The media center strives to meet the reading and research needs of all members of our learning community. We have a variety of programs in place to do just that. We encourage students, parents and all our patrons to come in and do more than just check out a book.
We encourage students and parents to use the Destiny online catalog on a regular basis to locate books on the desired reading level. Learning to use the online catalog is a very important life-long learning skill, which transfers very well to using the public library. As a convenience, parents and teachers may also use the “Convenience Cart” provided with a variety of fiction and nonfiction books sorted by reading level. These books represent just a tiny sampling of the variety of books available on specific reading levels that are located throughout the entire library.
Similar to the Convenience Cart provided for our younger readers, the Featured Nonfiction selection provides “quick picks” of high interest nonfiction books. Located by the south window, these nonfiction books are arranged by reading level – grades 3 and higher. Our aim is to help students meet their AR goals, which must include nonfiction titles.
Girls Who Code
Girls Who Code is an after school club that meets in the media center each week. This club is open to girls in grades 6 – 8 who are willing to commit to weekly classes, taught by a volunteer instructor. Students who successfully complete the curriculum earn certification at the end of the school year. The club is part of a national organization determined to bridge the gender gap in the technology field.
Give and Take Tower
The Give and Take Tower ensures that no child leaves the library without a book in hand. The Tower is made possible by ongoing and generous donations of books by parents and community members. The Tower contains books representing a wide variety of topics, interests and reading levels. It is very important that students be responsible and return borrowed library books. However, if a student is not able to check out a library book, that student is welcome to take a book from the “Give & Take” tower. Donations are always welcome.
Hail to the Heroes
Here at Frank C. Martin, everyone is someone’s hero. Our students, staff and parents demonstrate IB characteristics on a daily basis. The bulletin board outside the media center seeks to honor our everyday heroes. Please nominate someone you believe should receive recognition for putting “IB into action.”
IB in Action!
New this year, we have identified books in our library media center collection that feature characters who demonstrate various traits of the I.B. Learner Profile. Ideal for MYP students, come check out the books that allow readers to see I.B. in action in a variety of fiction, nonfiction, and biography titles.
Lunch Bunch Selections
Located right by the circulation desk, a varied collection of picture books provide a source of “quick picks” for parents and other volunteers who come to read to our PYP students during lunch. These titles represent a wide range of cultures and perspectives. They also allow students to see the I.B. Learner Profile and I.B. Attitudes in literature.
Mother Tongue Collection
Frank C. Martin International K-8 Center is truly an international learning community. Although we teach French and Spanish, our families speak many different languages. We have families that speak Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, German, Dutch, and so many others. Please help us to build our Mother Tongue Collection of children’s stories from your native language by donating books (new or used). See the media specialist for more information.
Parent Resource Center
Here at Frank C Martin, we proudly acknowledge the valuable role parents and family play in the success of our students. Parents and grandparents are welcome to utilize all the resources available to students. We also have a collection of resources specifically designated for parents and family. The Parent Resource Center is located in the same area as the teacher professional library. Come in. Relax. Enjoy.