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Library Media Center

Welcome to the Mitchell Elementary Library Media Center.

The Media Center at MES is a warm and inviting place where students are encouraged to explore, create and innovate. We hope to expose students to a variety of literacy and technology activities during their weekly class. At the same time, we encourage students to come by during other open times during the week to collaborate, share and inspire others. Students are exposed to a variety of resources in the Media Center to become skilled in using our OPAC (online public access catalog), digital and print resources, as well as all things related to technology and devices.


Weekly Information Literacy Class

All students grades K-5 have a weekly, one hour long scheduled class with the Library Media Specialist. The focus during our class is to encourage a love of reading and books, as well as expose students to a variety of media related material. Students are encouraged to select books, for both personal pleasure and for research. Students are exposed to a variety of media during Information Literacy class. Topics covered include operational and navigational skills, digital literacy and citizenship, basic keyboarding, instruction on Microsoft Office software, working knowledge of the Google Apps for Education productivity tools, Web 2.0 tools and apps, database research, experiences with educational software and apps and many other 21st century skills.

Mitchell Elementary is a wireless facility. This year all students in grades 2-5 have been issued a Dell Google Chromebook. All students in these classes have completed (or are currently completing) a Chromebook Boot Camp training which familiarizes the students with basic Google productivity tools, Google Classroom online learning, and specific device use. All students must have completed the Boot Camp training and families are required to have signed our Region 14 Acceptable Use Policy before being allowed to take the Chromebook home. Students are responsible for replacing the Google Chromebook if it is lost or stolen, yet accidental damages or breakages will be covered by Region 14.

Our school computer lab has 25 desktop computers for student/staff use. A variety of technology tools (digital cameras, document camera, mobile laptop projection carts, etc.) are available as well. Classroom teachers may sign out the lab during open blocks on an “as needed” basis. We also have 2 COWs (computers on wheels) that may be used in classrooms. One COW has 30 Dell laptops and the COW cart houses 30 Samsung Chromebooks.

Library Resources

Online Databases










Online Magazines

Award Winning Books

Cool Sites for Kids


Some of Our Favorite Authors

Digital Citizenship


Region 14 is committed to Digital Citizenship – we teach and reinforce the appropriate, responsible use of technology on a daily basis in our schools. We are steadfast in helping to prepare our students to be responsible members of our society rife with technology.

With the roll out of our Chromebook initiative, Digital Citizenship is more important than ever. Before our students can take ownership of their Chrome Books though our 1:1 Initiative, the Acceptable Use Policy must be signed by students and parents.

Please go to our TECHNOLOGY page for more information.


LIBRARY MEDIA SPECIALIST

Debra Benedict
dbenedict@ctreg14.org
203-263-4314 ext 4618


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