Welcome to BCPS Library Media Services
It is finally here! The much anticipated partnership between the Broward County Library and Broward county Public Schools. What does this mean? It means that Broward County Public School students, who have parental permission to opt-in, will have access to a wealth of digital resources and E-books that can be accessed anytime. Students will benefit from the variety of digital resources available through the public library. The digital resources consist of several online databases, homework assistance, access to the resources at the Nova Southeastern digital Library as well as e-books that can be read on any device. This partnership is a wonderful opportunity to support personalized learning for our students.
FAME Delivers Again!
Pictured Below: Broward Media Specialists with featured author Kevin Honeycutt (center front with guitar).
Over twenty media specialists from Broward attended the annual Florida Association of Media in Education Conference (FAME) this year. FAME is the state professional organization for media specialists. It was a great event that offered many wonderful workshops that inspired and ignited many ideas for teaching and learning in the media center. Several authors shared their wonderful books and expertise in writing. FAME is a three day event in Orlando, Florida. This year the conference was held at the beautiful Rosen Centre Hotel. The highlight of the event for Broward was when Media Specialist, Dione Mila received the prestigious Florida Power-Library Award. It is the first time a Broward Media Specialist has received the award. (See photo on the right). The Broward cohort went wild when Dione's name was called. It was a great day for Library Media! We are so proud of Dione. Not only did she win the Florida Power Library Award, but her Principal Ms. Amy Winder won the Principal award. What a dynamic duo! A few media specialists from Broward serve on the Sunshine State Young Reader Award Committee (SSYRA). As a committee member, media specialists are charged with reading stacks of books that go through a selection process before being selected for the highly acclaimed SSYRA (Grades 3-5 or 6-8) and SSYRA Jr.(Grades K-2) lists. Elaine Aaron, Media Specialist at Silver Ridge Elementary, serves on the SSYRA Jr. Committee. This is not Elaine's first time serving on the committee. It is exhaustive work but she handles it like a champ. Given her love for reading, for her it is a labor of love. Her commitment to ensure that students have a selection of the best books is evident since this is the ninth time time she has served on this committee and SSYRA for grades 3-5. Yvette Katz, Driftwood Middle Media Specialist is also a member of the SSYRA Committee for grades 6-8 where she has served for three years. Diana Haneski, Media Specialist at Stoneman Douglas High School, serves on the Florida Teen Reads (FTR) Committee which is a selection of books for high school. Diana has also served one year on the SSYRA committee for grades 6-8 before her move from middle school to high school. Dione Mila is serving on the SSYRA committee for the first time, in addition to attending to the many duties that resulted in her Florida Power Library win. FAME 17 was an amazing conference that left attendees inspired and empowered to continue the work to support students and teachers back at their respective schools.
Dione Mila is the First to Hold the Florida Power Library Title in Broward!
Pictured Below: (From left to right: Ms. Amy Winder, Principal Indian Trace Elementary with her Media Specialist, Dione Mila,
Huge congratulations are in order for Dione Mila recipient of the prestigious Florida Power Library Award! Dione is a dynamic Media Specialist at Indian Trace Elementary School. She has created many innovative student centered programs that facilitate learning in her media center. When you visit her media center you will see the amount of hard work she puts in to make sure that students want to visit the media center. Dione designed a maker space in her media center that supports the curriculum and affords students the opportunity to implement critical thinking skills while building student agency for learning. In addition, Dione produces the morning announcements using state of the art technology. She is also serving as the President of the Broward County Association Media Specialists, the local professional organization for media specialists. Dione also serves on the SSYRA Committee for FAME.
Hats off to you Dione for a well-deserved honor! Congratulations are also in order to Dione's principal, Ms. Amy Winder who won the Principal's Award.
Toot Your Horn! What's Your News?
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Pictured Below: Michele Rivera, Digital Resource Specialist
Kudos to Michele Rivera, Digital Resource Specialist at Sheridan Technical High School for being featured in a recent blog article, written by our own retired media specialist Margie Rohrbach, touting all she does in the media center. Read all about it here:
Boyd Anderson's Media Center Gets a Facelift!
It is always an exciting time when the unveiling of a media center renovation occurs in Broward. The latest high school renovation was revealed at Boyd Anderson High School Cobra Research Center. It was a huge event complete with a ribbon cutting ceremony featuring Superintendent Robert Runcie, and school board members, Dr. Rosalind Osgood and Donna Korn. The Cobra Research Center is spacious with its vibrant orange walls and modern furniture. This stylish space is sure to be a busy hub for students and staff.