The Petty Media Center serves Charlotte Christian students in junior kindergarten through grade 12 and their teachers. The mission of the Petty Media Center is to foster critical thinking by supporting faculty and students as they assess information and contemplate ideas from a wide array of sources; to promote the evaluation of information and ideas from the perspective of a Biblical world and life view; and to encourage the synthesis, creation and communication of thought brought about by the reflection of ideas so that faculty and students build upon personal knowledge and use it to impact the culture for Christ.
The media center offers more than 18,000 volumes and three online databases such as Accelerated Reader. There are two computer labs, a quiet study room and a the “Garden Room” complete with comfortable nooks to curl up with a good book. Students receive training in research, help with information needs and recommendations on good books.
The media center hours are Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The media center closes at noon on early dismissal days.
Media Center Policies
The Reading Knights program was created to promote reading practice. Students are also encouraged to read on a variety of topics in order to broaden their exposure to various types of books and topics. In addition to reading practice, students develop positive character qualities such as goal setting, determination and perseverance.
Students are expected to be able to read independently, and phonics books do not count for this program. There are required topics at each level in order to encourage students to read on a variety of subjects. Students and/or parents are expected to record the author and title of books that participants read on the official form.
Students are expected to read books in his/her zone of proximal development and/or at his/her grade level. Book lists that are exclusively easy level books will not be accepted for students in grades three and above. Some Reading Knights levels require Newbery or Caldecott books. Please check those lists prior to selecting a book for that category so that you will ensure compliance with the standard. The Reading Knights program is designed to improve students' reading skills and to broaden the scope of their reading interests.
Each level has a student project:
Read 25 books and give an oral report to the class in library.
Download the Reading Knights Page Reading Log
Read 25 more books and prepare two written book reports.
Download the Reading Squire Fiction Report
Download the Reading Squire Nonfiction Report
Download the Reading Knights Squire Reading Log
Read an additional 50 books and create an annotated bibliography of 10 books.
Download the Reading Knights Annotated Bibliography
Download the Reading Knights Knight Reading Log
Reading Knight With a Pennant
Read an additional 150 books and create an artifact approved by media center personnel—diorama, T-shirt, mobile, etc.
Download the Reading Knight With a Pennant Reading Log
Reading Knight of the Round Table
Read an additional 250 books and create an artifact approved by media center personnel—diorama, T-shirt, mobile, display, etc.
Download the Reading Knight of the Round Table Reading Log
Reading Knight (1,000 book level)
Read an additional 500 books and create an artifact approved by media center personnel—create an advertisement for the book (this could be a video/DVD). A student could also create a time capsule with representations from the book included. Other ideas are acceptable with approval.
Download the Reading Knight 1,000 Book Level Reading Log
Download the Reading Knights Program criteria.
Researchers have shown that students who read consistently and widely develop fluency, a rich and useful vocabulary, expand their knowledge of God’s world, other people, historical events, and culture. Most significantly, reading is a fundamental skill that positively correlates with academic achievement.
We encourage students, with parent help and direction, to choose books to read that appeal to their interests. Students are encouraged to read with purpose—to learn or for pleasure. We also advocate designating some reading time each day throughout the summer and school year.
All choices for summer reading are personal for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Students in grades 6 - 12 have required and/or optional reading selections. The annual summer reading brochure outlines instructions, directions and details by grade level.