Welcome to the media center where our goal 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 skills that enable them to become independent, lifelong learners.
SUMMER READING 2013 HAS BEGUN
English teachers discussed the assignments and books with their students before they left for summer vacation. Assignments will also be mailed home with report cards, so be on the lookout for them soon! Lists and assignments are posted on the teacher connection pages for English teachers and the VHS Media Center webpage. See the assignments by grade under Media Center PDF Documents.
Check out summer reading books as well as other books from the VHS Media Center during these summer hours:
· June 6, 2013 – July 30, 2013
· Tuesdays from 12 PM – 3 PM
· Thursdays from 4 PM – 7 PM
FLORIDA VIRTUAL SCHOOL CLASSES
Are you enrolled in a class with Florida Virtual School? Computers will be available during the hours and days listed above.
PARENT INVOLVEMENT HOURS
Informational Hours - Get a jump on your informational hours this summer while you work on your suntans. 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 to earn a total of four hours. See the list of our parenting books located under Media Center PDF Documents below.
Service Hours - Are you a shopper instead of a reader? We also appreciate parents’ book donations and award PI service hours based on the retail value of donated books as well as their condition. When you donate one of the following books requested by our students, you help us create a win-win situation for everyone!
· Allegiant by Veronica Roth
· The Fall of Five by Pittacus Lore
· Guardian Angel by Robert Muchamore
· The Royal Ranger by John Flanagan
· Revealed by P.C. Cast
· The Eye of Minds by James Dashner
E-BOOK COLLECTIONS - Our collections are growing, and students will have easier access with our new Destiny catalog that we anticipate rolling out to you mid-July. Come back and check us out then!
Facts on File eBook Collection –This collection of ebooks from Infobase Publishing is growing, so don’t delay any longer! Students should stop by the media center for their username and password.
BOOKS - READING BEYOND THE SUMMER REQUIREMENTS!
Don't limit your summer reading to the two books assigned for your grade. Use one of the sites below to select books to read by the pool, at the beach, or on the plane this summer.
College Bound Reading – The 2009 list includes five disciplines: arts and humanities, history and cultures, literature and language arts, science and technology, and social sciences. Public, secondary, and academic librarians in collaboration with the Association of College and Research Libraries have selected fiction, nonfiction, poetry and drama to prepare college-bound students for academic reading.
Yalsa's Teen Book Finder – Anyone who likes free apps and YA books should check this out. Lots of search features make it perfect for iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad users. Download the app and start enjoying today!
YA Author Interviews - If you are part of the multitude of American teens who have devoured books by young adult authors Lauren Oliver, Sara Shepherd, Meg Cabot, and Suzanne Collins, you will want to watch these interviews! Check them out by clicking on: YA Author Interviews.
Digital Book Talk - This website offers dynamic 2-minute book trailers that are sure to stir a teen’s interest. With over 122 books, this website created by Dr. Robert Kenny from Florida Gulf Coast University and Dr. Glenda Gunter of UCF will help you select your next book.
Fantastic Fiction – find the latest on new authors and books as well as the most popular books and top authors.
Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book – book reviews of young adult books.
Scholastic Books – Selecting best-selling YA books and buying them at affordable prices make for a winning combination.
Florida Center for Instructional Technology: Lit2Go – free University of South Florida audio collection of online stories and poems for K-12 literature.
“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” ~ Oscar Wilde
MEDIA RESOURCES AND INFORMATION
Web Site Evaluation - How can students select the best information for their research questions? Is the information posted even accurate? Use The Five W’s of Web Site Evaluation by Kathy Schrock to help you cope with information overload as you critically evaluate which sites to use.
Facts on File Databases – magazines, newspapers, images, reference books from a reliable source. We subscribe to Bloom’s Literary Reference Online; Health Reference Center; Issues & Controversies in American History; Today’s Science; World Geography and Culture Online. (username and password are available in media center)
Infotrac – magazines, newspapers and reference resources that provide reliable, accurate information in all subject areas plus special databases for business, health and Spanish classes. (username and password are available in media center)
Infotopia – a search engine with trusted websites and a good alternative to Google.
World Factbook – provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military and transnational issues for 267 world entities.
Florida Electronic Library – (Login with the 14 digit # on your public library card)
State of Florida iTunes U – resources on Florida culture and history as well as student tech tips.
Florida Center for Instructional Technology: Maps ETC – maps from around the world.
Florida Center for Instructional Technology: ClipArt ETC – royalty-free illustrations for class room use.
Florida Center for Instructional Technology: ClipPix ETC – royalty-free photos for classroom use.
Askalibrarian.org - find help with your research questions with real people who provide real help, real fast! A virtual reference service provided through live chat and text messaging from 10 AM - midnight Sunday through Thursday, and from 10 !M - 5 PM Friday and Saturday.
Bib Me -a bibliography maker that builds a works cited list for you
Owl Purdue – MLA and APA formatting style guide
Citation Machine – a guide for creating MLA and APA formatting
Internet Public Library (IPL2) – resources organized by subject; sources that you can trust
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.
· 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.
"To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting." ~ Edmund Burke
Media Center Acrobat(.PDF) Documents
Florida Teens Read 2012-2013 - Read annotations about this year's nominations.
Freshmen Summer Reading - Assignment and reading list
Junior Summer Reading - Assignment and reading list
MLA Sample Paper - Sample MLA paper from LSSC Libraries
Parenting Books for PI Informational Hours -
Senior Summer Reading - Assignment for one of your two required books.
Senior Summer Reading - Assignment for the second of two required books
Sophomore Summer Reading - Assignment and reading list
Media Center LinksSAT Question of the Day - Set up an account and track your Question of the Day stats
Shelfari - Recommended books by the VHS Media Center
WebMath - A math-help website
Website on Plagiarism - Explains and reminds students about plagiarism rules