School Library Media Month!

April is School Library Media Month

Megan McDonald spokesperson for 2016 School Library Month

Public Service Announcement featuring Megan McDonald

Megan McDonald, author of the popular Judy Moody series, the Stink books, and the Sisters Club trilogy, is the national spokesperson for the 2016 School Library Media Month celebration.

Instructional Role of School Library Media Specialists

Literacy, critical thinking, and the inquiry process are key components of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and a school library media specialists’ forte. The current definition of literacy expands beyond the use of traditional print texts to include digital content (i.e. eBooks, databases, interactive media, and multimedia). It requires us to expand our traditional understanding of the reading process and to provide students with strategies for interacting with these new technologies.

The American Association of School Librarians has created a document entitled AASL Learning Standards and Common Core State Standards Crosswalk. Through this crosswalk, it is easy to see that what was previously called a "library curriculum" is now embedded in CCSS. Students who meet these standards: demonstrate independence; build strong content knowledge; respond to demands of audience, task, purpose, and discipline; comprehend as well as critique; value evidence; use technology and digital media strategically and capably; and come to understand other perspectives and cultures. These elements are at the heart of what school librarians do on a daily basis.

WCPS Featured Digital Content

Links and login information

The following resources are available 24/7 to all WCPS students and staff and are embedded into the library catalog. From a WCPS networked computer all resources are directly accessible without a username and password. For login information from home, please contact your school library media specialist, or Jona French at CES.

WCPS eBooks

WCPS students and staff have access to a wide variety of ebooks and interactive books... featuring FollettShelf and Capstone Interactive Library. Visit your school's library catalog to view available titles or ask your school library media specialist for more details.

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Washington County Public Schools Library Media Programs

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