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    Checkout Policies | Gift Policy | Activities | Mission Statement

     | Book Fair | Morning News Show | Sunshine State Young Readers 



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    Mission Statement

    The mission of the Emerald Shores Elementary Media program is to ensure our students, teachers, staff, and parents are effective users of the various sources of information available in our Media Center. This will enable individual or group access to information and ideas, promoting life-long learning.

    We believe that we must fully align our library program with the schools' curriculum in order to increase successful learning.

    We know every child can learn, and will continue to grow, given the right tools.


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    Library Checkout Policy

    • Kindergarten: One checkout allowed and must be kept in the classroom.
    • First and Second: One checkout allowed.  It is reccommended that books are kept in classrooms.
    • Third - Fifth: Two checkouts allowed. 

    All students require a signed library permission slip from parents in order for students to check out books that will be taken home.

    Checkout is for one week; books may be renewed once. 

    In order for everyone to enjoy the library and its resources we suggest the following:

    Know your child’s scheduled days and times to visit the library so you can remind your child to return books on time. Other students may be waiting for that particular book. 
    Have a special place to keep library books when they are not being read, to prevent the book becoming lost or damaged.

    We want all children to read, so please take care of books that are checked out.

    Books must be returned, or paid for in cases of loss or damage, in order for checkouts to take place. Fines for lost or damaged books may be paid in increments. 

    If you make plans to move away, please remember to return or pay for any books.

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    get in the game and read

    This year, we are promoting our Touchdown Reading Club!

    Each month, there is a celebration held for all those who fill their Touchdown reading logs, which represents 20 minutes of reading per night.

    Reading is fun at Emerald Shores and the Media Center is the place to be to Get in the Game with reading!


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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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    write review Read  Book Reviews



     Click to write a book review!

    Do you love fantasy novels? Biographies? Mysteries? Sports?
    Have you ever read a book that was so amazing you told all your friends "you've GOT to read this!"? Here's your opportunity to share with other students what you are reading and to discover new books based on other kids' recommendations. 


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    Latest Book Fair News!


     Book Fair Time Machine: Reading Can Take You Anywhere!

    The next Book Fair will take place Fall 2020, date TBA. 

    The school receives a portion of the Book Fair proceeds, which allows us to purchase books for the Media Center, as well as host special events.


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    Morning News Show


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

    Our morning news show will air daily at 7:45 a.m.


    Students will work on the show throughout the semester. A new crew will be recruited for the second semester, offering the opportunity for more students to be involved.

    Students learn how to use: a video camera, a switcher, a sound board, how to speak into a microphone, how to write a script, and display a professional appearance while on TV.


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

    We 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 are a list of 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.



    2019-20 Sunshine State Young Readers Jr. Award Finalists  for K-2nd Grade

                                                                                                                                   ssyra jr

    • The Princess and the Pit Stop by Tom Angleberger; Dan Santat (Illustrator)
    • Melia and Jo by Billy Aronson; Jennifer Oxley (Illustrator)
    • The Very Impatient Caterpillar by Ross Burach
    • Rot, the Cutest in the World! by Ben Clanton (Illustrator)
    • Inky the Octopus by Erin Guendelsberger; David Leonard (Illustrator)
    • We Don't Eat Our Classmates! by Ryan T. Higgins (Illustrator)
    • Grumpy Monkey by Suzanne Lang; Max Lang (Illustrator)
    • The Bagel King by Andrew Larsen; Sandy Nichols (Illustrator)
    • The Little Red Fort by Brenda Maier; Sonia Sanchez (Illustrator)
    • Neck and Neck by Elise Parsley (Illustrator)
    • Good Rosie! by Kate DiCamillo; Harry Bliss (Illustrator)
    • Stealing the Sword! by Wendy Mass; Oriol Vidal (Illustrator)
    • The Great Cheese Robbery by Chris Mould (Illustrator)
    • The New Kid by A. I. Newton; Anjan Sarkar (Illustrator)
    • Mia Mayhen Is a Superhero! by Kara West; Leeza Hernandez (Illustrator)



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    Each student who reads and passes a 10 question multiple choice quiz, provided at checkout, will receive a special edition brag tag and  neck chain.

    Students who rise to the challenge and read 12/15 SSYR books by May 15th will be invited to attend a celebration with our Media Specialist, Ms. Tyler, and vote on their favorite book. The author of the book with the most statewide votes is presented with the Sunshine State Young Readers' Award.

     SSYRA Challenge group

    These students are rising to meet the Sunshine State Readers challenge!

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Media Staff



    Ms.Tami Tyler

    Media Specialist 

     librarian on books

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    Email Ms. Tyler


     Dear Emerald Shores Families, 

    Reading is one of the most important skills your child will learn in school. Like all skills, improvement comes with practice, and the Emerald Shores Elementary Library provides a wide variety of books for reading practice, information and entertainment. Your child will have the opportunity to visit the library at least weekly to select books. You can help your student by reading to or with them and asking questions about the story. Encourage your child to spend time every day reading at home. During orientation, I discussed the number of books students are allowed to check out and how to responsibly care for library books.
    I am looking forward to sharing my love of reading with your child through exploring stories and celebrating special events throughout the year.

    Ms. Tyler, Librarian
    352-671-4800 ext. 51822 

Media Center Hours

  • 7:20 am - 2:50 pm -- The Media Center is open

    7:45 am - 7:50 am -- Morning News Show



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