Book Fair The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to HMS on April 13th through April 17th.
Click on the following link to shop online: Shop Online Book Fair.
Summer Check Out This year, school libraries are helping to make sure students have books to read over the summer. Students will be allowed to check out up to 5 books to take home over the summer and return to school in the fall. Summer check out will take place May 20th through May 24th.
Sunshine Book Bowl Congratulations HMS Book Bowl Team. Our students tied for second place in the 2013 Sunshine Book Bowl.
AR Celebration Students that met their Third Quarter AR Goal were invited to a celebration in the media center on April 29th.
Author Visit Award winning author, Todd Strasser visited HMS on March 1st. All students had the opportunity to hear Mr. Strasser talk about his books and the writing process.
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
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:
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 Digital Reader app. When asked for the school's URL, enter wbb05997.follettshelf.com. Login using your school username and password.
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: -
For more information about Accelerated Reader and AR BookFinder, please visit the following links:
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.
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.
Students can win prizes by reading more of the books. If they read 10 or more "Sunshine
Books", they are also qualified to try out for the Howard Middle Book Bowl
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.
AR Reading Celebrations – Students who read and reach their quarterly AR goal are eligible to attend the AR Celebrations. Students enjoy treats and play games including Wii, Band Hero, and Xbox.
Book Fairs – The Media Center will hold two book fairs this year, one in the fall and one in the spring. Scholastic will supply both of the book fairs with a wide variety of quality books. This is a great chance to purchase new books for your home library and support the HMS Media Center.
Lunch Bunch Book Club – Book club meets once a month during lunch to discuss new and interesting books.
Sunshine State Young Readers Award Voting – Students that read at least 3 SSYRA books are eligible to vote for their favorite. Voting takes place during the month of March.
Sunshine Book Bowl – Students who have read 10 of the 15 Sunshine State books by January may try out for the Sunshine Book Bowl team. Five students will be on Howard Middle School’s team. They will compete against other middle school teams in the county.
Sunshine Mystery Object Contest – Match the mystery objects to the SSYRA books and win a prize. New objects are displayed each quarter.
Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! – Students will join others across the state in celebrating the success of Florida's schools by participating in this annual event. This year's theme is "Take the Lead and Read".
School Library Month – Events and activities are held during the month of April to celebrate the essential role that school library programs play in a student's educational career. The 2012 theme is "You belong @ your library".
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