Saxe Library Media Center 2015


Greetings from the media center!

The staff in the library media center look forward to servicing your learning resource needs for the upcoming school year! Our services are in full operation.

Media center facilities are centers for learning. These centers encourage the exploration of ideas and provide information, technology and literature resources which support curriculum and promote collaboration and communication.

In an effort to provide opportunities for all students and staff to use our media center efficiently, we ask that you take a few moments to review the suggested tips and guidelines below.

TIP #1: Bookmark the Saxe Library Media Center Online Homepage!

We recommend you bookmark the library media center learning resources home page located at:

Access to many resources for students and staff are located at this central site.

Take a moment to view the navigational tabs at the top of the home page.

For example, there are many links under the navigational TEACHER TAB on the library homepage that may assist you this year. Furthermore, we suggest every teacher link this library home page off their team homework website for students. This will allow easy access to resources like Destiny and databases.

TIP # 2: Keep our phone extensions handy and please feel free to call us anytime.

Library Office ext. 4532

Library Main Circulation/Checkout Desk ext. 4529

Mona Biondi ext. 4566

Monica Sheehan ext. 4530

Pat Kimmerling & Clint McLeod: Technology Integration Office (2nd floor) x 4531

Lab B ext. 4571

Learning Center Kathleen Hoefer x 4597 and Katherine Michael x 4593


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Sarah Nelson, grade 7 social studies teacher, has her classroom in room 212 (old Lab A)!

WHERE IS ROOM 212? Did you know that Lab A is now classroom 212? Please be mindful of voice levels in and around room 212 on the mezzanine library level.

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Notice a difference on the second floor mezzanine? All genres have been combined into one large fiction section on the mezzanine. So far, students love the new arrangement!

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Differentiated reading materials moved~As the entire Lexile and ELL collection is now located on the second floor.

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More computers were added to the first floor of the library. These computers can be reserved for classes. Please see the online reservation form to sign up.

Bookmark this link for the Library Media Center Online Reservation Form

TIP #3: Don't Miss These Quick Links for Teachers & Staff!

TIP #4: Access to Student Databases...Safe Alternatives to Online Searching

Joyce Valenza, information literacy pioneer and Director of the Masters Program & Assistant Teaching Professor of the Library and Information Science at Rutgers University, calls databases, "the new textbooks and the sandbox for inquiry.”

Databases are an important tool for credible, accurate information seeking. We can assist you in learning how to use these important tools to aide your students~just contact us!

Use this link to assign databases to students. Passcodes are available to NCPS students and staff on top of this webpage from home. Direct students to log into GoogleDocs first, then click on the sentence on top that states, "HELP! Don't have the pass codes? Log onto GoogleDocs, then click here!"

F.Y.I. ~Library Media Center Data Point Snapshots From Last Year~


The library circulated over 15,000 items checked out by students last year. Also, our e-Book circulation doubled from the previous year!
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Additional Services...

The library gave out over to 5,000 passes for recess in grades 5 through 8 last year and we have over a hundred students on average after school per month.
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The snippets of data above show our center is a busy place!

Therefore, we could really use your help in committing to the following guidelines. Collective cooperation on the items below will help to ensure that our center runs smoothly and efficiently for our school-wide learning community.

-Always send student(s) with a PASS.

(This will help communicate to all staff in media center that students have permission from you to be there. Also, we can take over in the event of an unforeseen emergency.)

-TWO students maximum sent at ONE time. This is especially important during workshop periods!

(If you need to send more than two students, then please wait until the first two come back, OR call the media center at ext. 4532 to ask if we can accommodate more than two students, OR reserve the time and physically bring all your students together into the center)

-Students should have a direct TASK and designated return time.

(Example: Your student needs to find a book. In your classroom, direct your student to log onto their Destiny Quest account and record the title of the book, so that he/she can quickly come and check this book out)

-Students must be able to work INDEPENDENTLY.

(If students cannot work independently, they should be sent with a staff member OR the library office should be called at ext. 4532 to ask if anyone is available to assist the students)

GENERAL rules that always apply for ALL students:

-Set voice volume to low.

-No food (due to food allergies), drinks, hats, backpacks.

-Sign in to use a computer.
**Computers are for school work only.

-Anyone unfocused will be asked to return to class.


LIBRARY instead of RECESS:

We have 12 library passes to give for each grade level daily.

Students opting to come to the library instead of recess must come to the library for a special pass from our staff. Students can get this pass before school or during class periods to get a pass to opt out of recess and study.
Students must eat their lunch first, show their library assigned pass at the cafeteria door, get their name checked off the master list, and come to the media center to stay the entire period to independently work. Please remind students that attending is a privilege and that the media center expects students to follow all guidelines and expectations.

Lastly, if you have a group of students assigned to work on a special project and would like to supervise these students in the library/lab during lunch; just contact one of us to reserve a space.


The library is opened after school for student independent work. Furthermore, the library can be a place for teachers who would like meet and work with their students after school in a more central location. No pass is needed. All students without a teacher will need to sign in and out.

The hours are:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, until 3:30

Thursday & Friday until 3:00

For your convenience, a laminated classroom sign of these guidelines will be printed and placed in your mailbox for effortless classroom bulletin board posting!

Literacy Promotion & Library Recommended Free Reading Carts

In grade 5, we encourage all students to read the 2015 Nutmeg Book Nominees. See the online list here.

In grades 6 & 7, we encourage all students to read as many titles on the Battle of the Books cart. In grade 8, students are encouraged to access free reading titles on the grade 8 cart.

Download the Updated Grade Level Lists on the Saxe Library Homepage!

View an info-graphic summary of updated titles to all our 2015-16 reading lists.

All books can be found on the grade level carts on the first floor of the library. (See photo) Each grade level has at least 100 books for free reading suggestions.

Thanks for all your support! Best wishes for a great year.

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Save the Dates!

The library will be sponsoring and/or supporting the following events this year. Please mark you calendars.


NOVEMBER: Veterans Day

APRIL: Grade 5 Nutmeg State Voting

JUNE: Grade 5 Nutmeg Extravaganza and Grade 6 & 7 Battle of the Books!

~Transforming information...into learning...into knowledge...into understanding~