Library Media Center
The Horizon Academy at Marion Oaks Library Media Center’s mission is to inspire lifelong learning, foster a love of reading and empower students to become information literate in a friendly, nurturing, and welcoming environment.
- Each student may check out 2 books for as long as two weeks.
- Students may renew books by bringing them into the library before the due date.
- There are no fines for overdue materials.
- Library materials are checked out to parents and students for two weeks.
- Students and parents may renew items twice, if necessary.
- Students may only check out library materials from the second chance bookshelves until overdue materials are returned.
- Reference books and magazines may not be checked out and are for use in the library only.
- All library materials must be returned to the media center at the end of every school year.
- All materials checked out of the media center are the responsibility of the student. Lost or damaged materials must be paid for in full before additional materials may be borrowed from the regular library collection. Second chance books are always available. Lost book must be lost 2 weeks before being stated lost. Refunds will be given only if the book is found and returned to the media center in good condition within the same school year.
Gifts are always appreciated. They may be added to the media center collection or given to classroom teachers.
Sunshine State Young Readers' Award - Each year Florida chooses 15 books to be on the Sunshine State list. This program is open to all third through eighth grade students. Students must read 3 books from the list to be qualified to vote for the book they like best.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Open virtually all the time! Gale Virtual Reference Library
- Our school district now subscribes to Gale Virtual Reference Library Curriculum Edition, the ultimate, easy to use, Internet based reference resource for students and teachers-available from school or home 24/7.
- Gale Virtual Reference Library meets a growing range of research and curricular demands.
- How will Gale help you and your students? Search or browse more than full-text magazines. You can print, save, or email for your own or student use.
- Look up articles from regional, U.S., and international newspapers.
- Integrate technology and engaging digital content to support instruction in all subjects: Math, Science, Social Studies, Geography, Language Arts, etc.
Accelerated Reader Program
The Accelerated Reader (AR) Program provides teachers and children a fun and exciting way to promote reading at home and in the classroom. The kids love to watch their progress and teachers often involve the students in setting AR point goals for the year.
AR BookFinder Program
If you would like to see what books we have in our school library, go to Destiny, our online card catalog, and click on our school.
Link to Accelerated Reader Resources
Fall Book Fair
Open during the day in the Library Media Center.
Sunshine State Young Readers Award I
The Sunshine State Young Readers' Award program presents a group of fifteen books chosen each year by a committee of Florida librarians. They are chosen for their quality and appeal, and represent some of the best in children's literature today. Students in grades 3 through 8 are encouraged to read at least three of the books, so they can vote for their favorite. Every year, the author of the book with the most statewide votes is presented with the Sunshine State Young Readers' Award.
Students can also take Accelerated Reader quizzes on the Sunshine State books to earn points and prizes. If they read the 15 "Sunshine State Books" and pass the A.R. quizzes, they are also qualified to try out for the Horizon Academy Book Bowl Team
Sunshine State Young Readers Award II
The Sunshine State Young Readers' Award program presents a group of fifteen books chosen each year by a committee of Florida librarians. They are chosen for their quality and appeal, and represent some of the best in children's literature today. Students in grades 6 through 8 are encouraged to read at least three of the books, so they can vote for their favorite. Every year, the author of the book with the most statewide votes is presented with the Sunshine State Young Readers' Award.
Students can win prizes by reading more of the books. If they read 13 or more "Sunshine Books", they are also qualified to try out for the Horizon Academy Book Bowl Team.
FRA Children's Book Award
The FRA Children's Book Award is a program sponsored by the Florida Reading Association and is for students in Pre-K through second grade. Students read or have read to them eight quality books, and then vote on their favorite book. The votes are tallied at the state level, and the author of the winning book receives recognition.
Students in PreKindergarten, Kindergarten, first grade and second grade have the opportunity to read or listen to recent literature that is considered the best in the state. Students also learn about the importance of voting.
Media Center Hours
Student Hours: Monday - Friday (7:30 - 2:20)
Parent Hours: Monday - Friday (7:30 - 3:00*)
Teacher Hours: Monday - Friday (7:15 - 3:00)
*Open only on the days school is in session.
Students are now able to access eBooks on electronic devices using the Follett Brightwave k-12 app. See Miss Drazan for login information!