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

    Students will be visiting the library once a week with their class.  Check with your child's teacher to see what day they will be going to the library.  Kindergarten students can check out one book and grades first-fifth can check out two books.  Library books are due two weeks after they are checked out.  It's a good idea for students to keep their library books in their backpacks when they are done reading them so they always know where they are!  Thank you for taking great care of your books! 

    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. Fifth grade 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.  


    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.  For every Sunshine book a student reads and passes the AR quiz, they earn a brag tag.  Can you earn all fifteen?


    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. Thank you for your support.

    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 must read at least three of the books and pass the AR quizzes, 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!