• Media




    Welcome to the Nelson Mandela/Dr. Hosea Zollicoffer School Library Media Center

    MR. ROGER SILVERBLATT, LIBRARY MEDIA SPECIALIST                                    

    250 Gramatan Avenue

    Mount Vernon, NY 10550

    E Mail:  rsilverblatt@mtvernoncsd.org

    Phone:  914-358-2720


    The mission of the NMHZ Library Media Center is to empower students to become enthusiastic readers, information seekers, and creative problem solvers, prepared to participate in an evolving world. Through collaborative teaching, curriculum integration, and classroom support, I am working diligently with all the grades to cultivate curious, independent, lifelong learners with the inquiry skills needed to be ethically responsible and successful in our global community. We equitably connect learners to diverse materials and learning opportunities in an environment that supports cooperation, collaboration, and a love of literature.

    As a result of a school library media program being relatively new to the school, I have been collaborating with classroom teachers on curriculum projects. In so doing, students are given various opportunities for to be critical thinkers and effective/ethical users of information. Opportunities for students to utilize diverse learning styles and perspectives are often exhibited throughout the library media classes. Students are given a wide variety of activities to show their learning and application using various modes of available technology. An  overall goal of the school library media program is to have students become self-directed learners through authentic creating opportunities through various projects, ie.  PowerPoint autobiographies (grades 5-6), reading, analyzing, and interpreting various picture books about kindness (grades 1-2), learning effective online searching strategies and their applications (grades 3-4).

    With increasing emphasis on the skills needed for life and learning in the 21st Century, the students and I plan to move beyond a supporting role to a central role in the education process. The most critical goal of the libraries is to help NMHZ students become “information fluent.” As librarian, I will continue to guide students to acquire the skills to access, analyze and synthesize ideas and information to create products with competence, confidence, and in an ethical manner. To accomplish this, I plan to encourage and nurture collaboration—full and equal partnership— between teachers and the school library. We must plan together, work together, and share together so that the common goal and complementary perspectives and expertise will expand opportunities for all students.



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    Under Mr. Silverblatt's supervision and leadership, the school library media center is a vibrant place where everyone is welcome, and active learning and participation do not go unnoticed. The library is the hub of learning in the school and serves as a supplement and complement to classroom instruction, as well as a place where outstanding literature and instructional technology take center stage.