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Media Center

Media Specialist: Mrs. Crandall
Library Assistant: Mrs. Isabella
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About our Media Center
The Southview Media Center strives to serve as the information hub of our school.  We are centrally located just across from the main office and open all day for classes, checkout and research.  All students visit the Media Center for regularly scheduled classes once every cycle week.  Each library/media class includes a lesson and time to check out materials. Any book checked out is due when students return for their next media cycle day.  Books may be renewed if there is not a waiting list for the item.

The new library/media curriculum is based on state and national standards in the areas of reading & media literacy, research, and responsible use of information and technology.  Each grade level has a specified set of goals and objectives for the three areas that build on the student's knowledge and experience from the previous years.  

Kindergarten Curriculum
Kindergartners begin checking out a library book at the end of September and may exchange a book during library/media class.  Kindergarten media curriculum includes responsibility and care of books, parts of a book, and enjoyment of literature.  

First Grade Curriculum
First graders may check out one book at a time.  Introductory library skills include learning about non-fiction books, authors, illustrators, Caldecott Medal books and public libraries.  

Second Grade Curriculum
Second grade media curriculum expands upon the skills taught in kindergarten and first grade, such as how to access and use specific non-fiction books.  This curriculum includes more information regarding selecting appropriate fiction books, authors, illustrators, and reference skills.  

Third Grade Curriculum
Third grade curriculum includes various fiction genres, more reference skills, accessing library materials through our library computers, and integration with the Social Studies curriculum.

Fourth Grade Curriculum
Fourth grade media curriculum is designed to build upon the techniques and skills used for locating, using, organizing, and sharing information sources.  Emphasis is placed on reference skills, reporting and the research process.  Other fiction genres and the Newberry Medal books are also explored.  

Fifth Grade Curriculum
Library/media skills for fifth graders include a review of materials introduced in earlier lessons and the application of these skills in doing research and reporting information.  Special in-depth lessons including using and evaluating computerized reference sources, special reference books, and using critical judgment when viewing media messages.  Different fiction genres are also studied.

Special Programs

Birthday Book Club
Students, staff and parents are invited to participate in the Birthday Book Club program sponsored by the Southview Media Center.  Hard-cover books can be donated to the Library Media Center in honor of a student's birthday, half birthday or "just because."  Students may share the book with their class and then bring the book to the Media Center where a special bookplate will placed inside the front cover.  The bookplate indicates who the book is from and the reason for the donation.  

This annual award is sponsored by Minnesota Youth Reading Awards, Inc., to honor Maud Mart Lovelace, author of the Betsy-Tracy books.  Minnesota children in grades three though eighth grade can participate in the Maud Mart Lovelace reading contest to choose the winner.  At Southview, students in fourth and fifth grades participate in the program   To be able to vote for their favorite book, children must read or hear three out of the twelve nominated books.  This list of books is updated annually.  Voting takes place at the end of March, and the statewide winner is announced on Maud Hart Lovelace's birthday, April 25.  Multiple copies of each nominated book are available in the library media center as well as at the Dakota County branch libraries.