Announcing the winner of the 2020 Muhl Medal (Virtual) Contest!
The Cool Bean!
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Card Catalog: Click here to access the elementary center card catalog.
Muhl Medal: Click here to see the list of our school's favorite books and a picture of last year's winning class!
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The Muhlenberg Elementary Center library currently serves over 2000 students and 200 faculty and staff from both the elementary center and CE Cole Intermediate School. Students in kindergarten through 3rd grade visit the library once a cycle for book exchange, and every other cycle for library instruction.
A primary goal of the elementary library program is to foster a love of books and reading and create life-long readers and learners. During their scheduled library time students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade listen to and participate in telling a variety of stories. They learn about different authors, illustrators, and genres. Students in third grade are encouraged to read for pleasure and to select materials appropriate for their interests and abilities. They participate in reader’s theater, and listen to book talks and read-alouds. Special events, activities, and contests further promote the joy of reading.
The library curriculum in the primary grades also includes basic instruction in information literacy skills. Students learn about library organization, and they are exposed to a variety of sources of information, including print and non-print materials. Students in the intermediate grades build upon these information literacy skills. They learn how to locate and access materials using the computer card catalog, utilize print and non-print reference resources, and use search strategies to extract information from a variety of sources.
Students and staff have access to over 20,000 books and an extensive children’s magazine collection in the elementary center library.The collection is always growing and changing as we work to support the curricular need of faculty and the current interests of our students.
Our participation in the AccessPA gives students and teachers access to the over 11 million titles of the participating schools and universities. The PowerLibrary project allows access to thousands of full text magazine and newspaper articles, a major encyclopedia, and many other electronic reference sources.
Loan period for student materials:
Number of check-outs:
- K-3rd: one six-day cycle (6 school days)
- 4th, 5th and 6th grade: two six-day cycles (12 school days)
- Kindergarten and First Grade students: one book at a time
- Second Grade: two books or one book and a magazine
- Third Grade: two books and a magazine
- Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Grade: three books and a magazine
Overdues/lost books: no fines are charged at the elementary level for overdues. Students must pay for lost and damaged books.
Muhl Medal Campaign
Each year the culminating library activity is the “Muhl Medal” campaign where the student body elects one picture book as the winner of the coveted “Muhl Medal.” Fifth grade students run the contest as each fifth grade homeroom nominates a picture book story. The students campaign for their nominated titles by creating posters, radio ads, and videos that advertise their book. Most importantly, they visit all the other classrooms to read their story aloud. On the second to last day of school, all students and teachers vote for their favorite, and on the last day of school the winner is announced. The contest creates a great deal of excitement about books and winners of the Muhl Medal are always checked out of the library!
Past winners include:
- 2000 Power and Glory by Emily Rodda
- 2001 The Dumb Bunnies by Sue Denim
- 2002 Dogzilla by Dav Pilkey
- 2003 Parts by Tedd Arnold
- 2004 Substitute Teacher Plans by Doug Johnson
- 2005 I Stink! by Kate McMullen
- 2006 The Night I Followed the Dog by Nina Laden
- 2007 Do Not Open This Book by Michaela Muntean
- 2008 I Ain't Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont
- 2009 Burger Boy by Alan Durant
- 2010 The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog by Mo Willems
- 2011 The Book That Eats People by John Perry
- 2012 You're Finally Here by Melanie Watt
- 2013 Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds
- 2014 The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli
- 2015 Bean Thirteen by Matthew McElligott
- 2016 Everyone Loves Bacon by Kelly DiPucchio
- 2017 You Don't Want a Unicorn by Anne Dyckman
- 2018 Creepy Pair of Underwear by Aaron Reynolds
- 2019 The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors by Drew Daywalt
- 2020 The Cool Bean Bean, by Jory John
Visiting authors program:
This special event is scheduled every fall as a way of promoting reading and understanding the creative process. This year, author and illustrator, Bob Shea visited MEC in early November.