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
We have created 3 carts for book returns, Cart A, B and C. Media Staff will check in books and wash hands/sanitize hands frequently. Books will then sit for 24 hours before being put back into circulation.
Staff will follow guidelines for sanitizing shared laptops which will only be used by classes taught in the media center. Students in grades 2-5 will place books on hold at home or in the classroom using personal devices.
Partitions have been placed at both checkout desks and students in Kindergarten and First Grade will use their own personal ID badge with their barcode to checkout books. Students will select books that are placed on tables in the library. Students will only touch the book that is selected for checkout.
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.
Mondays: 5th Grade F2F Returns and Deliveries
Tuesdays: All Digital Students Curbside Pickup
Wednesdays: 4th Grade F2F Returns and Deliveries
Thursdays: 3rd Grade F2F Returns and Deliveries
Fridays: 2nd Grade F2F Returns and Deliveries
Kindergarten and First F2F classes have an assigned day each week to return and choose new books.
Procedures - Digital Students
Curbside Pickup for Digital Students
Digital Students should visit the school media catalog to place books on hold. A video showing students how to do this can be found on the Suwanee Elementary eCLASS page. Monday mornings the media staff will send an email to parents for students that have ready holds. The email will contain a link to a signup for curbside pick up times. On Tuesday, we will pull books for all students whose parents have signed up for curbside pick up that afternoon. Books will be checked out and organized for pickup. Students that already have books will need to return books in order to get more.
All digital students in grades K-5 are allowed 5 books at a time.
When picking up books, parents will drive through the bus lanes located in front of the school. Media Center staff will be out front ready to place the books in your car.
Procedures - Face to Face Students
Kindergarten and First Grade Students
Students will visit the media center two at a time to self-select books. Media staff will utilize tables in the media center placing age appropriate books face-up and students will choose 1 or 2 books depending on their grade level and check them out on their assigned day/time. Kindergarten students will checkout 1 book and First Graders will checkout two books. Velcro dots have been placed along the floor showing students how to move around the table and go to the checkout desk.
After the first checkout, only students with a book to return will come to check out a new book.
Second - Fifth Grade Students
Grades 2-5 will select books by placing books on hold using the media catalog. Each grade level has been assigned a day for returns and deliveries. Students that returned books and have books on hold will get new books delivered later that same day. Students will need to continue placing books on hold each week in the media catalog and returning books when finished with them.
For Returns: Mrs. Howard or Mrs. Duncan will have a cart in the hallway from 7:45 to 8:20 each morning for returns on your grade level day. Students must place books on hold so that we will be able to deliver books to them later on their library day.
For Deliveries: Library books will be delivered to classrooms on the grade level's assigned day each week.
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.
Readers Rally for the 2020-21 school year has been postponed. The current book list will be used for competition next year in 2021-22.