The Library @PHS

August 2018

Come In and Collaborate


  • TEL-Tennessee Electronic Library—A virtual library w/70 databases that can be accessed anywhere
  • Student Livebinder—A livebinder that is geared for student use with a variety of learning tabs such as research, all subject areas, apps, and more
  • Card Catalog—We can show the students how best to search on our catalog system
  • Google Searches-We can show the students some tips to make searching easier and less time consuming
  • Google Drive-We can show the students how Drive works and what can be accomplished using Drive
  • QR Code activities

Survey-Project? What Project?

Think about a project you have wanted to try in class. Think about a fun activity you have wanted to implement. Not sure what to try, tell us about a subject you teach and need something fun for. Answer the question and Susan and I will help you out.

Media Center Events

The Breakfast Club-Student book club

We will meet once a month to read and discuss the following books:

Zenter, Jeff-The Serpent King

Garber, Stephanie-Caraval

Thomas, Angie-The Hate U Give

Green, John- Turtles All the Way Down

Doller, Trish-In a Perfect World

Buxbaum, Julie-What to Say Next

Next meeting will be September 13 @7:30 A.M. in the Media Center. We will discuss The Serpent King.

**This date may change since we had 22 students sign up for book club and last year we had 12 students. With only 11 books, we are having to read in rotations.

The Dinner Club-Teacher book club

Everyone is invited to join us! You can come and go as you please. You can read one book and not the next. Just pop in when the next book is of interest to you. We have a bookshelf in the periodical room with book club books-past and present. You are more than welcome to check it out at any time.

These are the books we are reading next—

The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah

Camino Island – John Grisham

The Couple Next Door – Shari Lapena

Tangerine – Christine Mangan

Seeing Red – Sandra Brown

I Am Malala – Malala Yousafzai

One Thousand White Women – Jim Fergus

The Woman in the Window – A.J. Finn

The 19th Wife – David Ebershoff

The Female Persuasion – Meg Wolitzer

The Devil in the White City – Erik Larson

Eunice – Ellen McNamara

To set your calendars, here are the dates to discuss-

Thurs. Aug. 23 Camino Island

Mon. Sept. 17 The Couple Next Door (get dinner and bring it to the Library…this is Parent Conference night)

Tues. Oct. 16 Tangerine

Mon. Nov 12 Seeing Red

Thurs. Dec 20 I Am Malala (lunch at Milo’s Coffee Shop on Main Street…this is the half day before Christmas)

Thurs. Jan 17 One Thousand White Women

Tues. Feb 19 Woman In the Window (get dinner and bring it to the Library…this is Parent Conference night)

Tues. Mar 19 The 19th Wife

Tues. Apr 16 Female Persuasion

Fri. May 24 The Devil in the White City (brunch somewhere…this is the 2-hour last day)

Sometime in June Eunice (another trip to McKay’s with lunch)

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New Books for the Month of August

"If You Liked the Movie, You Will Love the Book

Technology in the Media Center

We have the following items in the library for checkout:

-3 iPads

-1 Windows tablet

-Document camera

-Flip video camera

-Clicker systems

There is a Smartboard and projector in the Library Computer Lab. There is also a projector in the library for large class instruction.

-The Library Computer Lab has 37 computers

-The Media Center has 6 computers

Genrefication of the Library

The fiction section has a slightly new look. The books are still in Dewey order, but we have placed stickers on books by their genre. Now anyone can scan the shelves to find a certain type of book they like.

The new genrefication stickers are:

-Science Fiction


-Historical Fiction

-Realist Fiction







-Graphic Novels



Thanks to Mrs. Hymer, Ms Venable, Mrs. Starnes, Mrs. Gilliam, Mrs. Adams, Mrs. Uhls, Mrs. Creek, Mr. McCoin, Mrs. Smith, and Ms Baier for posing with their favorite book for "National Book Lovers Day".
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The library has makerspace items anyone can use. We have the following items:

  • Dot and Dash robots w/accessories (robotics)
  • Cubelets (robotics)
  • Items for Circuits
  • K'nex
  • 3-D printer
  • Keva planks-wooden blocks for creating original works of art or cleverly designed contraptions


Susan and I are here to help you. We would be glad to help with research, the use of the technology in the library and lab, or to help your students check out books. If you want to do a project that is different, give us the idea and we will help you plan. We are willing to come to your PLCs to show you what is available in the library for your subject area.