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Taylor Media Center

The Taylor Media Center's mission is to foster lifelong readers, critical thinkers, and skillful researchers.

As the library continues to evolve, the Library Vision Committee is excited to share the four pillars, which support our mission statement. Think, share, grow, and create are the “how” to the mission statement’s “why.” These words will guide us into the next phase of what our school community wants the library to become.

Parents and students are invited to the library to share what they would like to see as the library transforms over the next couple of years.  Four pillars of our library's mission

students leaving the libraryJames 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 require 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.

Links for Students and Parents

Families are welcome to browse James River's Online Catalog by going to library.jamesriverdayschool.org. Once on that page, click on the James River Day School tag, which takes you to a page of useful links. In the upper left corner of that page, click on the "Catalog" tab, to search title available in the school's library collection.
 
Does my book have an AR Quiz available?
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.

Find It, Virginia, Research 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.

Find Books by Reading Level and Subject
  • 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.
TAYLOR MEDIA CENTER SUMMER HOURS
The Taylor Media Center will be open every Tuesday and Thursday, 4-6 p.m., July 7 to August 13. James River will adhere to sanitizing and social distancing protocols. Only 10 people in the library at a time. Enter through the exterior library door on the BonTon end of the main building and exit through 4th grade door. Wear a mask and remain 6 feet from one another. AR quizzes will continue to be taken at home. See the Summer Reading page for details of the summer reading requirements for rising 1st though eighth graders.