The Villages Middle School

Media Center

**For anything yearbook or picture related, please go to Mrs. Brooks' teacher connection page.

Library Hours

Mon - Thurs. 7:15 - 3:45

Fri. 7:15 - 3:30

Poetry Contest: 28th Annual Student Poetry Contest sponsored by The Florida State Poets Association, Inc.

Due date: Monday, November 27th
Prizes: 1st- $25, 2nd- $15, 3rd- $10, and honorable mentions. Each winner receives a copy of the book, Cadence, which will include your poem. 
Higher competition: winning poems will be entered in the National Federation of State Poetry Society's Contest.
PLEASE PLEASE- read the PDF document listed below. There are rules you MUST follow or be disqualified. 


PI Time-

we need volunteers to help us in the library on Wed. 11/15, Fri. 11/17, and Mon. 11/27. Details are on the calendar. Please email Mrs. Brooks if you can come. Thank you. 

Join the library's Google Classroom: ry3r85u

Time Sensitive Information

NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month

The world is in danger! Boring plots and unoriginal characters are making readers cry out for help. VCMS students can help. Come to the library before school any day from Nov 1st - 30th to unite with other creative writers. Writers will join Mrs. Brooks's NaNoWriMo classroom to get writing pep talks, activities to develop writing skills, learn how to publish, and set challenges for yourself. 

You may participate even if you don't make it to the library. 


2) join the classroom using the code: ZWGTVCCR

3) accept the challenge and get started. 

December 20th before school the library will be set up with a stage and microphone giving students the opportunity to share a portion of their work. 


Book Club: Wednesday, TBA

When: 3 - 4 pm in the library (You don't need to check in with aftercare; I will send them a list of students attending)
How: (1) read ____ (2) AR test on it (3) to sign up - email Mrs. Brooks you will come. Limited to 20 people.
Details: pizza and drinks will be served and we will do a fun activity based on the book.

Parent pick up will be in the breezeway outside of the aftercare office. At 4:10 all remaining students will go to aftercare. 

 The 2017-2018 Sunshine State book list (SSYRA)

Click on the following link to access the list and book descriptions:   We want every student to make a goal to read 3 or more of these books this school year. 

How are the Sunshine State books chosen? A panel of middle school librarians across the state of Florida read hundreds of books. They chose a variety of books that will appeal to the middle school students. Some books are long, some are short. There is always a variety of topics in hopes that there is at least one book to reach every 6th - 8th child's interest.  

Mindset Videos: PI Informational Time

 Growth Mindset videos from the Florida Department of Education address how the research of Dr. Carol Dweck who states that the way students think impacts their attitudes toward learning and how they perform in the classroom. 

 Each video lesson and accompanying survey will earn parents 30 minutes of informational time.  While both parents may review the three videos and five articles, credit will be awarded to only one parent for a maximum of 4.0 hours per household. 

 To take advantage of this opportunity for earning informational hours, access these resources at:  Mindset Videos and Resources for PI Time

Search the Library for books

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 for 2017-18: 100% of your goal must be completed by the following dates each nine weeks: Oct. 16th, Dec 22nd, March 14th, May 11th

How many points do you need? Look in your VCMS Handbook for point designations or ask your Language Arts teacher. 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 on March 30th for reading all 15 of the SSYRA books and passing the AR tests. DUE March 16th
3) AR Celebration (aka. field day) for meeting your AR goal the 1st - 3rd nine weeks.
4) Monthly DDD for making into the Point Club (accumulating points in 100s)
5) In April- Official Voting booths will be set up in the library by the Supervisor of Elections of Sumter Co. Students must read 3 or more of the Sunshine State books to be eligible. 

Thursday 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).  Explanations of each activity are in my Google Classroom and the calendar below.

 Yearbooks  Visit Mrs. Brooks's Yearbook Teacher Connection Page for info. Purchase a 2017- 2018 yearbook -   8th Grade Ads- you may purchase one on the same website's home page. 

Media Center Wish List

We accept gently used books appropriate for middle school students, ESPECIALLY SSYRA books (see link for list below), hard cover books, or newly released titles. PI hours will be given.

Plastic storage containers (small and medium sizes) with lids, chess and/or checkers sets, markers, arts and crafts supplies.

Decorations Needed! If you have any that you are getting rid of, please consider donating them to the library. We like to decorate for the seasons and holidays. Thank you.

Contact Information

Media Specialist

Claire Brooks



AR Book Check

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. You may also request a test be created for your book. Choose >teacher (instead of student) when you open the website. Then click on Suggest Quizzes at the top right-hand corner. Fill out the information and a test will be made. 

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 mend books. 

3) Watch for information about volunteering for our Book Fairs.

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

5) Parent Involvement Reading: The list of books is in the PDF below.

You must have a student enrolled at the middle school to check out and test on the chosen books.  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: 

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. 

7) Wish List items: Lego sets, chess and/or checkers sets, markers, arts and crafts supplies, robotics supplies or kits.  Decorations Needed! We like to decorate for the seasons and holidays. Thank you.


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.
  • 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- 3:45 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.


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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

2017 Summer Reading Information - AR is required in middle school
Literacy Week 2017 - Jan 23 - 27th Contests and Events
Media Center Rules and Procedures -
Parenting books with AR tests (PI time) - earn 2 hours of Informational hours
Poetry Contest Rules - you must follow their guidelines
Sunshine State book descriptions 2017-18 -
Sunshine State Books 2017-18 - VCMS challenges each student to read at least 3.

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

 August 2014
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