Library Media Center


    Mrs. Jill McGunnigle, Library Media Specialist

     Bookface Challenge


    Have Fun While Learning At Home!

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


    Circulation Policy

    1. Each student in Kindergarten may check out one book for as long as one week.  
    2. Each student in 1st thru 5th grade may check out 2 books for as long as two weeks. 
    3. Students may renew a book for an additional week.  
    4. There are no fines for overdue materials. 
    5. Students must pay for lost or damaged materials.  

    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 operate the entire show with supervision from the media specialist. The crew consists of anchors, camera and sound technicians, announcers, video mixer, and assistants.


    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.


    Sunshine State Book Bowl - Students who have read 13 Sunshine Books by February may try out for the Sunshine Book Bowl. Five students will be picked to be Hammett Bowen's Book Bowl Team. They will compete against other schools teams in the county.


    Book Fairs - Hammett Bowen hosts two to three yearly Scholastic book fairs. These provide the opportunity for students to purchase books that they can keep. A third book fair is held in December. It is the "Buy One, Give One" book fair. These books are purchased by our students and given to children in foster homes.

    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

    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.


    If students read 13 or more "Sunshine Books," they are also qualified to try out for the Hammett Bowen Book Bowl Team.

    Happy Reading!

    Happy Reading!