The mission is to provide a sequential, flexible, and integrated K-12 library media program encompassing academic research and literature appreciation.
The Information Literacy program, delivered through the Library Media Center, provides students with opportunities to access, evaluate and utilize information effectively and creatively through a rich selection of print, software and online resources.
Active learning strategies are implemented to empower students to move toward the ideal of becoming independent lifelong learners.
Dr. Paul Novak
Library Media Curriculum Facilitator
Elementary Library Media:
With the young child in mind, the K-4 school library curriculum is designed as a foundation for the students to develop the skills necessary to be successful users of the library and information. Utilizing the regularly scheduled classes and the cooperation of the classroom teachers, information skills and literature units are integrated into other curricula. Students are taught to locate materials and use a variety of resources. Literature appreciation is stressed as a means of developing a lifetime enjoyment of reading. The library is a central part of the school environment, providing services for both students and staff.
Middle School Library Media:
The Information Literacy program, delivered via the Library Media Center, provides for the sequential development of library skills and processes. Students are taught to use and evaluate a variety of sources and exhibit competency in methods of communication and information retrieval. The school library/media program is designed to broaden and enrich the learning experience of each student by making the Information Literacy curriculum a natural part of the educational process.
Library Media 5 and 6:
With the young adolescent in mind, the 5-6 middle school library media program builds upon the foundation laid by the elementary curriculum. Utilizing a flexible schedule and the cooperation of the classroom teachers, information skills are integrated into the other curricular areas. Students are taught to locate, use and evaluate a variety of resources and are introduced to new technologies. Literature appreciation in stressed as a means of developing a lifetime enjoyment of reading. The library is available throughout the day to support staff and students.
Library Media 7 and 8:
With the adolescent in mind, the 7-8 middle school information literacy program builds upon the foundation laid by the 5-6 program. It offers a wide range of opportunities for learning in order to accommodate the diversity of student learning styles. Literature appreciate continues to be emphasized at the 7-8 level as a means of developing a lifetime enjoyment of reading. The goal of the curriculum, as it is integrated into other disciplines, is to enable students to develop information literacy skills, encourage lifelong learning and instill a love of reading in every student.
High School Library Media:
The library media program, which is integrated into the high school curriculum, provides for the sequential development of library skills and processes. These skills promote competency in information retrieval, evaluation, and application and are designed to meet the academic needs of students at Bethel Park High School. Access to the Internet offers opportunities to explore subscription databases as well as information available to the general public. The Media Center provides the ability to share resources with libraries across Pennsylvania via Access PA.
The library curriculum also allows for the enhancement of all other curricular areas of Bethel Park High School. Collaboration between classroom teachers and the librarian enables the library to strongly support the academic needs of staff and students. Pleasure reading is encouraged through timely purchases and promotion of materials in a variety of personal interest areas.