Media Center

Message from our Dommerich Media Center

This is an exciting time to be a media specialist! There are so many opportunities to serve and enrich our community. Most families know about our 36 classroom visits per week, morning news show and award-winning programs. However, it’s important to remember that our media center is here to create eager readers and lifelong learners, above all else. Please look over the list below to make sure that you are aware of the many resources available. If you are interested in learning more about any of these materials and how to access them, please contact [email protected]

Guided Readers:  Dommerich has a collection of over 14,000 guided readers.  These are levelled books that align with Fountas and Pinnell letter codes that are determined by teacher assessments.  Guided readers enable students to gradually work toward increasingly more challenging texts.  Teachers may wish to send guided readers home with students in order to build their reading stamina and increase fluency.

PlayAways:  Our school has a growing collection of PlayAway audiobooks. These popular, wearable devices are paired with chapter books so that students may follow along in the text as they listen.

BookFlix:  Dommerich enjoys an annual subscription to Scholastic’s BookFlix, where thematically paired fiction and nonfiction titles are designed to bridge learning-to-read and reading-to-learn. The highly engaging content successfully stimulates a love of literature and a child’s curiosity.

MyCapstoneLibrary: With 99 titles and counting, these interactive audiobooks match with curricular units taught in every grade level at Dommerich. 

Learning Ally: This high quality library of human-narrated books affords readers of every ability the chance to enjoy books, apart from struggling with mechanics, in order to develop comprehension, critical thinking skills and, most importantly, a joy for books, stories and fact-finding.

Destiny Online Catalog:  Destiny is not only our library database and circulation hub, it is also a place to access eBooks as well as a homepage filled with links to highly recommended resources for students.

Virtual Library Card of the Orange County Public Library System: Using your student’s login credentials, access these online materials in order to enjoy a selection of eBooks, learn a new language, find science experiment ideas, have fun with music and receive information to help with homework.

Encyclopedia Britannica:  Our district provides each student with access to the online version of Encyclopedia Britannica.  This is one-stop shopping for articles, images, videos and more, related to thousands of interesting topics.

AV2 Books: This series of books assigns a code to each title. Thr code, entered after visiting the website, opens up a wealth of related online materials, curated specifically for the reader of the selected book.  It’s a great way to research interesting topics, knowing there will be no advertisements and that all information will be appropriate for elementary school students.

Parent Checkout:  Dommerich parents are welcome to check out additional reading resources from our media center.  Guided Reader requests should go through the classroom teacher, while requests for other types of titles may be made directly to our library media specialist, by email or in person.

Summer Days/Appointments: Our media center is open on Wednesdays during the summer. This is a great opportunity to come in and learn all about the many resources available to your student. If you don’t want to wait until summer, please email Mrs. Aydt for an after-school appointment.

Media Specialist, Marcy Aydt, Presents at FAME Conference

Recently, our media specialist, Marcy Aydt, had the honor of presenting at the FAME (Florida Association for Media in Education) state conference. During her program, Mrs. Aydt shared with a standing-room-only audience, from all over Florida, the many ways our Dommerich library engages students and motivates reading.

Did you know that our Media Center ...

Hosts 40 class visits per week
Encourages students to act as library purchasing consultants
Circulates 3,000 items per month
Supervises the school spelling bee and oration contests
Teaches chess to 100 eager students registered for the DES Chess Club
Broadcasts 180 live tv shows each school year
Boasts a collection of over 24,000 titles
Awards 1,600 reading incentive charms a year to 3rd - 5th graders who pass oral quizzes
with Mrs. Aydt?

She attributes this success to strong support from teachers, administration, PTA and a Dommerich community that reveres learning and reading. In an era when many media specialists are reporting fewer and fewer students entering the school library, Mrs. Aydt is pleased to see that the Dommerich media center is more popular than ever!