• Welcome from Mrs. Dalton, our School Library Media Specialist

    Welcome to the Oak Ridge Library Media Center. I'm Christie Dalton, and I love being the library media specialist at Oak Ridge. After spending more than 20 years in the elementary classroom, I was thrilled to move into the library. I received my undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Appalachian State, and I have a master's degree in K-12 Reading Education as well as a master's degree in Library and Information Science. I became a National Board Certified Teacher in 2002, and re-certified in 2012. At home, my husband and I have two amazing sons and two beautiful Goldendoodles. Life is busy but fun!

    Mission Statement

    The Oak Ridge Elementary Library Media Center seeks to create a 21st century environment that promotes learning for all students by providing equitable access to information, teaching information literacy skills, and encouraging lifelong learning. The library media center strives to be a center of collaborative learning that produces creative students who have an appreciation of literature, critical thinking skills, and a respect for others and self. The library will support the curriculum by collaborating with teachers, developing a collection that is representative of the community, and delivering literacy instruction to all students. 

    Library Policies

    Here are some important things to know about our Library Media Center:

    How often do students visit the library?

    At Oak Ridge, we believe that every day is library day! Students come to the library during their scheduled library media classes for lessons and check out. In addition, students may check out books daily during open circulation each morning from 7:15 until 7:40 am.  Students must check in with their classroom teacher prior to coming to the library in the mornings, and they must bring their One Cards for quick and easy check out.  Throughout the school day, teachers may send students to check out books as needed.

    How many books may be checked out at a time?

    Kindergarten - 1 book

    First Grade - 1 book, following Winter Break 2 books

    Second Grade - 2 books

    Third Grade - 3 books

    Fourth and Fifth Grade - unlimited books as long as the student has no overdue books.

    When are books returned to the library?

    Students may keep borrowed library books for two weeks.  After that time, all books are considered overdue by our computer system. Students may return books to the library at their regular library class time or throughout the day.  Students should put the books in the book drop slot in the front of the circulation desk, or in the blue basket in the hallway outside of the media center. We also have a book return box on the front porch of the media center for after-hours drop off. 

    Students will receive an overdue notice each month beginning in mid-October.  Our library does not charge fees for overdue books; however, please remember other students may be waiting to borrow the same book.  Please be respectful and return books on time.  Students are expected to return overdue books before checking out new ones.

    Sometimes mistakes do happen! If a student receives an overdue notice and thinks the book was turned in, please send me a note.  I normally ask the student to check in his/her desk, cubby, classroom and at home.  I will also check the shelves for the book.  Also, be sure to check the date on the overdue notice to make sure it is a current notice.

    Can books be renewed or kept for more than 2 weeks?

    Yes!  If a student would like to renew a book, the book must be brought to the library to be scanned in order to renew it for another two weeks.

    Can books be placed on hold?

    Yes, students may place books on hold by logging in to Destiny from any computer by going to https://gcsnc.follettdestiny.com/. Students will need their Powerschool number to use as their username, and their password which is their 8-digit birthdate. Holds may only be placed on books that are currently checked out. Ebooks may also be checked out from Destiny.

    What if a book is lost or damaged?

    Accidents happen! If a book is damaged, please send it back to school with a note. Please do not try to repair the book on your own, as we have mending materials in the library to try to fix repairs.  If the book can be repaired, it will be returned to the shelf.  If the book cannot be repaired, a notice with the price of the book will be sent home with the student. 

    If a book is lost and you have checked everywhere you can think of to check, please let Mrs. Dalton know so we can check the library shelves as sometimes students place books back on the shelves before checking them back in. Also be sure to ask your child to thoroughly check their classroom desk and cubby, and let the teacher know so he/she can check classroom bookshelves. Once the book is determined to be truly lost,  you will receive a notice from the library indicating the cost of the book.  Checks should be made out to Oak Ridge Elementary School.  Due to school policy, we cannot issue refunds once a book is paid for so please look everywhere!  I suggest looking for the book in all those special places, such as under the bed, in the closet, on bookshelves at home, etc., before paying for the book.  In lieu of payment, a brand new book of the exact title and format may be given in place of the lost book.  For example, if the lost book is a hardback copy of Bad Kitty, the book replacement must be a hardback or library-bound copy of Bad Kitty. If paying for lost or damaged books presents a hardship for your family, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Dalton at daltonc@gcsnc.com.

    Do you accept book donations?

    Yes! We love book donations. However, not all donations are suitable for library circulation, and not all donations are appropriate for out students. We do have a committee that will evaluate all donations. We prefer hardback copies of current titles that are in new or very gently used condition. Paperbacks can sometimes be used as well. If books that are donated cannot be used in the library, they are given to classroom teachers or our ACES program.

    Can I place a book in the library in honor or memory of someone?

    This is a wonderful, easy way to support our library while recognizing special people in your life! Ideas include: birthdays, births, anniversaries, retirements, deaths, volunteer service, and more. You can select the title or have Mrs. Dalton select it for you. Please contact her for more information.


Picture of Mrs. Dalton at the book fair with students