Library Media Center
Ms. Dudley has served as Dogwood Middle School's librarian since 2019. This is her sixth year as a librarian. She has fifteen years of education experience, previously a special education teacher for Virginia Beach City Public Schools. Her favorite children’s book is Matilda. She believes children of all ages should see themselves represented in the books they read and is always amazed by the magical power of storytelling.
The Library @ Dogwood Middle
The library at Dogwood provides nearly 5000 volumes on a wide variety of subjects . Although we are small, our collection is current and interesting. During the regular school day students are welcome to visit the library with a pass.
There is not a specific limit to the number of books that may be borrowed. Each student sets their own limit as the situation dictates. Students are expected to return all school library materials in a timely manner as a courtesy to other library patrons. In compliance with the RPS Student Code of Conduct, students are expected to return all school materials (i.e. library books) in good condition.
At Dogwood, all students are encouraged to read both for pleasure or to complete classroom assignments. The web-based version of Accelerated Reader is available for grades 6 and 7 as well as on-line databases such as World Book Encyclopedia. Other on-line services are available through the Richmond Public Library, Find It VA and through the RPS Student Learning Portal.
A Note About Responsible Reading:
In a library that serves students ranging in ages from eleven to fourteen, a wide variety of materials is needed. What is interesting and appropriate for eighth graders may not be appropriate for sixth graders and vice versa. If a book makes you or your parents uncomfortable, please return it and choose another one.
Our goal is to ensure that our students are “critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information.” – Empowering Learners; Guidelines for School Library Media Programs. American Association of School Librarians, 2009.