Library

Mrs. Marie Ballantyne,
Intermediate/Middle School Librarian

Philosophy

The primary objective of the school’s library media center is to implement, enrich, and support the educational program of the school. The centers offer enrichment for students and resource materials for the faculty. It is the duty of the centers to provide a wide range of materials on all levels of difficulty, with a diversity of appeal, and the presentation of different points of view.

To this end, the Board of Education of Brandywine Heights Area School District endorses the principles set forth in the American Assocation of School Librarians School Library Bill of Rights for School Library Media Programs, a copy of which is appended to and made a part of this policy.

Adopted by the Board
-August 2013

The Collection at BHMS Library Features

  • Approximately 14,500 unique titles
  • Over 35 periodical subscriptions
  • Reading Eagle and Kutztown Patriot
  • Videos, DVD’s
  • Several online databases: Access Power Library, Cengage, ProQuest
  • Member of ACCESS PA (inter-library loan service)
  • Electronic Encyclopedias World Book & Britannica

Special Promotions

  • Throughout the year various activities are held for Teen Read Week, Veteran’s Day Celebration, Poetry Month and National Library Week.
  • Students can assist in the library during their club activity period. Library aide responsibilities include assisting library patrons with circulation, book processing, shelving library materials, and overall maintenance of the library.
  • Students in Grades 6-8 can compete in the Reading Olympic’s sponsored by the Berks County School Librarian’s Association.
  • A Fall Scholastic Book Fair is held the first week of December and is open from 6-7, on the evening of the Holiday Concert.

Internet Surfing Suggestions

  • Make yourself familiar with the Acceptable Use.
  • Remember to look for sites that have the following in the addresses: .gov, .org, .net, .edu
  • Be careful of some .com sites! Always check if the site is reliable.