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Our Mission

The mission of the library media program is to facilitate the development of students and staff as effective users of ideas and information and to foster a life-long habit of reading and learning.

About Our Library

The students at Harry S Truman Elementary School have access to a wide variety of resources in the library media center (LMC). The collection totals approximately 17,000 cataloged items plus additional resources.

The library media center offers an online public access catalog, Destiny, which is a web-based to application. Students and staff utilize Destiny when locating materials in the library media center and may access the collection from home.

Information resources include: books, (that may be accessed from home through Destiny) the use of Internet resources including the Access PA Power Library. The LMC is staffed by a full-time library media teacher and one part-time library assistant.

Students learn about information problem solving and apply what they have learned in a wide variety of activities. The library media center operates on a schedule which is both fixed and flexible. Students participate in weekly instruction via scheduled library classes. Two half-days are available each week for classes, small groups, or individuals to visit the library media center as needed. Book selection may occur at any time throughout the school day (with direction from the classroom teacher).

Curriculum

The vision of the Salisbury Township School District is "...Inspire, Think, Learn, Grow...Together". The library media center staff shares this vision and strives to promote life-long learning through love of reading and the ability to locate and utilize information effectively. 

Kindergarten through grade 5 have class for 45 minutes each week. Topics covered during library classes include:

  • Book care
  • How to choose a book
  • Popular authors
  • Genre
  • Literary awards
  • Locating materials in the library media center for both pleasure and informational needs
  • Information problem solving
  • Information resources and their location 
    • Within the library media center
    • Beyond
  • Creating a bibliography/work cited
  • Internet safety
  • Copyright
  • Parts of a book
  • Use of online resources
  • Web site reliability