Media Center Minute

Minuteman HS Library Media Center, Ms. Gleason & Mrs. Bowen

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May 21, 2020

Dear Minuteman Community,

I hope all is well with you and your families, and that you are able to enjoy this beautiful stretch of May weather.

As remote teaching and learning continues, we remind and encourage you and your students to utilize the supports and resources of the Minuteman Library Media Center. Our website grows regularly and features 24/7 availability of our online resources and activities. Please reach out with any requests, information needs, citation and research support, collaboration ideas, thoughts, and questions.


Kara Gleason, Library Media Specialist

Introducing Sora

Sora is a new reading and listening website and app from OverDrive and Minuteman High School. Geared toward schools, Sora is the equivalent of the Libby app for public libraries. With Sora, students can access a large collection of eBooks and audiobooks for independent reading using a computer, mobile device, tablet, or eReader. Our partnership with the Massachusetts Library System Commonwealth E-Books Collection provides a vast collection of books.

Learn more at our Sora page at the library media center website and with the tutorial videos linked below. We expect that students will find Sora easy to use and access. Let us know if you would like us to set you up with an account.

Book Club Fridays Online Meetups

The library may be closed but we can still connect and talk about books! We invite students to join us for our virtual book clubs held every Friday on Microsoft Teams from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Most Fridays will feature a What are You Reading? drop in book discussion. We'll each be talking about different books, so be prepared to get a lot of good ideas!

We would love to get student interest and participation. Please share the details about Book Club Fridays with students. Faculty are welcome to join.

“Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.” Mason Cooley

Keep Calm and Cite Your Sources

The deadline for senior projects is upon us, and next week the judges will view the final presentations. It was my first time witnessing and being a part of the senior projects process at Minuteman and there is a lot to be proud of and impressed by. This includes the students' efforts and creations, instructors' dedication and instruction, and the guidance and support given by Minuteman educators.

Included in this encouragement for seniors was this public service announcement from the library media center: "Keep Calm and Cite Your Sources: Three Reasons Why You Should Include a Properly Formatted Works Cited Slide in Your Senior Project Presentation."

The Exemplary Reading Program Award Goes to...

It was announced recently that Minuteman High School received the 2020 Exemplary Reading Program Award from the Massachusetts Reading Association (MRA).

In a headline news article featured on the Minuteman website, author Judy Bass reported that the selection committee "mentioned the media center situated at the hub of the school, the integration of reading skills in the school’s career and technical programs as well as in its academic programs, the outstanding reading program for freshmen, the multi-tiered system of support for the reading program throughout the school, and the allocation of financial resources to the reading program."

“There is a lot of commitment from everyone at Minuteman,” [Massachusetts Reading Association Vice President-Elect Patricia] Kelley said. “Literacy is being integrated across the curriculum. We understood the value in that.”

Read the full article on the Minuteman High School website.

May Observances

  • Mental Health Awareness Month is a national movement to raise awareness about mental health. The infographic presented here is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention produced by Google.

  • Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of Americans of Asian and Pacific Islander descent, past and present. Watch and learn more with the just-released PBS film series Asian Americans, along with accompanying resources for Massachusetts educators on the PBS Learning Media Site.

  • Memorial Day, a U.S. national holiday observed on the last Monday of May, commemorates Americans who died while in military service. Learn more about the history of Memorial Day at the Britannica Library Reference Center database.