Library Media Center
The Media Center at Liberty Middle School is designed to meet the needs of both students and faculty by providing a wide variety of materials to supplement the curriculum. These materials are available for students, faculty, staff, and parents to use. The media center is designed to provide a quiet, friendly atmosphere in which patrons can access materials in a variety of formats appropriate to all interests and viewpoints. our goal is to promote reading and provide access to information.
- Each student may have only two items checked out at a time.
- Parents are welcome and may check out three items at a time.
- Library materials are checked out to parents and students for two weeks and may be renewed one time, as long as there is not a waiting list for the book.
- Reference books and magazines may not be checked out and are for use in the media center only.
- Overdue fines will be assessed at five cents per day. Overdue fines will not exceed $5.00 per item.
- Patrons may not check out additional library materials until overdue materials are returned and overdue fines have been cleared.
- All library materials must be returned to the media center at the end of every school year.
- All materials checked out of the media center are the responsibility of the patron. Lost or damaged materials must be paid for in full before additional materials may be borrowed. A book is considered lost only if it is overdue for a minimum of two weeks. Refunds will be given only if a lost book is found and returned to the media center within two weeks of payment.
Gifts are always appreciated. All gifts will be evaluated by the media specialist and placed in the appropriate collection. Gifts may be added to the Media Center collection, given to teachers for classroom libraries, or donated to the public library.
Research and Favorites
The state of Florida has developed a research model called FINDS.
F – focus, find your topic
I – investigate, look for information about your topic
N – notes, take notes from the information, putting it in your own words
D – develop your paper/project based on directions from your teacher
S – score, based on your teacher’s requirements, make sure you have all the components before you turn it in.
Our school is using this model across the curriculum. FINDS is a great organizational tool.
The one of the best websites to use for research include:
- Florida Electronic Library
Although Google and other similar search engines are easy to use, they are not always reliable and valid.
Accelerated Reader Program
The Media Center promotes the Accelerated Reader program by providing quizzes for students to take once they have read a book. Once a student reads at least 250,000 words they will receive a prize. Students then receive prizes for 500,000, 750,000, and ONE MILLION words. Once a student has read ONE MILLION words, that student will receive a certificate of accomplishment and will be publicly congratulated on our LMTV show. Prizes are awarded once a month. Contact Ms. Adams for more information.
The Accelerated Reader (AR) Program is an incentive program to encourage and reward "reading for pleasure", and to promote a life-long love of reading. Students who read for pleasure, read more often. This increases their vocabulary, which helps them achieve a higher level of understanding in what they read throughout their school subject areas. As students complete a book, they can take a computerized quiz about the book. By passing quizzes with a passing score, students earn points.
To view a complete list of which books have AR quizzes, go to AR BookFinder Program . If you would like to see which books we have in our school library, go to our online card catalog, Destiny, and click on our school.
Sunshine State Young Readers' Award
The Sunshine State Young Readers' Award program presents fifteen books chosen each year by a committee of Florida librarians and teachers. They are chosen for their quality and appeal, and represent some of the best in children's literature today. Students in grades 6 through 8 are encouraged to read at least three of the books, so they can vote for their favorite. Every year, the author of the book with the most statewide votes is presented with the Sunshine State Young Readers' Award at the annual FAME conference.
by Sharon Denslow (RL. 5.2, 135 pages) Year Published: 2003 Historical Fiction
Written in letters, this book tells the story of two Kentucky young people who write to prominent generals on both sides of the American Civil War conflict inquiring about the horses they rode into battle. As they receive responses from Generals Lee, Sheridan, Mead, McClellan, and Grant, they compile a book of the letters and sketches of each horse. The letters let us look at life during that time and the significance of the pride and honor these beloved horses represented.
by Jon Scieszka (RL. 6.2, 272 pages) Year Published: 2008 Nonfiction
You might remember Scieszka as the author of MATH CURSE and the Time Warp Trio series. This book is collaboration by about 30 male authors who have written accounts of what it’s like growing up as a guy. Be sure to read the one about Gary Paulsen’s encounter with an electric fence!
by Will Hobbs (RL. 4.6, 197 pages) Year Published: 2004 Realistic Fiction
Shannon and younger brother Cody are spending the summer with their Uncle Neal who rescues animals for a wild life shelter called Jackie’s Wild Seattle. The kids take part in rescues including a coyote trapped in an elevator, a hawk tangled in a net on a golf course, and saving a fawn whose mother has been killed by a car. As the animals’ natural habitats become home to people, the kids see first hand the need to find ways to live in harmony.
Media Center Hours
Monday - Friday 7:35 - 2:55
- THE CLIQUE series by Harrison
- CHASING THE FALCONERS – series of 6 books by Korman
- THE GIVER by Lois Lowry
- THE REVEALERS by Wilhelm (author who will be visiting in March)
- THE LIGHTNING THIEF by Riordan
- SPIDERWICK series
- ANYTHING by Gary Paulsen and Margaret Haddix!
Ms. Adams' Picks:
- THE HUNGER GAMES
- THE LIGHTNING THIEF
- LISTENING FOR LIONS
- THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE
- THE BYSTANDER
- CHICKEN BOY
- THE BOYS FROM OLD FLORIDA: INSIDE THE GATOR NATION