The Collection

The FMS Library Media Center has over 10,000 books, talking books, and videos. We have Kindles that students can also borrow. We subscribe to several magazines, as well as the Baltimore Sun and The Aegis.
We also subscribe to several databases that students can access from home as well as use in school. The collection supports the curriculum taught in the school and provides recreational reading materials for the students.

Media Center Staff

Mrs. Terri Plumer is the Librarian/Media Specialist at FMS. She is originally from the small town of Montoursville, Pennsylvania. She received her degree in Library Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Mrs. Plumer has been a library media specialist for over twenty years. She began her career in Somerset County, and then moved to Baltimore County. After taking a brief leave of absence from BCPS when she had her children, she then returned for a couple of years. Mrs. Plumer has spent the last twenty years of her career in Harford County, the last fourteen years at FMS. She is a member of the American Library Association, The American Association of School Librarians, The Maryland Association of School Librarians and the Harford County Association of School Libraries. Over the years she has made presentations to the Harford County Reading Council, to fellow media specialists at in-service meetings, to public and HCC librarians at in-service and to social studies teachers and media specialists at in-service. She presented at the 2015 fall conference of the Maryland Association of School Librarians. She has worked on writing and editing the school library media curriculum in 2005 and 2010. She has served on the Harford County School's Library Steering Committee, and is a member of the FMS School Improvement Team. Mrs. Plumer is married and has two children. In her free time she enjoys reading, cooking and baking.

Mrs. Pat Minarik is the Media Technician at FMS. She is a Fallston resident and has been a technician in Harford County Public Schools for several years. She is one of the writers of the Media Technician handbook, and has also worked at the HCPS processing center in Forest Hill.Her background is in interior design. She has two sons, who attended Fallston schools and are FHS graduates.

Mission Statemen​t

The mission of the Fallston Middle School Library Media Center is twofold. The first part is to provide quality resources and to instruct students in how to use them so that they can be successful as twenty-first century learners. The second part is to provide and promote quality reading materials so that our students can become life-long readers.

Philosophy of the School Library Media Program

The school library media program is at the core of effective learning and plays a vital role in collaborative planning and curriculum development.Serving all grade levels, ages and content areas, the program has a unique outlook on the needs and abilities of all the members of the school’s learning community.That perspective makes the school library media program a natural hub for bringing teachers and library media specialists together to create exemplary and innovative curricula.The mission of the school library media program is to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information.This mission is accomplished by providing intellectual and physical access to materials in all formats; by providing instruction to foster competence and stimulate interests in reading, viewing, and using information and ideas; and by working with other educators to design learning strategies to meet the needs of individual students.

To become effective users of information, students must have frequent opportunities to handle all kinds of information.Locating, interpreting, analyzing, synthesizing, evaluating, and communicating information should become a part of every content area.The classroom teacher and the library media specialist are actively involved in identifying the learning needs of students, developing teaching units, and guiding students’ progress in lifelong learning.The library media specialist facilitates activities that offer meaningful practice in using a variety of information resources.

In an effective program, students’ experience with information moves away from learning traditional library location skills taught in isolation. Students learn information literacy skills that are embedded into the curriculum.The acquisition of these skills provides a solid foundation of information literacy that will prepare students for a lifetime of learning.By guiding students toward self-discovery and self-direction, the library media program assists in promoting the learning of skills and attitudes essential to academic, vocational, and personal development.

To ensure that the library media center functions successfully, it must have adequate professional and support staff, sufficient equipment inventory, a relevant up-to-date collection of print, electronic and multimedia resources that support the curriculum and provide for personal growth and enjoyment.The library media instructional program integrates all library media skills and activities.Maximum accessibility to the library media program supports and endorses the Maryland State Department of Education’s “Statement of Purpose for School Library Media Programs in Maryland” and Standard 1.0 from the “Standards for School Library Media Programs in Maryland”. See the American Library Association’s “Library Bill of Rights” and “Intellectual Freedom Statement”.

--Harford County Public Schools Library Media Curriculum Guide