Library Media Center

As an inquiry based school, the Library Media Center (LMC) at Beacon provides an important base for learning throughout the educational experience of each student; it supports and enhances the school’s curriculum. It likewise aims to promote independent reading and life-long learning.

The Beacon School Library is a centrally located place for students to do independent work and research. It is also a learning space where classes visit for various exploratory experiences for groups and individuals. The Library Media Center provides centralized services for students and teachers from Kinder to Grade 8. It strives to create and maintain quality, information-rich materials both in print and non-print. These are easily accessible to students and teachers thru the Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC). It holds a collection of approximately 19,000 volumes representing books and reference materials, magazines, maps, audio-visual materials, and electronic resources. The LMC collections include: databases like Ebsco Host, information and recreational books of high quality, electronic periodicals, audio-visual and multimedia collections which support curriculum, and access to quality internet sites. These are available thru the school’s online resources.

As an instructional partner and teacher, the Teacher-Librarian collaborates with classroom teachers to incorporate information literacy skills, technology and research skills into the curriculum. In addition, she may read to the students, assist them in selecting books or suggest titles that may interest or challenge them.

Library-initiated activities include the regular and school-wide Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) sessions to encourage a commitment to independent reading; the awarding of Outstanding Library Citizens who return their books on time for the first 100 days of school; the organizing of Book Fairs; and the week-long celebration of literacy, Bookabunga!, a book trivia contest which intends to instill in students an awareness of their understanding of literature and its connections to other aspects of their learning.