Welcome to Gainesville Exploration Academy Media Center!
We are committed to providing students with the resources to access, assess, and interpret information through our large variety of print materials, databases, and digital collections. We encourage students to use the media center as a place to enjoy reading as well as an informational resource. Please explore our website for more information.
Your media specialist and media assistant: Bonnie Smith
Mission: The mission of the Gainesville Exploration Academy Library Media Center is threefold: to provide, to promote and to instruct.
The library media center aims to provide the GEA community with current, quality materials that will complement our programs and enhance the value of our students’ education, promote reading as a worthwhile and pleasurable activity, instill in our students a love for the printed word, instruct our students in the most successful methods of seeking and acquiring information, and encourage the pursuit of knowledge as a lifelong objective.
Collection: The media center collection consists of over 12,000 items, including print and non-print materials and audiovisual equipment. Students are able to check out books and magazines as well as recorded audiobooks.
Each Tuesday and Friday morning the media center produces the GEA Morning News. The news cast highlights many of the amazing activities that involve our students.
Every year, GEA’s 4th and 5th grade students, are invited to participate in the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl. The Reading Bowl is in a competitive game format. The participates compete against other schools in their area. The books are chosen from the 20 Georgia Book Award Winners each year.
Policies and Procedures: The GEA’s media center functions on a flexible basis. Students visit the media center for a variety of purposes. These include checkouts, story time, instruction and research.
Students in grades PK – 1 can visit the media center for story time and book checkout on a schedule chosen by their teachers. Second through 5th grade students may come to the media center in groups of three (3) allowing sufficient time to browse and to receive assistance from the media center staff.
In addition, parents may check out books throughout the school year. Parents are encouraged to read to their children in order to help them develop good reading skills and a love for reading.
A student with an overdue item will not be allowed to check out until the item is returned. If an item is damaged, the student is responsible for the cost of its replacement. Overdue notices and bills for replacement are sent to the parent periodically. This aspect of media center policy is important beyond the simple act of maintaining the collection. We wish to foster responsibility and trustworthiness in our students by emphasizing the importance of caring for common property and taking charge of their obligations. Parents are encouraged to visit the media center and check out books with their children.
Media center hours are 8:15 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. each school day. The media center hosts various meetings, events and activities from time to time. Students may also visit the media center for research and/or instruction. Research projects will have undergone careful planning and collaboration between the teacher and the library media specialist. This will allow the media specialist to assist the students in the most efficient manner.
We hope that everyone in our school community will enjoy using our library media center! We also hope that by using the GEA’s library media center our students will become life-long learners and always love to read! Happy Reading!
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