Greetings from theTES Media Center!
"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body." ~ Joseph Addison
Did you know our TES Community has a "Little Free Library"!
It is located, along with our little pantry, along the sidewalk between the elementary school
and middle school! Please feel free to take and/or donate books for the community members of all ages!
Destiny is our online catalog.
It can be accessed from school, home, or anywhere you have Internet access.
From home, go to this website: https://ccpsdestiny.follettdestiny.com/
If you need login information, you may call the office or Media Center to ask.
Check out our TES Media Twitter page!
Follow us for updates and news!
Read the latest edition of our newsletter "Media Matters"!
WELCOME TO OUR MEDIA CENTER!
Mission & Vison
The goal of the media program is for students to become independent users of the library and of information. Students receive instruction in Library Literacy, Literature Exploration, Information Literacy, and Digital Citizenship. This instruction can be within weekly Media classes and/or in integrated lessons with grade-level classroom instruction.
The TES Media Center houses approximately 12,000 items, including books, magazines, eBooks, and professional books. The media center has desktops available as kiosks for student and teacher use, as well as a mobile computer lab for individual Media research lessons.
Selected students in 5th grade belong to our Media Crew and help in the morning and afternoons. Students are responsible for organizing Media supplies, straightening books on shelves, gathering books to be checked in, routing magazines, shelving books, and making deliveries. Additionally, members of the 5th Grade Media Crew are responsible for helping with morning announcements. The crew members meet once per week during recess to prepare materials and participate in mini-lessons.
In addition to our student helpers, parents are welcomed and encouraged to volunteer in our Media Center. We need parent volunteers to help check books in and out at the Circulation Desk, shelve books, assist students in finding just-right books, and a variety of other tasks. Please call the Media Center if you are interested in becoming a parent volunteer. In order to volunteer, you MUST be volunteer-trained. Please see the CCPS website for a list of training sessions.
CCPS Volunteer Training Information
Media Classes and Checkout Procedures
Students in Pre-K visit the Media Center once a week, and check out one book each week. Kindergarten students visit the Media Center twice per week for 30 minutes each session. On their second Media day of the week, they are able to check out one new book if they have returned their previous book.
In grades 1 and 2, students visit the Media Center once per week for 30 minutes and can check out one new book each week if they have returned their previous book.
Students in grades 3 - 5 visit the Media Center for 30 minutes one time per week, and can check out 2 books every other week. This allows students more time to read lengthier and more challenging books, and gives them additional time in Media lessons to complete projects. In addition to checking out books, students are engaged in a variety of activities designed to strengthen their research and critical thinking skills.
We ask that all students return their Media materials the week they are due. Students may also renew a book as long as it is not on hold for another student. Lost and/or damaged Media materials must be paid for. We ask that monetary compensation be provided so that we can re-purchase materials that meet the specific needs of the Media Center. Unlike books that can be purchased in stores, the books we purchase usually have a special library binding, which increases the durability (and cost) of the book. Students will also periodically bring home an overdue notice so that parents/guardians are aware that a student has overdue or lost items.
Meet our Media Staff:
Ms. Kathryn Berling is the Media Specialist at Taneytown Elementary School. Being a Media Specialist is her dream job! She earned a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Towson University in 1996, and then earned a Masters Degree in School Library Media from McDaniel College in 2007. Prior to coming to Taneytown Elementary in 2015, Ms. Berling was a classroom teacher in grades 2 - 5 for 18 years. Ms. Berling loves to read, and is currently reading books on this year's Battle of the Books list. Her favorite children's author is Eve Bunting. She enjoys spending time with her 3 sons, as well as listening to music, watching documentaries, walking, and cheering on the Baltimore Orioles!
Mrs. Teresa Watkins is our part-time Media Clerk in the Media Center. She has become a part of our Media staff as of August 2022. Mrs. Watkins is here at TES from 11:45-3:30 Tuesday through Thursday, and all day on Friday.
Please click on our Events page to see a list of our upcoming events.
Upcoming Media Events of 2022-2023:
October 17, 2022 - Author Program
TES will welcome Marc Barnett and Jon Klassen to share their newest book The Three Billy Goats Gruff, and to discuss the process of writing and illustrating children's books (individually and together)! A few of their book titles will be available for a pre-sale purchase, and will be signed immediately following this in-school program!
October 2022 - Gearing up for Battle of the Books!
Ms. Berling will share a presentation from the CCPL librarians with all 4th and 5th grade students to promote the annual Battle of the Books competition. The students will hear information about the event and will also see fun book trailers to promote each of the titles on the nomination list this year! The date and location for this year's Battle of the Books regional event has been announced! It will be held at Francis Scott Key High School on Friday, April 21st. This will include teams from Taneytown Elementary, Runnymede Elementary, and Elmer Wolfe Elementary. Permission slips for teams will be due by mid-November.
February/March 2023 (date TBD) - TES Mock Battle of the Books competition
Our TES Battle of the Books teams will compete locally against one another as a way to prepare for the actual competition in April! 4th and 5th grade TES Battle of the Books team members will participate in a practice competition amongst our own TES groups. The purpose of this event is to help them understand what the actual competition will feel like, as well as provide a chance to think about which books they may want to brush up on over the next month.
Spring 2023 - "TES Reads Together" family reading program - date TBD
April 21, 2023 (Friday) -- Battle of the Books!
TES will, once again, be sending four teams of 4th and 5th graders to the regional Battle of the Books competition. We participate in the Northwest Region competition which includes Taneytown, Runnymede, and Elmer Wolfe. The competition will be held on Friday, April 21st at 6:30pm at Francis Scott Key High School. For more information about this event and the books on this year's list, please go to the CCPL Battle of the Books information page.
APRIL = SCHOOL LIBRARY MEDIA MONTH
We will be planning lots of fun activities throughout the month of April to promote our Media program as well as a general love of reading! Ask your student about the events and activities we hold and the prizes we give away! :-)
April -- Scholastic Book Fair (Family Night is Tuesday, April 21st 2023!)
Our annual Book Fair will once again be held in the Spring! Our Book Fair week will be April 17-21, 2023. The annual Book Fair helps to foster a love of reading in our students, as well as raise funds to support our Media program and Media Center. Be on the lookout for more information and requests for help in the coming months. You must be volunteer-trained to help out with this event, and we can always use MANY volunteers! Our family night will be held on a parent-teacher conference night, so please feel free to stop in and shop before or after your scheduled conference! (Or pop in even if you don't have a conference!)
TBD April 2023 -- Annual TES Book Swap!
Bring in your clean and gently used books appropriate for elementary aged students. However many books you bring in, you can take that number of other gently used books home with you! Tables will be set up in the Media Center and students may swap books during arrival time from 8am - 8:25am. Happy Reading!
June 2023 -- CCPL Summer Reading Program visit
The librarians from our local Taneytown Branch of the Carroll County Public Library will be here all day to visit with each grade level during their Specials hour. They will be sharing information about how the Summer Reading Program works.
If you have access to the Internet, then you can access all of our online resources!
Destiny is our online catalog and database home page.
From home, you and your child can:
* access our catalog to see if a book is available
* place a book on hold (individual student login information needed)
* access all of our online subscription databases 24/7/365
* listen to over 500 eBooks through Capstone Interactive eBook Library
* "borrow" eBooks from SORA to download on to a device for up to 2 weeks
Please ask your child for school-wide login information, or contact the school. Thank you. Happy Reading!
You may not know this, but our TES Media Center collection includes over 700 interactive eBooks!! If you have access to the Internet, you have access to all of these books!
(Simply, click on the Destiny link - on our home page or in Clever - and select Taneytown Elementary. Scroll down to ELA Resources, then click on Capstone Interactive Library.)
You have access to the TES online books with our regular login information. Ask your child for this login information, or contact our Media Specialist, Ms. Berling.
We also now have a fantastice online resource called SORA. Students can click on the link to SORA and search for Carroll County Public Schools. They have access to hundreds of eBooks that can be downloaded to a device. Students can "borrow" up to 3 online books at a time, and can read them on their device for 13 days. Books can be digitally returned before then, or they will be automatically returned (removed from the computer/device) when those two weeks are up. Books that are currently unavailable to be "borrowed" can be placed on hold.