Accessing Your Library/Media Center - Vocational


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Definition: Library/Media Center - A place that contains books, periodicals, and other materials for reading, viewing, listening, studying or reference.

Key Terms:

  1. Periodical - A magazine or newspaper.
  2. Author - The creator of a piece of writing.
  3. Reserve - To put on hold.
  4. Overdue - Not done in time, late.
  5. Call number - Numbers that help us locate materials in the library
  6. Genre - The type of book it is.
  7. Librarian/Media Specialist - The person in charge of the library/media
  8. Circulation Desk - Where you check out (borrow), reserve or return library materials.

Discussion Points

  • In order to check out (borrow) materials from the library, you must apply for a library card. You typically have to have some form of ID on you to do this.
  • You can find materials at the library that you can rent or view, such as: books, magazines, newspapers, DVD’s, music CD’s, Audiobooks, Ebooks.
  • Most public libraries offer activities you can participate in, and computers you can use.
  • If you do not return whatever you checked out by the due date, you might be charged a fee for each day it is late. If you want to keep it longer, you can renew it as long as no-one else is waiting for it.

Activity 1: Name That Genre

Pass out a copy of Student Activity Sheet A to each student. Discuss with the class the different types of genres on the first page. Afterwards, have students work independently to name the genre of each book pictured and described on pages 2 and 3. Write the genre next to the picture of the book. Review answers as a class.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet A
  • writing utensil

Activity 2: Library Scavenger Hunt

Take students on a CBI outing to a public library, or visit the school library. Pair students, then tell them that they will have 30 minutes to complete the scavenger hunt.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet B
  • clip boards
  • writing utensil

Script Writing and Animation

Script Prompt: Pair students and have them take turns creating a movie clip about one of the following topics listed below. Students should name and record their scripts using SiLAS software, and save the final movie.

Materials Needed:
  • Script sheet for each group
  • Pencil for each student
  1. Student 1- Ask the librarian for help finding a particular book
  2. Student 2- Is the librarian and says where the book can be found.
  3. Student 1- Checks out a library book.
  4. Student 2- Is the librarian and tells the student the due date and overdue fine if it is late.

Students should name and record their scripts using SiLAS software, and save the final movie.

Lesson Review

Allow students to complete the student lesson review sheet. Discuss answers when finished.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Lesson Review Sheet - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student


Go to only student curriculum

Student Activity Sheets A

Directions: Use the link below to open the Student Activity Sheet A.

Student Activity Sheet A

Student Activity Sheets B

Directions: Use the link below to open the Student Activity Sheet B.

Student Activity Sheet B

Student Lesson Review Sheet

Directions: To check your understanding of the lesson, answer the following questions.

1. How are non-fiction books organized?

2. How are fiction books organized?

3. What is the difference between an autobiography and biography?

4. Name an example of a periodical:

5. Name two different genres of books: