The Media Center serves as the primary foundation of current educational and recreational reading resources for students and teachers. Media classes support technology integration for student learning in the classroom using 1:1 technology. Sound literacy skills are taught for researching and assessing valid information in an age of ever-increasing knowledge and rapidly changing technology. A variety of digital products are available on campus and remotely to enhance student learning. Teachers may schedule additional class time and students are encouraged to browse, relax and read in the Media Center. The “Archdiocesan Battle of the Books” reading competition and book fairs provide opportunities to advance reading development."
Kindergarten through Second Grade
Students discover a variety of fiction and nonfiction books during their thirty-minute class each week. They listen to stories read by the Media Specialist, use the online services to search the media catalog, check out books and read e-books.
Third through Fifth Grade
These growing readers also have a thirty-minute weekly class to explore the various genres for checkout, gain a more specific understanding of library resources, and use the school databases for searching predetermined topics
Middle School Students
These students meet weekly for forty-five minutes as part of the Literature class. They’re directed to check out resources to assist in their academic studies as well as personal and career interests. Instruction focuses on practicing the concepts of effective research, website evaluation, citing sources, locating library resources, speech preparation and outline/essay creation.
VISIT THE MEDIA CENTER
Twice a year our media center holds a book fair. Students come with their classmates to pick out a favorite book or two. During the book fair, we host Doughnuts with Dads so fathers can shop with their children to share in the fun of discovering a new selection. During our Spring Book Fair, students can purchase books for their summer reading list to get an early start on next year.
SJN Birthday Book Donation Program
Donate books to our Media Center in honor of a loved one’s birthday- be it a child, a spouse, a teacher, or a friend. With the gift of this birthday tribute, our Media Center becomes richer, and the special nameplate placed on the front of the book records the individual’s name and birth date for posterity.
To ensure that books will not be duplicated and will complement our collection, a variety of books are selected that are popular with students and teachers. These books are on display in our Media Center throughout the year and you can make your selection at any time. If you live out of town I would be happy to select a book for your student(s). Your $20 donation is used to purchase the selected book and add it to our collection.
If your book is for a student:
On your student’s birthday (or another day that you designate) the Morning Announcements will broadcast that your student has a Birthday Book. The book is checked out and delivered with a pencil and a bookmark by 8th Grade students who sing a special birthday song while presenting the book. Once your student returns the book to the SJN Media Center, it will become a part of our permanent collection.
Children are delighted to have a book in the Media Center that carries their name and to read the names of others who have been so honored. The donation of a Birthday Book is a legacy worth leaving that continues to reward young readers throughout their years at SJN.
To purchase a Birthday Book, please contact or see Mrs. Bayer in the SJN Media Center.