PHS Media Center


December 2015

This is the periodic media center newsletter of the Plainfield High School. It contains information that teachers may find helpful and is the primary means of communication about what is happening in the media center.

Teachers: What services can the media center offer you?

As a certified teacher, Lael DuBois can:

  • Compile information from websites, research databases, and e-books for your class assignments
  • Instruction on Office 365 for students or teachers
  • Talk about books with your students
  • Develop collaborative units with teachers to integrate technology into lessons
  • Co-Teach a lesson/unit
  • Assist with research
  • Teach web programs and tools to you or your students
  • Order videos, books or other materials
  • Design tutorials and lessons
  • Professional Development
  • Help in any other way

Sending Students to Media Center (also includes tech help)

  1. Write each student a pass to the media center (use yellow pass).
  2. Student will then sign in at the media center circulation desk.
  3. Student will checkout books, print, meet with tech expert students, etc.
  4. When finished, student will sign out at the media center circulation desk and get his/her pass stamped with date and time.

*Please let Michael Menser and/or Lael DuBois know if there are any issues.


Please call/email Lael DuBois (x1243 or with the date and period you would like to bring your classes to the media center. She can also work with you on creating projects, assignments, or incorporating technology into your lesson.

12 Days of Christmas - Adult Books List

For the Twelve Books of Christmas, a Good Friend Gave to Me…

12. Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral by Mary Doria Russell

11. The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

10. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

9. Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta

8. Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart

7. The Martian by Andy Weir

6. The Good Lord Bird by James McBride

5. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

4. The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey

3. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

2. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr


1. One Second After by William R. Forstchen

Shared by Leslie Preddy, AASL President and Perry Meridian Middle School Librarian

2016 Read Alouds Too-Good-To-Miss

The Read Alouds Too-Good-To-Miss program is a project of the Association of Indiana School Library Educators (AISLE). The ultimate purpose of the Read-Aloud Books Too Good To Miss program is to promote a love of reading and books and to instill and nurture lifelong reading habits in Indiana students.

2016 Read Alouds Too-Good-To-Miss - Primary, Upper Elementary, Middle School, High School and Ageless Lists

*Taken from ILF website - Read Aloud Books

Online Resources for Teaching/Learning

2015 AASL Best Websites for Teaching & Learning

The 2015 Best Websites for Teaching & Learning foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. They are free, Web-based sites that are user friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover.

Media Sharing

TouchCast - Make a video interactive with web links, documents, pictures and more.

Tackk - Create assignments, presentations, blogs, discussions and more.

Pear Deck - Design your own questions using a slide presentation.

Apps Bar - Build your own free mobile apps.

Soundtrap - Place for students and educators to create music online

Digital Storytelling

Storyboard That - Make stories by using templates with scenes, characters and more.

My Storybook - Create own stories by building a storybook.

Booktrack Classroom - Read books with a movie-style soundtrack. Can even make your own.

Manage & Organize

Beyond Pad - Organize and keep track of notes (white board/digital post it notes).

Google Classroom - Create a paperless classroom.

FlipQuiz - Game show style board for test prep, quizzes and more.

Social Networking & Communications

Bookopolis - Social network and book discovery tool for small children.

Answerables - "Gamify" lessons using a multiplayer game.

DIY - Kids can complete challenges (learn & share new skills) and post projects online.

BeenPod - Organize a collection of webpages that you can comment on.

IFTTT - If This, Then That... Connect two or more apps, websites or products.

Curriculum Collaboration

Gooru - Online resources and lesson plans in science, math, social studies and language arts.

Molecular Workbench - Provides visual & interactive experiments for science.

Knowmia - Short video lessons from teachers around the globe.

Hstry - Multimedia timeline creation tool.

Engineering is Elementary - Engage children with real-world engineering designs.

Content Resources

What Was There - Adds history to a place on Google Maps.

Code - Learn how to code.

BioDigital Human - Interactive 3D to examine the human body.

PhET - Collection of science and math interactive computer simulations.

PHS eBooks

Students and teachers can access ebooks through the PHS library catalog.

Computer/Laptop E-reading Instructions:


  1. Go to
  2. Click on Plainfield High School
  3. Student Login with your username (same login as tablet) and password (student ID #). Teacher login is with your username and password.
  4. Click on Follett Shelf
  5. To check out a book, click on the "i" in the bottom corner and click check out
  6. Click on Open Book to read

Books are returned automatically after 3 weeks.

Smartphone / iPad / Tablet E-reading Instructions

Download the App

  1. Download the Follett BryteWave K-12 App from the App Store or from Google Play
  2. Launch the App and login with your username (same login as tablet) and your password (student ID #). Teacher login is with your username and password.
  3. Enter Plainfield High School as your school - make sure it is the Indiana one!
  4. Click Stay Logged In if you are on a private device and click Log In
  5. Tap the Follett Shelf icon and search for the eBook you want to read
  6. To check out a book, clock on the "i" in the bottom corner and click check out
  7. Click on Open Book to read

Books are returned automatically after 3 weeks.

Gale Research Databases - Did You Know?

Did you know that you could access videos, audio clips, images, creative works and primary resources using the Gale research databases? Please schedule a time with Lael DuBois (x1243 or if you would like to learn more about the Gale research databases.

Gale Students Resources in Context

Gale Opposing Viewpoints

Coming soon to the PHS Media Center - Makerspaces

Lael DuBois attended a conference in November that included sessions on Makerspaces. Makerspaces is hands on learning area that can help guide inquiry and exploration. Makerspaces can be small or large areas. These stations can include anything from coloring pages, building legos, assembling puzzles to computer coding. The media center will start a makerspaces area in January. Be watching for more information and announcements.

Class Visits

PHS Media Center on Social Media

Twitter: @plainfieldmc

Instagram: phsmediacenter

Facebook: phsmediacenter

Goodreads: Lael DuBois

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Lael DuBois

Lael DuBois is a certified School Librarian / Library Media Specialist (grades K-12) who has been the media specialist / school librarian at Plainfield High School for 9 years. Prior to that, she was the school librarian at Pike High School and Pike Freshman Center.