Media Center

Media Specialist

706-356-8209 (ext. 4010)


The mission of the Lavonia Elementary School Media Center is to provide an array of resources to meet academic needs, to promote enthusiasm and enjoyment of reading, and to support the curriculum through literature, research, and collaboration.

Purpose of the Media Center

The Lavonia Elementary School Media Center has been established to provide users with print, non-print, and digital information resources needed to promote lifelong learning and a love of reading. The collection reflects the needs and requests of our library patrons along with the consideration of literary interests and information needs and the common core standards. It is the goal of the LES Media Center to integrate current and emerging technologies into the curriculum so students are prepared for 21st Century information literacy skills.

Library BARK Expectations

In the Media Center we will Be Responsible by:

~Returning our library books on time ~Using the shelf markers responsibly ~Using our time wisely

In the Media Center we will Act Safe by:

~Keeping our hands, feet and objects to ourselves ~Using walking feet

In the Media Center we will Respect Everyone by:

~Keeping food, drinks, gum, and candy outside the Media Center ~Using voice volume 1 or 2

~Respecting others and property

In the Media Center we will Keep It Up by:

~Making sure we have our library books ~Always doing the right thing even when no one is watching

Ferst Readers

Who Are We?
Ferst Readers' mission is "strengthening communities by providing quality books and literacy resources for children and their families to use at home during the earliest stages of development." Ferst Readers wants every child to have the best start in life - and nothing helps a baby's brain develop more than exposure to rich language and loving interactions. The key is having books in the home and being read to - right from birth. Our vision is "to create better learners, brighter futures, and stronger communities by giving every child under five access to quality books in their homes."
What Do We Do?
Ferst Readers was founded in 1999 to address the growing problem of children, many from low-income communities, entering kindergarten without basic early literacy skills and school readiness, a preventable problem that has far-reaching impacts throughout students’ lives. The recipe for early school success is simple: start school with strong literacy skills. Ferst Readers’ recipe for encouraging early literacy development is even simpler. Ensure children have developmentally appropriate books in their home and provide parents with resources that support them in their role as their child's first teacher.

Children in the Ferst Readers literacy program receive a bookstore-quality, age-specific book, and resources mailed to them at home every month until their fifth birthday. It's this access to print that helps create a language-rich environment in the home.

For more information, please visit the Ferst Readers website here!




Kg students will be issued a library card by the Media Center staff, which will be kept in house, to check out library books. They will be allowed to check out 1 book at a time, and be able to keep that book for up to 2 weeks (14 days). Kindergartners will have whole class checkout, with a teacher present.

1st GRADE:

Students in grades 1 will use their student ID number to check out library books or magazines. They will be allowed to check out 2 titles at a time, and be able to keep them for up to 2 weeks (14 days). 1st graders will have whole class checkout, with a teacher present, until January 2021, at which teachers may send them 2 at a time for open checkout.


Students in grades 2-5 will use their student ID number to check out library books or magazines. They will be allowed to check out 2 titles at a time, and be able to keep them for up to 2 weeks (14 days). Please send these students, 4 at a time only, to the Media Center for open checkout.


Faculty and staff will use their staff ID tags, or numbers, to check out library materials. Teachers do not have a limit on print materials (regular circulation books and magazines/professional books and magazines/literature circle books/audio books/read aloud books/etc.) they can checkout, and will be able to keep them for the length of time needed. Faculty and staff will also be able to checkout any audiovisual materials (DVD) and/or hardware (external hard drive/digital camera/iPod/etc.) and will be expected to return them the next day or as soon as they are done with them.


In order for parents to checkout library books for their child(ren), they must provide their name, email address, phone number, and a 4- or 5-digit patron number to set up a patron account. Once the account is set up, parents will use their 4- or 5-digit patron number to checkout library books for their child(ren). They will be able to checkout up to 5 books at a time, and be able to keep them for up to 2 weeks (14 days).

Lost/Damaged Books


No fines will be accrued for overdue items.


Any books that were checked out prior to school closures and have not been returned will be marked lost. Students will not be required to pay for these lost materials. In the event that a student knows where the book is, it should be returned as soon as possible.


Materials will not be considered lost until patron claims it is lost or it has been checked out for over 6 weeks (42 days). Several attempts, including notices sent home, emails and/or phone calls home, will be made to retain lost books, or payments, if necessary. Patrons will not be able to check out any materials until the lost book is returned or paid for. Once a lost material is paid for, a receipt is issued. Patrons are encouraged to keep the receipt for, at least, the remainder of the current academic school year. If a book that was lost and paid for is found in acceptable condition, within 2 months of payment, then that patron may return it and be reimbursed. If the book is found after 2 months of paying for it, then the patron may just keep the book.


Any damaged materials must be paid for before a patron can check out new library materials. If the damage is irreparable, then the full amount listed on the Follett Destiny catalog will be required. If the damage can be repaired and the material can be added back into circulation, then patrons will be expected to pay only half the price listed on the Destiny catalog.


Paperback books and magazines will be assessed at $5.00 each, and hardback books at $10.00 each, unless they are new. Any new paperback book, hardback book or magazine (purchased in the past 2 years) will be assessed at purchase price. Audiovisual materials, hardware or audiobooks will be assessed at purchase price.


End of Year Transition Packets for 5th graders leaving LES will be held if that student has an outstanding fine or overdue materials on his/her account. Parents will be contacted close to the end of the school year to try to take care of any outstanding fines or overdue materials.


Any extenuating circumstances concerning lost or damaged materials may be discussed with Media Center staff on an as needed basis, and considerations may be made at the discretion of the Library Media Specialist.