PHS Media Center


September 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.

Attention Parents: Want to help chaperone a field trip on Wednesday, October 4th?

  • Wednesday, October 4th - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Indiana Repertory Theatre in downtown Indianapolis
  • Are you interested? Available? If so, please email Stacy Sanford at
  • You will need to complete an official background check through the school. This paperwork is available at the central office located on Longfellow Drive, right behind the middle school. You will need to submit this paperwork in person. If you have volunteered in the past, it is likely that you are already on the list of verified chaperones.
  • Complimentary tickets for chaperones

Here are some details that should help:

  • Chaperones are in charge of up to ten students. You will be in charge of them from the time we leave the high school until we return before the end of the school day. You will have a list of names for accountability purposes.
  • We will take school busses to the Indiana Repertory Theatre in downtown Indianapolis. Each group will be assigned a bus in advance.
  • Bus departs at PHS at 8:50 a.m. It would be best for chaperones to sign in at the office by 8:30 a.m.
  • After the post-show discussion, we will walk to Circle Centre Mall for lunch in the food court.
  • After lunch, we will gather on the ground floor of the mall [just outside of PF Changs. We will load the busses after lunch and depart for Plainfield, arriving before the end of the school day.

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 during periods 1-7.
  • 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.

Top 10 Student Book Checkouts for August 2017

Big image

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

2017 Teens' Top Ten Nominees announced!

Students can Vote Now!

The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in fifteen school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted on the Thursday of National Library Week, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year. Readers ages twelve to eighteen will vote online between August 15 and Teen Read Week™ (October 8-14, 2017) here on the Teens' Top Ten site. The winners will be announced the week after Teen Read Week.

See all the Teens' Top Ten books, plus titles from YALSA's other awards and booklists, in the Teen Book Finder App.

Suggest a title for the Teens' Top Ten!

2017 Teens' Top Ten Nominees

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!

Big image

Indiana Digital Citizenship Week: September 11-15

The Indiana Department of Education in collaboration with Common Sense Education will celebrate Indiana Digital Citizenship Week September 11-15, 2017. The celebration is part of an ongoing effort to teach students how to make safe, smart and ethical decisions in the digital world.

Resource Links:

Big image

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.

Top Ten Challenged Books of 2016

Teen Read Week - October 8-14

Teen Read Week is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). It began in 1998 and is held annually in October the same week as Columbus Day. Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users.
Big image
Author Nikki Grimes on Teen Read Week

Celebrate Teen Read Week at PHS Media Center!

Stop by the PHS Media Center and check out one of the Eliot Rosewater "Rosie" books from our Teen Read Week display.

What is the Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award? The Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award (The Rosie Award) is chosen annually by students across Indiana in grades nine through twelve. Students at participating high schools and public libraries who read any of the approximately 25 nominated books are eligible to rate each book they've read. Ballots are available in the media center. The author of each year's award-winning book is invited to receive the Rosie Award in person at a special event in November.


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.

PHS Media Center on Social Media

Twitter: @plainfieldmc

Instagram: phsmediacenter

Facebook: phsmediacenter

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.