The mission of the Hempfield School District Library Media Program is to support the curriculum being taught in the Hempfield School District, and to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information.
The Hempfield School District libraries:
- Provide intellectual and physical access to material in all formats.
- Provide instruction in the use of resources in all formats.
- Stimulate interest in reading, viewing, and using information and ideas.
- Work with other educators to design learning strategies to meet the needs of individual students.
The Hempfield school libraries are the vehicles that provide opportunities for students to attain information literacy and foster a lifelong interest in acquiring knowledge. The school library media specialists assume a pivotal and supportive role in the learning community and direct a student-centered program. All libraries also provide student access and instruction to computer systems for research. The resources in each library are provided to support the district’s mission, goals and academic standards.
At the high school and middle school level, students receive instruction via an integrated approach with other disciplines. The integrated approach permits students to develop information literacy skills as the need of these skills naturally emerges from the curriculum.
On the other hand, at the elementary level, students receive both isolated and integrated instruction. Elementary students receive isolated skills instruction and time to check out materials once a cycle. The elementary librarian and classroom teachers also collaborate to provide integrated instruction, which allows student learning to be meaningful, authentic and focused on problem solving.
School Library Resources
The Hempfield school libraries maintain a collection of resources of various media to supplement the district’s curriculum, instruction and assessment programs. The materials collection includes print and non-print materials as well as access to electronic database services and the Internet.
The online database resources differ between secondary libraries. Visit each library page for specific resources available. All school libraries have access to the POWER Library, an initiative of Governor Tom Ridge's administration with the support of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. The online databse is offered as a service to Pennsylvania's public libraries, school libraries and the State Library. You will find materials of interest in most subject areas for all age groups from young children to adults.