Media Messages

A newsletter for LMES teachers, parents, and students

April 2014

School Library Month

What do you LOVE most about your library media center at LMES? Drop a note into the blue box on the library checkout desk throughout the month of April. If Mrs. Matney picks your response, you can be a guest on the morning news show and get a surprise!


Please go to this link and sign the declaration to support libraries. This is a national initiative of the American Library Association to include those who feel strongly about the importance of having public and school libraries. Visibly declare your right to have vibrant libraries in your community!
Principals Know: School Librarians are the Heart of the School

National Poetry Month

  • Check out these poetry resources on the LMES Media Center website to introduce students to a variety of poets and poetic forms.
  • Schedule a lesson with Mrs. Matney to do a "book spine poetry" activity with your class. Click here for examples.
  • Have students create original poems using the Bookabi focus app. They can pull in images related to the poem and record themselves reciting the poem!
  • Try out the Word Mover app to create magnetic poetry on the iPad.

Young Researchers

LMES students have been busy this spring researching a variety of topics. They have demonstrated many important skills such as choosing a topic, locating materials, note-taking strategies, and presenting their knowledge to others. Students have enthusiastically found information in print books and online sources like PebbleGo, World Book, and DISCUS Kids.

Thank You Chapin Women's Club!

Mrs. Matney received a grant from Chapin Women's Club to replace worn copies of favorite picture books. These books were well loved but were beginning to show their age. Now we have over 100 shiny, new copies in our library for students and teachers to checkout. Many thanks to this local organization for their charitable donation!

Multilingual eBooks

Unite for Literacy is offering free non-fiction eBooks for emerging readers. There is a read-aloud feature to hear text spoken in multiple languages. This is useful not only for ESOL students but for anyone interested in learning a second language. Check out their online library of 100+ books!

Favorite nominee books as voted on by the students in SC!

Blowfish Reading Program

Thursday, April 24th, 2:30pm to Thursday, May 22nd, 2:30pm

1531 Three Dog Rd

Chapin, SC

Students read books of their choosing and earn tickets to the June 18th Columbia Blowfish home game. Students log up to 4 books on their Blowfish bookmark. Bookmarks will be distributed in your child's Thursday folder on 4/24. A “home run” of 4 books = 2 tickets plus participation in the pre-game parade & one meal voucher. Please complete BOTH sides of the bookmark and turn it into your child's teacher.

SC Book Award Challenge (Reading Goal #5)

Friday, May 2nd, 2:30pm

This is an online event.

Students in grades 1-5 should have read and reviewed at least 15 nominee books in order to qualify for the 5th and FINAL reading goal. Students who go above & beyond by reading ALL 20 NOMINEES IN A CATEGORY will get a FREE BOOK!

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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.