Black-Eyed Susan Book Award | Summer Reading | Volunteers | Media Aides
Media Center Staff
Mrs. Tara Eliason, Media Specialist
Mrs. Marjorie Veizis, Media Assistant
Our mission is to ensure that all patrons of the Media Center become independent users of ideas and information. We will support the instructional program at DuFief, and foster a love of reading, a love of learning, and help implement research designed to support the curriculum at all grade levels.
The Media Center is open daily from 8:55 am until 3:25 pm for students. There is an open book exchange every morning except Thursdays from 8:55-9:10 with the classroom teacher's permission. K-2 has a scheduled book exchange every week. 3-5 has a scheduled book exchange every other week.
If you or your child would like to look at our Media Center catalog from home please follow this link.
Book Exchange Policy
Kindergarten: One book with no overdues.
First and Second Grade: Two books with no overdues.
Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grade: Three books with no overdues.
DuFief has an open circulation policy. Students may check out and return books at any time of day. Students may use Destiny, our catalog, to search for materials.
*Kindergarten - 2nd Grade students may have books for up to 1 week.
*3rd - 5th Grade students may have books for up to two weeks.
Students can renew their materials as needed.
The purpose of the Black-Eyed Susan (BES) Book Award is to promote literacy and lifelong reading habits by encouraging students to read quality, contemporary literature. For more information about the Black-Eyed Susan Book Award, visit the Maryland Association of School Librarians' web site.
During the school year, students must read a certain number of Black-Eyed Susan books in order to vote on the best BES book for the year. When the required number of books have been read (8 in the Picture Book category or 3 Grade 4-6 Books), the student will cast one vote for the book he or she considers to be the most outstanding in that category. Votes from across the state are tallied by the BES Committee to determine the winners. The winning authors and/or illustrators receive a pewter plate engraved with the year and the Black-Eyed Susan Book Award logo. Authors, illustrators and publishers recognize the award as an honor bestowed by Maryland students.
Picture books: I'm Trying to Love Spiders by Bethany Barton
Grades 4-6: Ellie's Story by W. Bruce Cameron
Graphic Novels: Grades 4-6: Sunny Side Up by Jennifer Holm & Matthew Holm
Summer Reading Resources
Suggested Book Lists from the Montgomery County Public Library:
Each year there is a group of 5th grade students who help in the Media Center.
The Media Center has many parent volunteers. Parent volunteers are an integral part of the Library Media Program. Many parents enjoy shelving books while their children are in the media center for lessons. They also assist classroom teachers in the computer lab. If you are interested in volunteering in the media center, please contact Mrs. Veizis at Marjorie_C_Veizis@mcpsmd.org.