The mission of the Durbin Creek Library Media Center is to enhance the literacy experiences of our students, provide for the informational needs of our students and staff, help develop life-long learners, and to support the curriculum as outlined in the Sunshine State Standards. We strive to instill in our students a love of reading by providing a variety of reading materials and a warm and inviting atmosphere in our Library Media Center.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding how we can better serve our DCES learning community, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Ostrowsky at [email protected]. Thank you!
Our Library Media Center serves approximately 525 students. Students visit the Media Center through regular classes or independently throughout the day to check out books, browse our online catalog, read a book or magazine, listen to an audiobook, or work on classroom research projects. Classes are completely flexible for all grade levels. Our library media program is fully integrated into the educational program to enable students to acquire and develop the necessary skills to be able to locate, interpret, and communicate ideas. In this way, the library becomes an extension of the classroom. Library and information skills are taught within the framework of the curriculum, rather than taught in isolation.
Book Checkout and Policies
Kindergarten students may check out one book per library visit, first grade students may check out one book for the first semester and two the second half of the year, second grade students may check out two books per visit, third grade students may check out up to three books, fourth grade students up to four, and fifth grade students may check out up to five books per visit.
Children are taught proper book care starting in Kindergarten. Students are encouraged to keep their library books in their bookbags when not reading them in order to keep them safe. This policy also helps students keep track of their library books.
Children are responsible for keeping their library books safe from damage or loss. If a book is damaged or lost, children are responsible for paying for the book. Please help your child keep his/her library books safe.
Collection and Focus
Our up-to-date, balanced collection includes approximately 15,000 items which include books, periodicals, books on tape and CD, interactive books, videos or DVDs, and professional books and materials. Our Reference Collection supports all areas of the curriculum as outlined in the Sunshine State Standards with up-to-date, relevant information. Our library has twelve student computers which students and staff use to access our collection. Internet access is available on all computers as well as access to an electronic encyclopedia and Accelerated Reader. Our Professional Collection consists of approximately 250 books and other materials.
The library curriculum focuses on literacy and achievement of the Sunshine State Standards which includes literacy, critical thinking skills, research and information skills, technology skills, and social skills which blend with the academic curriculum of the classroom.