Learning Commons

Our Learning Commons Teachers
Mrs. Leslie Balzano, Library Media Specialist
Ms. Carolyn St. John, Technology Specialist

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The Learning Commons at Middlebrook School is an exciting place! Classes visit each week for lessons related to the library, classroom curriculum, or for book exchange sessions throughout the school year.

For research, students utilize various resources (print, internet and subscription databases) to find the information they need. At our center, students learn how to use technology to showcase their research.


Award-winning Authors and Illustrators at Middlebrook

Each year, students have the opportunity to meet award-winning authors, illustrators, and/or storytellers thanks to the generous funding of our PTA. It is an exciting time for students and teachers alike!

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Middlebrook’s Library Media Specialist, Mrs. Balzano with Author Mo Willems, June 2017

Stay tuned for the 2018-19 line-up of author visits. The 2017-18 visitors included: David Schwartz, Steve Swinburne, and Candace Fleming.


Bridgeport Sound Tigers Reading Program

Bridgeport Sound Tigers

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers know how important reading is, and generously offer reading incentives to Middlebrook students during the year. Additional information is sent home with children.

Thank you to the Sound Tigers by supporting our community of readers.
Go Sound Tigers!!! Go Middlebrook Readers!!


Internet Safety

All students at Middlebrook School will participate in the district-wide program on Internet Safety. The purpose of the program is to have students develop an understanding of the Internet and how to use it safely.

Click on the link below to review the policy.

Student Network and Internet Policy


Library FAQs

What is the library’s borrowing policy?

Borrowing Policy: Students at each grade level are allowed to take out a certain amount of materials:

  • Kindergarten & Grade 1: One book
  • Grade 2: Two books – one fiction and one nonfiction
  • Grade 3: Two items each week or 3 items every other week
  • Grade 4: Two items each week
  • Grade 5: Up to four items every other week

Can a student borrow a new book if they have an overdue materials?

No, students are not allowed to borrow any new library materials until the overdue materials have been returned. The only exception to this rule is if a student needs a library book for a class assignment; then he or she will be able to take a book out for that assignment, but it must remain at school.

What happens if a student loses a book?

If a book has been lost, the student will bring home a notice that indicates the title and cost of the book. Students can bring in a check (addressed to Middlebrook School) or cash so the book can be replaced. Students are not allowed to check out any new books until the lost book issue has been taken care of.