Media Center

Ms. MaryGrace Whealan
Valley View School
Media Specialist


booksA bit of my background: I graduated from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) with a Bachelor of Science degree in History and a minor in European Studies with an additional background in elementary education. I received my Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree from Rutgers University in 2010.  This is my third year teaching as an elementary Media Specialist after having worked for 9 years in the non-profit sector where I designed and managed teacher professional development workshops and three traveling Smithsonian exhibitions.  

My email address:

My interests/hobbies:

Favorite color: Red

Favorite food: Ice Cream

Favorite animal: Goat

Favorite children and YA authors:

  • Travel
  • Photography
  • Spending time with my family
  • Visiting my sister and nieces in Germany
  • Mo Willems
  • Shel Silverstein
  • J. K. Rowling
  • Andrea Beatty

Library Rules and Responsibilities

Students in grades pre K-5 visit the library once a week to check out books and to participate in instruction that will support their learning in the classroom. Students will work to develop foundational skills that will allow them to be successful through their academic careers and will make them productive members of society.

How many books?  For how long?

Number of books students are allowed to check out:

Normally, students check out books during their scheduled library/media meeting times, but they may come to the library media center for check out or book exchange during any available open time. Please see the Media schedule for more details on open times.

  • Kindergarten and first grade students may check out one (1) book per week.
  • Students in second through fifth grades may have two (2) books checked out at a time. Books should be returned within two weeks or else renewed (allowed once if there are no hold requests).




While there is no fine for overdue books, materials overdue by 30 days or more are assumed to be lost and a replacement fee will be assessed. If you feel our records are in error kindly email -

Lost a book?

If a book is lost or damaged it must be paid for. Payment may be in the form of exact cash (change cannot be made). If you would prefer to pay by check , please contact Ms. Whealan beforehand.  Payment may be sent to school marked Attention Media Center, or the student may give it to Ms. Whealan at Media class. Payment is refundable if a lost book is found and returned in good condition on or before the last day of the current school year.