PHS Media Minute

Plainfield High School Media Center Newsletter

April 2014

Plainfield / Avon Reading Challenge

Avon High School won the reading challenge by a little over 3,000 pages. It was a close race to the end. Thanks to all that participated! Check out the 500 Wall of Fame located on the media center windows.


  • Avon High School - 107,072 pages
  • Plainfield High School - 103,794 pages


Top 10 Plainfield High School Readers:

  1. Devin Bridget
  2. William Buis - Top Student Reader
  3. Hannah Deal
  4. Tervor Ferrone
  5. David Foggin
  6. Megan Foss
  7. Gabriel Humphrey
  8. Kayla Kaiser
  9. Josue Sosa
  10. Allie Ternet

National D.E.A.R. Day

Drop Everything and Read - April 12th

D.E.A.R. stands for Drop Everything and Read. National D.E.A.R. Day is a special reading celebration to remind and encourage families to make reading together on a daily basis a family priority. The official event date, April 12th, is the birthday of author Beverly Cleary. D.E.A.R. is sponsored by the National Education Association (NEA); Parent Teacher Association (PTA); the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC, a division of the American Library Association}; Reading Rockets; The General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC); the Newspaper Association of America Foundation (NAA); First Book; HarperCollins Children’s Books; Read Kiddo Read; Walden Media and Ramona Quimby.


*Taken from ALA website - American Library Association

National Library Week: April 13th-19th

Celebrate National Library Week 2014 (April 13-19, 2014) with the theme
Lives change @ your library, Honorary Chair: Judy Blume


The Plainfield High School Media Center joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.


First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

J Blume NLW PSA
Celebrate Teen Literature Day - Thursday, April 17th

Celebrate the the 2014 Top 10 Best Fiction List for Young Adults

Declaration for the Right to Libraries

The Declaration for the Right to Libraries is the cornerstone document of ALA President Barbara Stripling’s presidential initiative, Libraries Change Lives, which is designed to build the public will and sustained support for America’s right to libraries of all types – academic, special, school and public.


Sign the Declaration online to promote the Right to Libraries.

2014 Summer of eLearning Opportunities

Check out the Indiana Department of Education eLearning opportunities for this summer at: http://www.doe.in.gov/elearning/2014-summer-elearning. You can also follow them on Twitter @INeLearn to stay up to date.

Research Database Spotlight

SIRS Issues Researcher

SIRS is the easy-to-use, Internet-based teaching and learning solution for students and teachers. Best of all, it’s available at school or from home 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Updated daily, SKS provides relevant, credible across the curriculum information on social issues, science, history, government, the arts and humanities. Full-text articles and Internet resources are carefully selected from respected organizations.


Access the SIRS Researcher at: http://sks.sirs.com/cgi-bin/hst-portal-res?id=SIN0197-0-5609


Access from outside of the high school:

Username: IN0197H

Password: 46168

T.H.E. Journal Magazine - FREE K-12 Technology Magazine

T.H.E. Journal is a free magazine that provides technologies that are used in the K-12 schools. You can download the FREE app and start reading: how-to content, best practices, mobile devices, "smart classrooms" and much more. You can also access the magazine online.


iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/t.h.e.-journal-magazine/id591393310?mt=8

Online - http://thejournal.com/research/list/the-journal-digital-edition.aspx

Top 10 Checkouts - March 2014

PHS MC Statistics - March 2014


  • 67 classes on the MC floor out of 133 class periods = 50% scheduled
  • 87 classes in the MC lab A112D out of 133 class periods = 65% scheduled (assisted with 21 classes)
  • 1438 students from study hall and sent from classes
  • 3893 students in scheduled classes (MC and MC lab A112D)
  • 5331 total students for March
  • Estimated: 281 students per day
  • Estimated: 40 students per class period
  • 509 student book/material checkouts (584 teacher book/material checkouts – staff inventory)

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 over 7 years. Prior to that, she was the school librarian at Pike High School and Pike Freshman Center.