Media Matters @ PSHS Library

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September 2015

Ode to Librarians

Freshmen Orientation!

This month, we introduced all the freshmen English classes to the Media Center and its many resources. We had a lot of fun, using a new-to-us presentation software called Haiku Deck and having the students race in teams to show what they'd learned using Socrative. If you'd like to take a peek at the presentation, you can find it here, linked from the Media Center webpage.


If you'd like any of your classes to learn more about any of our library resources, just let us know, and we'll schedule a lesson for you.

Reading is FUN!damental

ISLMA Abraham Lincoln Books 2016

All About the Abes: the student program


  • Designed to encourage high school students to read for pleasure and to become lifelong readers.
  • Each year, a panel of high school librarians, teachers, public librarians and students determines the final master list of twenty nominated titles.
  • Students who have read four or more titles by the March deadline are eligible to vote for their favorite.


Extra bonuses to go along with some great reading:


  • Read an Abe nominee, fill out the comment card, and your name is automatically entered in the weekly raffle. Prizes may be a $5.00 gift card to McDonald’s, Dunkin Doughnuts, or Subway.
  • Read 4 or more books, and your name is entered in an even BIGGER end-of-the-program drawing.
  • The freshman English class AND the sophomore English class that reads the most ABE books wins a breakfast or pizza party for the entire class!
  • The BIG event: Students (along with a guest of their choice) who have read four or more books are invited to the March voting party to enjoy a deluxe breakfast while voting for the best ABE book!
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How YOU can get involved, Teachers and Staff!

  • Choose a book to sponsor (see the video above or grab a brochure in the mailroom or Media Center) for ideas about which one you'd like to read).
  • Use your "What I'm Reading" poster (coming soon to a mailbox near you!) to advertise the book you've chosen.
  • Encourage your students, either in your classes or in your extracurricular activities, to read the book along with you.
  • Book the Media Center or Gwen for book talks, book club meetings or book completion parties.
  • The teacher who captures the most attention (measured in number of readers) wins his or her OWN prize.*



*not a new car

Cougar Coffeehouse Returns!

Friday, Oct. 16th, 10am-1:15pm

Media Center @Plainfield South High School

Baked goods and drinks available for sale during all lunch periods in the Media Center;

October sponsored by Cougar Club.


Future dates, most available for sponsorship:


December 4th (claimed by Cheerleaders)

February 5th

April 8th


See Media Center staff for even MORE information.

taking charge of your life

You can easily access the on-line lab schedule by pinning it to your taskbar. In IE, simply open the webpage and then use your mouse to pull it down onto your taskbar. In Chrome, follow the directions below.
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If you'd like to schedule your own lab-time, just request editing access through the Google sheet itself or e-mail Gwen for permission.


Please help us keep our labs and laptops working as well as possible by reminding your students to treat the equipment with respect, keep their food and drink in their bags and leave the space better than they found it. Please remember, too, to fill out the sign-in sheets using students' first and last names. THANK YOU!

banned books week sept 27 - oct 3

This year, the week is focusing on books marketed specifically to teens because YA titles usually top the yearly lists of the most challenged books in the country, as you can see from the 2014 list*:


1) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
2) Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi
3) And Tango Makes Three, Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
4) The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
5) It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris
6) Saga, by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples
7) The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
8) The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
9) A Stolen Life, Jaycee Dugard
10) Drama, by Raina Telgemeier


To celebrate our freedom to read, you can stage read-outs in your classrooms, have discussions about free speech and intellectual freedoms (especially in the age of social media), or invite Gwen to your class to talk about Banned Books Week.


*While many of these books remain on our shelves, one was removed by a district employee several years ago. Can you guess which one?

celebrating our freedom to read

Whoopi Goldberg Reads Shel Silverstein - Virtual Read-Out
See you next month!

Linda Heap

Media Center Teaching Assistant

Ask me for help with tech issues, lab scheduling and resources for classroom assignments.

Shirley Krug

Media Center Clerk

Ask me for help with book checkout, lab scheduling, and library reading programs.

Gwen Kuhns

Media Specialist

Ask me for help with everything.