Media Messages

Parent Newsletter - August/September 2014

Central Middle School Media Center

Media Specialist - Mrs. Fee
Media Assistant - Ms. Wyrick
Library Hours - Monday - Friday 7:25 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Students will need passes to visit media center prior to 7:40 a.m.
(Hours extended as needed for special projects after volleyball season)
Central's Library Catalog -
(This link will list all of the books in Central's library collection - Students will be given Destiny log in access sometime during the school year allowing them to place holds and check account status remotely)

Fall Scholastic Book Fair

Thursday, Oct. 30 - Friday, Nov. 7 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
CMS Media Center
If interested in volunteering, please email me or call the media center.

Checking Out Materials

*Books may be kept for three weeks and renewed if necessary.
*Students may have up to three items checked out at a time.
*Magazines may be checked out overnight only.
*A stamp will be placed on the date due slip indicating its due date.

Overdues and Lost Books

*Upon receipt of an overdue notice, students must report to the library and return all materials overdue or renew them.
*If a student has any overdues or lost library resources, s/he may not check out anything else until the items are paid for or returned.

Online Subscription Databases

Students may access our online subscription databases from home using the username and password information provided below. The library page on Central's web site includes links to the following databases.


Description: SIRS Researcher contains full-text articles and graphics exploring social, scientific, health, historic, economic, business, political and global issues. Internal links include: Leading Issues, Natural Disasters, Focus on Terrorism, Today’s News, Maps of the World, World Almanac Excerpts, and much more.

Remote URL:

Remote username: 37-3382

Remote password: bigchalk


Description: CultureGrams contains reliable and up-to-date reports on more than 200 countries.

Remote URL:

Remote username: 37-3382

Remote password: bigchalk


Description: World Book Online contains articles from the 22-volume print set. This Internet version of World Book offers related articles, web sites, pictures, videos, and sound clips.

Remote URL:

Remote username: bcscworldbook

Remote password: allabouta2z


Description: BrainPOP creates animated, curriculum-based content that supports educators and engages students.


School username: centralmsbp

School password: brainpop


Description: NetTrekker is an academic search engine. Online

resources are previewed and selected by educators.

You can quickly and easily find websites for your own use. These resources are organized according to readability evel and are age-appropriate.


Username: cmschargers

Password: chargers


Description: Learn 360 is a website for K-12 multimedia educational resources


Username: cmschargers

Password: chargers


Description: Inspire is a collection of academic databases.


No username or password required


Description: Gale e-Reference Books are a collection of subscription e-reference books including books on topics such as chemical elements, volcanoes, biomes, junk food, green resources, and much more.


Username: central

Password: home

Digital Audiobooks

Bluford Books and Audiobooks
Bluford Books are a collection of young adult books set in contemporary urban America. The books feature male and female main characters. All books are very short (less than 200 pgs.) All titles are available in the media center. Click link below for access to the audiobook collection:

Follett Audiobooks

Description: Follett Audiobooks are a downloadable audiobook collection. Audiobooks can be streamed online or the app (app has not been released yet) can be downloaded onto a mobile device. For more information, please see the media specialist.

Blio/Axis 360 eBooks

Blio/Axis 360

Description: Axis 360 is a digital media platform that includes Blio (an ereading software application). eBooks can be downloaded in EPUB or PDF formats, or in Blio, to serve a range of PCs, ereaders and mobile devices. For more information, please see the media specialist.


Accelerated Reader Parent Home Connect

The Home Connect site provides you with a snapshot of your child's AR record. It includes the results of AR quizzes taken at school, the number of quizzes taken, which books they have read and quizzed on, how close they are to current AR goal, and other relevant information. Parents, you can even add your email address and request an update each time your child takes a quiz! Just click on Email Setup to sign up.

Your child cannot take Accelerated Reader quizzes at home.

To access Home Connect go to: and use your child's login and password. (Same Accelerated Reader log-in used at school)

To check whether a book is an AR book or to find the reading level of a book, you may go to

(Lower grade interest level quizzes have been inactivated from our program)

Links are also available on the CMS website under the site shortcuts section.

Young Hoosier Book Award Program

Participating in the YHBA program is as easy as 1-2-3!
1. Sign up for the program through the media center - students will have an opportunity to sign up during presentation of program sometime in September.
2. Read five books off this school year's grades 6 - 8 YHBA nominee list.
Click link below for this year's list of middle grade nominees.
3. For the book to be valid the accompanying Accelerated Reader (AR) quiz must be passed. A book read during a previous school year will count as one of the five books read (an AR report will need to be printed out or shown to media specialist).
Important Program Dates
Last day to sign up: Dec. 1, 2014
Last day to take quiz: Apr. 17, 2015
Voting Day: Apr. 24, 2015 (tentative)

Manga/Anime Club

Students will have the opportunity to participate in the Manga/Anime Club. Club members will participate in a variety of activities related to Japanese manga/anime including making crafts, watching anime, drawing manga, discussing manga and much more.
Call outs will begin in August and meetings will be held weekly.

Teen Advisory Board/Lunch Book Club

Students will have the opportunity this school year to participate in the Library Teen Advisory Board/Lunch Book Club. The club members will assist in the planning of media center activities including the book fair and other special events in addition to having the opportunity to discuss good books.
Call outs will begin in August and meetings will be monthly or bi-monthly depending upon need.