Libraries and Makerspaces
Valley Stream 30 aims to stay on the cutting edge of classroom and library technologies. To that end, each library is equipped with:
- an interactive capacitive touchscreen monitor
- Apple TV
- a set of iPads
- Chromebook and/or MacBook carts
- automated library management hardware and software
Library software and services include:
Epic! digital library
BrainPOP Combo K-12 (BrainPOP + BrainPOP)
CultureGrams Elementary Schools
Digital Libraries: Early Peoples
World Book School and Library Edition
PebbleGo 4 Bundle
FactCite - Elementary Bundle
OverDrive K5 Quickstart Service
Additionally, our libraries are supported by makerspaces that offer students the opportunities to stream live video, build robots, write code, and engage in a host of STEAM activities with an emphasis on the 5 E instructional model (Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend or Elaborate, and Evaluate).
VS30 libraries are 21st century learning environments offering a variety of print and electronic resources to students. Documented research has proven a positive correlation between a strong library media program and student academic achievement. Each library is staffed by a highly-qualified library media specialist who provides 45 minutes of library instruction per week to all grade levels. In collaboration with the classroom teacher, the library media specialist provides the skills and resources that support 30's curriculum. The library media specialist maintains the print and electronic resources and evaluates the collections for relevance to the educational program.
The goal of library instruction is to teach students how to access, evaluate and apply information both in the classroom and in real world situations. In addition, students are encouraged to grow as readers, to appreciate literature, and become life-long learners.