Library Media Center

Mission and Philosophy

The mission of the SFDS library media program is to ensure that our students are effective users of ideas and information. This mission is accomplished by providing intellectual and physical access to materials in multiple formats, by providing instruction to foster competence and stimulate interest in reading, viewing, and using information and ideas, and by working with other educators to design learning strategies to meet the needs of individual students. The mission focuses on offering programs and services that are centered on information literacy and creating active, authentic student learning.

The Library Media Center, or LMC, houses a collection of nearly 21,000 titles for children. One pride of the LMC is the vast multicultural children’s collection. Several literary magazines are read monthly to select the most suitable titles to add to the collection. During library class, students may check out 2 books, but students are always encouraged to come to the library during open hours to get as many books as they need.

LMC in Upper School

Although students in grades five through eight do not have a scheduled library class, they visit the library throughout the year for research support with Ms. Otero.  To keep upper school students engaged in literature, several times a year Ms. Otero will visit upper school students during english classes to conduct "book talks."  She also offers a Monday Library Lunch for upper school students, where students will eat as Ms. Mendiola or Ms. Otero read a story, and then everyone discusses the book. Upper school students also often retreat to the library for special buddy activities, where they will share a favorite book with their buddy.