Media Center

Welcome to Chanhassen Elementary Media Center!

The media center is the hub of Chanhassen Elementary School. It is the central place where students, teachers, parents and the community can locate resources and assistance with learning activities. Students participate in 60 minutes of media/tech time each cycle week.


Library Policies

Our media/technology program goals include:

  • To help students acquire the information literacy skills that will empower their intellectual, academic, and personal growth. These skills enable students to move beyond the text and employ higher level thinking skills.
  • To provide access to information resources and materials that support the curriculum, serve as resources for differentiated instruction, and satisfy the intellectual and aesthetic interests of students.
  • To employ library media instructional practices that have a proven impact on student achievement.
  • To support fellow teachers through collaborative planning, co-teaching, and co-assessment.
  • To create open, inviting environments where students and staff feel comfortable seeking out information related to their academic needs or personal interests.
  • To provide the resources and personal assistance needed for students and teachers to locate, evaluate, and apply information to solve problems.
  • To give students the tools they need to create various types of presentations that help them communicate information with others.

Each week homeroom teachers bring your to the media center so they have an opportunity to check out and renew books. Students are welcome to come to the media center on an individual basis any time during the week when they have their teacher’s permission. All books are due back in the media center by 9:00 a.m. the morning of their assigned day to allow time for processing.


Book Checkout:

Kindergarten – 1 book
First Grade – 1 book until November, then 2 books
Second Grade – 2 books
Third Grade- 3 books
Fourth Grade- 3 books
Fifth Grade- 3 books

Check out period is 2 weeks. Students who need more time to complete a book may renew it during their book check out time. The book does not need to be returned to be renewed, unless it is overdue. Students may request that their book be renewed when going through the checkout line. 

Book return:
To make book return easy, a book drop box is located outside the media center. Books may be put there at any time during the school day. Classroom teachers also have a bin in their classroom where students place books that need to be returned to the media center. 

Overdue Books:
 We do not charge fines for overdue books. Students with an overdue book are not allowed to checkout another book until the overdue item has been returned. Overdue notices will be sent weekly. We do our best to properly check in books. If your child receives an overdue notice, and believes the book has been returned, please have your child ask Mrs. Jones to check the shelves again. Parents should also feel free to call or email me to check the library shelf for the missing book. You can always verify the books your child has checked out by using your child’s user name and password to Destiny Quest or by checking Parent Portal.

 Lost & Damaged Books:
Students who have lost or damaged a book will be expected to pay the replacement cost of the item. Since most of our books are special library bound books we ask that you do not purchase a replacement copy since trade bindings do not hold up to library use. Checks for the replacement cost can be made payable to Chanhassen Elementary School and brought to the media center or the school office.


Media Specialist

Mrs. Jones