The Silas Deane Middle School Library Media Center staff believes that the 21st Century requires citizens to be effective and efficient users of information. Knowing how to locate, use, and synthesize information in an efficient manner will empower students in school and beyond. With these goals in mind, the Silas Deane Middle School Library Media Center strives to promote reading for pleasure and for research, to assist students in acquiring information and technology literacy skills, to provide a rich array of print and non-print materials to support the curriculum, and to work with teachers to identify curriculum links and integrate resources into instructional units.
About The Collection
The Silas Deane Middle School Library Media Center, holds approximately 14,200 materials.
It has a wide range of fiction, nonfiction, and reference materials for student and staff use. Students have access to expansive digital library collections available 24/7 through our Grolier subscription database, World Book Online subscription database, and the Research IT CT (formerly known as ICONN). The Library Media Center has an audio book and video collection available to support curricular units.
The library media center also houses an "information classroom" with sixteen Dell computers available to classes or individuals conducting research. Sixty Chromebooks and 10 iPads are available for classes or flexible use as well as two Smart Boards and projectors for instruction. In addition, there are three Z Space Virtual Reality computers and a small Makerspace area with rotating activities.
The Library Media Center uses Follett’s Destiny library software to manage its collection. This database includes an online browser-based card catalog, which allows students and staff to search the collection both from the classroom as well as the library. In addition, because it is a union catalog, we can view the library collections of other schools in the district. The district also subscribes to Overdrive which hosts our digital downloadable eBook and audiobook collections.
The library media center is open Monday through Thursday, from 7:45 - 3:30 p.m. The library closes at 2:30 p.m. on Fridays. Teachers and/or library staff are available to help students with research or other school projects after school until 3:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Wednesdays, due to the generosity of the Keane Foundation and the After School Achievement Program (ASAP formerly known as Crossroads). When intramurals run, the library is open later until 4:15 p.m. and there is a tutor in the library on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoon for homework help.
Ms. Leslie Poulos (right) is the library media specialist/teacher librarian. She worked as a language arts teacher and as a teacher for gifted and talented students for eight years, before becoming a library media specialist. In her role as library media specialist/teacher librarian, she collaborates with teachers and staff to develop lessons, locate instructional resources, team-teach mini lessons on information literacy and technology, and promote literacy and a love of reading throughout the building. In addition, she organizes fun programs and activities in the library and Makerspace that encourage creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, communication, and civic responsibility--key 21st Century Skills!
Ms. Jazzlyn Mills (left) is the library assistant, who assists with the daily operation of the library. Ms. Mills is responsible for managing the circulation desk, record keeping, and the many other tasks that keep the Library Media Center running smoothly.