• Media Center

  • Shelves and tables in Media Center

  • Meet the Media Center Staff

    Media Center Staff

    Mrs. Martinez and Mrs. Gindlesperger

    Mrs. Gindlesperger, Media Clerk, and Mrs. Martinez, Media Specialist as Mary Poppins and Junie B. Jones, Graduation Girl

    Mrs. Martinez taught for 10 years at Hopkins Elementary in Lilburn, then in 1988 earned her Masters in Library Media and Technology and became the media specialist at Fort Daniel Elementary.  She is a passionate advocate for reading and informational literacy, and along with her love of children has found the perfect job!

    Mrs. Gindlesperger started working at Fort Daniel in 2014, but in 2016 found the best place in the school to work - the media center.  She loves reading and helping students.

    To contact us please call (678) 765-4939 or email beth_martinez@gwinnett.k12.ga.us or melissa_gindlesperger@gwinnett.k12.ga.us.

  • Welcome

    Welcome to the Fort Daniel Elementary School Media Center!  We work hard to create a positive, welcoming environment for students to learn and teach, read and write, create and collaborate.  

    Students will have time to come to the library in the mornings before announcements and with their teacher for a class check out time.  We are a busy place;  you might see a class here for checkout or a lesson, or you might see small groups working on research or a project, and we often have individual students for checkout.  One of the main reasons we have a flexible schedule is to ensure that students have access to self-selected reading material.  Many studies have shown that self-selected reading materials positively impacts achievement, fosters life-long literacy and increases the enjoyment of reading.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at beth_martinez@gwinnett.k12.ga.us or call the media center at (678) 765-4939.  


  • Reading Websites

    1. StarFall - Beginning reading and math for Pre-K through first or second graders.   

    2.  Flashlight Readers - online book club for students who love books for students in grades 4 and up.  Interactive games, author information and much more.  

    3.  National Geographic for Kids - online version of the magazine for kids.

    4.  International Children's Digital Library - Book from around the world in English and many other languages.

    5. StoryNory   Audio Stories for Kids

  • Author Visits

    Peter Brown autographs books. Peter Brown, author and illustrator, visited Fort Daniel on Monday, December 3, 2018.  He spent the day sharing with students how he writes and illustrates his books.  

  • Media Catalog and Online Research Library

    Media Catalog

    To search for items in the Fort Daniel Media Center, students first log into the student portal, then on the right side click "Media Catalog".

    Online Research Library

    GCPS students have 24/7 access  to online encyclopedias and many other subscription databases such as Tumblebooks, Bookflix, Scienceflix, Pebble Go and many others.  To use these online databases, students will log into the student portal, then on the right side click "Online Research Library".

  • Fort Daniel's Summer Reading Program

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    We want to partner with families during the summer to help motivate and encourage our students' enjoyment of reading.  Students have three ways to qualify for an invitation to the  Summer Reading Celebration Party, scheduled within the first month of school. There will be a raffle for some amazing prizes:  free kindles, gift baskets, gift certificates and more!  If a student doesn't love reading..maybe the chance to win a free tablet might motivate them? Hopefully so!  :)

    Choose at least one way to participate in Fort Daniel's Summer Reading Program:

    1.  Complete a 2020 Summer Reading Bingo Card or

    2.  Turn in a paper reading log or

    3.  Complete an online reading log using Beanstack, the GCPL program.  (Registration is throughout the summer, but the kickoff is May 20. You may print out your log, or wait for the public library to send the names of all participants to Fort Daniel.

    To earn tickets for the raffle:

    2 tickets - Turn in the Bingo card or reading log at open house.

    1 ticket - Turn in the Bingo card or reading log within the first two weeks of school.

    2 tickets  - Participate in Beanstack by earning badges, writing reviews and logging books or minutes. (See Summer Reading Resources tab for video tutorials about Beanstack). Please email me at beth.martinez@gcpsk12.org if you have any questions and I hope you enjoy reading lots and lots this summer! 

    2020 Summer Reading Bingo Card

    2020 Reading Log for K-2

    2020 Reading Log for 3-5

  • Summer Reading Resources

    Mill Creek Summer Reading Digital Resources

    Check this resource for video tutorials to use the Gwinnett County Public Library online reading motivational program called Beastack.  There are also video tutorials on how to access MyOn, Lightbox and several other databases.

    Summer Digital Resources

    Summer Reading Lists

    Rising Kindergarten Summer Reading List

    Rising First Grade Summer Reading List

    Rising Second Grade Summer Reading List

    Rising Third Grade Summer Reading List

    Rising Fourth Grade Summer Reading List

    Rising Fifth Grade Summer Reading List

  • Bookapalooza

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    Bookapalooza 2020

    Bookapalooza is a summer reading initiative for all rising fourth and fifth graders at Fort Daniel.  Students will choose one book from the book list linked below to read over the summer.  When we return to school students and staff members will meet in small groups to celebrate reading and discuss the book.  There is a short three question response form for the student to fill out after reading the book.  Please call the office at (770) 932- 7400 or email me at beth.martinez@gcpsk12.org if you have any questions. Have fun reading!

    Bookapalooza Choices 2020

    2020 Bookapalooza Book Response Form

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