Library Media Center

  • We're Wild about Reading!


    Mission Statement

    The mission of the Maplewood Elementary 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 teachers to design learning strategies to meet the needs of individual students.




    1. Each student in Kindergarten through 5th grade may check out up to 2 books at a time as long as at least 1 book is a non-fiction book. Current Star Readers who have reached their individual quarterly AR goals may check out up to 3 books at a time, as long as at least 1 book is a non-fiction book.
    2. Students may check out books for 2 weeks at a time. Books may be renewed once if necessary.
    3. There are no fines for overdue materials; however, students must pay for lost or damaged books.
    4. Students will be offered a second chance book if they have overdue, lost or damaged books that have not been returned or paid for.
    5. Students may come to the library/media center anytime throughout the day for book check-out and reference work.


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    Book donations are always appreciated, especially if books are in good condition and are hardcover books. Depending on the need, gift books may be added to the media center collection, given to teachers, or donated to students.


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    Sunshine State Young Reader Award Program

    Each year, Florida chooses 15 books to be on the Sunshine State Young Reader Award list. Students in 3rd-5th grade who read at least 3 of these books will be invited to vote for their favorite before the end of the school year and will join thousands of students across the state of Florida in choosing this year's award winner. Students who read at least 12 of the 15 books will be eligible to try out for this year's Book Bowl team. The five members of this team will represent Maplewood in Marion County's annual book bowl competition. These students will win additional prizes and will get to have a pizza party on the day of the competition.


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    Book Fairs

    Maplewood hosts two Scholastic Book Fairs per school year. These fairs, which are a tremendous fund raiser for the Maplewood Media Center, provide students with the opportunity to buy reading materials for their home libraries. 


    The book fair is held in the fall and spring of each school year. This year's first book fair is currently scheduled for the week of October 3rd through the 7th, with a special Family Night on Friday, October 7th from 5:00 PM-8:00 PM during Maplewood's annual Fall Festival. Please come out and support the Maplewood Media Center while encouraging your child's love of reading. 


    If you would like to volunteer to help out at the fall book fair, please call 671-6826 and let Ms. Jappinga know that you would like to help. Thanks!



    Morning News Show


    The MWES Morning News Show airs daily at 7:45 AM. Our studio broadcasts live announcements each morning. The MWES Morning News crew consists of 6 5th grade students who announce the news, read the lunch menu, introduce new books, run the cameras, control the sound, and run the video switcher. Multiple crews will get an opportunity to work on morning announcements throughout the year. These students are nominated by their teachers based on their presentation skills and how they exemplify Maplewood's Big 3 by being responsible, respectful, and ready. Students must also demonstrate teamwork, have good attendance, and make good grades to represent Maplewood on the morning news crew.


    The purpose of our show is to let the school know about daily and future happenings and schedules. In addition, special guests are recognized each week for their reading accomplishments and get to lead the school in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Teachers, if your class is doing something special which you would like highlighted on morning announcements, be sure to let Ms. Jappinga or one of the crew members know, and we will try to feature your class on the show!

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    Sunshine State Young Readers' Award Books

    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 3rd through 5th 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. Which book will students choose to receive the award this year?


    2016-17 Sunshine State Young Readers Award Finalists (Grades 3-5)



    • Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff
    • All Four Stars by Tara Dairman
    • Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley
    • Dinosaur Boy by Cory Putman Oakes
    • Eddie Red Undercover: Mystery on the Museum Mile by Marcia Wells
    • Fish Finelli: Seagulls Don't Eat Pickles byE.S. Farber
    • Fish in a Tree by Mullaly Hunt
    • Gabby Duran and the Unsittables by Daryle Conners and Elise Allen
    • Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord
    • The Pet War by Allen 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 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-K, 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 2016-2017 Florida Reading Association's Children's Book Award Nominees for Pre-K through Grade 2:

    • "Because I Stubbed My Toe" by Shawn Byous
    • "Families, Families, Families!" by Suzanne and Max Lang
    • "Luna & Me" by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw
    • "Nerdy Birdy" by Arron Reynolds
    • "Over in the Wetlands" by Caroline Starr Rose
    • "Stay! A Top Dog Story" by Alex Latimer
    • "Water Is Water" by Miranda Paul and Jason Chin
    • "Wild About Us!" by Karen Beaumont



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Media Staff

  • Ms. Jappinga, Media Specialist

Media Center Hours

  • 7:20-7:45 - Open Access: Book Checkout and Student Services 

    7:45 - 7:50 - Morning Announcements
    7:50 - 2:00 - Open Access: Book Checkout and Student Services
    2:00 - 3:00 - Planning/Teacher Services