MISSION & POLICIES


Welcome to the HCS Library Media Center

The Library Media Center’s Mission

The mission of the Henniker Community School Library Media Center program is to ensure that students can effectively locate, evaluate, organize, use, and share ideas and information as life long learners and productive citizens. Literacy and a love of reading are actively promoted.

Library Program

Students in PreSchool - Grade 4 come to the library every week for library instruction and to select books. Library instruction is aligned with the AASL Standards for the 21st Century  Learner, ISTE National Educational Technology Standards, and the Common Core State Standards.

The librarian collaborates with teachers at all grade levels to support the curriculum and the development of 21st century information literacy skills by students.

Individual students may visit the library at any time during the day. We are also open before and after school.

Library Procedures

The number of books that students are allowed to borrow at any given time varies according to grade level. Our goal is for students to develop the responsibility necessary to check out as many books as they like. Books are generally due in two weeks, but may be renewed as needed. Overdue notices are sent home when a book is overdue. Please contact us is you are unable to locate a book.

Library Materials

In addition to books, the library has e-books, magazines, iPods, digital cameras, Kindles, and voice recorders available for student and teacher use. We also have an Active Board that has proved to be an invaluable tool for library lessons.

Library Databases

Subscription databases are valuable sources of information for both students and teachers.  Unfortunately, they are underutilized due to over reliance on search engines such as Google.  Although Google can be used to locate good information, many students do not take the time to properly evaluate web sites and waste a lot of time surfing the Internet. Please become familiar with our databases and encourage students to use them.

The HCS Library Media Center subscribes to the following databases:

  • World Book Online
  • BrainPop and BrainPop Jr.
  • EBSCO which includes a several databases including Searchasaurus, Primary Search, Middle Search, EBSCO Animals, Novelist K-8, Kids Search, Student Research Center, ERIC, and Professional Development Collection.
  • Tumblebooks

Usernames and Passwords are needed to access databases from home.  Please see me for these.

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