The Erik Jonsson Media Center is an extension of the classroom and functions as the school's information center.
With three cozy teaching areas, three fireplaces, low shelves, and stuffed animals, the Media Center is a warm, inviting area where students joyfully search for books and recommend them to one another. The Lamplighter curricula are enriched at the Media Center through a variety of well-organized resources and tools that reflect the diverse needs of the community. There are more than 28,000 items in the collection. These materials are available to all students, parents, faculty, and administration within the school community. Each student is assisted in selecting, evaluating, and using the information appropriately and effectively. (This is often described to the students as a “just-right” book.) The Media Center Coordinator supports students’ love of reading and collaborates with faculty to provide instruction, learning strategies, and practices that use essential learning skills.
Our youngest learners begin by borrowing one book at a time; this limit is raised gradually, until fourth graders can check out five books at a time. If students forget to return their books on Media Center day, they are invited to sit and read a book of their choosing. There is a display of pop-up books for those who haven’t mastered reading alone yet, or for anyone to enjoy.
An annual Book Fair is held in May and a Media Center Open House is held after Thanksgiving, during which parents purchase books in honor of faculty and staff. The Media Center supports the Dooley Author Series, bringing award winning authors and illustrators to campus for students, faculty, and staff.
Dooley Author Series
The Dooley Author Series brings award winning authors and illustrators to campus for special visits with Lamplighter students and faculty. During the 2020-2021 school year, Lamplighter welcomes four guests in a virtual format: author/illustrator Jason Chin, author/illustrator Victoria Jamieson, author/illustrator Todd Parr, and author Catherine Stier.
Jason Chin combines imaginative storytelling with intriguing science to create books that both enchant and educate. He is is the author and illustrator of Grand Canyon which received a 2018 Caldecott Honor, Sibert Honor and won the 2018 Orbis Pictus award. His other books include Redwoods, Island: A Story of the Galápagos, Gravity, and most recently Pie is for Sharing by Stephanie Parsley Ledyard. While researching his books, he’s gone swimming with sharks, explored lava fields and camped with scorpions at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Jason was raised in New Hampshire, studied illustration at Syracuse University, and now lives with his family in Vermont.
Victoria Jamieson is the creator of the graphic novels All's Faire in Middle School and Newbery Honor winner Roller Girl. Her latest book, When Stars are Scattered, about two young boys growing up in a refugee camp, is a National Book Award Finalist. She received her BFA in illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design and worked as a children's book designer before becoming a freelance illustrator. She has also worked as a portrait artist aboard a cruise ship, and has lived in Australia, Italy, and Canada. Now she lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and son.
Todd Parr is the author and illustrator of more than 40 books for children, including the New York Times bestselling The I Love You Book, The Earth Book, and The Thankful Book. His books are available in over fifteen languages throughout the world. He is the co-creator of the popular children's television show ToddWorld as well as short films for Sesame Street. Todd has partnered with Target, SF-MARIN Food Bank, Stouffer's, People Magazine and several companies and organizations to help people, animals, and promote literacy. Todd's books have won several awards and his TV show, ToddWorld, was nominated for three Daytime Emmy Awards. Todd lives in Berkeley, California with his three adopted Pit bulls.
Catherine Stier is a San Antonio-based author of award-winning children’s books and has authored seventeen children’s books and numerous magazine and newspaper articles. Her books have received honors from the International Reading Association, the Bank Street College of Education and others, as well as starred reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal. Stier’s research on children’s literature has been featured in Children’s Literature in Education and other academic journals. Stier visits Lamplighter during National Park week, featuring her book, If I Were a Park Ranger, as well as her newest series A Dog’s Day books.
Media Center Open House
The Erik Jonsson Media Center Open House offers a special opportunity for parents to purchase new books while honoring their teachers during the holidays. Every book purchased is dedicated to the teacher or staff member of your choosing, and will permanently reside in the Erik Jonsson Media Center. These books are in lieu of individual gifts since the Lamplighter Parents' Association provides cash gifts to each member of the faculty and staff at the holidays.