Media Center Minute

Minuteman HS Library Media Center

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October 6, 2020

Dear Minuteman Community,

I hope things are going smoothly for you during this unprecedented school year. I am appreciative of the opportunities I have had so far to collaborate, teach, and learn with instructors and students, including in academics, 9th grade exploratory, Senior Projects/library check-ins, and the upcoming CTE independent reading sessions. Please reach out with any ideas or requests for library collaborations or support.

Thank you for reading this edition of the Media Center Minute.


Kara Gleason, Library Media Specialist

Books on the Move Book Request Form

While the library media center is open for in-person visits, students' schedules may leave them with less time to stop in. To support access to library materials, the Minuteman High School library is offering book request and delivery services.

Students and staff are invited to complete the Books on the Move Book Request form. Book requests will be delivered to students when they are in school in their CTE shop. During 9th grade exploratory, books will be delivered to advisories. Over 48 book request forms have been completed, so far and more than 60 books delivered!

See the book request form for links to our library catalog and a tutorial on how to search the library catalog.

New Databases & Digital Resources

Providing access to digital resources has long been an important role of the library. Remote learning emphasizes this. See below to check out what's new in our digital media collections. All of these resources are available on the library media center website.

How-To Guides & Video Tutorials

The library has been expanding its how-to video tutorials to help students and staff navigate our many digital tools and resources. Check out the growing list of how-to video guides on our YouTube Channel or click on the image below for a direct link.

Ninth Grade Exploratory: Library Orientation

During the recent rotating exploratory week, a library orientation was presented to 9th graders. Students were welcomed to the library, and had the chance to explore digital materials and tools including our book catalog and Sora eBooks, databases, and Noodle Tools.

Could you use an orientation to the Library Media Center? Preview these quest-themed Nearpod presentations from the 9th grade library exploratory sessions:

Part 1: Introductions and Accessing Books & eBooks

Part 2: Databases & Noodle Tools

Pop-Up Exhibit: Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote

The year 2020 marks the centennial of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex."

Come by the library to view the pop-up exhibit Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote. An online version of the exhibit is available at the National Archives website.

In addition to successfully procuring this exhibit, the library also received a book donation grant from the American Library Association featuring related books for young people: Around America to Win the Vote and The Women's Hour: Our Fight for the Right to Vote.


Designed to encourage literacy and add extra fun to students' summer reading, the library media center recently wrapped up its first Summer Reading BINGO contest.

Sixty-four entries were received for the Summer Reading BINGO raffle. Nine students were randomly selected to receive a gift bag of book and Minuteman related goodies.