Library Media Center


    Mrs. Jill McGunnigle, Library Media Specialist





    Have Fun While Learning At Home!

    Here are some fun and useful internet resources you may wish to explore! 


    Circulation Policy

    Unfortunately, we will not be doing any book check-out for the first nine weeks of school.  This decision will be revisited each quarter and when we feel it is safe and manageable, we will resume normal library activities.  MYon is a great resource for e-Books.  Students can access MYon through their student portal.  Click the tab to the left that says MYon for more information.  Thank you for your understanding!

    Gift Policy

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



    TV Broadcast Studio - Our studio televises live announcements each morning. Student recognition is featured. Students typically operate the entire show with supervision from the media specialist. The crew consists of anchors, camera and sound technicians, announcers, video mixer, and assistants.  However, due to the inability to social distance while running the morning show, there will be no student participation for the first nine weeks of school.  We will revisit this decision each quarter.


    Sunshine State Young Readers' Award - Each year Florida chooses 15 books to be on the Sunshine State list. This program is open to all third through fifth grade students. Students must read 3 books from the list to be qualified to vote for the book they like best.


    Book Fairs - Hammett Bowen hosts two Scholastic book fairs each year. These provide the opportunity for students to purchase books that they can keep. All of the proceeds go to purchasing new books and materials for the media center.  This year our book fairs will be held online for the safety of our students and staff. 

    Mission Statement

    The mission of the Hammett Bowen 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 educators to design learning strategies to meet the needs of individual students.


    Morning News Show

    Due to the inability to social distance, students will not be running the morning news show for the first nine weeks of school.  This decision will be revisited at the end of each quarter.


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

    Students will work on the show throughout the year. 
    Students learn how to use a video camera, how to use the sound board, how to speak into a microphone, how to write a script, and how to act while on TV. 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. McGunnigle 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

    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.


    Happy Reading!

    Happy Reading!