School Library/Media Centers
The local school Library Media Center is a hub of activity where students are encouraged to build on literacy skills by reading for understanding as well as enjoyment. The School Library Media Specialist (SLMS) teaches age-appropriate library information skills. Students are taught to be curious in formative years, and how to gather and evaluate information from the vast resources available to them as they progress in school. Students apply these skills to every subject area of their daily instruction.
The SLMS has a wide subject area knowledge and technological expertise that supports all teachers and students. From eBooks to the collection of print materials, the SLMS develops a library media program to ensure successful teaching and learning. Professional resources for teachers, as well as technical assistance with software programs and computer hardware, are provided at the school by the SLMS and school Technology Contact.
Media Center Access
The Osceola School District will be immediately putting a new process in place whereby parents are empowered to select their student’s level of access to school media center collections each year:
Unlimited (full access, mature content may be involved);
Limited (may check out books in the media center, but nothing involving mature content); and
No Access (student is not permitted to check books out of the media center).
Parents can access the form to tell the district their preference at www.OsceolaSchools.net/MediaCenterAccess. The parents' choice will be recorded in Destiny, the district’s library book circulation system. In addition, the district will add a label to any book in the media center with mature content.
Beanstack is a reading motivational tool that students and families can use to track reading progress and goals. Students can log their minutes read, their books read, compete in challenges and submit reviews for the books they read. Click here to learn more about Beanstack and how to download the app.
Procedures for Challenging Library Materials/Books
The Osceola County School District has adopted a policy to provide guidelines in the matter of the appropriateness of books and/or materials. In the event a book or material is deemed inappropriate by a concerned school-community citizen, the following links offer assistance with the process of requesting a review and reconsideration of the appropriateness of the book or materials.