December Pirate Cove Connection

PES Media Center News - December 2015

Reading keeps us in the spirit!

Please use this newsletter to discover all the exciting literacy programs the media center has to offer throughout the year. You can subscribe by clicking FOLLOW at the top of the newsletter and add your email. Please stop by the media center and get a media brochure or check-out our Pirate Cove website.


The newest reading award program sponsored by FAME is the Sunshine State Young Readers Award Jr.! The mission of the Sunshine State Young Reader's Award Jr. program is to develop student interest in reading for pleasure by exposing them to a wide range of appropriate literature. Sunshine State Jr. books are selected for their wide appeal, literary value, varied genres, curriculum connections, and/or multicultural representation. Students are encouraged to listen to these books read to them, read them in a small group setting, or read them independently to develop skills in fluency and comprehension. Students will be eligible to vote in the spring after listening/reading at least three of the books.

"Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve, and contribute to improving our quality of life."

–Sidney Sheldon

Plastic Bags are a BIG DEAL! - Protect your library books.

Thank you for the Donations - Media Center Wish List:

These items are still needed...
  • 2 Gallon Ziplock bags
  • Gallon Ziplock bags
  • Swiffer Dusters

Attention 4th and 5th Grade Students - We Are Looking for WPES Crew Members

Do you enjoy being in front of an audience? Do you like making PowerPoint presentations and creating scripts? Then we have the crew for you! Join the WPES Morning News Crew here at Palencia. Pick-up an application form the Pirate Cove or download it from our website at

What are we learning in Media this month?

1. Media Center resources that can be accessed from the Pirate Cove Website (Media Center Website)
  • World Book on-line encyclopedia
  • Follet Destiny - our new library catalog, log-in to see what books you have checked out or place a book on hold.
  • Mackin VIA e-books - access 1700 e-books that make-up the PES collection
2. Evaluating Books
  • Pictures - Do they appeal to you and do they make the story better?
  • Plot/Theme/Subject - Does the topic of the story make you think or teach a lesson? Do you and other children like the topic of the story?
  • Characters - Can you relate to the characters? Are the characters funny or appealing in some way?
  • Author/Illustrator - Does the author have a reputation for good books? Do you like other books by that author?
3. Florida Reading Association Books - voting for our favorite books
  • Tuesday Tucks Me In - a story about a disabled veteran and his service dog
  • Two Little Birds - a story about migration
  • Ivan the True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla - the story of a gorilla who spent 27 years in a cage in a mall
  • A Boy and Jaguar - the story of a man that finds his voice protecting jaguars in Belize
4. ROW Activities - The Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas by Laura Murray

World Book Online Encyclopedia

WorldBook Online is an excellent subscription encyclopedia database resource for research for all ages @ PES. World Book is the first place to start your research for reliable, appropriate student friendly information. You can easily access Palencia's subscription from the media center website.

Our latest SSYRA Readers to reach 5 or more books

Payton P. - 15 She was a great anchor!
Lexi B. - 6
Sabrina P. - 6
Alexandria K. - 9
one more and on the news
Riley H. - 8
Elizabeth S. - 6
Michael C. - 9
one more and on the news
Leonard M. - 5
Brody H. - 9 one more and on the news
Gracie Y. - 8
Kaleigh R. - 5
Cameron S. - 7
Samantha G. - 7
Bri R. - 5
Kayla K. - 7
Hayden E. - 5
Natalie R. - 5
Carson H. - 7
Ava M. - 5
Karthik - 5
Elise L. - 5
Eli E. - 7

Birthday Book Club

The Palencia Elementary School Media Center’s Birthday Book Club is a wonderful way to commemorate your child’s birthday. Your participation not only enriches the library collection but allows you and your child to be personally involved in its growth.

To take part in the Birthday Book Club donate one new undamaged hardback book. This book should be a book that your child enjoys and one that we don’t have in the media center already. You can choose a new book at the book store or a new book from the Book Fair. A quick check of our library catalog (Destiny) will tell you if we already have the book. If you would prefer, you may make a monetary donation of $15 and your child can choose from recently acquired books that are waiting to be put on the shelves. For more information, contact the media center.

Mackin VIA

PES students and families have access to 1700 e-books for to read via Mackin VIA. Most of our eBooks also have Accelerated Reader quizzes. Some books are interactive, some can be used as a read aloud, while others are simply a standard book to be read online. Families can use Mackin VIA to read e-books anywhere they have have access to a computer, tablet or other Internet device. In addition books can be downloaded for a 2 week checkout period. Student usernames are their student numbers and the password is pirates. - St. Johns' Families Have Access is an easy-to-use website that adds a multimedia dimension to the reading experiences of children's and young adult books. The online database is developed and maintained to include thousands of resources about fiction and nonfiction books used in the K–12 environment, with every resource selected to encourage the integration of multimedia author and book materials into reading and library activities. The password for students and parents is stjohnsfl.