APS Media Services

February 2016

2016 Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl was a huge success!!

More than 40 schools participated in 2016 Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl. The reading bowl was a huge success and plans are being made to accomodate even more growth for next year's reading bowl. It was fantastic to see students, media specialists, teachers and volunteers super excited about reading and super energized on a crisp Saturday morning.

All district winners will compete at the Regional HRRB on February 13, 2016 at Clayton State University from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM. The Division A Playoffs will be held on February 27, 2016, the location has not yet been determined. If you are able to attend and support the following teams, please do so.

2016 APS HRRB winners


  • E. Rivers


  • Inman
  • Wesley International


  • Drew Charter
  • New Schools @ Carver

Celebrate Black History Month!

Have you thought about hosting an African American Read In? The following link can help you plan and find great resources to host this event at your school this February. Black History can be celebrated year round, but participating in the focused celebrations throughout February is a great way to celebrate the BEST of African American history and culture. Get your community involved and join the fun!!

(Don't forget to send media services an invite!)


Black History Month Resources

This is an amazing black history month resource for media specialists. Take a minute to peruse the site and you are guaranteed to find a resource or two that will enhance your instruction.

Congratulations to all January grant recipients!

Donor's Choose

Rhea Foster: F.L. Stanton ES........Tiger Kindle Korner ($662.00)

Bryan Ashley: Deerwood Academy ES.....Please Help Us Get Tablets in Our Library ($587.00)

James Patterson Grant

Carla Jackman: Parkside ES........($3,500.00)

ESE Networks 2016 Summit at Lake Lanier March 21-23

All Georgia AV/T grant recipients are invited to the 2016 Summit at Lake Lanier. Click the button above to register.

Please be reminded.........

  • All items MUST be received and invoices paid by Monday 3/1/16
  • Receiving all items by 3/1/16 is unlikely due to the extremely high volume of last minute orders
  • If you do not receive items ordered request a pro forma invoice and pay by 3/1/16
  • P-Cards will be deactivated on Tuesday 3/2/16

  • Media Specialists with unpaid FY 16 invoices after 3/1 will need to pay them in FY 17 Aug./Sept. 2016

APS Media Services

Our Mission:

The mission of the Atlanta Public Schools library media program is to make certain that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information. This mission is achieved by empowering students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skilled researchers, and ethical users of information.

Our Goals:

  • To ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information
  • To empower students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information
  • To instill a love of learning in all students and ensure equitable access to information
  • To collaborate with classroom teachers and specialists to design and implement lessons and units of instruction, and assess student learning and instructional effectiveness
  • To provide the leadership and expertise necessary to ensure that the school library program is aligned with the mission, goals, and objectives of the school and the school district, and is an integral component of the learning/instructional program