PHS Media Center


August 2017 - Parents / Students


This is the periodic media center newsletter of the Plainfield High School. It contains information that students and parents may find helpful and is the primary means of communication about what is happening in the media center.

Why would PHS students use the media center?

Since the students have laptops, you may think that there is no reason for them to visit the media center any more, but here's how we may be able to help:

  • Student tech help is available in the media center.
  • Check in/out a book or magazine.
  • The student printer is available in the media center.
  • Come and work in a comfortable chair.
  • Visit the MakerSpace area for puzzles, coloring, Legos, black-out poetry, sudoku, and more.
  • Need space to work on a group project? The space in the media center is perfect for group settings.
  • Lael DuBois, media specialist, can provide instruction on a variety of topics: library online catalog and ebook usage, research tools and more.

Students visiting the Media Center from class (also includes tech help)

  1. Need a pass to the MC (use yellow pass).
  2. Sign in electronically at the MC circulation desk.
  3. Students can checkout books, print, meet with tech expert students, etc. while in media center
  4. When finished, sign out electronically at the MC circulation desk and get the yellow pass stamped with date and time.

Student Orientation Video

Gale Research Databases - Did You Know?

Did you know that you could access videos, audio clips, images, creative works and primary resources using the Gale research databases?

Student Resources in Context

Opposing Viewpoints

Science in Context

U.S. History In Context

World History in Context

*Password outside of school: stafford

PHS eBooks

Students can access ebooks through the PHS library catalog.

Computer/Laptop E-reading Instructions:


  1. Go to
  2. Click on Plainfield High School
  3. Login with your username (same login as tablet) and password (student ID #)
  4. Click on Follett Shelf
  5. To check out a book, click on the "i" in the bottom corner and click check out
  6. Click on Open Book to read

Books are returned automatically after 3 weeks.

Smartphone / iPad / Tablet E-reading Instructions

Download the App

  1. Download the Follett BryteWave K-12 App from the App Store or from Google Play
  2. Launch the App and login with your username (same login as tablet) and your password (student ID #).
  3. Enter Plainfield High School as your school - make sure it is the Indiana one!
  4. Click Stay Logged In if you are on a private device and click Log In
  5. Tap the Follett Shelf icon and search for the eBook you want to read
  6. To check out a book, clock on the "i" in the bottom corner and click check out
  7. Click on Open Book to read

Books are returned automatically after 3 weeks.


Library Advisory Committee

We are bringing back the Library Media Center Advisory Committee. This group of students, parents and teachers/staff members will participate in the following:

  • Aspirations for the library media center program
  • Input on new MakerSpace ideas
  • Goals for the library program

Please email Lael DuBois ( if you are interested in participating on the Library Media Center Advisory Committee. Thank you for your help and support!

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Banned Books Week - September 24 - 30

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers — in shared support of the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others. As such, they are a threat to freedom of speech and choice.

The books featured during Banned Books Week and National Library Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. But out of the hundreds of challenges ALA records every year, only about 10% of books are removed from the location where the challenge took place, thanks to local literary champions such as librarians, students, and patrons who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.

(Information taken from the American Library Association)

“Banned Books Week 2017: Sept. 24 - Sept. 30.” Advocacy, Legislation & Issues, 28 July 2017, Accessed 7 Aug. 2017.

Teen Read Week - October 8-14

Stay tuned for more information.
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PHS Media Center on Social Media

Twitter: @plainfieldmc

Instagram: phsmediacenter

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Goodreads: Lael DuBois

Lael DuBois

Lael DuBois is a certified School Librarian / Library Media Specialist (grades K-12) who has been the media specialist / school librarian at Plainfield High School for 11 years. Prior to that, she was the school librarian at Pike High School and Pike Freshman Center.