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.
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.
The Helen Street School Library Media Center's mission is to foster students' love of reading; provide access to quality materials; opportunities to integrate technology, and ensure development of information literacy skills necessary to become critical and ethical users of ideas and information.
Our library media center is a lively learning center that houses a wide range and amount of books, graphic novels, magazines and technology equipment for student and staff use.
Each student has access to iPads /Tablets, Chromebooks, two Computer Labs, and Laptops. Each classroom has Digital Whiteboards or Digital Display Boards as standard instructional technology equipment.
Library classes occur weekly for all classes. Students receive lessons tied to HPS Library Curriculum centered around information literacy, technology and literature appreciation.
The District's Library Media Curriculum aligns itself with the Common Core and ALA Standards emphasizing literature appreciation, digital citizenship, critical thinking skills, research methods, technology integration, digital literacy and information literacy.
> Each student can borrow up to 2
books in addition to resources
assigned by the classroom
> Books are due 1 week later, but
can be extended or when the class
assignment is finished.
> 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
Acceptable Use Policy~
On registration, parents/guardians receive and sign an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP), which describes the expectations for their child's technology and student account use. Students review the expectations in a student version of the AUP in Library Media class each school year.
Parents/Guardians are always welcome to volunteer in our school library. Best help includes~Shelving books, Sorting books, Prepping teacher requests, Labeling and helping students during Open Library.
Morning drop-off times or Afternoon pick-up times are likely times, and 10-20 minutes can be very helpful.
If no openings exist at Helen Street School, we will refer you to another Hamden Public School.
Please contact Mr. Patrick, Library Media Specialist, to discuss needs, training and days/hours available.