The mission of the Hamden Middle School Library Media Center is to provide students with a comfortable and welcoming environment that supports their academic needs, fosters their creativity and academic development, and grows their love of reading.
We have a diverse and growing collection of books that appeal to our readers' individual interests, needs, and maturity levels.
When entering the library media center, students will be able to explore their interests by visiting sections dedicated to specific genres.
We pride ourselves on finding and housing books that appeal to all of our students. We thoughtfully grow our collection by taking student recommendations and by consulting various lists and award winners as curated by invaluable resources such as the American Library Association (ALA), We Need Diverse Books, School Library Journal and Social Justice Books.
In addition to our non-fiction collection, we provide students with access to a variety of databases (see our "Resources" link) to aid them in their academic pursuits.
Our media specialist, Mrs. McCulley, loves to read (and loves getting students to fall in love with reading!), and thrives on providing students with an individual and specific book recommendation, as well as the skills needed to successfully choose their next book.
Mrs. McCulley is dedicated to helping students become 21st century learners, and collaborates with teachers and HMS staff to develop lessons focusing on research and digital citizenship.
She has proudly worked at Hamden Public Schools for over 10 years, starting her career as an English teacher at Hamden High School before moving to Hamden Middle School as the Library Media Specialist.