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Media Center

2024-2025 School Year Media Theme
"Party in the USA!" 

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Media Center at Freedom Elementary is to be the best in Volusia County and the State of Florida. The Media Center will provide a book collection that will pique student interest and encourage a lifelong love of reading!

Lauren Ross - Media Specialist 

Tracy Tschappat - Media Assistant 

Media Policies & Check Out Procedures

Primary students may check out one book at a time.

Intermediate students may check out two books at a time.

Students who check out books may keep the book for one week and then renew it for one more week if they have not finished reading it. Student must have their book with them for it to be renewed. No fines are assessed for overdue books, but students may not check out another book until the overdue book is returned. In addition, if a student damages or loses a library book they are responsible for the current replacement cost of the damaged/lost item. 

*Parents & family members, please do everything you can to encourage your student to take care of their library books. You can help:

  1. Remind your child to keep their books clean & dry (no water bottles in backpacks)
  2. Help keep books in a safe place away from pets & small children
  3. When changing a residence, place library books in your child's backpack for safekeeping/return

Birthday Book Club

The Freedom Elementary Media Center’s Birthday Book Club is a wonderful way to commemorate a student's birthday. Participation not only enriches the library collection but allows our students and their families to be personally involved in its growth. If you are interested in your child joining the Birthday Book Club, please access the form below. Your generosity will ​​​​​benefit all Freedom Elementary students. Please contact Miss Ross if you have any questions. laross@volusia.k12.fl.us

Media Center Access

The purpose of the school library media center is to encourage the love of reading and to support the school community and curriculum goals through self-selected reading materials. The media specialist collaborates with families and teachers to support students in the selection of reading materials that meet their reading interests.

Media Access Levels

Parents and guardians have the right to limit their child’s access to materials in the school library. The media access level a parent/guardian selects for their student will be in effect for the student’s academic career in Volusia County Schools. The parent/guardian may request a change in access at any time by completing the form again or contacting the school media specialist.

The default access for all students is limited.

Definitions of access levels

 

  • Limited Access: A student may access materials in the media center except for items on the parent permission required list and Young Adult (YA) titles (middle school only).
  • Unlimited Access: A student has full access to the materials in Volusia County Schools libraries including access to any titles that require parent permission. This includes permission for the student to check out Young Adult (YA) titles when the student is in middle school.
  • No Access: A student is not permitted access to materials in any of the Volusia County Schools libraries without parent permission.

Process for Modifying Media Access

Parents may modify their child’s access to materials in the school library by completing the Volusia County Schools Media Access or by completing a paper-based Volusia County Schools Media Access form available from the school media specialist.

Media Center Access Form

School Card Catalog (Search for Book)

Library Media Center Collection Development 

Each school library media collection is developed in accordance with Volusia County School Board Policy 320 and Florida Statute 1006.28.

Each book made available to students through a school district library media center or included in a recommended or assigned school or grade-level reading list must be selected by a school district employee who holds a valid educational media specialist certificate, regardless of whether the book is purchased, donated, or otherwise made available to students. 

2. Each district school board shall adopt procedures for developing library media center collections and post the procedures on the website for each school within the district. The procedures must: 

a. Require that book selections meet the criteria in s. 1006.40(3)(d). 

  • Free of pornography and material prohibited under s. 847.012

  • Suited to student needs and their ability to comprehend the material presented. 

  • Appropriate for the grade level and age group for which the materials are used or made available. 

b. Require consultation of reputable, professionally recognized reviewing periodicals and school community stakeholders. 

c. Provide for library media center collections based on reader interest, support of state academic standards and aligned curriculum, and the academic needs of students and faculty. 

d. Provide for the regular removal or discontinuance of books based on, at a minimum, physical condition, rate of recent circulation, alignment to state academic standards and relevancy to curriculum, out-of-date content, and required removal pursuant to subparagraph (a)2. 

 

Selection Process 

  1. The media specialist develops a recommended list of books that meet the needs of the school per the collection development guidelines.  

  1. The media specialist provides the school media advisory committee with professional reviews of each book prior to meeting.  

  1. The school media advisory committee meets to review and approve the list. The committee must come to a consensus on approvals. If the committee is unable to come to a consensus, the principal along with the media specialist is responsible for the final decision. 

 

Challenged Materials:

Volusia County School Board Policy 320 establishes the procedures for the review of complaints concerning media materials.

Specific Material Objection Form

Media Programs