Welcome to the Helen I. Smith School Library Media Center
The Vision of the Helen I. Smith School Library Media Center is to provide a safe atmosphere that allows students to be creative and informed researchers, readers, and seekers of knowledge in an environment that nurtures diversity, curiosity, and lifelong learning.
The Helen I. Smith School Library Media Center is the central hub of learning within the school. It is a place where students and educators alike are free to be creative in the teaching and learning of essential skills that are necessary to navigate the world of academics. Learners will develop the ability to think clearly, critically, and creatively about their choices and have the right to choose what they will read, view, and hear. Educators will be provided with the knowledge and resources to aid students in achieving their learning goals.
Learners will be encouraged to read for enjoyment on a regular basis, complete research tasks under the guidance of the certified School Library Media Specialist, and become proficient in the use of all types of technology and media available at Helen I. Smith School. Diversity and curiosity will be nurtured in a comfortable, judgement-free environment. Most importantly, students will be encouraged to become lifelong learners and take these important skills with them into college, careers, and beyond.
Technology and Curriculum
The Helen I. Smith School Library Media Center is equipped with 24 Chromebooks for students use. All students have a Saddle Brook Public Schools email address that will allow them to sign into Google Suite and access Google Classroom.
All students in grades K-2 will have 1 period of Library/Media a week. Students will learn basic computer, research, and library skills. They will also learn digital citizenship. Students will have the opportunity to check out a library book each week.
All students in grades 3-6 will have 1 period of Library/Media a week. Students will learn intermediate computer, research, and library skills. These classes will enhance the learning already being done in Social Studies and Science classes. Students will learn how to conduct research properly and ethically. They will also learn digital citizenship and beginner coding. Students will have the opportunity to check out a library book each week.
Common Sense Media: Digital Citizenship is an integral part of the Library Media curriculum. "All students need digital citizenship skills to participate fully in their communities and make smart choices online and in life." (Common Sense Media)