Welcome to Dewey's Virtual Media Center Tour!
Dewey, the Swift Creek Media Center mascot. Since I live in the
Media Center, I am the perfect choice to be your virtual tour guide.
Come with me for a "visit" to the Media Center!
Home is one of the first things that you will see when you enter the
Media Center. Since I came to Swift
Creek, I have been treated like a king! The students here feed
me, take care of me, and even read to me! Every week, a different book
is featured as "Dewey's Pick of the Week."
When a student comes to visit me, he or she may read my "Pick of the
Week" book or read their own book or magazine, but they must read to me -
I just can't get enough stories!
Media Center is a very busy, dynamic place! We serve over
420 students and 56 members of the faculty and staff. In this age of
information, we want to teach students how to locate, analyze, and utilize
all of the information to which they have access. In addtion, we hope
to instill in our students a life-long love of reading and learning. Towards
that goal, we offer at the Media Center:
Access to over 16,000 books and media via Athena, an automated catalog system
Award-winning books, including
Coretta Scott King
Easy Street, Fiction, and Nonfiction audiobooks
A fully-stocked periodical section, including newspapers such as The Cary
News, The News and Observer,
and USA Today, as well as magazines
such as SI for Kids,
National Geographic World.
Research computers with access to the Internet, reference CD-ROMs, and
NC Wise Owl, a web site featuring online encyclopedias and an online periodical database.
In addition to their classes' regularly scheduled circulation time, students
are welcome to come to the Media Center to check out materials, do research,
or simply enjoy reading a good book in a quiet corner. Lessons given in
the Media Center are designed to integrate information literacy skills, literature appreciation,
and curriculum objectives. These lessons are scheduled by the classroom
teacher with the Media Coordinator.
Fiedler is the Media Coordinator at Swift Creek. She earned her
Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from VA
Tech and her Master's Degree in Library Science from
UNC Chapel Hill.
Before coming to Swift Creek in 1998, Mrs. Fiedler worked as a reference librarian
at Durham Tech for two years, a legal librarian in New York for one year, and
a medical librarian in Illinois for four years. Her favorite children's
book is Betsy and the Great World, by Maud Hart Lovelace.
is the Media Assistant at Swift Creek. She worked as a Teacher Assistant on the Kindergarten level at Swift Creek since 1987. This is her second year as a Media Assistant. A native of Raleigh, Mrs. Gunter has two children in college and one in high school. She is currently taking computer science classes at Wake Tech. Her favorite children's book is Robert the Rose Horse, by Joan Heilbroner.
We have over 30 industrious volunteers. In addition to working
at the circulation desk for 21 classes per week, our volunteers:
host weekly storytimes for Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd graders
shelve books and materials once they are returned
check materials in and out
help students and staff locate materials
work on a variety of special projects
The students at Swift Creek
are very excited about Accelerated Reader. AR is an automated
reading incentive program. It's fun and as easy as 1-2-3:
Based on their reading level and interests, a student selects and reads an
AR book. We have most of the AR books available
at the Media Center, but you may have to go to the public library to find
The student takes a short quiz on the computer in his or her classroom.
The student and teacher get information. Both the student and teacher
get immediate, individualized constructive feedback to direct ongoing reading
We have several copies of our AR test list in
the Media Center and in each classroom. In addition, there are copies
of our list on file at the downtown
Perry branches of the
Wake County Public
just in! In an effort to make our collection current and appealing,
we are always adding new books and materials
to our collection.
I hope that you enjoyed "visiting" our Media Center. The next time
that you are at Swift Creek, please stop by and read to me! --Dewey
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Last updated: November 17, 2002
Do you have questions or comments about the Media Center or this site?
Please email Stephanie Fiedler at
or call her at (919) 233-4327.