Welcome to the Suwanee Elementary School Media Center Website
The mission of the Suwanee Elementary School Media Center is to ensure that our students become readers, investigators, and thinkers by providing irresistible books and engaging lessons.
New Covid-19 Procedures in Place
Students in Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade will not use keypads to enter student ID numbers for checkout. These students will bring a card with the student barcode to scan. Grades 3, 4, and 5 will input student numbers for checkout. Keypads will be sanitized by library staff frequently throughout the day.
All students will use a santized shelf marker when looking for books in the media center. Used shelf markers will be placed in a container to be cleaned before being used by another student.
The media center schedule will group grade levels to visit during the same time of day to avoid grade level overlap as much as possible.
Meet the Staff
Meet Mrs. Duncan
I have been the Media Specialist at Suwanee Elementary for 13 years. Prior to working in the Media Center, I was a classroom teacher for 14 years. My husband and I moved to Suwanee in 1995 and it has been a wonderful place to raise our family. We have two grown children Alex (25) and Abigail (23). Our son completed a Masters Degree at UGA and is working in San Francisco. Our daughter, Abigail, graduated from UGA last year and is now teaching 3rd grade in Savannah. As you can see we are a Bulldawg family!
I became a Media Specialist because I recoginize the importance of reading. I believe that if students don't enjoy reading they have not found the “right” book. I love showing students how to use the media catalog to find the perfect book. I allow students to place books on hold, so they can get the books they really want! I love buying books that will get checked out.... so go on your MyQuest and fill out the "Wish List" if you have a book to recommend. Some of the most popular book series we have come from your requests.
Please let me know if I can do anything to help you. I want you to love coming to the library as much as I love working here!
Email Mrs. Duncan
Meet Mrs. Howard
I have been working at Suwanee Elementary for 16 wonderful years, with the last 4 in the Media Center. Prior to coming to Suwanee, I was a Legal Assistant at King & Spalding for 16 years. A Georgia Bulldog, I have lived in Georgia since 1979. I started living in Suwanee in 1994 when my husband and I bought our first home. We have 2 boys, Chris (24) and Andrew (21). In my spare time I like to read, scrapbook, and travel.
Hours and Procedures
The Media Center is open daily from 7:45 am to 2:35 pm.
Students can visit the library independently or in small groups once daily.
Books are checked out for 2 weeks at a time, but can be renewed as long as they are not on hold.
- Kindergarten - 1 library book
- First Grade - 1 library book
- Second Grade - 2 library books
- Third Grade - 2 library books
- Fourth Grade - 2 library books
- Fifth Grade - 2 library books
Procedures - Digital Students
Curbside Pickup for Digital Students
Digital Students should contact Mrs. Duncan to set up a weekly time to select books for checkout.
All digital students in grades K-5 are allowed 5 books at a time.
Books on Hold
We love allowing students to place popular and favorite books on hold.
Students in 2nd - 5th grade can place one book on hold at a time.
Students need to log in to the media catalog using their student eCLASS login.
Once logged in, students should search for the book and then click the "hold" button. If the book is available for checkout, it cannot be placed on hold. Students can also cancel a book on hold by logging in and viewing the holds in the drop down menu.
Once the book on hold is ready, the student's first name and first initial of last name will be on a scrolling TV slide for two days. If the book is not picked up in 2 days, it will be given to the next person in line or returned to the shelf.
Overdue and Lost Books
The good news is that we do not charge overdue fines.
Parents will be emailed an overdue notice every Friday if there is an overdue book on your child's account.
Students will not be allowed to check out any books once one or more books becomes overdue. This acts as a "stop" sign. The child will "stop" checking out until he/she finds the book or pays the lost book fine.
If a hardcover library book is lost or damaged the fine is $15.00. Most of the time, this fine does not cover the cost of a library bound book. A lost or damaged paperback book has a fine of $5.00. A lost or damaged magazine is $4.00.
You have a few options:
- Pay the fine by check (made payable to Suwanee ES), cash (exact change), or request the book to be marked "lost" by the media staff so you can pay on My Payments Plus.
- Find the same book online and purchase a used/new hardcover book. Library binding is preferred.
If the book is found within a year of the fine being paid, you will be refunded.
Little Free Library
In 2017, our media specialist, Jennifer Duncan and her dad designed and built a Little Free Library for our school. It is located in the front of the school along the sidewalk. Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world. It is our hope that you will visit with your child and find new books to read often. It you are not able to "leave a book" you can just "take a book" to get started.
Every morning beginning on Monday, August 9th, a team of five students will put on a live morning news broadcast called the "Jaguar News". All 5th grade students are invited to apply to be on the news team at the beginning of the year. All students that apply will have the opportunity to serve on a team as long as the homeroom teacher agrees that the student is meeting expectations in the classroom.
Students on broadcast will rotate through the following jobs:
The Gwinnett Readers Rally is a quiz bowl-style competition for students in grades 4 – 12. Students read books from a predetermined list and answer questions about those books. Each Gwinnett County school may send one team of up to 10 players to the Readers Rally. For the 2019-2020 school year, there were 91 teams that participated in the annual county-wide competition at Peachtree Ridge High School. The following teams were the county champions for the 2019-2020 school year: Parsons Elementary School, Five Forks Middle School, and Parkview High School. The Gwinnett County Readers Rally Competition is typically held the third weekend in February each year.
Suwanee Elementary will have a Readers Rally club that will meet on Thursday mornings from September 30 - December 16. After this date, only students selected for the competition team will continue to meet to get ready for the competition on February 26, 2022.
For more details, check out the county website: https://www.gcpsk12.org/Page/26086
We always need helpful hands in the Media Center. There are always books and other materials to stamp, label, shelve, etc. We also circulate many books through our fabulous book room. These books get checked out by the 100's for classroom use and have to be sorted, organized, and shelved in the proper bins so they can be used again. Working in the library always reminds me of doing the laundry....it is work that is never done. Mrs. Howard coordinates our weekly volunteers.