The Fort Smallwood Elementary School Library Media Center
Media Center Nuts & Bolts
Students from Pre-K to 5th grade visit the Media Center each week for media instruction and book selection. Students in Pre-K come for 30 minutes, while students in Kindergarten through grade five come for a forty-five minute period. Mr. Mauro, our media specialist, can be contacted via email: Robert Mauro.
Fort Smallwood students are bursting with enthusiasm over our reading incentive clubs. Beginning readers in first through third grade enjoy the Chessie Club while readers in fourth and fifth grade will have the opportunity to express their love of reading through monthly reading challenges!
Students may check-out books during their weekly Media Center time or during open media times in the morning or afternoon. Check-out limits are as follows: Pre-K and K may check out 1 book, Students in 1st grade may check out 2 books. Students in 2nd through 5th grade may check out 3 books.
Library Media Vision & Mission
The Office of Library Media Services envisions school libraries that are the hub of the school and are innovative, vibrant, and flexible spaces, staffed with school librarians who inspire students to become tech savvy and independent life-long readers and learners.
The mission of the Office of Library Media Services is to develop students who are lifelong readers and effective users of technology and information. We do this by teaching critical thinking, research skills and ensuring access to information resources and literature. The curriculum is designed to teach library media skills and information literacy at appropriate levels. In collaboration with the teachers, the library media specialist has developed an instructional program based on curriculum and the needs of the student population.
Over 1.6 million items are checked out each year to students and faculty.
Library Media Programs
AACPS Media centers are home to a variety of programs including:
(May vary by school)
*Scratch is developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab.
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