Horizons Media Center
A link to our library catalog is below, as well as, links to all of our online resources that can be accessed both at school and anywhere!
What’s New: This year, for the first time, our 5th graders have begun exploring how to produce our print newspaper in digital format! Our 3rd graders are currently completing letters to pen pals in Japan.
The mission of the school library program in the Newburgh Enlarged City School District is to assist all students in becoming active and creative locators, evaluators and users of information to solve problems and to satisfy their own curiosity. With these abilities, students can become independent, ethical lifelong learners and readers who achieve personal satisfaction and who contribute responsibly and productively to the community and society as a whole.
NECSD Library Media Specialists’ Commitment
As a library media department, we are actively engaging in ways to integrate technology to support future-ready schools and libraries.
GETTING TO KNOW YOUR LIBRARIAN
Access to information changed my life and it can change yours! Growing up in Jamaica, West Indies, my family was fortunate enough to own the only set of encyclopedias (like Google in books) for miles around. This meant not only could I research unfamiliar people, place and things, but children in and around our community came to our house to do their research. When my oldest sister became the librarian on my primary school bookmobile, I knew then I’d follow in her footsteps. First, I taught high school and then immigrated to New York, where I became an elementary librarian.
I have been teaching at HOH for 9 years and whole-heartedly embrace the District’s Vision: “Through the work of all, we will achieve inclusive excellence.” Every day I strive to engage and inspire our scholars to become life-long learners and producers of information for the 21st century and beyond. How? Students are given a safe, space to have a voice, and engage in inquiry. Learning is bolstered through constant collaboration with teachers, and members of our community such as the Newburgh Free Library, City leaders, Head Start of Eastern Orange County, and the City of Newburgh Police Department, as well as expert guests.
There are two active 5th grade library troupes who are library helpers, and storytellers who tour both in school and in our community, and I mentor B.A.STAR an empowerment group for girls.
In addition to reading, I enjoy writing poetry, singing, dancing to Reggae and Country music, and traveling any and everywhere with my family!
Destiny Quest is our in-school library catalog system. Click the image above to search our school library. If you can't find it at the Horizons Library, you can also try searching the
where you can explore a variety of resources in Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese, and Russian, including eBook, digital books, independent reading, Science and Social Studies content through TumbleBooks, BookFlix, TrueFlix, ScienceFlix and more …
MAJOR LITERARY AWARDS/BOOKS
Caldecott Medal: “…awarded to the artist of the most distinguished American Picture Book for Children published in the United States during the preceding year.”
Coretta Scott King Medal: “…given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.”
Newbery Medal: “…awarded annually by the American Library Association for the most distinguished American children's book published the previous year.
Pura Belpre Award: “…presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.:
Source: American Library Association
Colorín Colorado: A bilingual site for educators and families of English Language Learners.”
Outstanding International Books: “…book “…published or distributed in the United States that originated or was first published in a country other than the U.S.”
One of the world’s largest digital library of fiction and non-fiction for kids 12 and under
Create a collection of eBooks, videos! Track how much you are reading and much, much more!