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.
SUMMER READING 2015
Only a few weeks remain before summer vacation, and several students have asked about the summer reading assignment. Lots of things are the same and we have a few exciting changes! The program begins on Tuesday, June 9th with Thursday, July 23rd as the final day for check out. Hours are the same: 9 AM – noon on Tuesdays and 4 PM – 7 PM on Thursdays. This summer's assignment includes an opportunity for students to earn community service hours and credit for reading. The book list won't be posted until May 25th on teacher connection pages for English teachers and on the media center webpage, but you can check out your summer assignment under the Media Center PDF documents. All of the books will be available to borrow from the media center if students' accounts are clear of debts. See below for how to check your account for overdue books and/or fines.
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 preparation 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 #
NEWS for SENIORS!
AP and senior exams, award night, baccalaureate, and graduation will soon be here. College is just “around the corner,” and many of you will move into a new dorm room, leaving reminders of your high school years behind. If your shelves are bulging with books from those popular series that you purchased because you couldn’t wait for them to be available in the media center, I encourage you to donate your books. If your parents have a few remaining PI hours to complete, this could be the perfect win-win situation for everyone!
SUMTER COUNTY LIBRARY CARD DRIVE
Students who submitted forms for library cards may pick them up in the media center after April 13th.
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
April 2015 - Poetry 180: a Poem a Day for American High Schools – join 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 - 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
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 http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb . Scroll down to the database Informe Academico to access articles.
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 HOURS
*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.
· 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
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.
Summer Reading 2015 - Get a look at the upcoming summer assignment,
Media Center LinksWebMath - A math-help website
Website on Plagiarism - Explains and reminds students about plagiarism rules