Library Media Center
Research shows school libraries support student learning & higher academic achievement when staffed by qualified library teachers who also inspire & engage students with information literacy, technology integration, and literature appreciation.
School Libraries Matter cited by the American Library Association.
The Helen Street School Library Media Center is a place where curiosity and problem solving are encouraged.
Centrally located as the "hub" in the school, it is the focal point for dreaming, stretching and discovery through pleasure reading, wondering, exploring, information seeking, knowledge building, and critical thinking.
At Helen Street School, the Library Media Center is an important part of your student’s education.
Mr. Patrick was born in Nottingham, PA and grew up on a farm. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication from West Chester University. Later, he earned his Education degree from the University of Delaware. Mr. Patrick was a Middle School Reading and Language Arts teacher in Delaware before moving to Connecticut. In the Hamden Public School District, Mr. Patrick has been a classroom teacher at Church Street School and Helen Street School. Upon earning his Library Media Certification, he presently is our school's Library Media Specialist.
Mr. Patrick is a big UCONN Huskies Women's Basketball fan, enjoys trips to Disney World, and reads...reads...reads.
Mr. Patrick would love to become a cartoon character in a Disney/Pixar Movie!!
> Each student can borrow up to 2
> Books are due 1 week later, but
can be extended.
> There are no fines for late books,
but Notices of Unreturned Books
are sent home monthly and
inserted in Report Envelopes.
> OPEN LIBRARY- Daily. Students
are welcome to visit the library
media center to return books
and/or select new books for
What's So Special?
> Reading Choices:
A wide variety and reading range of fiction books,graphic novels (fiction & non-fiction), non-fiction books, eBooks, and magazines. Plus, the school houses an outside Community Lending Library (Book Swap) located in the front of the school.
One-to-One student access to Laptops, Chromebooks, Two Computer Labs, and WiFi. Plus, a Digital Display Board for instruction.
Current technology equipment and accessories, website resources, Student Google Accounts, Interactive eBooks such as Lightbox, and Databases.
> Learning Environment:
A lovely, pleasant, comfortable decor, a large roof skylight and a glass wall allow for a lot of warm & bright sunlight. And, we house a fantastic very large and lively fish tank!
> Book Fairs:
The Library Media Center hosts up to 2 book fairs each school year!!
1. Access DESTINY.
2. Select your school. Enter the
3. CATALOG TAB~
Use the SEARCH Window
to type 'ebooks' & click the
Click the 'ebooks' link.
4. Click the OPEN Button to access
the eBook of your choice.
5. If you download the eBook onto
your home computer or device,
the eBook will stay for 2 weeks.