Welcome to the Library Media Center

  • Table of Contents

    Checkout Policies | Gift Policy | Activities | Mission Statement

    Accelerated Reader Program | Sunshine State Book Bowl  | Book Fair

    Morning News Show | Sunshine State Young Readers' Award

    FRA Children's Book Award



    Checkout Policies

    Student's may not owe books to other Marion County schools.


    • Kindergarten: limit one checkout, to be kept in the classroom.
    • First: limit one checkout
    • Second: limit two checkouts
    • Third - Fifth: limit three checkouts, one should be an Accelerated Reader book.


    Checkout is for two weeks; books may be renewed.


    Students will be charged for any labels removed. These labels are important to maintaining our collection. The charge is $0.50 to replace the labels. Students may not check out if they owe for a lost or missing book or money for damage to a book. We do offer alternative books for students not allowed to check out from the primary collection. We WANT all students to read.


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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 a staff member. The crew consists of anchors, camera and sound technicians, announcers, video mixer, and assistants. This year we are also looking for "Spotlight News" from every classroom.


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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 LMC. 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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    Accelerated Reader Program

    The LMC contains over 10,000 AR books of varying reading levels and AR points. The purpose of AR is to measure comprehension skills and motivate students to read. Students are encouraged to achieve 80% or higher on each quiz. The more a student reads, the greater the increase in his/her reading scores.


    AR is an integral part of our reading program and School Improvement Plan. The students read AR books on his/her reading level, take AR reading practice quizzes, earn points for special prizes, parties, percent clubs, and more.

    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_logo-R.gif Accelerated Reader Resources



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    Sunshine State Book Bowl

    Students must read 13 Sunshine State books and have teacher approval to qualify for the Book Bowl try-outs in January.

    Book Fair 

    The next Book Fair will take place February 13-17, 2017. The school receives a portion of the Book Fair proceeds, which allows us to purchase books for the Media Center.

    Morning News Show


    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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    Sunshine State Young Readers' Award

    The Sunshine State Young Readers' Award program presents a list 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.


    If students read 13 or more "Sunshine Books," they meet the requirements to try out for the Emerald Shores Book Bowl Team. This is our year!


    2016-2017 Sunshine State Young Readers Award Finalists (Grades 3-5)



    • Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff
    • All Four Stars by Tara Dairmanl
    • Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley
    • Dinosaur Boy by Cory Putnam Oakes
    • Eddie Red Undercover: Mystery on Museum Mile by Marcia Wells
    • Fish Finelli: Seagulls Don't Eat Pickles by E.S. Farber
    • Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
    • Gabby Duran and the Unsittables by Elise Allen and Darlyle Conners
    • Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord
    • The Pet War by Allan Woodrow
    • Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures by Jackson Pearce and Maggie Stiefvater
    • Prairie Evers by Ellen Airgood
    • Serafina's Promise by Ann Burg
    • The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John
    • The Worm Whisperer by Betty Hicks



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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 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 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. Below are the Florida Reading Association's Children's Book Award Nominations for K through Grade 2:


    Click here to see 2016-2017 book nominations


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Media Staff

  • Mrs. Kelly Friesen, Library Media Specialist 

    Mr. Chuck Mathis, Library Media Assistant

Media Center Hours

  • 7:20 am - 3:05 pm -- Check-in and check out books
    7:45 am - 7:50 am -- Morning News Show
    3:05 pm - 4:05 pm -- Duty/Planning /Teacher Services


    All students go through a brief orientation period to ensure they are familiar with the use of the electronic card catalog, know where and how to access specific materials, and know the rules of the LMC.

Accelerated Reader Program