Smith Media Center Review

August 2012 News & Happenings

Greetings and salutations!

Whether you're new to Smith Middle School (like me!) or you have a year or two already under your belt, welcome to the Smith Media Center Review! Expect to see and read about what's going on in our Media Center throughout the year.

So, what's happening in August?


In the first few weeks of school, every Language Arts class will visit the Media Center for orientation. They'll get to know a little bit more about me, some of my favorite books, changes that are happening in the library, and they'll explore our website and catalog. This is a chance for us to get acquainted!

Click the Prezi below for a look into my summer reading:

Check out the TinyURL below for the Library Orientation presentation:

Donations welcome!

Parents, we need your help! The library received a generous donation from the PTSA last year to purchase Kindles and Nooks, and it's about time we start using them. We are thrilled to have these e-readers in our library, but we want to get them out! Into students' hands, that is. In order to do that, we need some e-books.

And that's where you come in! We are gladly accepting donations of gift cards to Amazon and/or Barnes & Noble to buy e-books for our new e-readers. In one case, this is the only way we will be able to purchase books for a particular reader, which shall not be named. The sooner those donations start rolling in, the sooner I can start my super secret e-reader book club! Oops, I guess it's not a secret anymore. ;)

Meet the Media Specialist

Hello, folks! My name is Ms. Sapkarov (SAP - ka - rov), and I am SO ready to get this year started!

A little bit about me - I am originally from the Chicago area and lived in Champaign-Urbana, IL for the past six years, while getting my Master's degree in Library Information Science and working as an elementary library media specialist. I spent two and a half fantastic years at the elementary level before realizing that it was time for a BIG change (or two). First, I knew that I wanted to transition to middle school - I love teaching this age group. Second, it was time to leave my home state of Illinois and move to a more pleasant climate. I am not going to miss those snow-packed winters!

If you want to know more about me, feel free to Google me. :)

Looking forward to a great year!