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Books, Books, Books!
Books, Books, Books!

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Mission Statement

The Mary B. Austin Library Media Center will provide a secure and comfortable environment in which students feel free to explore various sources of information. Students will receive instruction and training that will enable them to access, analyze, assimilate, and use acquired information.  The media center will promote literacy and the enjoyment of reading by providing age appropriate literature that entertains as well as informs.  Recognizing the increasing importance of technology in the acquisition of information, the media center will provide instruction in the use of electronic sources for searching and retrieving information intelligently and safely.  The program will strive to develop in each student an appreciation of the quest of knowledge and the need for lifelong learning.  


General Information

The Austin Library Media Center is open each weekday from 8:15 to 3:00 for students and from 7:45 - 3:30 for teachers.  The Media Center uses the automated catalog system "Destiny" which can be accessed from all computers in the school including those located in the Media Center, Computer Lab, and individual classrooms and also from home using the student's computer login user name and password.  Students and teachers may use the Destiny program anywhere in the building to generate a list of desired materials that can be found in the Media Center.

Students may check out books for a period of one (2) weeks. Students in grades K-1 are allowed to check out two books at a time, grades 2-4 may check out two books and grade 5 may check out three books Fines are not charged for overdue books; however, students with overdue books will not be allowed to check out additional books.  Students must pay to replace lost or damaged books.

In addition to the open circulation hours listed above, classes are scheduled on a rotating basis for formal lessons covering grade level appropriate information literacy skills.  Teachers may request additional class time for special projects or research.  The library media specialist and classroom teacher will plan collaboratively to ensure that all class sessions support and extend the goals and objectives of the classroom.



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