Van Meter Community School Library Program

Our Library Staff

Shannon McClintock Miller, District Teacher Librarian at Van Meter School

Masters in Library Science, Bachelors of Art in Elementary Education & Art Education 515-494-3460 (cell)

Natasha Watson, District Library Assistant at Van Meter School

Our Library Committee

We will be announcing our Van Meter Library Committee in the fall 2022.

Our Library Mission Statement

The Van Meter Community school Library Program offers a welcoming, supportive, and inclusive community where we are committed to ensuring that students are responsible digital citizens and innovative, collaborative users of technology with strong intellectual curiosity, empathy, and a life-long love of reading, learning, and independent thinking.

School Library Responsibility for Selection

The elected Board of Education shall delegate to the superintendent of schools or district administrators the authority and responsibility for selection of library materials in all formats. Responsibility for actual selection rests with professionally trained library personnel using the board’s adopted selection criteria and procedures.

School Library Selection Criteria and Procedures

Support and enrich the curriculum and/or students’ personal interests and learning

Meet high standards in literary, artistic, and aesthetic quality; technical aspects; and physical format

Be appropriate for the subject area and for the age, emotional development, ability level, learning styles, and social, emotional, and intellectual development of the students for whom the materials are selected

Incorporate accurate and authentic factual content from authoritative sources

Earn favorable reviews in standard reviewing sources and/or favorable recommendations based on preview and examination of materials by professional personnel

Exhibit a high degree of potential user appeal and interest

Represent differing viewpoints on controversial issues

Provide a global perspective and promote diversity by including materials by authors and illustrators of all cultures

Include a variety of resources in physical and virtual formats including print and non-print such as electronic and multimedia (including subscription databases and other online products, e-books, educational games, and other forms of emerging technologies)

Demonstrate physical format, appearance, and durability suitable to their intended use

Balance cost with need

School Library Reviewing Sources Used At Van Meter School Library

Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) Notable Children’s Books


School Library Journal


We Need Diverse Books

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Best Books for Young Adults

You will find the entire Van Meter School Library Program slide presentation, with all of the information here at this link.

Please feel free to contact Shannon Miller with questions at