Library Media Center

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Why Do Libraries Matter?

Libraries Inspire!

     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.

How Our Library Inspires!

     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.

Students using shelfmarkers to keep the library organized.
Students using shelfmarkers to keep the library organized.
Students using shelfmarkers to keep the library organized.
Students using shelfmarkers to keep the library organized.
Students using shelfmarkers to keep the library organized.
Students using shelfmarkers to keep the library organized.

Our Library Media Center in Action!

About Our Library Media Center

Who Is Mr. Patrick?

Mr. Patrick~
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!!



Book Loans~

Book Loans~
> 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 Special About Our Library Media Center?



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.

> Technology: 

One-to-One student access to Laptops, Chromebooks, Two Computer Labs, and WiFi.  Plus, a Digital Display Board for instruction.

> Resources:  

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!!

Mr. Dusty Patrick
Library Media Specialist
Students doing a drumming activity tied to the story DRUM CITY by Thea Guidone

Bookshelf Bulletin


Top Reads

~ Diary of a Wimpy Kid

~ Marty Pants

~ Dog Man

~ Nancy Drew & the Clue Crew

~ I Survived series

Accessing e*BOOKS

1. Access DESTINY.
2. Select your school. Enter the
   Student Log-in.
    Use the SEARCH Window 
    to type 'ebooks' & click the 
    Subject Button  
    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.


Skills and Homework Helpers

Citation Guides & Videos

> Guide for Grades 1-6 

> Video~ Citations for
  (3 mins, 15 sec.)

> Video~ In-Text Citations
   (2 mins, 50 sec)

Summer Reading