Media Specialist: Tracey Robbins
Media Center Hours 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Welcome back, students! I hope you had an enjoyable summer and read lots of books! I’m excited to see you back and look forward to sharing fun media center “happenings” with you! Next month will be our Scholastic Book Fair for Fall! Tell your families and come join us for some great books!
Also, our book club will kick off again soon! It’s free to participate and we will be reading through the 15 titles selected for this year’s Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award Program! You can read more about it at this link: http://www.floridamediaed.org/ssyra.html
Look for advertisements around the school for when we will start! Bring a friend to join you!
Information about Getting a Library Card to share with families
Getting a library card is very easy. As a resident of Polk County, library cards are available at no charge. Parent or guardian of child will need to bring in proof of identification and residency, such as a valid driver’s license, utility bill or insurance card to their local library to get a library card. Residents, property owners and business owners, employees and students of Polk County Public Schools and employees of Polk County Gov’t and Polk County college students may qualify for a free library card.
A Polk County library card is good at all 15 public libraries, including special collection libraries like the Historical Genealogical Library and Law Library located in Bartow. We have a bookmobile making 13 stops throughout Polk County and B-Mail (books-by-mail ) offering free home delivery service (anything you can find in your library can be delivered to your home).
To get the ball rolling, parents can go online to register for a library card (follow the link below) and pick their card up at their library.
This is a placeholder until you can get to the library to complete your registration; after a month, the account will close.
Search Engines for Students
Ask.com – Questions and Answers
Kids Click – Web search for kids by librarians
Yahoolagins! – The web guide for kids!
Net Trekker – Online resources, aligned with state standards
Internet Public Library & Librarians’ Internet Index – Merges the collections of resources from the IPL and LII websites
- The Center For Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement – Links to school improvement ideas in Assessment, At-Risk, Curriculum, Instruction, Math, Professional Development, Safe and Drug-Free, School-to-Work, Science, Technology and more.
- U.S. Department of Education – U.S. Department of Educations’ home page. “Promoting educational excellence for all.”
- SPARS Reports: NCLB School Public Accountability Report – “This report meets the public reporting requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act and includes certain additional information of interest on the status of Florida’s schools.”
- Sunshine State Standards: InTech 2000 Forum – The Florida Instructional Technology Resource Center (ITRC) at UCF created this website to direct educators to resources that may be valuable in helping students attain the Sunshine State Standards.
- Facebook Guide of Understanding: It’s designed to help you understand what Facebook is and how to use it safely. With it, you will be better informed and able to communicate effectively with young Facebook users in your life. That’s important because 1) if something goes wrong, we want our children to come to us and 2) as the Internet becomes increasingly social and mobile, a parent’s guidance and support are ever more key to young people’s well-being in social media and technology.