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.
The media center is generally open from 7 AM - 3:30 PM. We are open the following afternoons until 4:30 PM:
Mondays - February 1
Tuesdays - February 2, 9 & 23
Wednesdays - February 3, 17 & 24
Thursdays - February 11, 18 & 25
DESTINY CARD CATALOG
Destiny Card Catalog gives you access to your personal media center account. Once you've clicked the Destiny link click on The Villages High School link; click on Login (in the top right corner). Enter this info: Username: first.last@tvcs Password: Student ID # Once logged in you can check the due date of your books, explore the card catalog, and even create a list of books to read for pleasure or use for research assignments by using the Resource Lists tab.
CELEBRATE LITERACY, FLORIDA
Schools across the state will hold special activites to promote reading during the week of January 25th. Parents are encouraged to "take a break" during this week and read the article 10 Benefits of Reading: Why You Should Read Every Day to remind yourselves how reading expands your life. Students will find the article When You Start to Read More, These 10 Things Will Happen amusing and eye-opening. So, happy reading everyone! Don't let the day pass you by without reading something! You'll find each article under PDF Documents at the bottom of this webpage.
We will be discussing this year's Florida Teens Read books on Thursday, January 28th in the media center during both lunches. Sign up at the circulation desk and join faculty and students as they campaign for their favorite books. Click on the link above to read about each of the books.
WEBSITE OF THE MONTH
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 shcolarship, and to increase public knowledte and understanding.
December 2015 - Top 50 Strategies for ACT Test Day - strategies as well as resources to help students prepare for the SAT and ACT.
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!
August 2015 – WorldandISchool.com – explore the world through sight and sound from your computer! You’ll find videos, news articles, pictures for all areas of interest. Stop by the media center or email Mrs. Whittaker for the username and password to get started.
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 & SAT TEST PREP RESOURCES
These online resources connect you with study guides, practice exams, and tips to help you succeed.
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 - 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.
Fictfact - follow your favorite series and know when new books are released
Goodreads - decide what to read next or see what your friends are reading
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)
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 – 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's 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 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.
· 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
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.
Media Center LinksWebsite on Plagiarism - Explains and reminds students about plagiarism rules