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Tuesday Mornings in the Library- come up to the Media Center by 7:30 a.m. to do a fun activity. Check my Google Calendar by joining my class (code: ry3r85u). Each activity will be done for 2 weeks. Explanations of each activity are in my Google Classroom and the calendar below.

 Yearbooks are now being sold both online and in the front office. Visit Mrs. Brooks's Yearbook Teacher Connection Page for info.

8th Grade Parents: Purchase a Personal Advertisement in the yeabook for your child. Visit Mrs. Brooks's Yearbook Teacher Connection Page for info. 


Need to find something to read or a book to use for research? Use the small search bar in the icon below to perform an automatic search of the MS library. 

DESTINY (card catalog)  

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. 

AR Due Dates - 100% of your goal must be completed by the following dates each nine weeks: Oct. 6th, Dec 16th, March 9th, May 4th
How many points do you need? Look in your VCMS Handbook on page 21. The handbook is in the front portion of your agenda.              
Rewards for Reading
1) Dress down days for meeting 100% of your goal. Occurs each 9 weeks.
2) Field Trip in March for reading all 15 of the SSYRA books and passing the AR tests. 
3) AR Celebration (aka. field day) for meeting your AR goal EACH nine weeks.
4) Dress Down days for each 100 AR point goal you meet.
5) Monthly DDD for making into the Pont Club (accumulating points in 100s)

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.

Requests: Legos, flashlights, 


Contact Information

Media Specialist

Claire Brooks



AR Book Lookup

Curious if your book has an AR test?  Want to know the level and points?  Go to to find out.  You can search by title or author.

AR HomeConnect

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. 


PI Opportunities

1) The Calendar has "Volunteers Needed" dates posted.

2) volunteer to shelve books. 

3) Watch for information about volunteering for our Book Fair (Feb 6  - 10th)

4) Volunteer for our end-of-the-year AR Reading Celebration (date TBA)

5) 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


6) 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 



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- 4:00 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 staff to come to the media center before, during, and after school. Teachers in before-care, the lunchroom, and guides in after-care will have passes.


EBOOK SOURCES – 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)

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



Sumter County Library Services

Marion County Public Library System

Lake County Library System

Lake Sumter State College

Media Center Acrobat(.PDF) Documents

2016 Summer Reading Letter -
2016-2017 SSYRA Book List -
8th Grade Personal Ads. - Celebrate Your Child's Success
Media Center Rules and Procedures -
Yearbook Order Form - turn in form & payment to the front office

Media Center Links

Book 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

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