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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.



The media center will begin summer hours on Tuesday, June 7th through Thursday, July 21st.  We will be open Tuesdays from 12 - 3 p.m. and Thursdays from 4 - 7 p.m.



When are my books dues?  How do I access my personal media center account?  Email the media specialist at for your password.  Click the Destiny link above and follow these steps:  1) Click on The Villages High School link; 2) Click on Login (in the top right corner); 3) Enter this info:  Username:  Student ID #  Password:  Emailed to you from Mrs. Whittaker.  



We strongly encourage students to read as many books as possible over the summer.  Research shows the more you read, the better you do in school and on college entrance exams.  For each book that you read from the VHS Grades 9 - 12 list, you can take a short quiz and then qualify for our incentive program.  You will find this list and the new AP lists, under the Media Center PDF Documents.  



The decision was unanimous!  Our books voted and decided not to stay on the shelves this summer!  It gets lonely without daily visitors, and they want to explore beyond the media cener walls.  You can help!  Stop by and check out entire series, explore some new genres, or try several new authors.  All books must be returned before orientation on August 2nd.  



VHS parents may now earn informational hours by watching videos, reading articles, and completing surveys - all online!  Growth Mindset videos and articles from the Florida DOE address the research of Dr. Carol Dweck who states that the way students think impacts their attitudes toward learning and how they perforn in the classroom.  Parents may earn 30 minutes for each of the two videos and five articles.  We encourage both parents to review them, but credit will be awarded to only one parent for a maximum of 3.5 hours per household.  To take advantage of this PI opportunity, access these resources at:



Looking for new books to read to complete your PI informational hours?  Click on New PI eBooks - March 2016 located under Media Center PDF documents.  If you download a QR Reader and scan each code, you'll access a description for each book.  Contact Mrs. Whittaker to reserve a book, visit the media center between 7:35 am and 3:15 pm, or ask your teen to pick up a book for you today to finish those remaining hours.  For a complete list of all VHS PI books, click on PI Informational Hour Books located under Media Center PDF documents. 



Find directions on downloading a QR Reader under the Media Center PDF Documents in order to read descriptions of our newest PI books. 



And the winner is....... The Program by Suzanne Young!  Thanks to all our teens who voted!  Check out the new list of 2016-2017 FTR books and start on them this summer, so you, too, will be able to vote for your favorite book! 



The 2016 list has been announced!  Teen book groups in fifteen school and public libraries across the US nominated and choose their favorite books of the previous year.  Voting does not open until August 15th, but you can read about these books here or watch this video.  



Congratulations to senior David Jones!  His essay, "The Power of Words," was awarded the Intellectual Freedom scholarship from FAME (Florida Association for Media in Education) for the entire state of Florida! 



April 2016 - Google Cultural Institute -amazing virtual field trips of museums, art collections, and wonders around the world!

March 2016 - Spring Break 2016 Hit List - slideshow of page turners that you won't be able to put down on your spring break escape!

February 2016 - YALSA's 2015 Best of the Best - award-winning books from six different lists.  Definitely a must for avid teen readers!

January 2016 - - monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases.  Their goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and shcolarship, and to increase public knowledte and understanding. 

November 2015 - - use copy-right free photos & images for videos, portfolios, or any projects in an educational setting. 

October 2015 - Official SAT Practice - from CollegeBoard and Khan Academy

September 2015 - Florida Electronic Library - free databases to all Florida residents.  Use your public library card to access these treasures!

August 2015 – WorldandISchool.comexplore the world through sight and sound from your computer!   You’ll find videos, news articles, pictures for all areas of interest.  Stop by the media center or email Mrs. Whittaker for the username and password to get started. 



These online resources connect you with study guides, practice exams, and tips to help you succeed.

Top 50 Strategies for ACT Day - strategies as well as resources to help students prepare for the ACT and SAT.

Veritas Prep's Free SAT Study Resources - take online SAT practice tests,  watch free SAT lesson videos  broken down by subject, and explore the math, reading, and writing strateges to improve your score.  

Sparknotes SAT – skill-building for the writing, reading & math sections of the SAT plus test-taking strategies & vocab-building tools

ACT Test Prep – - the official ACT test site with free ACT question of the day, practice questions, and test tips

Prep Center for the ACT – - two complete online practice tests with explanations for every question, problem-solving videos and other ACT preparation resources

SAT Test Prep – - access free sample SAT questions, free full SAT practice tests, and the official SAT student guide

Varsity Tutors - - 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 - 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 SAT prep video reviews



AP US History Study Guide from Gilder Lehrman - everything needed to excel in AP US History

History PowerPoint Presentations - AP US History, AP World History, and AP US Government



Infotrac provides students with Spanish- and Portuguese-language scholary journals and magazines.   Pick up the username and password at the media center and then log in at . Scroll down to the database Informe Academico to access articles. 



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.      

College Bound Reading  - revised every 5 years, these lists will help you round out your reading as you prepare for college entrance exams and courses.

Fictfact - follow your favorite series and know when new books are released

YA Author Interviews

Digital Book Talk  

Fantastic Fiction

Scholastic Books

The Bookseer - type the title and author of the book that you just finished and see what the wise one recommends to you

What Should I Read Next - type the title of the book you just read and find your next book

Florida Center for Instructional Technology: Lit2Go 


Reading is a joy, a privilege and the right of every student.  As you select the library books you will read, please understand that every book is not the best choice for every student.  If a book is unappealing or offensive to you in any way, please return it and select another.  You know which reading materials best serve you and your own standards, reading levels, and beliefs.  Just remember these wise words spoken by someone once upon a time.  "Dinosaurs didn't read.  Now, they are extinct!"



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. – 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



Infotrac – magazines, newspapers and reference resources with reliable, accurate information (username and password are available in media center)

Academy of Achievement - biographies about leaders and visionaries who have helped to shape our world

American Rhetoric  -  database of 5000+ full text, audio, and video verisons of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews & recorded media events

Biography Base - collection of 5485 biographies

Infotopia – a search engine with trusted websites.

World Factbookinformation 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.



Owl Purdue – MLA and APA formatting style guide

EasyBib - bibiography and citation generator

Citation Machine – a guide for creating MLA and APA formatting



Sumter County Library Services

Marion County Public Library System

Lake County Library System

Lake Sumter State College



Informational Hours – We offer an extensive list of books for parents interested in earning two parent involvement hours per book.  Both qualifying parents may test on the same book to earn a total of four hours.  Please bring your PI card when you come to the media center to complete your quiz.  Check out the Books for Information Hours under Media Center PDF Documents below.  Call or email for available times for completing tests in the media center.   

Service Hours –Are you a shopper instead of a reader?  Students often request books that are "the next in the series," and we award PI service hours if parents are interested in purchasing books.  We also accept book donations based upon the needs in our collection, and service hours are awarded based on the books' retail value and condition.  Here's a few titles that are top on students' lists:

*Iron Trail by Holly Black

*Goliath by Scott Westerfeld

* Sanctum: an Asylum Novel by Madeleine Roux

*The Beautiful and the Cursed by Christopher Paolini

*Monsters by Ilsa J. Bick



We have established the following policies to encourage students to uphold 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. 

·   Students need a pre-signed pass from the media staff to come to the media center after eating lunch.  Lunches will not be eaten in the media center until further notice, but students are welcome to come to use computers and check out books.   





Media Center Acrobat(.PDF) Documents

2014 Websites - recommendations for research, exam prep & reading
2015 Websites - recommendations for research, exam prep & reading
ACT & SAT Test Prep Resources - Study guides, practice exams and tips.
eBook Access - Download the app for VHS eBooks
MLA Sample Paper - Sample MLA paper from LSSC Libraries
New PI eBooks - March 2016 - Our newest additions in eBook format
PI Books for Informational Hours - Updated March 2016 with new books
QR Reader Download - Directions for downloading a QR Reader
Spanish Books for Informational Hours - Earn 2 informational hours for each book quiz
Spanish Resources for Homework & Research - Magazine & newspaper articles for current topics.
Summer Reading - AP Biology -
Summer Reading - AP Language & Composition -
Summer Reading - AP Literature & Composition -
Summer Reading - Grades 9 - 12 -

Media Center Links

Website on Plagiarism - Explains and reminds students about plagiarism rules

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