Reading is critical to learning and impacts all curriculum areas.
Reading is a skill, and like every other skill, it requires practice. The more you read, the better you become at reading. We encourage families to take an active role in encouraging and participating in their child’s reading practice.
Reading aloud together, nightly, will demonstrate the importance of reading to the child as well as improving their skill in reading. Asking questions about the characters or the information after reading a few paragraphs will improve comprehension skills which are a vital component of reading. This also increases their vocabulary exposure and helps them to visualize what they are reading.
One of the ways we motivate students to read at school is through using the Accelerated Reader (AR) program. Using this, Medulla students read books and take AR computerized tests. It is a county-wide program that encourages the child to read books at their particular comfortable reading level.
The teachers set individual reading goals every 9 weeks. At the end of each nine-week grading period, the students who have an average test score of 85% and have reached their point goal set by their teacher will receive a special AR Reward! Parents can participate in this process by encouraging them to read their AR books and giving praise for their achievements in reading.
Monday – Friday
7:30am – 3:00pm
Media Specialist: Susan Williams
“My philosophy of the Media Center is to encourage the love of reading in all of our students. I am here to guide and direct students in their reading selections and enable an appreciation for the written word. After all, a book can open doors that otherwise we may never walkthrough. Books encourage the use of our imagination and expand our knowledge in many areas. Reading is the key to all successful learning.”
Students in 2nd – 5th grades may check out 3 books at a time for a 2 week period. We encourage students to return the books as soon as they are finished with them. This allows other students to have access to the materials instead of the book just sitting at someone’s desk. Books may be renewed if more time is needed. Kindergarten and 1st grade may check out 2 books at a time for a 2 week period unless they are participating in Accelerated Reading, then they are allowed to check out 3 books. Again, please have your child return the book as soon as they have finished reading it. Students are not fined for overdue books. However, they are expected to return them on time, so that others can borrow them. Students with an overdue book are expected to return it before checking out additional books. Lost or damaged books must be paid for before any other materials may be borrowed from the media center.
Information about Getting a Public Library Card
Getting a library card is very easy. As a resident of Polk County, library cards are available at no charge. Parent or guardian of child will need to bring in proof of identification and residency, such as a valid driver’s license, utility bill or insurance card to their local library to get a library card. Residents, property owners and business owners, employees and students of Polk County Public Schools and employees of Polk County Gov’t and Polk County college students may qualify for a free library card.
A Polk County library card is good at all 15 public libraries, including special collection libraries like the Historical Genealogical Library and Law Library located in Bartow. We have a bookmobile making 13 stops throughout Polk County and B-Mail (books-by-mail ) offering free home delivery service (anything you can find in your library can be delivered to your home). To get the ball rolling, parents can go online to register for a library card (follow the link below) and pick their card up at their library.
You can register for a card online via this link. This is a placeholder until you can get to the library to complete your registration; after a month, the account will close.
District Online Resources
Polk County Public Schools’ Library Media Services acknowledges the importance of maintaining access to current resources, building research skills, and developing digital literacy skills. PCPS provides a variety of online resources for all our schools, such as Gale database resources, Accelerated Reader, World Book Web, and more! Visit the link below to see the full list of online resources.