WHS Media Center

February 2014

Students and parents, did you know...

  • The media center is ususally open before school and during lunch.
  • Many students use this time to complete assignments, conduct research, access computers and printers, and check out books. Passes are available in the main office and from teachers.
  • Our students have access to dozens of free databases and an educational search engine (Webpath Express). Students can find up to date articles and information written by professionals. Results from these sources are typically more helpful and trustworthy than Google searches.
  • We have audiobooks called Playways. Students can listen to an entire book read aloud with the Playaway mp3 player using their own headphones or plugged into speakers.
  • We have many e-books that can be accessed on computers, tablets, or smartphones.
  • Mrs. Allred loves young adult literature and can recommend some great fiction books!

See Mrs. Allred (media coordinator) and the media center website for help with any of these tools!

Teachers, did you know...

  • We can pull books and send them to your classroom for you or your students to use.
  • Mrs. Allred can do booktalks for fiction and nonfiction books that relate to your content area.
  • Mrs. Allred can teach lessons about research questions, keyword searching, using databases and other resources, citations, and other information-seeking strategies.
  • We subscribe to several professional journals, including Leadership for Student Activities, Learning and Leading with Technology, Mathematics Teacher, Scholastic Choices, Scholastic Instructor, Scholastic Science World, School Arts, and Teaching Tolerance.

Blind Date with a Book

The week before Valentine’s Day students and staff were invited to go on a “Blind Date with a Book.” They checked out a book without seeing its cover or title. 20 “blind date books” were checked out. Hopefully some readers met their perfect match!

Reader Spotlights

Faith F. recommends Deal With It by Monica McKayhan because it has lots of drama and details that keep you reading!

Mikayla F. recommends Fast Forward by Celeste O. Norfleet because it teaches about life lessons we need to learn.

Tech Tip

Tired of doing PowerPoint presentations for projects? Try Prezi, Slide Rocket, or Photo Story for engaging multimedia presentations that will stand out from the pack!

Top Ten: Most Circulated YA Fiction Books

1. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

3. At First Sight by Nicholas Sparks

4. Gym Candy by Carl Deuker

5. Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

6. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

7. The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson

8. Beastly by Alex Flinn

9. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

10. Double Helix by Nancy Werlin

Mrs. Allred's Book Picks

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

“It is 1939, Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.”

Liesel Meminger is a book thief. She stole her first book from her brother’s graveside. Stealing books from Nazi book burnings and the mayor’s house is dangerous enough. When her foster family hides a frightened, frail Jew in the basement, Liesel begins to truly understand both the horror and beauty that humans can create. This enthralling story is narrated by Death itself.

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

After the Second Civil War, Americans came to an agreement in the Pro-Choice/Pro-Life conflict. According to the Bill of Life, human life may not be touched from the moment of conception until the age of thirteen. At that point, parents could choose to have their child “unwound,” meaning that the child’s organs are transplanted into different bodies. Therefore life does not technically end. Connor, Risa, and Lev are three of the teenagers designated to be unwound — but they don’ t know what that means for their future and if they want to stick around to find out.

Media Center Staff, Hours, and Contact Information

7:30-4:00 Monday, Thursday, Friday

8:00-4:00 Tuesday, Wednesday

Kristi Allred, WHS school library media coordinator

Gina Webster, WMS school library media coordinator

Jim Brown, WHS media assistant

Mandy Woolen, WMS media assistant