Welcome! Our goal in the media center is to create an environment that inspires students to pursue their interests and expand their horizons through reading, to become effective users of information and ideas, and to develop college and career readiness skills that enable them to become independent, lifelong learners.
Destiny Card Catalog - students' accounts can be accessed with: username - their daily computer logon and password - their student ID #. The Catalog tab connects readers to books and researchers to reliable reference resources. Our collection of Follett eBooks may be accessed via Destiny now.
*Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday - 7 AM - 3:30 PM
* Thursday - 7 AM - 4:30 PM
2014 TEENS TOP READS Voting is Now Available!
Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Voting is open until Teen Read Week, which is taking place the week of October 12th. The "top ten" titles will be announced on October 20, 2014, so be sure to check back for the list of winners!
CONSTITUTION DAY POSTER DESIGN CONTEST
The 8th Annual U.S. Constitution Day Poster Contest is now open! Entries must be postmarked by October 1, 2014. The first 100 entrants receive a free pocket constitution book from constitutionfacts.com. Grand prize winner receives a $200 savings bond. Click here to download entry form.
PI HOURS OPPORTUNITIES
If you are looking for opportunities to earn PI hours, the media center has the following needs for the 2014-2015 school year:
* 10 cases of water
* Dinner size paper plates
* Heavy duty forks and spoons
* Volunteer to assist with water sales during Homecoming Week's Powderpuff game.
WEBSITE OF THE MONTH
August 2014:: The Bookseer – Type the title and author of the book that you just finished and see what the wise one recommends for you to read!
May 2014: Math Open Reference - a free interactive math reference, covering high-school geometry, functions, and calculus. Has tools that help students visualize what all these numbers and formulas actually mean.
ACT and SAT TEST PREP RESOURCES
These online resources connect you with study guides, practice exams, and tips to help you succeed.
ACT Test Prep –http://www.actstudent.org/testprep/ - the official ACT test site with free ACT question of the day, practice questions, and test tips
Prep Center for the ACT – http://www.mhpracticeplus.com/act.php - two complete online practice tests with explanations for every question, problem-solving videos and other ACT preparation resources
SAT Test Prep – http://sat.collegeboard.org/home - access free sample SAT questions, free full SAT practice tests, and the official SAT student guide
Varsity Tutors - http://www.varsitytutors.com/practice-tests - free diagnostic tests, practice tests, flashcards, and questions of the day to help you prepare for your ACT, SAT and PSAT exams.
DOME SAT Vocabulary Flash Cards for iPhone– from your cell phone, type mobile.domesatreview.com - study SAT Vocabulary on the go from your iPhone or iPod. Included is a comprehensive list of 5000 terms, plus a Smart 250 List for the most frequently used vocabulary found on the SAT
INeedAPencil – free SAT Prep with over 800 challenging practice exam questions with full explanations in math, reading and writing.
Mometrix Academy – www.mometrix.com/academy/sat-test/ - SAT prep video reviews
LAPTOP CHECKOUT PROGRAM
The VHS Media Center offers a laptop lending program to students who do not have access to computers at home for word processing. Laptops may be borrowed for three day periods. Stop in the media center for more information.
SPANISH RESOURCES FOR HOMEWORK & RESEARCH
Facts on File and Infobase databases provide students with current reliable magazine and newspaper articles. Each databases provides a translation option. Scroll down to the list under Media Center PDF Documents to access these resources.
READING BEYOND THE REQUIREMENTS
Take a break from homework and classwork to explore one of the sites below to select books that expand your world and match your interests.
“We should read to give our souls a chance to luxuriate." - Henry Miller
Follett eBooks – students can access our VHS eBook collection by clicking the Destiny link on the VHS Media Center webpage. Directions on how to access the collection are found under Media Center Documents.
ManyBooks.net – popular titles, recommendations, and recent reviews of more than 29,000 eBooks available for Kindles, Nooks, iPads, and most other eReaders. Best of all they’re FREE!
Project Gutenberg - over 42,000 free eBooks available for readers to download or read online
MEDIA RESOURCES AND INFORMATION
The Five W’s of Web Site Evaluation - use Kathy Schrock's tool to critically evaluate websites.
Infotrac – magazines, newspapers and reference resources with reliable, accurate information (username and password are available in media center)
Infotopia – a search engine with trusted websites.
World Factbook – information on the history, culture, government, economy and geography of 267 countries.
Florida Electronic Library – (Login with the 14 digit # on your public library card)
State of Florida iTunes U – resources on Florida culture and history.
Florida Center for Instructional Technology - digital resources, such as maps, clip art and photos.
Askalibrarian.org - real people provide a virtual reference service through live chat and text messaging from 10 AM - midnight Sunday through Thursday and from 10 AM - 5 PM Friday and Saturday.
Owl Purdue – MLA and APA formatting style guide
EasyBib - bibiography and citation generator
Citation Machine – a guide for creating MLA and APA formatting
Internet Public Library (IPL2) – resources organized by subject; sources that you can trust
PARENT INVOLVEMENT HOURS
Informational Hours – We offer an extensive list of books for parents interested in earning two hours per book. Both qualifying parents may test on the same book. Our list of parent involvement books is located under Media Center PDF Documents below. Call or email for available times for completing tests in the media center.
Service Hours –Students often request books that are "the next in the series." If parents are interested in purchasing books for service hours, we have listed several requests below:
*Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth
*The Bees: A Novel by Laline Paull
*Lone Wolf (CHERUB) by Robert Muchamore
*The Infinite Sea: The Second Book of the 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
*The Revenge of Seven (Lorien Legacies) by Pittacus Lore
*The Beautiful and the Cursed by Christopher Paolini
*The One by Kiera Cass
*Monsters by Ilsa J. Bick
MEDIA CENTER POLICIES - We have established the following policies to encourage students to demonstrate our core value of stewardship as they use media center resources:
· Three books may be checked out for two weeks and renewed for another two-week period if there is no hold on them.
· Late books and overdue fines will restrict signing out additional items.
· The replacement cost will be charged for lost or damaged books.
· Late books will be charged $.05 per day after a five day grace period.
· Student computers are provided solely for academic purposes from 7 AM-2:40 PM.
· Students are asked to be respectful of others and use the media center as a place for reading, studying, and conducting research in a quiet atmosphere.
· You may eat in the media center during your lunch period if you have a signed pass from the media staff. For the protection of our resources, food and drink are NOT permitted near books and computers.
Media Center Acrobat(.PDF) Documents
Books for Informational Hours - Earn 2 informational hours for each book quiz
Freshmen Summer Assignment - This is for incoming 9th graders.
Juniors & Seniors Summer Assignment - This is for all students in 11th and 12th grades.
Laptop Checkout Agreement - check out and use laptops at home
MLA Sample Paper - Sample MLA paper from LSSC Libraries
Sophomore Summer Assignment - This is for students advancing to 10th grade.
Spanish Books for Informational Hours - Earn 2 informational hours for each book quiz
Spanish Resources for Homework & Research - Magazine & newspaper articles for current topics.
Media Center LinksWebMath - A math-help website
Website on Plagiarism - Explains and reminds students about plagiarism rules