Mountain Ridge Middle School Teacher-Librarian Pete Vincelette describes how his Library Program surpasses traditional libraries. “My goals for the Library Program at MRMS includes a sphere of influence that goes beyond the physical walls of the room that has been labeled Room 210 Library, and programming that has both traditional and non-traditional elements to it.”
Traditional elements found at MRMS Library would be books, several work areas, computer stations, and reading nooks. One program that can be seen beyond the walls would be the annual Library Parade, where students turn library book carts into floats that focus on a concept they studied throughout the school year. The Battle of the Books is a popular program where MRMS students dress as a favorite books character while competing with other well-read students from rival schools.
Mountain Ridge Middle School students are committed to their community. They work with a literacy specialist in a book exchange program. The students construct Little Free Libraries and donate the structures to DCSD elementary schools as well as to a local family therapist office and dentist office. One of Vincelette’s favorite programs is the Beauty Invasion Force. The students visit with patrons at the public library as well as the residents of the Brookdale facility. They ask them what they find to be beautiful and use imagery and text to document their ideas and add them to the MASIV Mind and Space Invasion Vehicle.
“My goal for the Library Program is for it to be everywhere. The Library Program doesn’t have walls or boundaries, or if it does, we are constantly trying to push them further outward.”
View Pete Vincelette’s VoiceThread describing his Highly Effective School Library Program here.