Library Media Centers
The District 204 Library Media Center Program will support the District’s mission to inspire all students to achieve their greatest potential.
The vision of the District #204 Library Media Program is to:
- Provide excellence in learning and teaching
- Connect learners with ideas and information
- Instruct through engagement and collaboration
- Provide a wide range of dynamic, high quality resources to meet the varied needs of students 24/7
- Provide leadership in the integration of information, technology and media literacies to students and staff
- Actively support the development and teaching of the curricula
- Empower all students to:
- Make successful decisions as they navigate dynamic resources
- Engage in reading for personal growth, enjoyment and lasting literacy
- Interact confidently, effectively and ethically with changing technologies to conduct research and manage information in a global community
- Pursue an enriched and productive lifestyle through the art of creative and information problem-solving
- Read widely, think critically, communicate effectively and make informed decisions
- Embed creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking into everyday practice
LMC Program Description
The school library program serves students & staff through both a physical space and a web "space," providing the school community with 24/7 access. The physical library space is open to students throughout the school day, whether they are working as part of a whole class, a small group, or individually. Students have access to computers and the Internet and to print and electronic resources collected, maintained, and distributed by library staff to support learning in all curricular areas. Educational technologies are constantly evolving, and school library resources also are evolving to incorporate the latest technologies to enhance learning.
Students will be lifelong learners, and the library program is at the heart of lifelong learning. Through research projects in various subject areas, students learn to ask questions, search effectively and efficiently for answers, think critically about the information they find, and be ethical in their use of published content. Librarians are both teachers and collaborators with a central role in developing information, technology, and media literacy in their students.
Reading is essential to lifelong learning. The library program seeks to promote the habit of reading among all students. A professional librarian has the knowledge and expertise to help any reader find the right book. Librarians are involved in a wide range of activities -- from read-alouds to "book talks" to "One Book, One School" programs -- all to interest students in reading for enjoyment.
School library programs are mindful of the importance of fairness and equity. Resources are collected, managed and shared for the benefit of all students.