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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.



Due dates are stamped in the front of your summer reading book.  Books must be renewed or returned prior to receiving student agendas at orientation on August 4th, so remember to check those dates please! The summer assignment is still posted under the Media Center PDF documents

VHS 2015 Summer Reading - 9th & 10th Grades:

 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck

A Long Way Gone - Ismael Beah

Tuesday’s With Morrie - Mitch Albom

Hate List - Jennifer Brown

The Girl’s Guide to Homelessness - Brianna Karp

All’s Quiet on the Western Front - Erich Maria Remarque

VHS 2015 Summer Reading - 11th & 12th Grades

 Glass Menagerie - Tennessee Williams

Call of the Wild - Jack London

Into the Wild - Jon Krakauer

My Lobotomy - Howard Dully

Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde

Seabiscuit - Laura Hillenbrand


MEDIA CENTER ACCOUNTS - new access info!

Did you know that you can check the status of your media center account without stopping by the circulation desk in the media center?  Follow these steps to access a list of your checkouts and/or late fines:  Click on the Destiny Card Catalog  link; click on The Villages High School; click on Login (top right corner)

Username:  first.last@tvcs        Password:  Student ID # 


The votes have been tallied!  The winner has been selected by Florida teens!  The 2015 Florida Teens Read winner is.....Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell.



Check them out here:



April 2015 - Poetry 180:  a Poem a Day for American High Schoolsjoin the celebration of National Poetry Month, the “largest literary celebration in the world.” All 180 poems have been selected with high school students in mind.

March 2015 - - listen to interviews from your favorite authors, challenge your self with quizzes about your favorite YA books, track the books you read all year, and find the next great book to read at

January 2015 – 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. 

December 2014 – Sweet Search -Sweet Search is a search engine that helps students find outstanding information, faster. It enables them to determine the most relevant results from a list of credible resources, and makes it much easier for them to find primary sources. It searches only the 35,000 Web sites that their staff of research experts and librarians and teachers have evaluated and approved.

November 2014 - Free FL DMV Permit Practice Test - car & motorcycle practice tests and driver's handbooks provided to you by the Sumter County Library System!

October 2014 - What Should I Read Next? - type the title of the book you just read and find your next book.

September 2014: AP US History Study Guide from Gilder Lehrman - everything needed to excel in AP US History; features videos for each of the AP's historical periods, timelines, and maps.  Documents and essays from Period 1: 1491-1607 can be found here, with Period 2: 1607-1754 on September 25th. 

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.



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

NEW ADDITION!  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



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 

YA Author Interviews

Digital Book Talk  

Fantastic Fiction

Scholastic Books

Florida Center for Instructional Technology: Lit2Go 

“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. – 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)

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

Internet Public Library (IPL2) – resources organized by subject; sources that you can trust



Informational Hours – Reading parent involvement books is a great way to complete your informational hours, but don't delay as books are currently in high demand! Both qualifying parents may test on the same book.  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 –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:

*Iron Trail by Holly Black

*The Heroes of Olympus Book Five: the Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

*Michael Vey 4: Hunt for Jade Dragon by Richard Paul Evans

*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 Young Elites by Marie Lu

*Monsters by Ilsa J. Bick



*Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday - 7 AM - 3:30 PM

* Thursday - 7 AM - 4:30 PM


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. 

·   Students who bring a bagged lunch and covered drink may eat in the media center during their lunch after getting a signed pass from the media staff.  Students who choose to eat in the cafeteria may come to the media center after eating if they have a 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
MLA Sample Paper - Sample MLA paper from LSSC Libraries
Spanish Books for Informational Hours - Earn 2 informational hours for each book quiz
Spanish Resources for Homework & Research - Magazine & newspaper articles for current topics.
VHS 2015 Summer Reading Assignment - Books and assignment for grades 9 & 10 and 11 & 12

Media Center Links

WebMath - A math-help website
Website on Plagiarism - Explains and reminds students about plagiarism rules

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