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Media Center

Media Center Use

The Arnold Elementary Media Center serves as an extension of the classroom. For information access skills instruction to have maximum effectiveness, it should be fully integrated with classroom course work and be jointly planned with the classroom teacher. Therefore, the media center utilizes flexible scheduling and cooperative planning with teachers.

The media center is open from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and available to students during the instructional day from 7:15 a.m. to 1:50 p.m.

Individual students may utilize the media center by obtaining permission from their classroom teacher.  Four students from each class may come to the media center at one time. Each student should have his/her own barcode card or folder.

Schedules for the Media Center, laptops, and equipment are available for planning.

Since library related projects involve so many questions that only the classroom teacher can answer, library classes should not come to the Media Center when there is a substitute teacher.

Students and teachers are expected to adhere to copyright law. General guidelines can be see here.


Students, teachers and staff may check out materials after attending Media Center Orientation. Media Center Orientation will provide skills necessary to access materials, review circulation policies, demonstrate appropriate behavior and highlight AV equipment available.

One book for students in grades K-1 and two books for students in grades 2-5 may be checked out or renewed for a one week period. Chapter books may be renewed at the circulation desk if they are needed another week. 

Students with overdue books will be limited in their check out privileges until the overdue book is returned. Students who need a book, but have limitations on their library checkout may access materials from the Trading Corner so as not to inhibit their reading. At the end of the school year, report cards for students with overdue or missing materials will be held until the materials are returned or paid for. New students will also not be limited in their check out until previous school debts have been satisfied.

Lost or damaged materials must be replaced or paid for by both students and staff. Books purchased for replacement must have library bindings. One dollar will also be collected for the labeling materials, such as the barcode and spine labels.

This policy is supported by GA Law, Code 20-2-1013 (b) and GA Department of Education Policy, Code 160-5-1-12 (h).

Family Read-In 
Family Read-In is a great opportunity for our students to show their family how our AR program works and how well they read. Families are invited to come with their student(s) to the Media Center on the following first Thursdays of the month from 2:30-5:00 for reading, prizes, and to take AR quizzes.