About the LMC
The mission of the Botelle Library Media Center program is to "enable students to become independent, information literate, life-long learners." To achieve this mission, the center embraces a hybrid/flexible scheduling philosophy.
This means that students in the Early Primary (PreK, K) and Primary (1,2) have scheduled library periods in which they learn how to use the library and how to make good book choices. Students in grades 3-6 continue to use the Library Media Center to exchange books, receive guidance in selecting appropriate materials and use library resources, but do not have assigned library periods. Computer instruction is integrated into classroom curriculum and students use iPads, and Chromebooks to access various digital tools and resources when researching. This philosophy promotes recreational reading, encourages mastery of technological resources and provides research experiences for 21st century learners.
Flexible scheduling means that the LMC is used according to need. It reinforces the collaborative work of teachers and the media specialist to teach information literacy skills and technology literacy skills which are embedded into curriculum content. Students develop digital citizenship while learning to consume and create content as students gain understanding of how technology impacts their lives, learning, and future. Additionally, our MakerSpace Lab provides our students with opportunities to embrace science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematic concepts as they collaborate to design and create STEAM projects and complete activities.
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