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.
BANNED BOOK WEEK
We're celebrating the freedom to read during Banned Book Week. Stop by the media center to watch our slide show and determine how many of our banned and challenged books you have read!
When are my books dues? How do I access my personal media center account? Email the media specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
A quick video to view before writing your research papers.
When looking for an assigned lexile range, use the above link to guide your search.
BUFFALO BOOK BINGO
Pick up a playing card in the media center and let the games begin. Completed cards must be turned in by December 15th in order to be entered into the drawing for the $25 Barnes & Noble gift card.
1. Powder Puff Game - help us sell water to thirsty fans at the game on Friday, October 7th. See us for more details.
2. Closet Clutter volunteers - join us on October 15th for the annual Closet Clutter. Put on your best smile and hand people a bag to fill up with books that we will be selling. Email Mrs. Whittaker for more details on earning some service hours.
3. Online videos & articles - earn informational hours by watching videos, reading articles, and completing surveys - all online! 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: https://sites.google.com/a/tvcs.org/mindset/
4. Informational Hour books - 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.
NEED A QR READER APP?
Find directions on downloading a QR Reader under the Media Center PDF Documents in order to read descriptions of our newest PI books.
FLORIDA TEENS READ BOOKS
Check out the new 2016 - 2017 list here. Students who read at least 3 books from this list earn the opportunity to vote for their favorite in April 2017. Get started today!
NEW - TEENS' TOP TEN NOMINEES
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. Read about these books here or watch this video.
TWO NEW CONTESTS
Letters about Literature - Read. Be Inspired. Write Back. For details click here and learn how you cuold win up to $1,000.
The 2017 TeenDrive365 Video Challenge - prizes range from $15,000 - $1,000. Create a 30-60 second video about safe teen driving.
WEBSITE OF THE MONTH
August 2016 - DMV Practice Test Florida - study the Florida Driver's Handbook and then take these practice tests for your driver's permit
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 - FactCheck.org - 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 scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.
November 2015 - Pics4Learning.com - 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!
ACT & SAT TEST PREP RESOURCES
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 strategies 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 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 – 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
SPANISH RESOURCES FOR HOMEWORK & RESEARCH
Infotrac provides students with Spanish- and Portuguese-language scholarly journals and magazines. Pick up the username and password at the media center and then log in at http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb . Scroll down to the database Informe Academico to access articles.
READING - FICTION & NONFICTION SOURCES
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
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
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.
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
DIGITAL INFORMATION SOURCES
Infotrac – magazines, newspapers and reference resources with reliable, accurate information (username and password are available in media center)
Brittanica School - access the Encyclopedia Britannica through this link (username and password are available in media center)
Image Quest - images to enhance reports and presentations (username and password are available in media center)
Annals of American History - 2,100 entries from 1493 to the present; speeches, essays, biographies, landmark court decisions, photos and multimedia (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 versions 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 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.
Owl Purdue – MLA and APA formatting style guide
EasyBib - bibliography and citation generator
Citation Machine – a guide for creating MLA and APA formatting
PARENT INVOLVEMENT HOURS
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 are 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
MEDIA CENTER POLICIES
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 LinksWebsite on Plagiarism - Explains and reminds students about plagiarism rules