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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.

 

NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK & NATIONAL POETRY MONTH

April - a month to celebrate literacy, poetry, and books!      

 

THE FLORIDA TEENS READ 2019 WINNERS 

The top five books nominated by Florida teens are:  

5th place - What to Say Next

4th place - My Sister Rosa

3rd place - A List of Cages

2nd place - This is Our Story

AND THE WINNER IS....

1st place - The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

 

THE LIBRARY 100

The just released list of the most widely available novels in libraries today.  How many of these 100 novels have you read?  Check out The Library 100:  Top Novels of All Time.

 

FLORIDA TEENS READ 2019 - 2020

And here is the new FTR 2019-2020 list of nominees.

 

READING SURVEY

Inquiring minds want to know.  Have you completed our survey?  Questions (there are only 4!) must be answered by April 5th to qualify for an entry into our National Library Week prize drawing.  

 

FLORIDA SHINESExperiencing 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

  • 2019 TEENS' TOP TEN - check out the just released list here!
  • YALSA TEEN BOOK FINDER - log into your app store and download this new app for a database of nearly 4,000 YA books..  

 

DESTINY CARD CATALOG

This is your connection to our media collection. To access your personal media account, email the media specialist at susan.whittaker@tvcs.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

 

eBOOKS

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.

Sumter County Library Services - enjoy eBooks & audio books.  Log in using your library card ID and PIN, then search the Axis 360 database.  

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 RESOURCES

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 Factbookinformation 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.

 

CITATION RESOURCES

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

 

LIBRARIES

Sumter County Library Services

Marion County Public Library System

Lake County Library System

Lake Sumter State College

 

STUDENT REQUESTS

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:  

* Moonrise by Sarah Crossan                                                          After the Shot Drops by Randy Ribay      

* Prince Charming by Rachel Hawkins                                              * Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer     

*A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer                           * Dry by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman   

 *Whisper by Lynette Noni                                                              * The Deceivers by Kristen Simmns

Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson                                            * The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater

The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed                                                   * This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe by Preston Norton

 

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 or more of these books for a classroom and earn 30 minutes for each $50 purchase: 

  • The Fred Factor: How Passion in Your Work and Life Can Turn the Ordinary into the Extraordinary by Mark Sanborn
  • When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson and Susan McCarthy
  • The Moon by Whale Light: And Other Adventures Among Bats, Penguins, Crocodilians, and Whales by Diane Ackerman

5.  Provide baked goods or purchase pizza for our reading celebrations.  

6.  Assist with one of these projects:  genre labels for fiction books from April 15th - May17th, textbook collection during the week of May 20th,  or Chromebook collection on Friday, May 17th. 

 

2018-2019 HOURS

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.

 

Contact:

Susan Whittaker, Media Specialist 

susan.whittaker@tvcs.org

Dianne Woods, Media Assistant

dianne.woods@tvcs.org

Jean Kadegis, Media Assistant

Jean.kadegis@tvcs.org

 

 

Contact: Susan.Whittaker@tvcs.org.



Media Center Acrobat(.PDF) Documents

2019-2020 VHS PI Informational Books -
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.


Media Center Links

Website on Plagiarism - Explains and reminds students about plagiarism rules


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Website Accessibility

The Villages Charter School (VCS) is committed to ensuring that its website is accessible to people with disabilities. If you use assistive technology and are experiencing difficulty accessing information on this site, please contact patrick.murphy@tvcs.org to gain access to inaccessible content or functionality of online content. To file a formal grievance under Section 504 and Title II with VCS please contact Patrick Murphy, Instructional Technology Supervisor at 352-259-2350.