Meet the Staff
Cori Minton (Librarian)
I have experience as a classroom teacher, and 19 years of experience as a Media Specialist. I served as the librarian and technology teacher at Gardners Elementary in Wilson, NC (two years), and have been at Morrisville seventeen years. I did my undergraduate work at the University of North Carolina – Wilmington, and received her Master’s in Library Science from East Carolina University. In 2007, I received technology certification from East Carolina and am a Nationally Board Certified Teacher. I live in Raleigh, NC with my daughter.
¨ Planning and teaching whole/small group instruction
¨ Managing circulation and overdues
¨ Creation of Collection Management Plan
- Processing new materials
¨ Assisting students and staff in the checkout process and in locating materials
¨ Maintaining equipment
¨ Overseeing and coordinating the Junior Librarians Program
Technology and the Media Center
Media and Technology work as a team, as the skills and equipment are becoming more inseparable. Some projects tackled in the computer lab will require researching for data. We can all work together to accomplish this by planning and scheduling together.
Media and Technology Planning
We are ALWAYS available for planning. Planning is a crucial activity to a successful media/tech and classroom teacher collaborative process. We try to make planning as easy and interesting as possible. Without communication, we have no way of knowing what to teach to your students during their media/technology time. We want media/technology to be a relevant experience and the skills/subject matter to correspond to your classroom lessons. By planning for each quarter during PLT meetings with the media/technology team, we can incorporate dynamic instruction that will compliment your classroom objectives. By setting aside planning time, media and technology will have a sufficient amount of time to gather materials and authenticate student tasks. If you have a need please, let us know. We are here to help!
Media/Technology Scheduling for All Grade Levels
As you know, K-5 will have a different special each day of the week. Media and technology teach on a full fixed schedule. Collaborative planning is crucial to the success of our programs. We would like to make our weekly scheduled classes as meaningful as possible. If we are informed about classroom needs, we can use our class time as an opportunity to expand learning. With our more flexible schedule we would like to see an increase in the use of the media center and computer lab as classrooms outside the four walls of your room. Planning can be scheduled one-on-one, or with your grade level teams
Student, Staff, and Parent Circulation
On average, we circulate approximately 4,000 materials per month to students, staff, and parents, for a total of 45,000 items per year.
Staff has fairly unrestricted access to materials. We do ask a couple of things, however:
- Remember that tracked-in teachers may need resources on some topics when you are tracked out. We ask that you return items borrowed from the Media Center that you are no longer using, so that others may use them in your absence.
- Everyone studies certain topics at the same time. And, everyone needs the same (usually few) materials (i.e., Columbus Day, Thanksgiving, and Presidents' Day). Please be considerate.
Student Circulation Policies
To promote and encourage reading we have eliminated circulation limits for students. Kindergarten will begin the year only checking out one title at a time until they become more responsible library users. Everyone else will be allowed to check out more books if they ask. I teacher the motto, “You must bring some, to get some.” Students can visit the library every day but I want them to return materials they are finished reading so other can enjoy them. I know many books are circulated to be read for pleasure and to be used as research tools. I do not want to limit student needs for materials.
Studies show that the more a student reads, the better overall student he/she becomes!
The Media Center is open ALL DAY, EVERYDAY for students to circulate on an "as needed" basis. Checking in/out books is an independent, self-circulating process with adult support available when needed. Before school from 8:45-9:15 and at the end of the day from 3:15-3:35 are optimal times to encourage circulation.
Student overdue notices will be sent out periodically, usually a week before tracking out and the week of track in. Teachers will also receive weekly email reminders for students who have overdue materials. Teachers will receive a List of Items on Loan, just before tracking out, and should make an effort to return those items that are no longer needed so that other staff members and students can use them. Mid year and end of the year, overdue and lost book letters will be sent home with students, requesting payment. If students are unable to full the financial obligation, other arrangements can be made.
Tracking Out – How Many Books Can Students Take?
Students may have a total of 5 books checked out at the time of track out, for grades 1-5. Kindergarten students will start the school year taking 3 track out books, gradually working up to 5 books as they demonstrate responsible borrowing practices. However, if the student has several overdue items, usually no additional materials will be lent until the overdue materials have been returned; for this reason we will be sending out overdue notices a week before track-out, to give the students ample time to return overdue materials. Students may need to be reminded by their teachers to take care of overdue materials, so that they can take additional materials when they track out, and we thank you for assisting us with this.
Overdue Materials – Lending Policies
If a student has severely overdue or lost material(s), only 1 book can be borrowed at a time until the overdue/loss is taken care of. At the end of each semester we will send out overdue or lost item reports. Any student or staff member with lost materials will be asked to pay the replacement costs.
Materials Available at MES
Types of Materials in the Collection
The collection is strong, with over 10,000 materials, made up of:
- Print materials, including some reference materials
- LCD projectors
- Curriculum materials
- Digital cameras
- Books with CDs
- Audio Equipment
- Online resources
- Projection TVs
If you have questions about copyright issues, please ask the Librarian. We will get the answer for you. While we are not copyright police, we do strive to make sure that Morrisville complies with all copyright provisions. We have a copyright information web page at (link does not work, will need to add) That should answer many of your copyright questions, but when in doubt, always ask a media specialist.
Junior Librarians Program
Junior Librarian Program
The librarian is the coordinator of this 4th grade student program, which has been a great success. Being a Junior Librarian allows the children to take an ownership interest in the media center. Please ask media about the details!
Junior Librarians assist in the Media Center in the mornings from 8:45 to 9:10, in the afternoons from 3:30 until dismissal on a rotating schedule, and if their class comes to the Media Center.
Duties will include:
- Check-In and Check-Out
- Sorting Books
- Placing books in proper order on carts
- Shelving Books
- Shelf reading and maintenance of books on shelves
- Assisting students, teachers and parents in the media center
- Assisting the media center teachers with afternoon duties
- Assisting with other projects as assigned by media center teachers
Hours of Operation
Hours/Days of Operation
The Media Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 for staff (we open at 8:45 for students and parents). Teachers may access media materials at any time during the day. If you pull a stack of resources after hours, feel free to use the self check out or just leave your name on top of the materials and we'll check them out to you.