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.
2018 TEENS TOP TEN VOTING
The votes are in and the following books are the 2018 Teens Top Ten winners:
- Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
- One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
- Warcross by Marie Lu
- Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
- Caraval by Sepahanie Garber
- Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
- I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez
- Paper Hearts by Ali Novak
- Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
- Once and For All by Sarah Dessen
Inquiring minds want to know. Complete our survey to help us learn more about your reading habits.
FLORIDA TEENS READ 2018-2019
Get ready for the 2018-2019 FTR books! Students who read all 15 books will be entered into a drawing for Barnes & Noble gift cards. Get started and keep posted for further information about program details. Click HERE and scroll down to read about the FTR books.
UPCOMING PI OPPORTUNITY
The VHS Media Center will host a book fair at Barnes & Noble on Saturday, December 8th. We will also be offering gift wrapping services to customers during store hours. If you are interested in signing up for this PI service opportunity contact Susan Whittaker for more info.
2019 YOUTH VIDEO & POSTER CONTEST
Students in grades K-12 are invited to participate in a national recycling awareness contest sponsored by Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) and JASON Learning. This year's theme is RECYCLE TO REBUILD. For complete contest guidelines, prize details, and more information about recycling, visit the contest page at Jason.org/contests
FLORIDA SHINES - Experiencing test anxiety? Want to increase your test scores? Check out Florida Shines for tips on these and other topics. Learn more at FloridaShines.org
READING NEWS UPDATES
- YALSA TEEN BOOK FINDER - log into your app store and download this new app for a database of nearly 4,000 YA books..
This is your connection to our media collection. To access your personal media account, email the media specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org for your password. Click the Destiny link above and follow these steps:
1) Click on The Villages High School link
2) Click on Login (in the top right corner)
3) Enter this info: Username: Student ID # Password: Emailed to you from Mrs. Whittaker
Destiny - Click on the Destiny link and then select the Destiny Discover tab in the left column. Select a book to read online or enter your Destiny username and password to check it out.
Project Gutenberg - over 42,000 free eBooks to read online or download.
ACT & SAT TEST PREP RESOURCES
These online resources connect you with study guides, practice exams, and tips to help you succeed.
ACT Academy - personalized student plan based on previous scores from the ADT test, official ACT practice tests or in-platform diagnostics.
Top 50 Strategies for ACT Test Day - 50 essential strategies that can help you earn more points on the ACT from Chegg
SAT Test Prep - 3 full-length practice tests, 1400+ practice questions and more from Chegg
ACT Test Prep - 3 full-length practice tests, 1400+ practice questions and more from Chegg
SAT, ACT & PSAT PREP- practice questions, simulated full-length tests, and test analytics designed by experts to help test takers improve thieir scores from Fabmarks
Official SAT Practice - from CollegeBoard and Khan Academy
Top 50 Strategies for ACT Day - strategies as well as resources to help students prepare for the ACT and SAT.
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.
ACT Test Prep -the official ACT test site with free ACT question of the day, practice questions, and test tips
Prep Center for the ACT - two complete online practice tests with explanations for every question, problem-solving videos and other ACT preparation resources
SAT Test Prep - access free sample SAT questions, free full SAT practice tests, and the official SAT student guide
Varsity Tutors - free diagnostic tests, practice tests, flashcards, and questions of the day to help you prepare for your ACT, SAT and PSAT exams.
Mometrix Academy – SAT prep video reviews
AP US History Study Guide from Gilder Lehrman - everything needed to excel in AP US History
History PowerPoint Presentations - AP US History, AP World History, and AP US Government
SPANISH RESOURCES FOR HOMEWORK & RESEARCH
Infotrac provides students with Spanish- and Portuguese-language scholarly 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
Search these lists for your next outstanding book.
College Bound Reading - revised every 5 years, these lists will help you round out your reading as you prepare for college entrance exams and courses.
Fictfact - follow your favorite series and know when new books are released
Goodreads - search and browse books by title and author as you decide what to read next
Fantastic Fiction - follow your favorite authors to learn about their new and upcoming books
The Bookseer - type the title and author of the book that you just finished and see what the wise one recommends to you
What Should I Read Next - type the title of the book you just read and find your next book
Reading is a joy, a privilege and the right of every student. As you select the library books that 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!"
DIGITAL REFERENCE RESOURCES
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
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 – go to Clever and login with your windows username and password
Florida Center for Instructional Technology - digital resources, such as maps, clip art and photos.
Writing Rescue Guide for College Students - new! Writing style guides, citation tips, and basic rules for successful college application & scholarship essay writing
Owl Purdue – MLA and APA formatting style guide
EasyBib - bibliography and citation generator
Citation Machine – a guide for creating MLA and APA formatting
Students often request books that are "the next in the series," and we award service hours if parents purchase 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 several titles that are at the top of our wish list:
* Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas * Broken Crowns by Lauren DeStefano
* Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare * Hostage Run by Andrew Klavan
* One Second After by William R. Forstchen * The Adjustment by Suzanne Young
*A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir * The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski
* Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary by Brandon Mull * The End of Oz by Danielle Paige
*The If in Life: How To Get Off Life's Sidelines and Become Your Best Self by Rashad Jennings
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:
* Three books may be checked out for two weeks and renewed for another two-week period if there are no other requests for them.
* Late books and overdue fines will restrict signing out additional items.
* The replacement cost will be charged for lost or damaged books. Refunds will be given if the book is found and returned before the end of June of the current school year.
* Late books will be charged $.05 per day after a five day grace period. Textbooks will also be charged late fines beginning in the 2018-2019 school year.
* There is no charge for black and white printing; color printing is 25 cents per page. Students may print before and after school and during their lunches.
* 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 are required to check in and out of the media center by scanning their student ID number located on ID badges.
NEED A QR READER APP?
Learn about our new Parent Involvement books with a QR Reader app. Find directions on downloading the app under the Media Center PDF Documents.
PI HOUR OPPORTUNITIES FOR 2018-2019
1. Earn 15 minutes for each unit (there are 6 units total) towards informational hours for taking the Digital Citizenship and Safety Course which is available in both English and Spanish. Units may be completed only once.
2. Earn 30 minutes towards informational hours for articles at this site: Mindset Videos and Resources for PI Time. Credit will be awarded only once to one parent for a maximum of 4.0 hours per household.
3. Earn informational hours by reading a Parent Involvement book to earn two informational hours per book after successfully completing a 10 question quiz. Checkout books and complete tests between 7:30 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.
4. Purchase one of the student requests listed under STUDENT REQUESTS.
5. Volunteer at the gift wrapping table at our December Barnes & Noble book fair.
6. Provide baked goods or purchase pizza for our reading celebrations.
7. Assist with the collection of our graduating seniors' Chromebooks in May.
Take advantage of our daily 7 a.m. opening to check out books, print papers, get assistance with Chromebooks, or play chess & checkers with friends. Students must scan their ID badges upon entering and exiting the media center. Evening hours are as follows:
Mondays & Fridays until 3:30 p.m. and Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays until 4 p.m.
Susan Whittaker, Media Specialist
Dianne Woods, Media Assistant
Jean Kadegis, Media Assistant
Media Center Acrobat(.PDF) Documents
QR Reader Download - Directions for downloading a QR Reader
Spanish Books - Earn 2 information hours per book quiz
Spanish Resources for Homework & Research - Magazine & newspaper articles for current topics.
VHS PI Informational Books - Earn 2 information hours per book
Media Center LinksWebsite on Plagiarism - Explains and reminds students about plagiarism rules