Welcome to the Library Media Center

  • Mr. Scott Barner, School Librarian
    Ms. Michele Baxtrom-Ramos, Library Assistant


    Media Center Hours | Circulation Policy | Gift Policy | Activities | Mission Statement | Accelerated Reader |Sunshine Book Bowl | Book Fairs | WPKN News Show | Sunshine Young Readers' Award | FRA Book Award | Quick Links | Find It Fast! | Gale Databases | MCPS Media Services | Destiny




    The mission of the Saddlewood Elementary Library 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.






    Sunshine State Young Reader's Book

    Every year Librarians across Florida vote for 15 books that they feel represent the best literature for students in grades 3-5.  The winners for the 2016-2017 school year are listed below.



    1. Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff 
    2. All Four Stars by Tara Dairman 
    3. Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley 
    4. Dinosaur Boy by Cory Putman Oakes 
    5. Fish Finelli: Seagulls Don’t Eat Pickles by E.S. Farber 
    6. Eddie Red Undercover: Mystery on Museum Mile by Marcia Wells 
    7. Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt 
    8. Gabby Duran and the Unsittables by Daryle Conners and Elise Allen
    9. Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord 
    10. Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures by Jackson Pearce and Maggie Stiefvater 
    11. The Pet War by Allen Woodrow 
    12. Prairie Evers by Ellen Airgood
    13. Serafina’s Promise by Ann Burg 
    14. The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John 
    15. The Worm Whisperer by Betty Hicks



    7:30 - 2:30 -- Check-in and check out books
    7:45 - 8:00 -- WSSN TV News Show
    2:00 - 3:00 -- Planning / Teacher Services

    Mr. Scott Barner, School Librarian
    Ms. Michele Baxtrom-Ramos, Library Assistant 




    1. Respect the books and treat them like they are your best friend (Hold them and hug them). 
    2. When not reading your book, keep it in your backpack ready to take back to school. This way you will always have books to read at school and they will not get lost.
    3. Keep the books away from babies and pets.
    4. Students may check out 3 books at a time; 2 AR books and 1 non-AR book.
    5. Students may not check out any materials if they have overdue, lost or damaged books that have not been returned or paid for.
    6. Books are checked out for 1 week and may be renewed for up to 4 weeks.


    Our next Scholastic Book Fair will be scheduled for sometime in the spring.

    This is a great time to pick up books for summer reading.

    The theme for the fair is Heroes: Reading Saves the Day!

    Our students love to read, read, and read and books make a wonderful Christmas present both for your child and their teacher so please look over the flyer your child has brought home as well as the teacher's wish list. There are always more titles available than what are listed so please feel welcome to come to the FAIR at any time between 7:30 am - 2:30 pm except on Friday, when we will close at 12:00pm. You may want to come when your child's class is scheduled; check with the teacher for the day and time. Please remember that we have to charge sales tax since these are items that go home instead of stay in the school.


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    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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    WSSN TV Broadcast Studio - Our studio televises live announcements each morning. Student recognition is featured. 6 students operate the entire show with supervision from the Librarian. The crew consists of anchors, camera and sound technicians, announcers, video mixer, and assistants.


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    Students in grades 3 through 5 can qualify to try out for the Saddlewood Book Bowl team by reading and passing AR tests on all 15 of the Sunshine books. The five member team will compete with other schools in the county on knowledge relating to the fifteen books.

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    Winter Book Fair
    February 15th - 25th 

    Spring Book Fair
    During End of School Year Awards Assemblies - May10th-20th


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    Our morning news show, WSSN TV News, airs daily at 7:45 a.m.
    Students will work on the show throughout the year.
    Students are cross-trained and learn all of the positions in the studio. This includes learning how to use a video camera, how to use the sound board, how to direct the production, be personable in front of the camera and speak into a microphone. They also use a video switcher.

    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 Mrs. Grant or any news crew member know, and we will try to feature your class on the show!


    They look for students who have the following qualities:

    • Positive attitude 
    • Responsibility
    • Teamwork 
    • Good attendance
    • Good grades


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    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 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 Romeo Elementary Book Bowl Team.

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    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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    • Destiny
      Destiny Our library is online and easy to search for books and resources!

      Marion County Public Library
      Marion County Public Library is online and easy to join. Go online to reserve/check out books, CDs and videos.

      Librarian Recommended Sites
      KidsClick.org is a collection of resources recommended by school librarians.

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Accelerated Reader Program

Accelerated Reader

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.

To view a complete list of which books have AR quizzes, go to AR BookFinder Program. 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.

AR BookFinder Program

Accelerated Reader Resources