Catoma Elementary Library Media Center
1760 Mitchell Young Road
(334) 288-5799

Ms. Shunda Howard-Library Media Specialist


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Welcome to Catoma Library Media Center!


Library Media Center 's Mission The mission of the library media program is to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information. This mission is accomplished: by providing intellectual and physical access to materials in all formats;by providing instruction to foster competence and stimulate interest in reading, viewing, and using information and ideas; by working with other educators to design learning strategies to meet the needs of individual students. Information Power: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs (1988), p.1

Hours of Operation-- 8:00-3:10 pm

Library Behavior: 
Students are expected to follow the rules in the MPS Code of Conduct book as well as the Media Center expectations posted in the Library.

Circulation Procedure: 

Students can check-out library books for one week. Books may be renewed as needed, but must be brought into the library for renewal.

Checkout Procedure:

Kindergarten & First grade: may check out 1 book at a time if previous book is returned.

Second grade: may check out 2 books at a time if previous books are returned.

Third -Fifth grades: may check out 3 books at a time if previous books are returned.


Faculty may check out unlimited number of materials as long as needed. Items should be returned after use so others may use them.

Overdue Books Books are checked out for one week and are due back on the next scheduled library class day. Although there is no fine for overdue books, notices will be sent out once a month. Overdue books must be returned before additional books can be checked out by the student.

Lost or Damaged Books If a book is lost or damaged, the book must be paid for before additional books can be checked out. Any books checked out at the time a student withdraws from school must be returned and paid for upon withdrawal.

Reference Materials Reference materials are to be used by students in the library. Teachers may borrow reference materials for use in the classroom when necessary.

Resources Our resources include over 8,000 books, 16 computers with Internet Access, a variety of audio-visual videos/DVD's, subscriptions to professional journals as well as magazines of interest to our students.

Reading Initiatives Throughout the Year

Accelerated Reader- Accelerated Reader (AR) is a computer-based assessment program where students read books and take quizzes on books they have read.The quiz consists of multiple-choice questions that check their recall of facts and events, as well as their comprehension of the book. Students may test in the Media Center, computer lab, or in their classroom.

Six Flags Read to Succeed Program-Students can earn a free ticket to Six Flags by logging in at least six hours of recreational reading in their reading log.

Be A Champion Contest- The goal of the program is to get students and parents excited about reading. All K-6 students who read six books qualify to win a trip to the Iron Bowl.

Book Fair- A Book Fair is provided twice a year-- in the Fall and in the Spring. This is a great way to motivate students to read and give them an opportunity to build their personal collection of books for home. Flyers will be sent home announcing the dates of the book fair.

Big Mo's Book Club- A reading program that students will receive a bookmark to track their progress by reading six or more books. The completed bookmarks will need to be turned into the teachers for the student to earn a ticket to a Biscuits game.

Volunteers We welcome parents to the Library Media Center to volunteer. Volunteers are always needed to read to classes, assist with student selection of books, shelving books,etc.