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Taylor Media Center

James River Day School believes in the power of books to expand horizons and develop character. The Taylor Media Center seeks to cultivate enthusiasm for reading, an appreciation of libraries, the value of their resources, and the development of information literacy skills necessary for success in an information-rich environment. We believe that to achieve these goals requires the cooperation of librarians, teachers, administrators, and parents. Taylor Media Center seeks to encourage these partnerships. In addition, we strive to be a valuable resource for the entire James River Day School community.
students leaving the libraryThe Taylor Media Center follows a collection development policy that supports school-wide curriculum and provides for a wide range of literature choices. That means we:
  • take a proactive approach to meeting the information and reading needs of the school by providing a wide range of information and materials delivered through various media and appropriate for a wide range of age levels, including teachers and parents.
  • facilitate, through the use of experiential methods, the learning of information literacy skills that allow students to locate, evaluate, analyze, and utilize information.
  • provide guidance in research and reading selection.
  • stay attuned to advances in library technologies and explore ways they can be of service to the school.
  • publicize and generate enthusiasm for new acquisitions.
  • provide Accelerated Reader quizzes appropriate for the reading levels and goals of our students.
  • develop partnerships with faculty, administration, and parents.
  • recognize opportunities to promote reading through events for the whole school or by connecting the right book with the right student.
  • teach library etiquette.
  • make the Taylor Media Center an inviting and comfortable environment.
Links for Students and Parents

Students, do you need to find out if the book you read has an AR quiz available? Go to www.arbookfind.com. ARBookfind gives both the level and point values for the books listed in its database.

Students, are you working on a research paper or project. Use www.finditva.com to find resources. Find it Virginia is a collection of databases that provide free 24/7 access to resources such as newspapers, magazine and journal articles, and books such as encyclopedias. Materials are available for all age ranges and interests. They will need their public library card until further notice.

To help find books that fit a student's reading level, go to http://www.lexile.com/findabook.

Find just the right books using Book Wizard from Scholastic. You can search by reading level to find perfect books and even refine your seach by genre or subject.  You can even find a book similar to one you like by using the "similar books" tab on the Book Wizard. Book Wizard can generate a book list at the perfect readability level for your child.

The Taylor Media Center subscribes to True Flix, a nonfiction "online resource that leverages the award-winning True Books content to help students hone literacy skills, build knowledge of subject-area content, and cultivate 21st century skills through the inquiry process." Each True Book is accompanied by: a video clip, access to "Grolier Online" articles and other Web resources, a project idea, a quiz about the book, and a vocabulary matching activity. For remote access, direct your students to http://trueflix.scholastic.com. Contact James River's library personnel by calling the school. Staff will assist you in obtaining the username and password for your student.