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Library Hours: 

Join the library's Google Classroom:

Mon - Thurs. 7:15am - 3:45pm

Fri. 7:15am - 3:30pm                           



SSYRA Field Trip

Congratulations to all of the students who read all 15 of the Sunshine State books. That is quite an accomplishment. 


Students attending received an email with specific information about departure times, lunch and spending money. 

 Check the Media Center Google Classroom for more up-to-date information. 

Students' Choice Book Award

Which of the Sunshine State book authors should be chosen as the most popular for Florida's middle schoolers?
If you have read 3 or more from the list of 15 books, you can vote.
Come to the library Wednesday, 4/10, 1st period through 5th period to vote. Have your voice heard!!
Authors listen to their readers and love to have their feedback. Let them know what kinds of books you like to read.
Raffle prizes will be available to be won for students who vote. 


Library Closings
Please visit the Google calendar to see when we will be closed. 

During FSA testing the library is used as a testing site. Chromebook issues cannot be solved while we are closed. 

Charge your Chromebooks for testing days.  Make sure they are 100% - don't risk having your computer crash in the middle of the test.

Last year so many students needed loaner Chromebooks for testing that we ran out. 

Password Reset

Parents: email or if you need your Skyward password reset. 

Students: you are required to change your Skyward/Windows password every 3 months. An email will be sent to your school email when you are due to make that change. 

Check your email every day for important information from the school. Make checking your email a part of your homework routine. Email is very important as a student here at VCS. 

FYI- you have 2 main passwords (1) Google/Chrome and (2) Windows/Skyward. They will be updated seperately.

Chromebook Care

Chromebook repairs can be expensive. Be mindful that you have a responsibility to maintain the device issued to you. Tips: (a) get a protective sleeve. This will help protect it from bumps and dirt. (b) Keep it in a dirt-free and padded area in your backpack. (c) Be gentle on the keyboard. Pounding knocks off keys. (d) Do not touch another person's Chromebook. You will pay for any subsequent damages and will receive disciplinary consequences. (e) Do not try to fix issues by yourself. If a key pops off, bring the key and Chromebook to us. Do not lose the key. (f) Do not bring your charger to school. You may come by the library if you want us to attach a name label. An additional charger may be purchased from us for $25 (ex: for a second household). 

Connection Issues? 

1. restart your computer

2. clear your browsing history/cache Clear Cache

3. take off moving backgrounds, enlarged mouse, halos around the pointer, etc. Return settings to the original ones.

4. check that your keyboard is US and not INTL. Sometimes it gets switched. 


Book Club: Visit the Google Classroom

Participant names are listed on the Google Classroom.

Book Club: coming in May

How to join: Read and pass the AR test on any Jason Reynolds or Kwame Alexander book.  
Sign Up: Fill out the Google Form on the Media Center Google Classroom.
Limited to 30 participants.

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) pass the AR test, (3) to sign up email Mrs. Brooks you will come. Limited to 30 people.
Details: food 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 2018-2019 Sunshine State book list (SSYRA)

Click on the following link to access the list and book descriptions: SSYRA Book List & Summaries 2018-19

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.  

Field Trip: Have you read all 15 books? April 5th is the deadline for qualifying to go on the field trip. The field trip is Wednesday, April 17th.

April 2019 - read 3 or more of the SSYRA books to participate in the Mock Election to vote for your favorite book. This is an opportunity for students to be able to use the real voting machins that will be brought in by the Sumter Co. Elections folks. 

2018 Students' Choice Award:  The votes are in VCMS chose (these are not the state winners):

1) The War that Saved My Life by K. Bradley as their favorite.

2) 2nd place goes to Randoms by D. Liss

3) 3rd place is FRAMED! by J. Ponti

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. 

Get your own Sumter County Library card

Applications available in the Media Center. Parent signature required. Don't limit your access to knowledge - join the library!!

Sumter County Libraries

 AR Due Dates for 2018-19

100% of your goal must be completed by the following dates each nine weeks: Oct. 11th, Dec 21st, March 13th, May 10th

How many points do you need? View the VCMS Handbook ( > forms) for point designations or ask your Language Arts or Reading teacher. 

Student may only take tests in their Language Arts class, Reading class, or in the library. Testing outside of these locations will result in a referral. 


Rewards for Reading

1) Reward for meeting 100% of your goal each 9 weeks.
2) Field Trip April 17th for reading all 15 of the SSYRA books and passing the AR tests. DUE April 5th.
3) AR Celebration (aka. field day) for meeting your AR goal the 1st - 3rd nine weeks.
4) Monthly reward 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. 

Makerspace Mornings in the Library-

Check the Google Calendar once you join the Media Center Google Classroom (code: ry3r85u) for dates and project-type.  

Sign up to come to the Media Center to do an independent makerspace activity. Art supplies, Legos, K'nex, and many other items are available for students to use to complete projects. 

What is a makerspace? Visit to learn how providing this space helps empower students and prepares them for their future. 

Donations: we are always accepting donations of art supplies or any other materials for this Making-Space. 


 Yearbooks  Visit Mrs. Brooks's Yearbook Teacher Connection Page for info. Purchase a 2018- 2019 yearbook . 8th Grade Ads- you may purchase one on the same website 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


Media Assistant: Sandy Berger


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. 

No AR test? No problem! You may also request a test be created for your book. On, 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. Make multiple requests with different emails to get quicker results. 

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) 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

2) New Opportunity to Earn PI Time at VCS in both English and Spanish

Online Digital Citizenship and Safety course

To take advantage of this opportunity for earning informational hours, access these resources at

3) PI in the VCMS Media Center:

We welcome volunteers to come in during the school day.  Please email Mrs. Brooks if you have a date you can come. Thank you. 

 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 on May 17th.

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

AR testing for PI will end on Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 at 3:20 PM.

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 check in at the front office before coming 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 but you may get copies from any public library or book store.  

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.


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


DIGITAL INFORMATION SOURCES - Sources you can trust. No FAKE NEWS here. 

Infotrac – magazines, newspapers and reference resources with reliable, accurate information (username: fl_sumtermedia and password: student)

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.



Science Fair Extravaganza - Citing Sources, Choosing Reliable Sources

Owl Purdue – MLA and APA formatting style guide

EasyBib - bibliography and citation generator

Citation Machine – a guide for creating MLA and APA formatting

 MLA Format: When deciding how to cite your source, start by consulting the list of core elements. In your citation, the elements should be listed in the following order:

  1. Author.
  2. Title of source.
  3. Title of container,
  4. Other contributors,
  5. Version,
  6. Number,
  7. Publisher,
  8. Publication date,
  9. Location.


Sumter County Library Services

Marion County Public Library System

Lake County Library System

Lake Sumter State College

Media Center Acrobat(.PDF) Documents

Parenting books with AR tests (PI time) - earn 2 hours of Informational hours
Sumter Co. Public Library Card Application - Sumter Co. Public Library Card Application

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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