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Welcome to the Jonathan Valley Library/Media Center!

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About the Librarian/Media Coordinator – Mrs. Abbe 

I have been the librarian at JVE since the 2016-2017 school year. Before becoming a librarian, I was a classroom teacher for many years in Haywood County. I taught at North Canton and then at Jonathan Valley. I am passionate about making the JVE Media Center an engaging and modern gathering place which promotes learning, exploration, and a love of reading! I grew up in Haywood County, and I love calling the mountains of Maggie Valley home!

Library Vision

It is the goal of the JVE Media Center to be a hub of learning where the varied information and reading needs and interests of students and staff are met in order to be an indispensable part of the school. The media coordinator will strive to make the JVE Media Center an integral part of developing globally aware lifelong learners eager to engage in the interconnected environment of the 21st century.

Library Mission

The Library Vision will be met by:

  • providing research skills,
  • providing curriculum support and enhancement,
  • providing purpose-based integration of technology, and
  • fostering engagement in inquiry and reading for pleasure and purpose.

Elementary Battle of the Books (EBOB)

Elementary Battle of the Books is a competition in which students read books selected by a committee at the state level and then answer questions about the books in a quiz bowl type of competition. Teams from the elementary schools in Haywood County compete against each other, usually in March. We have a team that meets together regularly to discuss the books and prepare for competition. It is a lot of fun! Team members have the chance to turn in t-shirt designs and vote for which one we will use! 

This year there are 15 books on the list, and I will be asking our team to read all 15 books. It is never too early to start reading! A link to this year’s list is below. The titles cover a range of genres including realistic fiction and historical fiction. This is an exciting opportunity to build students’ reading skills in a collaborative and fun setting which will foster teamwork as well as reading skills!  


Destiny Digital Catalog     

Elementary Battle of the Books List for 2023-24


Number of books to be checked out:

2nd-5th grades – 2 books

K-1st grades – 1 book

Students can check out more books if they are doing research or working on a project.

Lost/Damaged Books:

Books that are lost tend to turn up. If a book is lost for an extended period of time, the student will need to pay for the book. Likewise, if a book is badly damaged, the student will need to pay for the book. Overdue notices will be sent as reminders, but overdue fees are not charged.

Contact the Librarian

Call the front office at (828) 926-3207. I have a full class load during the school day, but I will get back to you ASAP.