Welcome to the Oakwood Media Center

Oakwood Media Center


Carrie Carlson
Media Specialist

Debbie Zache
Media Assistant

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About the Oakwood Media Center

The Oakwood media center serves approximately 530 students and 50 staff members throughout the school year. Our collection has over 20,000 books, magazines and other materials for check out. In addition to these resources, 12 computers are available to access the library's online public access catalog, the internet and other online resources.

Each week every K-5 class visits the media center. In addition, students are free to come throughout the week to exchange books, study and do research.

The Oakwood PTA supports the media center with:

  • Weekly volunteers who help shelve, process and organize books
  • A book fair that raises funds for additional books and resources
  • A yearly grant to purchase new books
  • An author visit during "I Love to Read" month

The mission of the Oakwood media program is to create a welcoming atmosphere, provide physical and intellectual access to information and foster a lifelong love of learning in all patrons.

Book Recommendations

Hennepin County Libraries' Kid Links
Includes an Option to search for books by grade level

A Book and A Hug
This site recommends great books for boys and girls of all ages.

Guys Read
Recommendations by children's book author Jon Scieszka

My Weird School
A fun series for kids by Dan Gutman

Series Books
A great list of books for all readers

Newbery Medal Winners & Honor Books
"The Newbery Medal was named for 18th century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children." (Description from the ALA Newbery Medal website)

Caldecott Medal Winners & Honor Books
"The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of 19th century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.” (Description from the ALA Caldecott Medal website.)

Scholastic Books
Recommendations by age

Common Sense Media
Recommendations by topic and age

Taking Care of Books

Each week your child is welcome and encouraged to check out books from the library. Please be aware your child is responsible for the care and return of all books checked out under his/her account. To keep loss at a minimum and to promote the finishing of books that are being circulated, we limit the number of books students are allowed to check out. Students can check out 1-4 books, depending upon their grade. With teacher permission, students can return to the library during open checkout times to choose new books, not just during their weekly classroom checkout time. Students may keep their books for two weeks. If they would like to keep it longer books may be renewed.

These are some of the things we discuss in class about proper care of library books:

  • Books should not be written in or colored on. Keep books away from younger children who could make marks in books.
  • Always use a book mark. Do not turn down the corner of the page or use a paperclip, pencil, etc. to mark your place.
  • Protect your book from moisture, food, pets and dirt. Be careful of water bottles, juice boxes and markers in your backpack.

Some things for families to think about:

  • To avoid drink or food damage, please consider having your child put library book(s) in a gallon size Ziploc bag in the backpack.
  • Please report damage to the media center staff.
  • If your book becomes four weeks overdue, it is considered lost and must be paid for at that time. If you find your book later we will happily refund your money.
  • If a book is lost or damaged you will be asked to pay for it. If a lost or damaged book needs to be replaced, please do not purchase one from a store. There are more expenses included in the cost of replacing a book than just the cost of the book and many of the books need to be "library bound."

Thank you for your help in making our library collection last for many years to come!

Book Clubs

Who: 4th and 5th grade students

What: Book Clubs

Where: Oakwood Media Center

When: Wednesdays, once a month, 2:30-3:15 p.m.

Why: To discuss a great book!

Details: Books and snacks are provided, but parents are responsible for arranging transportation home after book club. Pick-up for book club is on the west side of the building at door 4. Students receive information and permission slips in media class in the fall. New students should ask Mrs. Carlson for more information.

Maud Hart Lovelace Award

The winner of last year's Maud Hart Lovelace Award was The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John. Vote for this year's winning book:

  • from March through the first week in April.
  • in the Media Center.
  • if you have read at least three of the nominated titles.
Wish by Barbara O'Connor cover

by Barbara O'Connor

Star of the North Award

The winner of last year's Star of the North Award was The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors by Drew Daywalt and Adam Rex. Vote for this year's winning book:

  • vote the last two weeks in March
  • in the Media Center
  • if you are in grades K-2 and have read at least 8 of the nominated titles
The Honey Bee by Kirsten Hall, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault cover

by Kirsten Hall, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault

Bowwow Powwow by Brenda J. Child, illustrated by Jonathan Thunder cover

by Brenda J. Child, illustrated by Jonathan Thunder