Library Media Collection

Library Media Services

The Grantsburg Library Media program consists of 4 separate libraries that are overseen by one full-time, certified media specialist. In addition, there is one full-time library aide, and two part-time library aides who staff the library when the media specialist is serving other buildings. During the week, the media specialist spends one morning in the elementary library, four mornings in the middle school library, and all afternoons in the high school library. This time allows for direct instruction with grades 1-6 and, also, availability to collaborate and plan with instructors at the high school level.

The hours of operation for each library varies based on limited staffing. The Nelson Primary library is open one afternoon per week for check out and, otherwise, by appointment since the library aide also serves as the school secretary. The elementary library is open for instruction and book check-out Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings. The classes follow a fixed schedule on those mornings. During the remainder of the week, the library is closed for classes but is used for small-group work under supervision of teachers and paraprofessionals. The Middle School library is open each day from 8:00AM-11:30AM and 1:00PM-3:15PM. During the morning hours, the library is on a fixed schedule but additional classes, small groups, or individuals can also be accommodated at that time. The library houses study halls in the afternoon, as well as assisting students, classes, and groups as needs arise. The high school library is open and staffed each day from 8:00AM-4:00PM.

The library program includes books that support local curriculum along with books that students can access for schoolwork and/or reading for pleasure. Teachers can check-out an unlimited amount of books and students can possess three at a time; however, if more are needed for a school project, the exception can be made. In addition to books, there are also online subscriptions including World Book Online, Inet, Proquest, and Tumblebooks. The library websites also house links to valuable free resources such as Badgerlink, the Library of Congress, various reference resources, the Grantsburg School District library catalog and area public library catalogs. In order to use these available services, there are also computers and laptops available for checkout in the libraries. These resources and more allow our staff and students searchable access to current information.

Nelson Primary/Elementary
In the Nelson Primary and elementary schools, all classes have scheduled library time. It is during this time the students are taught how to find what they are looking for in the library. During this time, students are also encouraged to check out books to read and are often read to by the library aide to showcase the kinds of books that they can find in the library and hopefully pique the interest of the students so that they will search for more books that interest them. In addition, students in grades 1-3 receive weekly instruction, from the media specialist, on library and media skills so they have a foundation of knowledge and skills that can be used and built on as they grow.
The Nelson Primary school has approximately 2,900 books and resources currently catalogued and the elementary school currently has approximately 11,000 books and resources catalogued.

Middle School
Students in grades 4-6 also have scheduled library/media class three times per week. During this time the students are encouraged to check out books for free-reading or schoolwork, read to aloud by the Library Media Specialist or library aide, and instructed on library, research, and technology skills. In addition to the 9 student computers in the library, students also have the Technology Theater where they can use computers to learn keyboarding skills, practice effective researching techniques, and produce documents and presentations. The Middle School currently has approximately 13,800 books and resources catalogued. Students in 7th and 8th grades visit the library on a weekly basis with their Language Arts instructor.

High School
By the time students reach high school, they no longer have scheduled library time. The library is open to students all day and is often used with whole classes in order to conduct research, find book for various projects, or receive instruction from the media specialist in collaboration with the classroom teacher.
The high school currently has approximately 10,200 books and resources catalogued along with fourteen computers available for patron use.

Library Media Collection Mapping Analysis

The four school libraries in the Grantsburg School District house 38,060 books that are available for student, staff, and community use. Following an inventory taken of the district collection at the end of the 2010-2011 school year, an analysis was run using Follett's TitleWise. The results of this analysis are attached.


Library Usage Report


The number of district check-outs in the past year totals 17,542. When materials are needed that the Grantsburg School District libraries do not own, the area public libraries are also used as a resource.

The libraries are used for various reasons throughout the day. There are scheduled library classes, study halls, and small groups that utilize the area during a typical week. In an average week, the Nelson library has 10 class meetings, the elementary library has 22 class meetings, the middle school library houses 27 class meetings, 10 study halls, and 2 grade-level check outs, and the high school houses 15 study halls. Based on our class sizes and the average weekly schedule, over 1600 students enter the four school libraries during a typical week.


Updated: 4/25/12
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Lisa Danielson,
Apr 27, 2012, 12:36 PM
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Lisa Danielson,
Apr 27, 2012, 12:37 PM
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Lisa Danielson,
Apr 27, 2012, 12:36 PM
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Lisa Danielson,
Apr 27, 2012, 12:35 PM