Powhatan Media Center



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Powhatan Media Center

When I was an elementary school student (a long long time ago) media centers were very quiet and I only checked out books. When I became the PES Media Specialist I wanted the PES Media Center to be active, engaging and sometimes loud. It starts with a rush of students coming in during open circulation hoping to find a good book. It gives me a chance to talk to students about what type of books they like. Media classes start at 9:00. The lessons vary each week. Kindergartens were dancing the Cool Cat Boogie after reading Pete the Cat. After reading Iggy Peck the Architect 1st graders built skyscrapers out of Legos. 4th graders learned about the Wright Brothers and then made paper airplanes. We had contests to see which plane flew the furthest.

There are also quiet times in the media center. Students love reading on the new comfy chairs or the story steps. Sometimes I will play classical music as they read.

Parents are always welcome to visit. During open house parents played chess with their children. It was wonderful to see parents playing with the puppets with their kids. I added a big checkers board game which has been very popular.

The media center is not just a place to keep books. It is a place where students can think about their future. They can dream to be architects while building with Legos. They might think about a future in computer programming as they solve puzzles on Code.org. The students who love to draw can some day be award winning illustrators. The possibilities are endless. 

If you have any questions about the media center please send an email victoriamahoney@johnston.k12.nc.us

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