The mission of the Echols Middle School Library Media Center is to empower all learners to become lifelong readers and critical thinkers who use information ethically and effectively as productive members of our global society.
It is the goal of all TCSS Library Media Centers to provide the best quality resources, instructional learning opportunities, collaboration and instructional support for our learning communities, enabling and equipping all students as they learn, grow, and achieve.
The Library Media Center supports the Alabama State Course of Study, the basis of our school curriculum program and its publication "Alabama's Library Media Handbook for the 21st Century Learner" as well as "Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs," published by the American Association of School Librarians and the American Library Association. In addition, the Library Media Center endorses the literacy principles of the 2008 Standards of the 21st Century Learner of the American Association of School Librarians. The Echols Middle School Library Media Center provides open access for all students. The Library Media Center uses Destiny, a Follett software product as its automated management system. Destiny provides TitlePeekTM, which gives students a chance to preview books on-line; and One SearchTM, which lets students get information from the school library and the Internet as a whole with a single search, and WebPath ExpressTM, which limits student searches to approved, grade-appropriate web sites. Finally, teachers are able to align lesson plans using Destiny since the Alabama State Course of Study Standards are included in the web based program. Teachers and students have access to Destiny at home via the Internet.
Echols Middle School Library Policies
The Echols Middle School Library Media Center is open daily from 7:50 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. Students may come to the library any period of the day along with a pass.
Students may check out 2 books at a time. Books are due two weeks from the day they are checked out, and overdue books accrue fines at a rate of ten cents per day. The cost to replace a hardback book is $25.00, and the cost to replace a paperback is $10.00.