Van Buren Elementary School Media Center


Kristi Hatfield, Teacher Librarian
Mindy Ernst, Library Media Secretary

Library Team

Hours of Operation:

8:45 A.M. - 3:45 P.M. Monday through Friday

Mission: Media Services For a Future-Oriented Curriculum

The Instructional Materials Centers in the Cedar Rapids Schools exist to support the total educational program. Media Services are provided by certificated media specialists and their secretarial staffs in response to individual building needs.



The school library media program will:

  • enable all students and staff to be effective and discriminating users of ideas and information.

  • provide materials and technologies which support the curricular objectives of the school.

  • encourage reading and use of a library for lifelong learning.


Specific district library media policies can be found on the district's web site in Article 4: Instruction, Policy # 402 Library and Classroom Learning Resources. CRCSD Library Media Program Policies

The Cedar Rapids Community School District Library Media Curriculum is based upon the Iowa Information Literacy Information Framework and the AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner.


Library Collection:

The Van Buren Library Media Center collection includes over 12,000 books, magazines, and professional resources for students, staff, and parents.

Students visit the library on a daily and weekly basis to read and check-out materials and participate in literature-related lessons.

Families are billed for lost or damaged student books.