Library and Media Center Vision

Supporting the mission of The Christ School, the Library and Media Center is intended to be a centerpiece of The Christ’s School’s academic program. Since literacy includes but also exceeds books, it is our goal to provide all the members of our school community access to information in a wide variety of formats including print, audiovisual and electronic, and to provide a physical environment for the achievement of this goal. The Media Center is a place where the Christ School community can go for information, resources and recommendations. The center assists students, staff and parents in becoming independent, effective researchers of information, and teaches the skills necessary to strengthen and support every area of the curriculum.

Library and Media Center Mission Statement

The Christ School Media Center mission is to provide a comfortable and stimulating environment where students learn to read for pleasure, read for information, and develop the literacy skills that prepare them to be leaders and life-long learners.

About the Library and Media Center and Mac Lab

  • 5 desktop PC’s for research and AR quizzes
  • Wireless access
  • 3 Mac computers with 30” screens
  • SmartBoard with video projection
  • Story telling area
  • Reading lounge
  • 15,255 volumes
  • Open 10:00 a.m.  for class visits, 3:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for general use, and closed during the summer
  • Teachers visit with their classes as often as desired to check out books, take AR quizzes and do research.

What is Accelerated Reader (AR)

AR is a computer program that helps teachers manage and monitor students’ independent reading practice.  Your child picks a book at his/her own level and reads it at his/her own pace.  When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer.  (Passing the quiz is an indication that your child understood what was read.) AR gives both student and teacher feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help your child set goals and direct on going reading practice.

Students are tested twice per year to determine their current reading level and suggested challenge level through the STAR reading test.  The Christ School library books are labeled on the book spine with reading levels to help students choose books at an appropriate reading level.

WHAT IS AR BOOKFINDER?

www.arbookfind.com

AR BookFinder is an online tool that allows parents and students to search AR books online. Book searches can be done by author, readability level, point value, and topic.

ORANGE COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM

www.ocls.info

The public library has many valuable resources that are available to Orange County Library card holders.  The Virtual Library includes many online databases such as World Book Kids.  The Downloadable Media section includes thousands of e-books that can be downloaded to various electronic devices.