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Media Center

The Millennia Media Center is a learning hub integral to teaching and learning, and is available to our students, teachers, staff and parents. Millennia Media Center follows the mission statement adopted by Orange County Media Specialists:

“School library media programs enable students to learn.  Through promoting reading appreciation, teaching information literacy skills, providing access to intellectual resources, facilitating critical thinking and independent learning, Orange County Public Schools library programs contribute to student achievement and the support of lifelong learning.”

USE OF THE LIBRARY

Students in all grades visit the library for book check out as often as possible, either independently in small groups, or as a class with their teacher.  Library skills are frequently taught one-on-one, at point of need, but whole classes are also prearranged for academic storytimes, to teach library and research skills, and/or familiarize students with well-known authors and illustrators.

 

BOOK CHECK OUT

The following guidelines for book check out have been established:

1. Students in Kindergarten and First Grade may check out one book and are not allowed to take the books home. 

2. Students in grades 2 - 5 may check out two books and are allowed to take the books home, providing they bring the books back on time and in good condition.

a.   Books are due back after one week or they may be renewed.  Students must present the book in order for it to be renewed.  No books will be checked out to a student with overdue books.

b.   It is helpful if books are returned first thing in the morning, before school.

c.   Students may begin checking out books only after they have attended an orientation to the library and returned the contract that is sent home at the start of the school year.  This contract requires a parent/guardian signature confirming help in taking care of and returning books on time, and promising restitution for damaged and/or lost books.

 

ACCELERATED READER

What is Accelerated Reader (AR)?

AR is a reading program with the goal of  developing critical thinking skills, instilling a love of reading, and improving reading through computerized quizzes.

How does AR work?

Teachers work with their students to set a quarterly goal.  Students read a book that is within their reading level and then use a school computer to take a quiz on that book. Quizzes may only be taken at school. 

If a student has read a book within his/her level, a score of 80% or higher is expected.  Students earn points for successful completion of books and quizzes.  As they work toward their goal, they may earn prizes.  A book’s point value is based on its difficulty and length.

When do students begin using AR?

Students in 1st - 5th grade usually begin using AR in the 1st quarter of the school year.

Students in  Kindergarten begin using AR by the third quarter, and sometimes sooner.

Where can I get AR books?

Because Millennia subscribes to AR Enterprise, most books in the Millennia library are AR books and therefore have quizzes.  Many books from other libraries and in bookstores also are AR books. To see if a book is AR and has a quiz, visit www.arbookfind.com.

 

ORANGE COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM RESOURCES

http://www.ocls.info/

STATEWIDE READING PROGRAMS

The Sunshine State Young Readers’ Award (SSYRA) is a reading program that rewards students in grades 3 - 5 for reading 15 recently published books suitable for the elementary age.  Click on the link for a list of SSYRA books for this school year!

http://www.floridamediaed.org/uploads/6/1/4/2/61420659/2016-17_ssyra_annotated_list_elementary__1_.pdf

 

VIEW MILLENNIA’S LIBRARY COLLECTION

You can now look up books in Millennia’s media center from home!  Simply click on the link below to be directed to the website where you can view the collection.  There are many helpful links on the homepage for you to use as well.  http://destiny.ocps.net  

 

FUNDRAISING

Two Book Fairs will offer students the opportunity to purchase books on their own.  One book fair will be held in the fall, and another in the spring.  Look for the dates of these fairs in our Millennia Newsletter!  Money earned from the book fair is used to purchase new books for the media center. 

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