Fall Book Fair
Pirate Island: Get Hooked on a Book
Come visit the middle school book fair from Aug. 25th - Sept. 2nd from 7:15 am - 4:00 pm. Bring friends, grandparents, moms, & dads to view our selection of kids and adult books available for purchase. Earn PI when you purchase a book to donate to a teacher's classroom.
The book fair will be open during our open house on Thurs. the 25th from 5:30 - 8:15pm.
Purchase books online & they will be shipped for free to our school. Visit www.scholastic.com/fair
Yearbooks are now on sale. Purchase one online now until Sept. 16th to get the discounted price of $40. https://yearbookforever.com/#school/10530/2017
Purchases may also be made by filling out the paperwork and sending in a check (payable to VCS) to Mrs. Brooks. See the PDF on this webpage.
8th Grade Parents: Purchase a Personal Advertisement for your child. View the attached PDF for information about this opportunity. Your ad will be published in color in the yearbook.
Welcome to the media center where our goal is to inspire a love of reading, provide opportunities that develop lifelong learners, and ensure that our students are effective users of information and ideas.
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.
Media Center Wish List
We accept gently used books appropriate for middle school students, ESPECIALLY SSYRA books (see link for list below) or newly released titles. PI hours will be given for books that we are able to use in the Middle School Media Center.
AR Book Lookup
Curious if your book has an AR test? Want to know the level and points? Go to www.arbookfind.com to find out. You can search by title or author.
Do you want to check your child's AR information from home?
Go to AR HomeConnect
You will use your child's log-in information for this site. Email me if you need your log in information.
1) volunteer to shelve books.
2) Watch for information about volunteering for our Book Fairs (Aug 25 - Sept. 2nd and Feb 6 - 10th)
3) Volunteer for our end-of-the-year AR Reading Celebration (date TBA)
4) Parent Involvement Reading:
You must have a student enrolled at the middle school to check out and test on the titles below. Parents will be awarded two PI hours for each book read with a passing score on the accompanying AR test. 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. After reading the book of your choice, you will need to take an AR test on that book in our school’s library. A score of 60% or higher is considered passing and once achieved, 2 hours of informational involvement time will be added to your parent involvement account. Limited copies of these titles will be available in our school’s library. Parental selections are as follows:
Parenting Teens with Love and Logic: Preparing Adolescents for Responsible Adulthood by Foster Cline, Jim Fay ISBN-13: 9781576839300
Positive Discipline A-Z: 1001 Solutions to Everyday Parenting Problems by Jane Nelsen, H. Stephen Glenn, Lynn Lott ISBN-13: 9780307345578
Homework Without Tears: A Parent's Guide for Motivating Children To Do Homework and To Succeed in School by Lee Canter, Lee Hausner ISBN-13: 9780062731326
Raising Self-Reliant Children in a Self-Indulgent World: Seven Building Blocks for Developing Capable Young People by H. Stephen Glenn, Jane Nelsen ISBN-13: 9780761511281
The Tween Years by Donna Corwin, Martha Moraghan Jablow ISBN-13: 9780809229956
Queen Bees & Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends & Other Realities of Adolescence by Rosalind Wiseman ISBN-13: 9781400047925
What in the World Are Your Kids Doing Online?: How to Understand the Electronic World Your Children Live In by Barbara Melton, Susan Shankle ISBN-13: 9780767926638
Naked Reading: Uncovering What Tweens Need to Become Lifelong Readers byTeri Lesesne ISBN-13: 9781571104168
The Five Love Languages of Teenagers Parent Study Guide byGary Chapman ISBN-13: 9780633019815
Dream So Big: A Parent's Guide to Helping Your Child Believe and Achieve by Christopher B. Pearman, Ian Blake Newhem, Raven-Symone (Foreword by) ISBN-13: 9781440504020
I'd Listen to My Parents If They'd Just Shut Up: What to Say and Not Say When Parenting Teens by Anthony Wolf ISBN-13: 9780061915451
Masterminds & wingmen : helping our boys cope with schoolyard power, locker-room tests, girlfriends, and the new rules of boy world by Rosalind Wiseman ISBN-13: 9780307986689
*NEW* How to Talk so Teens Will Listen and Listen so Teens Will Talk by Adele Faber ISBN-13: 9780060741266
*NEW* Positive Discipline for Teenagers by Jane Nelson ISBN-13: 9780770436551
*NEW* SPANISH TITLE Como hablar para que los Adolescentes Escuchen y como Escuchar para que los Adolescentes Hablen by Adele Faber ISBN-13: 9780060841294
5) 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 are a few titles that are top on students' lists:
** list coming soon
MEDIA CENTER POLICIES
We have established the following policies to encourage students to uphold our core value of stewardship as they use media center resources:
- Two 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 greater than $1.00 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 7:15 AM- 3:15 PM. Additional computer labs are also available.
- 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 before, during, and after school. Teachers in before-care, the lunchroom, and after-school guides will have passes.
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)
Academy of Achievement - biographies about leaders and visionaries who have helped to shape our world
American Rhetoric - database of 5000+ full text, audio, and video versions of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews & recorded media events
Biography Base - collection of 5485 biographies
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 - bibliography and citation generator
Citation Machine – a guide for creating MLA and APA formatting
Media Center Acrobat(.PDF) Documents2016 Summer Reading Letter -
2016-2017 SSYRA Book List -
8th Grade Personal Yearbook Advertisement - celebrate your child's accomplishments
Media Center Rules and Procedures -
Summer Reading Fiction Report -
Summer Reading NonFiction Report -
Yearbook Order Form 2016-17 - print, fill out, and submit with payment to Mrs. B
Media Center LinksBook Adventure - Create book lists, take tests, earn prizes!
InfoTrac Database-password and user available in media - Great Online Research Database
Just Read Families - Just Read Family Information
Juvenile Series and Sequels - Lists of hundreds of series. Easy searches!
Kids Reads! - Great descriptions of series books.
Scholastic - A varied resource for parent and student use
Sunshine State Books - Sunshine State Book Lists
Works Cited Format - Works Cited Format