Welcome to the Library Media Center

  • Mr. Hartley, Library Media Specialist

    Mrs. Lafountain, Media Assistant


    Media Center


    All classes are scheduled for Media time each week. However, with their teacher’s permission, students may visit the library during the school day to check out books, do research or take an AR test. Mr. Hartley and Mrs. LaFountain look forward to your visit.


    Media Center Hours

    • 7:20 7:45 -- Book Exchange and AR Testing
    • 7:45 - 7:50-- Good Morning Sparr!"
    • 2:05-3:00- Planning/Teacher Services
    • Sparr has an open library policy this year
    • Students are encouraged to visit the library during the school day to check out books, do research or take an AR test. Of course, students should always have teacher permission before visiting. Mr. Hartley and Mrs. LaFountain look forward to your visit.

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    Circulation Policies

    1. Each student in kindergarten through 2nd grade may check out one book for two weeks. **
    2. Students in 3rd through 5th grade may check out two books for two weeks. **
    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. If students have overdue books or fines for lost or damaged books, they may check out one "Second Chance" book, but they may not check out books from the regular shelves.
    6. Encyclopedias and other reference books may not be checked out by students. They remain in the media center for everyone to use.

    ** - Students that meet or exceed their AR goals will earn the privilege of checking out 1 additional book - **


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    Gift Policy

    Gifts are always appreciated. They may be added to the media center collection, given to teachers, or donated to the public library.


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    TV Broadcast Studio - Our studio televises live announcements each morning. Student recognition is featured. Students operate the entire show with supervision from the media specialist. The crew consists of responsible students. To be chosen as part of the television crew, students must display positive attitudes, be responsible, have good attendance, and good grades

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    Mission Statement

    The mission of the Sparr Elementary Library Media Program is to ensure that the students and staff are effective users of ideas and information. This is accomplished by providing intellectual and physical access to materials in all formats; by providing instruction to foster competence and stimulate interest in reading, viewing, and using information and ideas; and by working with other educators to design learning strategies to meet the needs of individual students.

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    MCPS Destiny

    http://mymariondestiny.marion.k12.fl.us (home access)
    Destiny is the 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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    Kids' Rules for Safety on the Internet

    Students of all ages are enjoying the Internet, so it is crucial that parents and guardians be aware of the risks their children will face. The following suggestions are my recommendations for safety online. For more online safety information, for activities for practicing online safety with your child, and for contracts and guidelines please visit SafeKids.com. You may also request SafeKids information by calling 1-800-843-5678.


    Sparr 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 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 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.

    Students can win prizes by reading more of the books. If they read 10 or more "Sunshine Books", they are also qualified to try out for the Sparr Elementary Book Bowl Team.

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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 Pre-Kindergarten, 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.

    Click here to see 2016-2017 Book nominations.


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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

    • Every school day morning, a special group of fourth and fifth graders get together. These students create a morning news show for Sparr Elementary School.
    • The purpose of our show is to let the school know about daily and future happenings and schedules.
    • If your class is doing something special, let Mr. Hartley or any news crew member know, and we will try to feature your class on the show!
    • If you are a responsible fourth or fifth grader, you too can be on the Morning News.
    • They look for students who have the following qualities:
      • Positive attitude
      • Responsibility
      • Teamwork
      • Good attendance
      • Good grades

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    Quick Links

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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.

Accelerated Reader Resources

If you would like to see which books we have in our school library, go to Destiny, our online card catalog, and click on our school.

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