Welcome to the Library Media Center

  • Email Mr. Hartley, Library Media Specialist

    Meet Mr. Hartley


    Mr. Hartley Rockin' the School Day


    All classes are expected to visit the Media Center at least once each week, either as a whole class or in groups. However, with their teacher’s permission, students may visit the library anytime during the school day to check out books or do research. Mr. Hartley looks forward to your visit.



    Media Center Hours

    • 7:20 7:40 -- Book Exchange
    • 7:40 - 7:50-- "Good Morning Sparr!"
    • 2:05-3:00- Planning/Teacher Services
    • Sparr has an open library policy
    • Students are encouraged to visit the library during the school day to check out books or do research. Of course, students should always have teacher permission before visiting. Mr. Hartley looks forward to your visit.

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    Circulation Policies

    1. Each student in Kindergarten and 1st grade may check out one book for two weeks.
    2. Students in 2nd through 5th grade may check out two books for two weeks.
    3. A student may renew a book for another 2 weeks if the book has not been requested by another person.
    4. There are no fines for overdue materials.
    5. If students have overdue books or fines for lost or damaged books, they may check out a "Second Chance" book, but they may not check out books from the regular shelves.
    6. Encyclopedias and other reference books may not be checked out by students. They need to remain in the media center for everyone to use.


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    Gift Policy

    Gifts are always appreciated and will be directed to the best possible use. They may be added to the media center collection, given to teachers, donated to the Little Free Library 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 the media specialist. The crew consists of responsible students. To be chosen as part of the television crew, students must display positive attitudes, be responsible, have good attendance, and good grades. If students are able to sign up for, and attend the Wednesday, after school video club, it helps in preparing for the morning TV show.

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    Mission Statement

    The mission of the Sparr Elementary Library 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.

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    MCPS Destiny

    https://mymariondestiny.follettdestiny.com (home access)
    Destiny is the library media center catalog. Not only is it available on your school computer, but now teachers, students, and parents can log in and access it from home to check out the Marion County library collections anytime, anyplace, anywhere! Scroll Down to locate Sparr's Media Center to see Sparr's library collection!


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    Kids' Rules for Safety on the Internet

    Students of all ages are enjoying the Internet, so it is crucial that parents and guardians be aware of the risks their children will face. The following suggestions are my recommendations for safety online.


    Sparr Elementary School Media Center would like everyone to remember:

    1. Information online is not private. Never tell anyone online your last name, your phone number, where you live, or where you go to school.
    2. Never e-mail a picture of yourself to a stranger.
    3. If you see something that makes you uncomfortable, don't look around or explore; get your parents or teacher instead.
    4. Never make plans to meet Internet friends.
    5. Never open an e-mail, file, or Web page from people you don't know.
    6. Never give out your password, except to responsible adults in your family or a teacher.
    7. Never visit sites that offer special prizes, contests, or games. These sites may be trying to get your personal information or get money from you.
    8. Always follow family and school rules for the Internet. Rules are there to make sure you stay safe.

    Sunshine State Young Readers' Award

    The Sunshine State Young Readers' Award program presents fifteen books which are 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.


    Students in Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, first grade and second grade have the opportunity to read or listen to Books on the Junior Sunshine State Young Reader Award List  Students also learn about the importance of voting by selecting their favorite after reading from the current year's list.

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    The Van Note Book Giveaway Program

    Through the generous donation each year, from a couple who is very near and dear to our hearts, we are able to provide top quality books to all students at Sparr Elementary School from Pre-Kindergarten through fifth grade. We call it the Van Note Book Giveaway and the books are given away to the students at the beginning of the year, mid-year, and close to the end of the school year. At each Book Giveaway, students preview all the books then, after they have made mental selections, they physically pick and keep forever the book that they want. Inside the front cover of the book is a sticker where each student writes their name. Also on the sticker are words and a picture to remind the students What the Best Kind of Worm Is  ......... A BOOKWORM!!


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    Morning News Show

    • Every school day morning, a special group of third, fourth and fifth graders get together. These students create "The Good Morning Sparr TV Show," a morning news show for Sparr Elementary School.
    • The purpose of "The Good Morning Sparr TV Show" is to let the school know about daily and future happenings and schedules.
    • If your class is doing something special, let Mr. Hartley or any news crew member know, and we will try to feature your special project on "The Good Morning Sparr TV Show"
    • If you are a responsible third, fourth or fifth grader, you too can be on the "The Good Morning Sparr TV Show."
    • "The Good Morning Sparr TV Show" accepts students recommended by the students' teachers who have the following qualities:
      • Positive attitude
      • Responsibility
      • Teamwork
      • Good attendance
      • Good grades

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