Pirate Cove Connection

PES Media Center News - April 2018

Connect with Books at Your School Library

Get connected to the exciting literacy programs in our media center. Below you will find highlights of our up coming events, special books, super readers, birthday book club members and much more. The Pirate Cove is your place to connect with books.
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National Library Week April 8-14 2018 - Libraries Lead

Celebrations during National Library Week

  • Monday, April 9: State of America's Libraries Report released, including Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books of 2017.
  • Tuesday, April 10: National Library Workers Day, a day for library staff, users, administrators and friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.
  • Wednesday, April 11: National Bookmobile Day, a day to recognize the contributions of our nation's bookmobiles and the dedicated professionals who make quality bookmobile outreach possible in their communities.
  • Thursday, April 12: Take Action for Libraries Day.

Last Day for Check-Out May 3, 2018

5th Annual PIrate Cove Book Swap April 30- May 11

The PES Pirate Cove will be having our 5th Annual Book Swap during our final weeks of media classes. Start gathering your gently used children's books for the book exchange. We will begin collecting books on April 23 in the media center. Students will start swapping during their media resource classes May 1 through May 11. Give a book and get a book or donate more! Students who donate more than 3 books will have the opportunity to select additional books at the end of the swap. This event is just in time for Summer Break reading.

All Books Due to the Media Center May 9, 2018

MackinVia Ebooks for Earth Day

PES students and families have access to 2,000 e-books to read via MackinVIA. These books are available all the time and through out the summer. Some books are interactive, some can be used as a read aloud, while others are simply a standard book to be read online. Click the links below the book covers to read the e-books we have about Earth Day. Username = Student # / Password = pirates. Click the linked words for additional books about Earth Day and Gardening.

April 2018 Media Classes

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What will we be learning in media this month?

1. Media Center resources that can be accessed from the Pirate Cove Website (Media Center Website)
2. Evaluating Books - FRA
  • Pictures - Do they appeal to you and do they make the story better?
  • Plot/Theme/Subject - Does the topic of the story make you think or teach a lesson? Do you and other children like the topic of the story?
  • Characters - Can you relate to the characters? Are the characters funny or appealing in some way?
  • Author/Illustrator - What is the Author's Purpose: to Persuade, Inform or Entertain? Do you like other books by that author?
3. Florida Reading Association Books - voting for our favorite books
  • Memoirs of a Parrot
  • Tree
  • That's Not a Hippopotamus

Dates to Remember

April 30 – Start of Book Swap During Media Resource Time

May 3 – Last Day for check-out

May 4 – SSYRA (5) and SSYRA Jr. (10) deadline for party

May 9 - Books Due to Media Center

May 10 – Battle of the Books

May 11 – Last day for Media Classes and for the Book Swap

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Thank You for Supporting Our Book Fair

To everyone who came to our Book Fair, and to all who helped make it a great experience, a big thank you! Keep on reading, and we'll see you at our next Fair!

Our Numbers for March 2018

Number of Books Checked Out - 2,075
Number of E-books Viewed - 1,478
Number of Classes - 35
Number of Magazines Checked-out - 150
Most Check-outs by a Student - Kayla T. 18 books

Class with the Most Check-outs - Ms. Hamelin's Class 82
Most Check-outs by a Teacher - Mrs. Eberhardt 12

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WPES News Crew

We are so lucky to have 16 wonderful students who volunteer everyday to be on the WPES News Crew. They write the scripts, anchor shows, edit the backgrounds, run the camera's and manage sound board. Everyday is a new show and amazingly they run the set like a true news broadcast. Thank you to our crew!

Meet Our SSYRA Battle Team


James E.


Kayleigh R.


Alternates: Max T. and Carlynn

May 4 - SSYRA Deadline for Awards.

May 10 - Battle of the Books South at Gamble Rogers Middle 10:00AM


Palencia students voted for Coming Soon

SSYRA Jr. 1-2
Palencia Student's voted for Coming Soon

For more information and a list of books, visit the PES Media Center website.

App of the Month - TumbleBooks

We have access to TumbleBooks via our MackinVia App until June 30, 2018. TumbleBooks is a subscription based website and app that allows students to read 100's of e-books. Please take advantage of our school's access.

Birthday Book Club

The Palencia Elementary School Media Center’s Birthday Book Club is a wonderful way to commemorate your child’s birthday. Your participation not only enriches the library collection but allows you and your child to be personally involved in its growth.

To take part in the Birthday Book Club donate one new undamaged hardback book. This book should be a book that your child enjoys and one that we don’t have in the media center already. You can choose a new book at the book store or a new book from the Book Fair. A quick check of our library catalog (Destiny) will tell you if we already have the book. If you would prefer, you may make a monetary donation of $15 and your child can choose from recently acquired books that are waiting to be put on the shelves. For more information, contact the media center.

Palencia Elementary Media Center - The Pirate Cove

The mission of the library media program is to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas, information and technology. Creating a foundation for lifelong learning is at the heart of our program, so that we are prepared to set sail into tomorrow’s world.