
  • Collected over 500 books during our Book Drive. These were used to stock our Little Free Library, donate to a school in Belize, and given to students in June for Summer Reading.
  • Received 1 trophy for our Battle of the Books Team, winning First Place in the Onslow County Battle of the Books tournament.
  • Our Top 10 circulated titles included Fly Guy's amazing Tricks; Diary of the Wimpy Kid, Books 3, 5, and 7; Captain Underpants, Epic Novels 10 and 11; The Fourteenth Goldfish; and The One and Only Ivan.
  • 1 Donor's Choose Grant Funded for an iPad and Osmo!

First Annual Read-in

During our Spring Book Fair, our Library worked with several teachers, our Title 1 Facilitator, and our administration to host our school's first Read-In. Our Book Fair was set up in the Media Center. Student projects decorated the hallway and our Gym was transformed into a campsite. Teachers and Volunteers decorated our Gym with tents and lights, provided cookies, drinks, pillows, and blankets so that students could lay down with their parents and read. Teachers came in throughout the evening to "Guest Read." Other teachers and volunteers provided free face-painting! It was a wonderful event that I hope will be the beginning of a school tradition!

Maker's Spaces

Throughout the year, our Media Center has been a hub of creativity. We completed our Periodic Table of the Elements puzzles, used Kinex and Tinker Toys to build creations and master daily challenges, worked on coding using Tynker and, built Mini-Mayflowers to see whose ship would hold the most weight, and built stories and poems using word banks, story cubes, and book spines. We received a Donor's Choose Grant for an iPad and Osmo so students can build puzzles and design spaces with Monster.

Looking through my pictures, I feel that the joy in books and creation permeated our space.

The process of looking back to create my State of the Library presentation allowed me to reflect and prepare for the challenges and exciting projects to come. Look for future State of the Libraries to include Novel Engineering projects, Daily Questions, Around the World in Books, Green Screen Creations and many other activities, maker's spaces, and READING!

Swansboro Elementary School Media Center

This is a public school that serves a small, coastal community in southeastern North Carolina. About 560 students attend school here. We have one Media Coordinator, one volunteer that comes in weekly (as well as many on-hand when we need them), and a collection of almost 11,000 books and media (an average of about 18 per student).