• 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.

  • 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".

  • Take 5/Books2Go Summer Reading

    drawing of a cart of books

    Research has shown that if children read at least five books over the summer, then it reduces or eliminates summer slide.  To make sure that students have easy access to at least five books, we encourage Fort Daniel familes to give permission for their child to check out up to five school library books over the summer.  Many families also go to the Gwinnett County Public Library, or purchase books on devices. It doesn't matter where the books come from, it just matters that children are reading for enjoyment over the summer!

    Check back on this website for details about the 2020 summer reading forms and requiremnts.

    Permission form for Take 5

  • Summer Reading

    sun and sailboat on water

    We will host our Summer Reading Celebration Party for students that turned in their reading logs or Bingo Cards on Wednesday, August 28, 2019.  Check back for the 2020 summer reading details in May!

    We want to partner with familes during the summer to motivate our students' enjoyment of reading.  Students may log reading minutes or fill out a Reading Bingo Card to be invited to the Summer Reading Celebration Party that is held in August.  We will have a raffle for five Kindle tablets and five $20.00 gift certificates for the book fair. Students will play games and eat snacks, as well as picking out a free book and other little prizes as a reward or recognition of their summer reading. We hope that every Fort Daniel student will turn in the Bingo Card or a reading log by August 16, 2019 to qualify for the Summer Reading Celebration Party.  See below for a copy of the Bingo Card.  You may use the reading log that is attached below, or you may print out a copy of the Gwinnett County Public Library online reading log called Beanstalk.  

    Summer Reading Information

    2019 Bingo Card form

    2019 Reading Log form

  • Bookapalooza

    Cartoon penguin with books


    We will celebrate Bookapalooza on Friday, August 30, 2019. Hopefully everyone has finished their book and has remembered to fill out the short book report form. I can't wait to hear what all the students and staff think about the book they read. 

    Bookapalooza is a summer reading initiative for all rising fourth and fifth graders at Fort Daniel.  Students will choose one book listed in the attached file  to read over the summer and meet with a staff member in August to discuss. A letter will be sent home in the report card envelope that lists the book they will read over the summer and the staff member they will meet with in August.  There is a short three question worksheet for the student to fill out after reading the book. You may reserve a copy of the book at the public library, buy it at a bookstore, or purchase a Kindle or Nook eBook. Please call the office at (770) 932- 7400 or email beth_martinez@gwinnnett.k12.ga.us if you have any questions or your child forgets which book they are to read. Have fun reading!

    Bookapalooza Information and list of books

    Bookapalooza response form

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