The Library Media Center

At Oakway Elementary School

Promoting Your Library
Melinda Fries
EDU 367 Elementary & Secondary School Media
Instructor Virginia Russell
May 20, 2013

Welcome Back!

It is another year at Oakway Elementary School and our library media center is officially open for business. You won't believe the cool new programs and resources we have for our students! I have been working with your teachers to develop lots of fun learning activities for you to do this year.

Come On In and Check Us Out

Library Services

Feeling A Little Lost?

Our library has many different services to help you on your way.

  • Research advice
  • Help you brainstorm research ideas
  • Help with web and database searching
  • Help you find the best print or online resources for your projects
  • Help in getting an interlibrary loan (get materials from other libraries)
  • Help creating multimedia products
  • Documentation advice (how to cite!)
  • Recommend a great read

Library Details

The Oakway Elementary Library Media Center Website Gives You 24/7 Access To:

  • Academic Databases For Researching At Home
  • Our Online Library Catalog To Browse Our Collection, Put Items On Hold, and Renew Materials
  • Fun and Safe Websites That Are Teacher and Librarian Approved
  • The Oakway Student Book Blog - Where You and Your Friends Can Share Your Thoughts and Feelings About the Books You Have Read
  • And Much, Much More!

Learning Activities

Get Ready For A Fun-Filled Year!

The library media center has been working side-by-side with your teachers to design learning activities that appeal to all types of learners.

Celebrate Diversity!
- We will be utilizing our extensive multicultural book collection for multiple projects. Students will choose a book about a child from a different part of the world. Library staff will show you how to search the web for interesting facts about the culture in your book. Students will design a hat or prop that represents the culture in art class. Teachers will take a picture of you wearing your creation and we will show you how to use the digital publishing tools in the library media center to create your own passport (Gayle's Preschool Rainbow, 2009).

Understanding Our Differences - "April is Special-Education Month. In the classroom, of course, every month is special-education month -- and every day is a day when special students need to be recognized, appreciated, and understood" (Education World, 2013, Para 1). Students will develop an awareness and understanding of the various forms of learning disabilities by exploring the 1997 ThinkQuest entry titled Just Because We Have A Disability Doesn't Mean We BYTE! They will then apply their understandings in a positive way by creating a multimedia presentation that advocates for tolerance, empathy, and friendship of students with learning disabilities.

Cool School Challenge - Students will be challenged to find ways to reduce their classroom's carbon emissions. You will be utilizing a carbon calculator to evaluate your progress. The National Wildlife Federation website (2013) has resources to assist us in the Cool School Challenge and even offers a chance for our school to qualify for a bronze-level award through the Eco-Schools USA program!

Library Programs

Parent Corner

Did You Know?

  • "Out-of-school reading habits of students has shown that even 15 minutes a day of independent reading can expose students to more than a million words of text in a year" (S.T.O.R.Y., 2013, Para 8).

  • Fourth graders who read for fun almost every day have higher test scores than students who do not read for fun (Utah Charters, 2012).

  • "Children who grow up in homes where books are plentiful go further in school than those who don't. Children with low-education families can do as well as children with high-education families if they have access to books at home" (Scholastic, Inc., 2013, Para 4).


Education World. (2013). Understanding Kids Who Are Different: Activities For Teaching About Disabilities. Retrieved from

Gayle’s Preschool Rainbow. (2009). Preschool Multicultural Activities. Retrieved from

National Wildlife Federation. (2013). Cool School Challenge. Retrieved from

Scholastic, Inc. (2013). What A Difference Reading Makes. Retrieved from

S.T.O.R.Y. (2013). About Illiteracy. Retrieved from

Utah Charters. (2012). Interesting Facts About Reading. Retrieved from