Polk County's District Library Media Services offers a number of services and programs to aid students, school library staff, teachers, faculty, district office staff, and members of the community.

District Library Media Services:

  • supports school libraries in Polk County through training, on-site coaching, and phone/email assistance
  • provides local support and training for Follett's Destiny Resource Manager and Library Manager
  • provides local support for Renaissance Learning programs (Accelerated Reader, STAR Reading, STAR Early Literacy)
  • manages and supports Title I's Books Bridge program
  • maintains a Professional Library with production services at our location
  • manages procurement, training, and promotion of Online Resource database services for all students and staff
  • facilitates People of Polk reading mentors
  • works with district and community partners in literacy initiatives (Polk Vision, Polk County Reading Council, RSVP Polk)
  • provides special programming (Reading Comes Alive, Sunshine State Young Readers' Festival)
  • maintains a Little Free Library drop-off and stock-up location
  • supports various academic special programs (Read While You Roll, Polk County History Fair, Cracker Storytelling Festival)


Professional Library

The Professional Library in Library Media Services is the District Office Media Center and offers technical and professional resources and materials to teachers, administrators, and volunteers in the schools, as well as to people in the community.

The following services are offered by the Professional Library:

  • A selection of Professional print books and eBooks availabe for check-out
  • Current library and education periodicals
  • Recently published childrens' books
  • An archive of award-winning children's books
  • Book repair materials*
  • Laminating services*
  • Ellison™ & Accu-Cut™ die cuts
  • Color Poster Printing*
  • Book Binding*
  • Other Services*

*In some instances, a small supplies fee will apply.

The Professional Library collection includes over 4000 books. The collection includes resources on topics like leadership, classroom management, instructional design, subject area content, and technology-integrated instruction.

  • Our collection also contains many eBooks district staff can check-out and read from any device, anywhere. EBooks can be accessed through this link: Destiny Online for Professional Use (username: SAP number, password: first four of last name followed by last four of SSN).
  • We also maintain a children's collection of award-winning literature, read-alouds, and non-ficiton. Print books from our Professional Library may be requested via email, sent, and returned through the courier.

Contact Janice Hayes for more information about Professional Library resources, or to make an appointment for our in-person services.


Support for School Libraries

If you are a Library Media Specialsit or a Media Paraprofessional II, please visit the Media Specialist section of The Hub and join our Moodle group. On our Moodle page, you will find forms, support, professional organization information, and much more.

In Moodle, search: Media Specialist Learning Community and use the enrollment key "media" to join.

Professional organizations you may want to join:

  • ALA - American Library Association
  • AASL - American Association of School Libraries
  • ILA - International Literacy Association
  • FAME - Florida Association for Meida in Education
  • FRA - Florida Reading Association
  • PCRC - Polk County Reading Council


FAME (Florida Association for Media in Education) Award-Nominated Books

Visit the Sunshine State Young Readers Awadr, Jr. website (Grades K-2), Sunshine State Young Readers Award website (Grades 3-8), and the Florida Teens Read webiste (Grades 9-12) to view book lists, activities, and the latest SSYRA/FTR news.

For information about the Polk County Public Schools' Reading Comes Alive program, the Sunshine State Young Readers' Festival, or Florida Teens Read author visits, contact Lindsay Persohn at lindsay.persohn@polk-fl.net or 863-647-4714.


National Award Winning Book Lists


Little Free LibrariesLittle Free Libraries

Little Free Libraries are little decorative waterproof boxes/containers with books inside. These LFL have been placed in communities to promote literacy and the love of reading. The only rule is to bring a book and take a book. Help spread the love of reading throughout Polk County by building or sponsoring a Little Free Library in your community. You can learn more about Little Free Libraries and how to buy or build one of your own at https://littlefreelibrary.org.

Contact Information

Library Media Services phone: 863-647-4714

Fax: 863-647-4719

Polk County School Board
Jim Miles Professional Development Center
5204 U.S. Hwy 98 S.
Lakeland, FL 33812

Typical Office Hours

Monday - Friday 6:30-4:30
Except PCPS Holidays

Staff List

Name: Title: Contact for:
Lindsay Persohn Sr. Coordinator School Library Media staff support, Books Bridge inquiries, community inquiries, any other school library-related questions
Janice Hayes Clerk Specialist General inquiries, library purchasing, Professional Library services and space reservations
Bonnie Given Sr. Technician Destiny and Renaissance support, other school library-related technical support