Library Media Center
Our Library Media Center is full of energy and learning. It is the goal of the media program to support and provide free and open access to all information resources to the GMS community. The Media Center provides a learning environment which promotes inquiry, creativity, self-direction, and communication of ideas through both print and non-print media. Students read, research, use computers, make, and extend their academic studies. There is always something interesting to discover in our makerspace. Stop by to see what is going on!
While you're here, be sure to:
log books for the Superintendent's Reading Challenge,
check out the SSYRA books,
browse our catalog by visiting the Destiny tile under Classroom Resources in Classlink.
Policies & Procedures
Location and Availability | The Media Center is located in Building 1 of the GMS campus. Students are welcome in the Media Center from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (9:00 AM to 2:15 PM on Wednesdays).
Checkout Policy | Students are allowed up to 10 books at a time for a period of 3 weeks.
Renewals | Books can be renewed, as long as another student has not placed a hold on the book.
Fines | The Media Center does not charge fines for overdue books. However, students may be charged for lost or damaged books:
Books are marked “lost” 90 days after checkout. Students are charged the full cost of lost books, however these fines are waived once the book is returned to the Media Center. After payment, patrons will be reimbursed for books subsequently found and returned to the Media Center.
Students can view fine information by navigating to “My Stuff” in Destiny.
Overdue notices are sent through email monthly to students’ parents/guardians.
If a book is returned damaged (i.e., water damage, food or gum in the book, etc.), the student may be fined for the replacement cost of the book. Please click here for information on general book care.
Payments | Payments can be made online using RevTrak, or by paying with cash in the Media Center.
Doors | Due to school safety, the doors to the Media Center will always be locked. Students will need to knock on the doors to be let inside.
Passes | During the school day, students must have a signed pass from their teacher to visit the Media Center. Students will be sent back to class if they do not have a pass.
Food, Drink, and Gum | Please note, students are not permitted to eat, drink, or chew gum in the Media Center, with the exception of drinking water. There may be exceptions for special events.
Destiny | Our online catalog is always available via the Destiny tile under Classroom Resources in Classlink, and eBooks and audiobooks can be checked out and read directly from our catalog.
Organization | The Media Center is organized by the Dewey Decimal System for non-fiction books, and by genre for fiction books. Colorful signage and stickers will guide students to the different areas. Some of the Genres we have are:
Suggestions | If you would like to suggest a book for the Media Center, please complete this Book Suggestion Form.
Google Classroom | Students are encouraged to join the Media Center Google Classroom. This Google Classroom is not about assigning work, but rather a resource to connect students with their next favorite book. Here, students can find quick links, tips on how to find a good book, fun activities, information about upcoming Media Center events, and more. Information about joining is available in the Media Center.
SSYRA Books | Each year, the Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME) releases a list of notable books “selected for their wide appeal, literary value, varied genres, curriculum connections, and/or multicultural representation.” Click here for more information and for this year’s list.
Troubleshooting | In many cases, a restart will fix Chromebook issues. If the issue persists, students may visit the Media Center with a pass from their teacher for further assistance.
Fines | Students are responsible for keeping their Chromebook in the condition it was distributed in. Fines are assessed for the following damages:
· Broken or Lost Chargers: $20
· Misc. Damage: $30
· Broken Screen: $35
· Total Replacement: $230
Please click here for further information on Chromebooks, including general care, fine policy, and damages.
Loaner Chromebooks | Students are responsible for bringing their Chromebooks to school every day fully charged. Loaner Chromebooks are not available in the event a student leaves their device/charger at home.
Library Media Specialist