The Orchard Park Elementary Library Media Center serves students and staff with a collection of over 30,000 books, magazines, audio books, and equipment.
We are a school of readers; our circulation totals more than 42,000 checkouts! All students come to the media center at least once each week with their classes, but we also have a policy of open access which enables students to visit the media center any time during the school day. Many students come down to research specific topics or to check out books for book reports or author studies. Students in grades 3-5 use the Self Checkout Station at their convenience.
The media center includes an instructional area with chairs and tables for whole class instruction, a projection system to share information through the computer, a storytelling area, and various table groupings for small group work. A variety of books of interest are displayed throughout the library. Seasonal and holiday books can be found on display. A computer lab with 30 desktop computers is in the media center for students to use throughout the day. There is also a computer lab connected to the library with 30 more desktop computers.
Whole class instruction in the media center is aligned with the curriculum for each grade level. In addition, we offer a variety of programs to support the media center's goals. The media center houses the PTO Fall Scholastic Book Fair. We coordinate the Young Author books with Maggie Cassidy at Carmel High School. Her drama students choose the stories to turn into plays. The plays are presented to our students in the spring. All students are invited to participate in the Young Hoosier Book Award program.
In November 2015, Mrs. Quakenbush, OPE Media Specialist, collaborated with second through fifth grade students in order to create a student-led bookstore. The students spent four months making decisions about the bookstore. In March of 2016, QuakenBooks officially opened. QuakenBook's mission statement is "to ensure that all students have an opportunity to buy books for fifty cents in order to build up their home libraries." Since it's inception, QuakenBooks has sold over 12,000 books and given away over 10,000 books. The Carmel Education Foundation has awarded QuakenBooks two grants which has enabled Mrs. Quakenbush to give away books to all students every year. QuakenBooks has been featured in the Carmel Current, RTV Channel 6 morning news, the e-online newsletter for the American Library Association. In May of 2018, QuakenBooks will be featured in the American Library Association Magazine.