Media Center


Hours & Contact


Alex Karpicke



Phone: (651) 917-0073 Ext.241


Monday- Friday

8:30am - 4:30pm

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Thank you for reading CSE Media Center's news section! Expect this section to be updated regularly with announcements, event details, information on new arrivals, and stories from CSE classrooms.

CSE Annual Book Swap - Thursday, March 21st

All over the United States schools celebrate National Reading Month in March. The purpose is to celebrate the joy of reading and get students excited about books.

At CSE we’ll be celebrating National Reading Month with our first ever Book Swap event, which will take place on Thursday, March 21st from 9:30 am - 3:30 pm. A book swap is an opportunity for students and their families to donate lightly used books that have already been read to the school for the purpose of exchanging with other students. We invite you to go through your old books and set aside any you’d like to donate. The more book donations we receive for our book swap the better. Our goal is that every CSE student goes home with a book they’re excited to read.

Types of books you can donate are:

-Children’s story books (PreK-1st grade) -Nonfiction books for elementary readers

-Beginner chapter books (2nd - 3rd grade) - Nonfiction books for middle school readers

-Chapter books for young readers (4th-5th grade) -Mangas, comics, or graphic novels

-Young adult chapter books (6th-8th grade)

Books can be brought to CSE on Wednesday, March 20th or Thursday, March 21st. Please send the donated books in a paper or plastic grocery bag. Thank you for your support in making our first ever Book Swap a success!

National Reading Month

March is National Reading Month, which we kick off with a celebration of Dr. Seuss's birthday. Throughout the month of March the media center will be offering staff and students fun reading challenges and activities to celebrate the joy of reading. Some of our exciting activities will include:

  • Book Cover Redesign Challenge
  • Door decorating contest
  • School wide book swap event

And more.

Get Caught Reading Challenge

For the rest of the year CSE will be doing the Get Caught Reading challenge. Through this challenge students have the opportunity to win a free book of their choice if they "get caught reading" during the school day. How does it work? Delve into your book during the day, any time you don't HAVE to, and you might get caught reading by your teacher or other staff. This could be during breakfast, free time in class, during lunch, etc. If you get caught reading your name is entered into a drawing for a free book.

Mission & Goals

Mission: CSE Media Center staff strive to develop curious, creative, resourceful, and well-informed scholars who love to read, are capable of accessing, organizing, and evaluating information, and use their knowledge to solve problems and participate productively in their communities.

Media Center Goals:

Commitment to Excellence

    • Supporting each individual learner's needs and goals
    • Supporting academic excellence through learner assets and cultural strengths
    • Promotion of lifelong learning
    • Implementation of best practice instructional strategies

Student Development Goals

    • Development of an intrinsic love for reading (reading for pleasure)
    • Development of an intrinsic curiosity and thirst for knowledge
    • Development of personal and mutual respect through a welcoming, supportive, and engaging environment
    • Development of collaborative skills to encourage self-motivation and responsibility for personal actions

Skill Development Goals

    • Developing research skills to
      • Solve problems
      • Gain knowledge and satisfy curiosities
      • Answer research questions
    • Development of strong inquiry and critical thinking skills
    • Development of effective use of information technology, both digitally and in print
    • Development of strong literacy skills including reading, writing, and media literacy
    • Cultivation of safe and ethical technology and information usage practices
    • Development of correct ethical attitudes and habits in regards to intellectual property, plagiarism, and research

Volunteer at the CSE Media Center!

The CSE Media Center welcomes volunteers! Volunteers may assist with literacy and information literacy instruction, read to students, re-shelve books, assist with inventory and weeding tasks, and help with general administrative duties. Volunteers may assist on a regular schedule (preferred) or on a limited, drop-in basis. Volunteer shifts are available Monday-Friday from 8:30 am-4:30 pm every half-hour. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, please contact Alex Karpicke at: