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MS Library Site Hoover - How to use the library videos 

Click here to take the HMS Media Center survey.  Please take this short survey to help us better meet your needs and to recommend books. 


Click here to read about the Scholastic Read for the World Record Summer Reading Challenge.

 Click here to view our Summer Reading Challenge Video.



  Ms. Quaid : Library Media Specialist  

Media Center Hours: 9:10 a.m. - 3:35 p.m. 

eBooks | Resources | Research Guide | Sunshine State Young Readers' Award | | Accelerated Reader | | | Mission Statement | Circulation Policy | | | Find It Fast! | Gale Databases


HMS has over 100 eBooks available to students 24/7. To search for eBooks, please click on the following link:eBooks.

eBooks may be viewed on a PC, iPad, Android Tablet, or Kindle Fire. To use eBooks on an iPad or Android, download the free Follett BryteWave app. When asked for the school's URL, enter Login using your school username and password.

Please note, this is a new app. If you are currently using the Follett Enlight app, please uninstall it and download the new Follett BryteWave app.


To search for library items using Destiny Online Catalog, please click on the following link: Catalog.

To search for eBooks, please click on the following link:eBooks.

To search for online magazine articles, newspaper articles, and digital reference books, please click on the following link:
Gale Databases



You can also search the Gale Databases on your smart phone. Scan this QR Code for the Gale Access My Library mobile app. 

Florida Electronic Library - The Florida Electronic Library is your gateway to online magazine articles, newspaper articles, and books. Just enter your public library card number to access. Below are some of the many resources provided.

LitFinder covers all time periods and contains a wealth of primary literature content, including full-text poems, short stories, essays, speeches, and plays.
Informe This electronic resource provides access to full text of popular Hispanic magazines. Other features include a thesaurus and title annotations in both English and Spanish.
Gale Virtual Reference Library a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These reference materials once were accessible only in the library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7.

For information on how to use the Gale resources or WHY to use the Gale resources, please view the following online videos:
Your Library vs. Open Web
Gale Virtual Reference Library Basics
Science in Context
Student Resources in Context
US History in Context

Web Sites

Marion County Public Library System

EasyBib Free bibliography generator.

Science Buddies

Good Reads

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Research Guide

Welcome to the HMS Research Guide - Congratulations, your teacher has assigned you a research project! Don’t panic. Research can be fun. You’ve probably researched questions many times without ever realizing it.
Research is a life skill. We are always seeking information. What MP3 player should you buy? Which book should you read next? A researcher looks for as many different, reliable sources as possible, takes notes, asks questions, consults additional sources, and develops a point of view based upon all of the information found.
The following guide, HMS Media Center Research Guide is based on the FINDS Florida Research Model. FINDS breaks down the research process into five steps. Follow the five steps listed below and you’ll be on your way to success!

F - focus, find your topic
I - investigate, look for the information, putting it in your own words
N - notes, take notes from the information, putting it in your own words
D - develop your paper/project based on directions from your teacher
S - score, based on your teacher's requirements, make sure you have all the components before you turn it in.

Click here to view "Credit for Creative Work" a video from Common Sense Media.

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Sunshine State Young Readers' Award

The Sunshine State Young Readers' Award program presents fifteen books chosen each year by a committee of Florida librarians. They are chosen for their quality and appeal, and represent some of the best in children's literature today. Students in grades 6 through 8 are encouraged to read at least three of the books, so they can vote for their favorite. Every year, the author of the book with the most statewide votes is presented with the Sunshine State Young Readers' Award.

Book List for 2014-2015

2014-2015 Book List

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Accelerated Reader Program

Accelerated Reader

The Accelerated Reader Program provides teachers and children a fun and exciting way to promote reading at home and in the classroom. The kids love to watch their progress and teachers often involve the students in setting their point goals for the year.

To search for AR books and quizzes, please visit the AR BookFinder by clicking on this link: - AR BookFinder.

For more information about Accelerated Reader and AR BookFinder, please visit the following links:

A Parent’s Guide to Accelerated Reader
A Parent’s Guide to AR BookFinder
How to Log onto AR
Accelerated Reader Resources
Renaissance Home Connect

Accelerated Reader – Accelerated Reader is a computerized reading program which allows students to test on books and earn rewards as they reach their goals.

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Howard Middle's Media program is to ensure that the students and staff are effective users of ideas and information. This is accomplished by providing intellectual and physical access to materials in all formats; by providing instruction to foster competence and stimulate interest in reading, viewing, and using information and ideas; and by working with other educators to design learning strategies to meet the needs of individual students.

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Circulation Policy

1) Each student may check out three books/items at a time for up to three weeks.

2) Current reference books may not be checked out by students.

3) Current issues of magazines may be used in the library but may not be checked out. Back issues of magazines may be checked out over night or over a weekend.

4) Lost or damaged materials will be paid for by the student as soon as possible.

5) Students may only check out "second chance" books if they have an overdue book or have unpaid library fines.

The library media center sends out notices on a regular basis to students who have overdue books or fines.

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