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Media Center

Mrs. Samantha Anderson is our Media Specialist.  ​

Media Hours during school days 7:45 a.m.-2:05 p.m.​

Checkout Policy - Students in kindergarten and first grades may check out one book if they do not already have any overdue or damaged books.

Students in grades 2-5 may check out two books if they do not already have overdue or damaged books.

Books may be checkout out for a period of one week and may be renewed once.

Students must pay for any lost or damaged books before they can check out another book. Students or parents may pay for lost or damaged items in the media center during regular school hours.

 Parents may also check out books from the media center. Up to   five   books may be checked out for a period of  one week. 

 Please do everything you can to help your children take good care of the books they check out and to return them on time.  Parents are responsible for lost or damaged books their children check out from the media center.

Goals and Activities

The goal of the Read-Pattillo media staff is to assist and encourage every student to develop a life long love of reading. Research shows that reading just 30 minutes per day outside of school increases student success throughout life. Please take time to read with your child each and every night.

Your child will come to the media center at least once a week during the school year to check out books, participate in story time, and to learn information skills. The students at Read-Pattillo love to visit the Media Center. We have an electronic card catalog, which makes finding books easy and fun. 

In addition to the media classes, students will be encouraged to  participate in many reading activities.  Look for information about other media events in fliers and newsletters that your child brings home throughout the school year.

We look forward to a great year with your child. 

Reading Counts Program  

During the school year, students will have the opportunity to participate in the  Reading Counts  program.  Students in second through fifth grades will receive instructions for this program as one of their first media lessons.

Students may use this program to set reading goals, select books, take tests and track their progress in reading. Students will be rewarded throughout the school year as they reach their personal goals.

Students who choose to participate in this voluntary reading program simply read a book and take a test on it. When a student passes a test, he or she will receive points which will accumulate throughout the school year.  There are now over 40,000 Reading Counts tests available. We have over 1500 Reading Counts books in our media center.

Media Center Access

The purpose of the school library media center is to encourage the love of reading and to support the school community and curriculum goals through self-selected reading materials. The media specialist collaborates with families and teachers to support students in the selection of reading materials that meet their reading interests.

Media Access Levels

Parents and guardians have the right to limit their child’s access to materials in the school library. The media access level a parent/guardian selects for their student will be in effect for the student’s academic career in Volusia County Schools. The parent/guardian may request a change in access at any time by completing the form again or contacting the school media specialist.

The default access for all students is limited.

Definitions of access levels


  • Limited Access: A student may access materials in the media center except for items on the parent permission required list and Young Adult (YA) titles (middle school only).
  • Unlimited Access: A student has full access to the materials in Volusia County Schools libraries including access to any titles that require parent permission. This includes permission for the student to check out Young Adult (YA) titles when the student is in middle school.
  • No Access: A student is not permitted access to materials in any of the Volusia County Schools libraries without parent permission.

Process for Modifying Media Access

Parents may modify their child’s access to materials in the school library by completing the Volusia County Schools Media Access or by completing a paper-based Volusia County Schools Media Access form available from the school media specialist.

Media Center Access Form

School Card Catalog (Search for Book)

Library Media Center Collection Development 

Each school library media collection is developed in accordance with Volusia County School Board Policy 320 and Florida Statute 1006.28.

Each book made available to students through a school district library media center or included in a recommended or assigned school or grade-level reading list must be selected by a school district employee who holds a valid educational media specialist certificate, regardless of whether the book is purchased, donated, or otherwise made available to students. 

2. Each district school board shall adopt procedures for developing library media center collections and post the procedures on the website for each school within the district. The procedures must: 

a. Require that book selections meet the criteria in s. 1006.40(3)(d). 

  • Free of pornography and material prohibited under s. 847.012

  • Suited to student needs and their ability to comprehend the material presented. 

  • Appropriate for the grade level and age group for which the materials are used or made available. 

b. Require consultation of reputable, professionally recognized reviewing periodicals and school community stakeholders. 

c. Provide for library media center collections based on reader interest, support of state academic standards and aligned curriculum, and the academic needs of students and faculty. 

d. Provide for the regular removal or discontinuance of books based on, at a minimum, physical condition, rate of recent circulation, alignment to state academic standards and relevancy to curriculum, out-of-date content, and required removal pursuant to subparagraph (a)2. 


Selection Process 

  1. The media specialist develops a recommended list of books that meet the needs of the school per the collection development guidelines.  

  1. The media specialist provides the school media advisory committee with professional reviews of each book prior to meeting.  

  1. The school media advisory committee meets to review and approve the list. The committee must come to a consensus on approvals. If the committee is unable to come to a consensus, the principal along with the media specialist is responsible for the final decision. 


Challenged Materials:

Volusia County School Board Policy 320 establishes the procedures for the review of complaints concerning media materials.

Request for Reconsideration Form