• 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.  

    We operate on a flexible schedule so students may come to the library anytime from 7:45-2:00 with their teacher's permission.  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 access 24/7 to online encyclopedias and many other subscription databases such as Tumblebooks, BookFlix, ScienceFlix, and many others.  First students 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....so it doesn't matter where the books come from, it just matters that children are reading for enjoyment over the summer!

  • Summer Reading

    sun and sailboat on water

    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.  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. 

  • Bookapalooza

    Cartoon penguin with books


    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.  These forms are due by August 23, 2018.  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!

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