Welcome to the Library Media Center

  • Ms.Laura Wooten, Library Media Specialist



    Media Center Hours | Circulation Policies | Gift Policy | Activities | Mission Statement | MCPS Destiny |
    Internet Safety| Sunshine State Young Readers' Award |
    FRA Children's Book Award | Five-Finger Test to Check Book's Reading Level | Morning News Show |
    Quick Links | Gale Databases

    Media Center Hours

    • 7:30 - 2:00 -- Scheduled instruction and flexible checkout for all students.
    • 7:40 - 7:50 -- Morning News Show

    Circulation Policies


    1. Students in Kindergarten through third grade may check out one book at a time for up to one week.
    2. Students in grades four and five may check out two books at a time.
    3. A student may renew a book for another week if the book has not been requested by another person.
    4. There are no fines for overdue materials.
    5. Students are responsible for damaged or lost books. They are allowed to checkout "second chance" books until debts are paid.
    6. Encyclopedias and other reference books are available to check out overnight.


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    Gift Policy

    Gift books are always appreciated. The media specialist reserves the right to determine whether to add the book to the circulating collection, use as prizes, or distribute to students at one of our annual book giveaways.


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     Students working on science in media center



    The media center sponsors and promotes different events throughout the school year to promote and celebrate the joy of reading.  These include:

    Book Fairs


    Rudolph Read-in

    Dr. Seuss Day

    RIF (Reading is Fundamental for Grades Pre K through second, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club)

    Ocala Civic Theater presentations

    Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida

    Million Minute Reading Challenge

     OCT Production for 5th Grade

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    Mission Statement

    The mission of the Fessenden Elementary School Media Center is to meet the informational needs of both students and faculty by providing access to a variety of materials in multiple formats. The goal of the media center is to carry out the vision of the school, which is to develop self-monitoring thinkers who can approach problems through consistent and pervasive practice.


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    MCPS Destiny

    http://mymariondestiny.marion.k12.fl.us (home access)
    Formerly, the OPAC, Destiny is the new library media center catalog. Not only is it available at your school computer, but now teachers, students, and parents can log in and access it from home to check out the Marion County library collections anytime, anyplace, anywhere!


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    Internet Safety

    Students in Kindergarten and in third grade are required to complete an online course titled Digital Citizenship which is facilitated by the media specialist. The course focuses on computer etiquette and safety, and addressed the use of all digital media. 

    For more online safety information and guidelines, including activities for practicing online safety with your child, please visit Netsmartzkids.


    Fessenden Elementary School Media Center would like everyone to remember:

    1. Information online is not private. Never tell anyone online your last name, your phone number, where you live, or where you go to school.
    2. Never e-mail a picture of yourself to a stranger.
    3. If you see something that makes you uncomfortable, don't look around or explore; get your parents or teacher instead.
    4. Never make plans to meet Internet friends.
    5. Never open an e-mail, file, or Web page from people you don't know.
    6. Never give out your password, except to responsible adults in your family or a teacher.
    7. Never visit sites that offer special prizes, contests, or games. These sites may be trying to get your personal information or get money from you.
    8. Always follow family and school rules for the Internet. Rules are there to make sure you stay safe.

    Internet Safety Links


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    Sunshine State Young Readers' Award

    The Sunshine State Young Readers' Award program presents fifteen books chosen each year by a committee of Florida media specialists. They are chosen for their quality and appeal, and represent some of the best in children's literature today. Students in grades 3 through 5 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.

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    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.


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    Five-Finger Test to Check Book's Reading Level

    Help your child use this test to find the PERFECT BOOK to read!

    1. Open the book to the middle. Pick a full page of text.
    2. Read the page (aloud if possible).
    3. Put one finger up for every word you can not pronounce or do not know.
    4. If you get five ( 5 ) fingers up on one page, the book is too difficult to read independently.
    5. If you do not get any fingers up, but are reading very slowly and decoding almost every word, you will not enjoy the book. 


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    Morning News Show

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    Quick Links

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