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Media Center - Lydia Rosenberg - Media Specialist

The students at Friendship love to visit the Media Center where the electronic card catalog makes finding books easy and fun. We have a large number of fiction and non-fiction books for both students, parents, and teachers to check out. Students are able to use the media computers for Accelerated Reader tests or other research based learning. Students are encouraged to come in before school to check out or work on projects. 

Media class is a bonus, enrichment activity that allows students the opportunity to search for information and resources outside of their regular classes. It also provides an enjoyable experience to all students at Friendship as they get to discover what they like to read about when not in class. Students receive instruction on media skills while learning to foster a love of reading and stories. During this time they also have the opportunity for book checkout. Students are able to checkout throughout the day and week outside of their assigned class time as well.  All books are checked out for 2 weeks.

Friendship's Media Center is the resource hub of the school for students, teachers and the parent community. These resources supplement and complement classroom instruction, enhance teaching and student learning, as well as satisfy social, cultural and recreational needs. Parents are encouraged to come in and checkout books for their students as well.


Number of checkouts:

Kindergarten & 1st grades students check out 1 book.

2nd-5th grade students check out 2 books.

Parents may check out 5 books.

We do not charge late fees, but students are responsible for paying to replace lost or damaged books. 

Electronic Books

We are slowly building our collection of ebooks, available to our teachers and students at school as well as at home. To access the collection, the students should log onto VPortal (see above). They then log in to Follett Destiny, and click on the Destiny Discover tab.

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Accelerated Reader

The Media staff also sponsors the Accelerated Reader Program. With 1,000s of our books qualifying as Accelerated Reader books, this offers a very motivational reading opportunity for our students. The students also have an opportunity to earn enough points to participate in a AR party at the end of the year.  To find out if a book is on Accelerated Reader click below.

AR Book Finder






The Sunshine State Young Readers Award (SSYRA) Program is a statewide reading motivational program for students in grades 3 through 8. The purpose of the SSYRA Program is to encourage students to read independently for pleasure and to read books that are on, above, and below their reading level in order to improve their reading fluency. Sunshine State books are selected for their wide appeal, literary value, varied genres, curriculum connections, and/or multicultural representation. The SSYRA committee is comprised of 20 qualified school librarians located throughout the state of Florida, subdivided into two committees- grades 3-5 and grades 6-8. 

Each year Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME) releases 15 SSYRA books and 15 SSYRA, Jr. books.  These are the books that the students call dog tag books.  When the student reads the book and passes the Accelerated Reader quiz they will earn a Dog Tag, or Brag Tag in grades K-2, and a book related charm in grades 3-5. 





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The Media Center sponsors 2 book fairs annually, one in the fall and one in the spring. Scholastic Book Fair assists in our efforts to bring more new books into our school library and community.

Shop online all year to give Friendship a rewards boost. Go here to shop:

Friendship's Scholastic Bookstore

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Media Release & Opt-Out Forms

​Please note the difference between a News Media Release form and an Opt-Out Form.

Opt-Out Form - This form is to be filled out by parents if they DO NOT want their kids to be photographed/videoed by district personnel (teachers, administrators, etc.).  

Media Release Form - This form MUST be filled out by parents if an external agency (news media, business partners, community organization, etc.) is coming in to take pictures or video. If this form is not on file for a child, then they are not allowed to be involved with any media.

Media Center Access

The purpose of the school library media center is to encourage the love of reading and to support the school community and curriculum goals through self-selected reading materials. The media specialist collaborates with families and teachers to support students in the selection of reading materials that meet their reading interests.

Media Access Levels

Parents and guardians have the right to limit their child’s access to materials in the school library. The media access level a parent/guardian selects for their student will be in effect for the student’s academic career in Volusia County Schools. The parent/guardian may request a change in access at any time by completing the form again or contacting the school media specialist.

The default access for all students is limited.

Definitions of access levels


  • Limited Access: A student may access materials in the media center except for items on the parent permission required list and Young Adult (YA) titles (middle school only).
  • Unlimited Access: A student has full access to the materials in Volusia County Schools libraries including access to any titles that require parent permission. This includes permission for the student to check out Young Adult (YA) titles when the student is in middle school.
  • No Access: A student is not permitted access to materials in any of the Volusia County Schools libraries without parent permission.

Process for Modifying Media Access

Parents may modify their child’s access to materials in the school library by completing the Volusia County Schools Media Access or by completing a paper-based Volusia County Schools Media Access form available from the school media specialist.

Media Center Access Form

School Card Catalog (Search for Book)

Library Media Center Collection Development 

Each school library media collection is developed in accordance with Volusia County School Board Policy 320 and Florida Statute 1006.28.

Each book made available to students through a school district library media center or included in a recommended or assigned school or grade-level reading list must be selected by a school district employee who holds a valid educational media specialist certificate, regardless of whether the book is purchased, donated, or otherwise made available to students. 

2. Each district school board shall adopt procedures for developing library media center collections and post the procedures on the website for each school within the district. The procedures must: 

a. Require that book selections meet the criteria in s. 1006.40(3)(d). 

  • Free of pornography and material prohibited under s. 847.012

  • Suited to student needs and their ability to comprehend the material presented. 

  • Appropriate for the grade level and age group for which the materials are used or made available. 

b. Require consultation of reputable, professionally recognized reviewing periodicals and school community stakeholders. 

c. Provide for library media center collections based on reader interest, support of state academic standards and aligned curriculum, and the academic needs of students and faculty. 

d. Provide for the regular removal or discontinuance of books based on, at a minimum, physical condition, rate of recent circulation, alignment to state academic standards and relevancy to curriculum, out-of-date content, and required removal pursuant to subparagraph (a)2. 


Selection Process 

  1. The media specialist develops a recommended list of books that meet the needs of the school per the collection development guidelines.  

  1. The media specialist provides the school media advisory committee with professional reviews of each book prior to meeting.  

  1. The school media advisory committee meets to review and approve the list. The committee must come to a consensus on approvals. If the committee is unable to come to a consensus, the principal along with the media specialist is responsible for the final decision. 


Challenged Materials:

Volusia County School Board Policy 320 establishes the procedures for the review of complaints concerning media materials.

Request for Reconsideration Form