Elaine Fultz, Media Specialist
Hello Smith community!
I’m Elaine Fultz and I’m so excited to be your new librarian. I’ve been reading children’s and teen books nonstop since I was a kid myself because I studied literature and K-12 education at Wright State University and then received my Master of Library Science from The University of Pittsburgh where I concentrated in youth services. Reading, reading, reading all the time.
During my year on the Newbery Committee, I logged more than 700 books in a year! Whew. If I’m not reading, I might be on a walk (listening to an audiobook so actually I’m reading then, too). My husband, Matt Moyer, is a 5th grade teacher in Centerville, and I have two sons - one a grown-up and one at Mason High School.
I don’t believe in shushing, and I do believe in promoting students’ ownership of their libraries, including Smith’s and the super conveniently located Wright Memorial Public Library.
Smith Media Specialist Elaine Fultz (left) is seen here with author Kelly Barnhill. Barnhill wrote The Girl Who Drank the Moon. Ms. Fultz was on the Newbery committee which chose that book as the winner of the 2017 Newbery Medal.
The Smith Elementary library collection is shared with first through sixth grade students. There are materials aimed at younger students (although many picture books are great for older readers) and some that are published for mature sixth grade students (although families may want to read aloud chapter books to primary grade children).
The decision to purchase books is a process that includes supporting curriculum needs, offering award-winning and well-reviewed titles, representing diversity, and fulfilling student and staff requests. The Library Media Center’s top priority is to promote literacy and to keep students engaged and excited about reading.
Families should be aware of their student’s independent reading choices. (See Pernille Ripp’s blog https://pernillesripp.com/2017/10/10/on-limiting-choice/ for a brief and excellent statement about the power of children choosing what they read.)
If you have questions or concerns, please contact Smith Library Media Specialist Elaine Fultz by email at email@example.com or phone at 937-297-5335.
Classes have scheduled library time once per week, but students are welcome to come to the library for additional visits as needed. Library items are checked out for a period of one week. Students may renew items and request books.
1st grade - 2 books
2nd grade - 3 books
3rd grade - 3 books
4th grade - 4 books
5th grade - 4 books
6th grade - 4 books
Search for Smith library materials from any computer!
Just go to the Smith Elementary School site to search.
Keyboarding Without Tears
Students can access KWT from home. Enter Smith's PIN: bd8ad2
*Students must know their "Secret Code" to enter the site.
INFOhio: Ohio's PreK-12 Digital Library
Great resources for students & parents to use for homework, research and test taking skills.
Series Search - MidCont Library
Need to know the title of the next book in a series? Use this handy resource from Mid-Continent Public Library.
Provides book ideas for children of all ages and reading interests.
Common Sense Media
Provides independent reviews, age ratings and other information about all types of media.