•  River Ridge Elementary School

    Library Media Center
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    Welcome to our Media Center!


    Molly Barker, Media Specialist



    The mission of the River Ridge Elementary School Library Media Center is to prepare students for life-long learning, informed decision-making, a love of reading, and the use of information technologies.  

    This mission is accomplished by

    *providing intellectual and physical access to materials in all formats
    *providing instruction to stimulate interest in reading, viewing, and using information and ideas
    *teaching information literacy skills necessary to access, use and evaluate information from a variety of sources
    *working with other educators to design learning programs and projects that meet the needs of individual students
    *providing opportunities for student creativity and growth through technology and makerspace projects
    *developing 21st Century Learning Skills of collaboration, cooperation, digital citizenship and global learning
    The library provides print, non-print, and electronic resources for students, faculty, and parents. Students utilize library resources to complete assignments, explore ideas, and to select from a wide variety of recreational reading on many topics.  Pick students will become independent library users, informed users of information, and life-long learners.
    The library media center is open Monday through Friday, from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm, during the regular school year.
    Access Policy
    The library media center maintains an open access policy.  Students may come to the library media center at any time -- individually, in small groups, or with their entire class -- to check out and return materials, to read for pleasure or information, to hear stories, or research topics for reports, using a variety of resources.  The library operates on a flexible schedule for students in second through fourth grades. All classes utilize the library. Students may come at any time to check out a book, research information, read independently, and explore individual learning projects. Teachers work collaboratively with the librarian to schedule research projects and literature-appreciation lessons.  Additionally, students in kindergarten through first grade, visit the library for a fixed class time each week.

    Circulation Policy

    Library books are checked out for a period of 1 week, after which they become overdue. Chapter books may be renewed for an additional week.  All students in K5 through 4th grades can check out a maximum of 4 books. K4 students can check out a maximum of 1 book.

    Overdue Books

    Students who have overdue library books must return them before checking out more. Overdue notices will be printed and delivered to teachers on a regular basis. We do not charge fines for books that are overdue, however payment for lost books is expected. Refunds will be given for any books found and returned during the school year.
    Special Programming
    The library media program works to provide visits from children's authors. In addition, the library media center hosts two book fairs, and a variety of other special events and programming throughout the year.
    The South Carolina Picture Book Award (K5-2nd grade) and the South Carolina Children's Book Award (3rd-4th grade) are sponsored by the South Carolina Association of School Librarians (SCASL). Students who read 5 or more of this year's nominees are eligible to vote for the title they liked best at the end of January. For more information and a podcast for each of this year’s titles, click on the book award links appearing to the left of this page.

    The library media center is always looking for volunteers to help shelve books, prepare new materials, and other tasks. If you are interested in helping, please contact Mrs. Barker at (864) 949-7620 or molly.barker@spart5.net.