Lost Creek Elementary Library Media Center

Lost Creek’s Library Media Center serves students in grades PK-5.  Classes have lessons in the library and access to the collection once a week, as well as free flow each day. Lessons focus on informational texts on the topic of science. Mrs. Monica Zimmerman, the media specialist, also integrates technology in units and the students have access to online resources, including subscriptions for Britannica Online, BrainPOP, BrainPOP Jr., and Safari Montage to use both at school and at home.

The library media center contains over 22,000 materials and access to all of Scholastic’s Reading Counts quizzes for grades K-8. Students may check out books and magazines from the library media center. K-2 students may check out two books, and grades 3-5 may check out three books. These books are circulated for a one-week time period but can be renewed upon the student bringing the book to the library to check it out again. The library media center has a computerized circulation system so that students check out their own library books by typing in their student ID numbers. After a student returns his/her library books to the library, he/she may borrow more books. Any book that is not returned at the end of the school year is considered a lost book, and the student is expected to replace the book. The average replacement cost is $17.00.

The media center complex also includes two large computer labs and a smaller lab in the library. Every class is scheduled to use the computer room once every week and can sign up for extra time if needed.  Now that students have Chromebooks, some classes use those instead of the lab computers.

Some of the activities available to students in the lab are Reading Counts quizzes, Everyday Math games, Type to Learn keyboarding program, word processing, research using the Internet and a plethora of learning activities.

Library Media Specialist/Technology Resource Teacher, Mrs. Zimmerman, manages the library media center with the assistance of an educational assistant.

2020 Newbery Award Winner

New Kid

Jerry Craft

Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade.

As he makes the daily trip from his Washington Heights apartment to the upscale Riverdale Academy Day School, Jordan soon finds himself torn between two worlds—and not really fitting into either one. Can Jordan learn to navigate his new school culture while keeping his neighborhood friends and staying true to himself?

This middle grade graphic novel is an excellent choice for tween readers, including for summer reading.

2020 Caldecott Award Winner

The Undefeated

Author’s Name

Originally performed for ESPN’s The Undefeated, this poem is a love letter to black life in the United States. It highlights the unspeakable trauma of slavery, the faith and fire of the civil rights movement, and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world’s greatest heroes. The text is also peppered with references to the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and others, offering deeper insights into the accomplishments of the past, while bringing stark attention to the endurance and spirit of those surviving and thriving in the present. Robust back matter at the end provides valuable historical context and additional detail for those wishing to learn more.

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2021-2022 Picture Book

Young Hoosier Book Award Nominees

Bad Dog
By Mike Boldt

Crab Cake: Turning the Tide Together
By Andrea Tsurumi

By Mark Teague

Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story
By Kevin Noble Maillard

Hair Love
By Matthew A. Cherry

The Happy Book and Other Feelings 
By Andy Rash

I Am a Tiger
By Karl Newson

If I Built a School
By Chris Van Dusen

Let’s Have a Sleepover
By Norm Feuti

Linus the Little Yellow Pencil
By Scott Magoon

Llama Destroys the World
By Jonathan Stutzman

Moon! Earth’s Best Friend
By Stacy McAnulty

My Papi Has a Motorcycle
By Isabel Quintero

A Normal Pig
By K-Fai Steele

Not Quite Snow White
By Ashley Franklin

Octopus Stew
By Eric Velasquez

The Panda Problem
By Deborah Underwood

Ruby Finds a Worry
By Tom Percival

Snack Attack!
By Terry Border

Where’d My Jo Go?
By Jill Esbaum

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