Library/Media Center. Status of the Elementary Library Program:
The struggling economy has presented challenges for all school districts and Belmont is no exception. Last year’s budget votes resulted in the elimination of the Elementary Library Program. Following that vote the Elementary Principals determined what library services, if any, could still be made available to our community in the absence of funding. As a part of our effort to inform everyone about this year’s program, please note the following changes:
- Students in Grades K and 1 will still have story time once per week.
- Students in Grades 2-4 will not have library time during the week.
- In order to maintain our current collection, no students in Grades K-4 will be able to check out books.
Teachers will still be able to access library books for their classrooms.
- The computer lab will still be open for all students in Grades K-4.
- Community volunteers who receive training will be able to help with the electronic cataloging of the collection, assisting with data entry and bar coding of all books, as we move from the traditional card catalog system to the automated Destiny program. Like Grade K-4 students, volunteers will not be able to check out books.
Parents/Guardians who are interested in volunteering their efforts to support the automation efforts are encouraged to contact Jocelyn Record or Kathleen Kim, who will be leading the Butler volunteer effort.
Library Cataloging System
Follett Library Destiny database: https://belmontschools.follettdestiny.com Our cataloging system is available inside the school network only.
Belmont Public Schools is engaged in the ongoing study, development, evaluation, and implementation of a range of technology-based educational programs. The Technology Department has developed Benchmark Standards for Students K-12. These standards address the mandates of the No Child Left Behind Technology Plan, the National Educational Technology Standards, the Massachusetts Department of Education Instructional Technology Standards and the Belmont Public Schools Strategic Plan.