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.
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? All accounts MUST BE CLEARED by May 29th in order to re-enroll for the 2015-2016 school year.
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 #
MEDIA CENTER HOURS
*Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday - 7 AM - 3:30 PM
* Thursday - 7 AM - 4:30 PM
SUMTER COUNTY LIBRARY CARD DRIVE
Students who do not have a public library card from Sumter County have an opportunity during the month of March to sign up for a card AND have their names entered into a drawing for laser tag gift certificates, movie passes, and gift cards from Target and Barnes & Noble. The card gives students access to databases to assist with research papers, books, DVDS, games, and SAT & ACT test prep resources. Applications turned in by the 20th receive 2 entries and by noon on the 27th receive one entry to be eligible for the drawings.
TEENS TOP TEN WINNERS
Check them out here: http://www.yalsa.ala.org/thehub/2014/10/20/2014-teens-top-ten-titles-announced/
WEBSITE OF THE MONTH
March 2015 - Goodreads.com - 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 www.goodreads.com
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.
ACT and SAT TEST PREP RESOURCES
These online resources connect you with study guides, practice exams, and tips to help you succeed.
NEW ADDITION! Sparknotes SAT – http://www.sparknotes.com/testprep/newsat/- skill-building for the writing, reading & math sections of the SAT plus test-taking strategies & vocab-building tools
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
SPANISH RESOURCES FOR HOMEWORK & RESEARCH
Infobase database provides 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
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.
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 – 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
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
Laptop Checkout Agreement - check out and use laptops at home
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.
Media Center LinksWebMath - A math-help website
Website on Plagiarism - Explains and reminds students about plagiarism rules