Library Media Center
& Learning Commons
Books that are placed on hold will be delivered to the student's Language Arts classroom
Remote Learners can place a hold through Destiny and then email Mrs. Zocco (email@example.com) to schedule a pick up
** Due to Covid-19 restrictions, currently the SDMS Library Media Center is closed to walk-in traffic **
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Ms. Leslie Poulos is the library media specialist/teacher librarian. She worked as a language arts teacher and as a teacher for gifted and talented students for eight years, before becoming a library media specialist. In her role as library media specialist/teacher librarian, she collaborates with teachers and staff to develop lessons, locate instructional resources, team-teach mini lessons on information literacy and technology, and promote literacy and a love of reading throughout the building. In addition, she organizes fun programs and activities in the library and Makerspace that encourage creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, communication, and civic responsibility--key 21st Century Skills!
Mrs. Taylor Zocco is the library assistant, who assists with the daily operation of the library. Mrs. Zocco is responsible for managing the circulation desk, record keeping, and the many other tasks that keep the Library Media Center running smoothly.
The Silas Deane Middle School Library Media Center staff believes that the 21st Century requires citizens to be effective and efficient users of information. Knowing how to locate, use, and synthesize information in an efficient manner will empower students in school and beyond. With these goals in mind, the Silas Deane Middle School Library Media Center strives to promote reading for pleasure and for research, to assist students in acquiring information and technology literacy skills, to provide a rich array of print and non-print materials to support the curriculum, and to work with teachers to identify curriculum links and integrate resources into instructional units.
About Our Collection
The Silas Deane Middle School Library Media Center, holds approximately 14,200 materials.
It has a wide range of fiction, nonfiction, and reference materials for student and staff use. Students have access to expansive digital library collections available 24/7 World Book Online subscription database, and the Research IT CT (formerly known as ICONN). The Library Media Center has an audio book and video collection available to support curricular units.
The library media center also houses an "information classroom" with sixteen PC computers available to classes or individuals conducting research. Chromebooks and iPads are available for classes or flexible use as well as two Smart Boards and projectors for instruction. In addition, there are three Z Space Virtual Reality computers and a small Makerspace area with rotating activities.
The Library Media Center uses Follett’s Destiny library software to manage its collection. This database includes an online browser-based card catalog, which allows students and staff to search the collection both from the classroom and from home. In addition, because it is a union catalog, we can view the library collections of other schools in the district. Students can search the catalog without logging in by title, author, subject, keyword, series, or subject. They can also search by Lexile Level. However, by logging in to the Destiny system, using their Google Apps for Education Single Sign On, they have access to enriched features including the ability to: create and save lists of books, view items checked out to them, place holds, make suggestions for "wishes" for the staff to purchase write reviews of books read, recommend books to friends within the school, maintain "shelves" for what they are currently reading, want to read, or have read, and access eBooks.
The district also subscribes to Sora (formerly Overdrive) which hosts our digital downloadable eBook and audiobook collections.