Media Buzz

Carpe Librum: Turn Dreams Into Reality @ Your Library.

Great Expectations

Great Expectations is more than a novel written by Charles Dickens. This year, our school board has adopted this buzz phrase as its mantra. This slogan is meant to remind us all that the first step in achieving success is believing or expecting results. We all know that libraries are full of fictional characters that live in the land of make believe. While the world of the likes of Harry Potter offers an escape from the problems of the real-world, the library is also a place where you can take action, make an impact, and create positive changes. At some point, we must all venture beyond the land of fantasy in order to begin to turn our own dreams into reality. This year, we are hoping to transform the library into a place where our actions and services help make dreams come true. We offer many services that can help you get what you want out of life from inspirational stories and how-to books to the creation of what we hope will be collaborative space where students can explore ideas, share them with others, and make them come to life. Our promise to you is that you can expect great things to be coming out of your Media Center. Think BIG. The sky is the limit and we can help along the way.

Who the Dickens?

School Library Media Coordinator: Mary Sauls

I am excited about returning to Bertie County to work with the students and staff of Bertie High School and Bertie STEM High School in the role of Media Coordinator. I recognize many faces from my time here as an English Language Arts teacher at the middle school. After receiving my Associate's degree from Peace College (now William Peace University) in Raleigh, I transferred to East Carolina University where I received my Bachelor of Science degree in English. I spent 14 years as an ELA/English and/or Social Studies teacher, before deciding to go back to ECU (Go Pirates!) for my Master's degree in Library Science. The last two years, I served as the Media Coordinator for Pines Elementary School in Plymouth. This year is my 17th year in Education. I have taught all grade levels and nothing excites me more than helping young people discover their potential for greatness.

About the Media Center

Hours of Operation:

The Media Center is open from 8:00-3:10, Monday through Friday, unless school is not in session. We may look at adding extended hours a day or two a week based on patron interests/needs. If you would be interested in the library providing extended hours, please complete the following form at

Procedures:

Individual students who wish to visit the Media Center must come with a signed pass from their teacher. Upon arrival, students must sign-in at the sign-in station provided. Teachers should send no more than two students at a time to check out books. All other media activities must be planned in advance and approved by library staff a minimum of 24 hours in advance (i.e. class checkout, testing, research, special events/programs). Since the library is a busy place where learning is occurring, it is important to respect the space and all of its patrons. Students who do not adhere to library policies and procedures will be asked to return to the classroom and their library privileges may be revoked.

How do I find a book?

The Media Center uses Follett Destiny software for all library transactions (excluding equipment). Patrons with internet access and a school ID may locate, preview, hold, and renew library materials found in our collection using our library's catalog at

Circulation Procedures:

  • All media center materials must be checked out at the circulation desk.
  • Patrons must have their student ID/ library card to check out materials. Having their library card expedites the circulation process. In the best interest of students, staff will not check out materials based on name only. This practice will reduce staffing errors as well as help protect student privacy. Please do not send students to checkout books without their student ID/library card.
  • Students can have up to two books checked out at a time. Students who have lost books and/or owe library fines will be unable to check out materials until books are returned and/or fines are paid.
  • There is a two-week loan period. Books can be renewed once after the loan period has expired. Students may renew online via Destiny Quest or at the media center circulation desk.
  • Reference materials are for library use only.
  • To return checked out materials, students should use the drop box at the circulation desk.
  • Materials used in the library need to be returned to the circulation desk.
  • To ensure student accounts are cleared properly and to avoid shelving errors, students should not return books directly to the library shelves.
  • Patrons are responsible for all materials checked out in their name. All materials should be returned promptly and in good condition. Fines will be assessed for any lost or damaged materials. Fines for damaged materials will be assessed based on the cost of repair up to and including replacement.
  • Periodically students will receive overdue notices that will be distributed through their ELA classes. Materials that are overdue for more than 60 days are considered "lost" and assessed a fine equal to the replacement cost.
  • Fines can be paid at the circulation desk. Please bring cash and the exact amount of the fine. A receipt will be issued.
  • Borrowing privileges can be denied in the case of students exhibiting improper library manners and/or in the event that students have overdue materials and/or they have not paid for lost or damaged books.
  • Students who have lost books and/or owe fines can be denied campus privileges and/or have their diploma withheld until books are returned or fines are paid.

Media Center Rules:

Dream big, be respectful, treat books and each other kindly, clean up after yourself, always bring books back, ask questions, work hard, no food or drink, think outside the box, log off of computers when finished, use manners, collaborate, try new things, explore, take risks, use indoor voices, be creative, choose to do what is right and believe in yourself.

Electronic Resources:

Follett Destiny Universal Search This is a tutorial on how to use Destiny for Research. (See Teacher/Media Center staff for password) (Book Recommendations and more)

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A Novel Idea...

Periodically, the Media Center will send out a newsletter regarding Media Events. We are hoping to involve students in the creation of this newsletter. Starting by letting each of you vote on the name of the Newsletter. Please take a few minutes to let your creative juices flow by suggesting a phenomenal name for the Media Center newsletter by visiting

If your title is chosen, you will win a prize and be recognized in our next letter.

Each newsletter will have a feature article about books and/or programs being featured in the media center. Currently, the library is featuring all our spine chilling books. After all, who doesn't love a thrill? We have something for everyone. If you have a thirst for vampires...drink in the pages of one of these popular books:

Thirsty by M.T. Anderson

Vampirates: Immortal War by Justin Somper

Vampire Kissses by Ellen Schreiber

Frostbite: A Vampire Academy Novel by Richelle Mead

The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks

Look out because zombies love brains and what better place to find them than in a library? Zombie-lover looking for brains? First, be sure to participate in the Feed Your Brain Challenge (details below). Then, you absolutely must try one of these popular titles:

Zom-B by Darren Shan

I Kissed a Zombie & I Liked It by Adam Selzer

Zombie Haiku by Ryan Mecum

Do you wonder if ghosts exist or think about what really happened during the Salem Witch Trials? Perhaps, you ponder if aliens live among us? If you need answers, the library is the place to come to find them, but we must warn you these titles just may scare your socks off.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Ghosting by Keith Gray

Ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley

Ghosts & the Real Life Ghost Hunters by Michael Teitelbaum

The Twilight Zone Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up by Mark Kneece

Daniel X Alien Hunter by James Patterson and Leopoldo Gout

Haunted NC Ghosts & Strange Phenomena of the Tar Heel State by Patty A. Wilson

Fingerprints Dead People Do Tell Tales by Chana Stiefel

Witch-Hunt: Mysteries of the Salem Witch Trials by Marc Aronson

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Wanna Win Great Prizes?

Throughout the year, the media center will be hosting many fun challenges. Participation in challenges are optional, but participation can also lead to winning great prizes. Be sure to read the media buzz newsletter and check your email often for upcoming challenge details. Second quarter we are already gearing up for two challenges. The first challenge is the "Feed Your Brain" BINGO challenge. The second is the "Bookface" Photo Contest. You have the rest of second quarter to complete these challenges. Good luck. We will keep our fingers crossed that you are a lucky winner.

Feed Your Brain BINGO Challenge

BINGO! If you read, you feed your brain! Whether you choose to go horizontally, vertically, or diagonally complete five tasks and BINGO, you will win a prize. You will also be entered into our Feed Your Brain Raffle for a chance to win an even bigger prize! When you demonstrate that you have completed a task to any teacher, get that teacher to sign your BINGO card. When you have BINGO, submit your card to Mrs. Sauls in the Media Center to claim your prize and be entered into the raffle. Visit the BINGO BOARD here to find live links that can help you accomplish your tasks. In addition, there are displays in the library that may be helpful as well. Oh, and don't forget: Save your brain by reading!
Put your face in a book and you could win even more great prizes!

Here's what you do:

  • The library is a great place to start! Find a book with a face or part of a face on the cover.
  • Use book covers to create striking photos that blur the lines between reality and imagination by replacing your face with the book’s cover.
  • Snap a clear and creative picture.
  • Include your first and last name, grade level, and ELA teacher’s name on your entry.
  • Vote by liking your favorite entry (Info for how to vote coming soon).
  • Top Ten Entries will win a prize.

Click on the title above for further information and tips and tricks.

The results are in: These books have met teen's great expectations!

Official 2015 Teens' Top Ten
For more information about the YALSA's Teens' Top Ten visit:

TAG! You Are It!

You can turn the media center into the place of your applying to join our Teen Advisory Group (TAG). No one knows what teens want better than teens! TAG members will help select new books and magazines, create flyers and other promotional materials, design book displays, assist in writing the media newsletter, suggest new library programs and reading challenges, write book reviews, make book trailers, and much more! TAG is a way you can make a difference! Click on the link above to apply for the opportunity to join our group. Applicants will be notified via email if they are selected to join TAG. TAG will have their first meeting in January. Prior to attending meetings, selected students will need to turn in a teacher recommendation and parent permission form.

Secret Word

Thursday, December 17th and Friday, December 18th

The rest of the week the secret word is not a word, or a phrase, but a number. Non-fiction sections in most libraries are organized using the Dewey Decimal System. This system of classifying or organizing books is set up using numbers and is named after a man named Melvil Dewey. To help you understand this system better so that it will be easier to find books about topics that interest you, please watch the video below. The video was done by a graduate student (so no, the guy in the video is not really Melvil Dewey) in order to teach others about how the Dewey Decimal System is organized.

To earn your prize/treat for today. You must:

1. Watch the Video

2. Listen for the number in the library where you would find books related to one of the ten classes in the Dewey Decimal System. Thursday, I want the number where you would find books about Natural Sciences and Friday, I need the number where you would find books related to Geography and History.

3. Come to the Library

4. Check out a Book

5. Whisper to me the Magic # to claim your prize.

*Do not share the # with your friends, but you can tell them how to find it. After all, why should you do all the work and they get all the reward?

The Dewey Decimal Rap