Who We Are

Who we are

My name is Monica Benz.  I'm the School Librarian at Meadowbrook School.  I have been here for eight years and come with a wide range of teaching and learning experiences.  I have a double Bachelor's from Mundelein College in History and Elementary Education.  I also have a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Chicago State University and a Master's Degreee in Library and Information Science from Dominican University.

My career as a teacher started with Chicago Public Schools as a classroom teacher.  I have taught Pre-K, 3rd and 5th in a self-contained setting and 6th grade in a departmentalized setting.  I then turned my attention to working in the LRC and have taught at both Westchester Primary and Intermediate Schools.  I also worked for a short time at the DesPlaines Public Library before coming here to Meadowbrook.

Ms. Blunt is our full-time Library Assistant.  She has a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the University of Colorado in Boulder and more recently a Master's Degree in Elementary Education from National Louis University. She is a voracious reader and loves helping each student find their next favorite book.

What are we Learning?

The library program curriculum is based on four standards as determined by Illinois Standards Aligned Instruction for Libraries.  These standards are aligned with both the Illinois Learning Standards and the American Association for School Librarians Standards.

I-SAIL Standards

Standard 1:
  Accesses information efficiently and effectively to inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge.

Standard 2:  Evaluates information critically and competently to draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge.

Standard 3:
  Uses information accurately, creatively, and ethically to share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society.

Standard 4:
  Appreciates literature and other creative expressions of information and pursues information related to personal interests and aesthetic growth.

What are our Resources?

The LRC has many resources for all of our patrons.  We have over 25,000 materials including picture books, easy readers, chapter books and nonfiction books.  There is a sizable reference collection both in print and through our online resources as well as subscriptions to both popular and educational journals and magazines.  We also have audiobooks on individual MP3 players, called Playaways, which are very popular. In addition, we have hundreds of videos and dvds for teacher use in the classroom as well as a growing professional development collection. Parents also have a place in our library with our ever-expanding parent collection. Please come and take a look.

What kind of Center are we?

Our center is one in which all students, staff and parents are welcome at anytime throughout the day.  We use both a fixed and flexible schedule.  Kindergarten - second grade students have a fixed library time once a week.  This time is used for either an information literacy or literature lesson and book checkout.  Third - fifth grade students have both a fixed library time and flexible scheduling.  Third graders come to the library once every two weeks, fourth graders once every three weeks and fifth graders once every four weeks for a library mini-lesson and book check out. They also have library time as scheduled by their classroom teacher in conjunction with the librarian to work on information skills embedded into research projects which are curricular based. The library is open for students to come in to check out books, read, conduct research or seek help at anytime throughout the school day with their teacher's permission.