Media Center


Hours & Contact



Phone: (651) 917-0073 Ext.2241


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.

Welcome Back!

The media center is very excited to welcome students back to school for the 19-20 school year! This year has lots of exciting things in store for all CSE students, including:

  • a new school-wide reading challenge called "Battle of the Books"
  • a new monthly podcast called "Book Talk"
  • the Get Caught Reading challenge
  • This Just In! updates
  • National Reading Month celebrations in March
  • and much more

Back to School Picks

Lots and lots of new books came into the media center this summer. Stop by and check out our "Back to School Picks" section to browse some of our most exciting new titles!

826 MSP

Since 2019, a small writing/tutoring program in Minneapolis called the Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute, has been providing academic support and creative writing opportunities for students in the South High School district and surrounding communities. MOI is a cool, Jacques Cousteau-esque themed space, which was inspired by another organization called 826. The 826 organization was started in San Francisco by author Dave Eggers, and grew into a national organization with tutoring/writing centers around the country. Check out 826 National for more information about their work in cities like Detroit, Chicago, LA, New York, DC, and many more.

It's super exciting that MOI is becoming an official 826 chapter this summer--826 MSP. CSE will be attending 2 field trips during the 19-20 school year, so that our students can participate in some of the wonderful programs 826 has to offer. I'll be sharing more during the opening week workshops regarding these trips.

In the meantime, 826 MSP will be having a grand opening party on Saturday, August 24 from 3-7. There will be food, writing workshops, author readings, etc. 1915 E. 22nd St., Minneapolis, MN 55404. Maybe I'll see you there!

Media Center Data

September 2019 Update

    • Coming soon...

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 administrative library tasks (eg. re-shelving, managing the collection, assisting student patrons), read to students, or help keep the library clean and inviting. 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. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, please contact Alex Karpicke at: