The Seminole Springs Elementary Media Center is the "hub" of our school. Students have the opportunity to exchange books before class each morning and throughout the day. We promote reading by hosting book fairs, inviting authors to visit us, utilizing reading motivation activities, and mostly by being enthusiastic about books and demonstrating the joy of reading every day!
We also facilitate a student run Morning Announcement Television Production hosted by our talented 5th grade students. These students script and prepare for the roles of host, director, camera operator and AV tech each morning as they provide this important service to the school community.
The media center is always in need of volunteers to assist with miscellaneous tasks throughout the year so plan on stopping in to lend a hand when you can!
Theo the Library Bunny brings so much joy to all of us at Seminole Springs! He is an English Lop and loves to be read to and have his ears rubbed.
Destiny <=== Online catalog of books available at our media center.
Welcome to the Library!
We have an open flexible library schedule which encourages students to visit the library as they need new reading material and also provides time for storytime, individualized reader advisory, skills instruction, collaboration with teachers and group projects. The library is open for check out starting at 8:15am
We have a very extensive collection and are frequently adding new books! Our library is organized using the Dewey Decimal System which places nonfiction books of similar subjects together. Our picture books are grouped together by author and so are the chapter books. Students may check out up to 5 books at a time and books should be renewed or returned each week.
Books are labeled with colored dots for quick reference. However, these dots are just a guide and we ask the students to always read the first page and consider if the book is a good fit as well as personally interesting before they check out a book.
Yellow Dot Book Level 0.5-1.9 (generally K, First, beginning 2nd grade)
Blue Dot Book Level 2.0-2.9 (generally end of 1st, 2nd, beginning 3rd)
Orange Dot Book Level 3.0-3.9 (generally some 2nd graders, 3rd, 4th, 5th as some
SSYRA books fall in this level)
Red Dot Book Level 4.0-4.9 (generally 3rd, 4th, 5th grade appropriate)
Black Dot Book Level 5.0-5.9 (generally 4th and 5th grade appropriate)
Green Dot Book Level 6.0 and higher (generally 5th grade appropriate)
The joy of reading is it's own reward - but we offer a few other incentives to keep our Bear Cub's noses in a book!
Sunshine State Young Readers!
We are pleased to announce that our third, fourth and fifth graders will be participating in the Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award motivational reading program cosponsored by the Florida Department of Education Instructional Media Office and the Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME). This program which correlates with the Sunshine State Standards in the area of Language Arts, provides encouragement for students to read for pleasure and helps to develop an awareness of current literature for children. Students in third through fifth grade who have read or have heard at least three of the books on the nomination list will be eligible to vote for their favorite book the first week in April. Students will be honored for their outstanding participation in the program and the winning title will be announced at the Fifth Annual SSYRA celebration in May.
All of these books will be available at our school library on a limited basis so students may want to visit the local public library to obtain a copy.
Local booksellers are usually aware of this book list and are also a valuable resource. A student may wish to purchase one of the listed paperback titles to read for themselves and then share it with other students.
Meet Your Library Media Specialist…Trish Purdham
Hello! I am honored to be serving the students and staff at Seminole Springs Elementary as their media specialist since 2006.
I earned my Bachelors Degree from the University of California, Riverside in 1990 then moved to Port St. Lucie, Florida to be closer to my family. My career in education began in St. Lucie County at Mariposa Elementary as a second grade teacher.
In 1996 I completed my Masters Degree, became certified in Media Education and transferred to the Media Specialist position in the same school. After six good years in the media center, my husband and I made the decision to move to Lake County where I was able to stay home with our three small children for four years. When our youngest reached school age, I was thrilled to get back in the educational community and especially, to become a part of the Seminole Springs Elementary School Family.
I hope to have a positive impact on our students as I encourage them to become life long learners and lovers of libraries!
Thank you for your support!