- Library Staff: Stephanie Nichols, Media Specialist; Maxi Henry, Library Clerk
- Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
- Phone: 864-355-4593 Fax: 864-355-9392
Greenville County Public Library
SC Book Awards
See library staff for username and password
- OnePlace SC
- Word Central
- Roget's Internet Thesaurus
- Study SC
- Internet Public Library for Teens
- World Almanac for Kids
- Animoto: Video Slideshows
- Voicethread: Collaborative multimedia slideshows
- Diigo: Bookmarking
Web 2.0 Resources
Avatars, Comic Creators and Talking Photos
BitStrips:Online Comic Strip, Made by YOU! @ http://bitstrips.com/create/character/
Blabberize:Upload a photo and add audio @ http://blabberize.com/
FotoBabble:Annotate your photos and share online @ http://www.fotobabble.com/
PicasoHead:Create your own masterpiece using famous features drawn by Picasso @ http://www.picassohead.com/create.html
Rasterboy Presents Unique:A custom character generator that goes as far as your imagination @ http://unique.rasterboy.com/
Strip Generator:Comic strip creation tool @ http://stripgenerator.com/strip/create
Build Your WildSelf:Design your human self and add animal parts to become half-human/half-animal @ http://www.buildyourwildself.com/
Voki:Create speaking avatars @ http://www.voki.com/
Conceptboard:Scribble, annotate and illustrate various grammatical concepts or workflows @ http://conceptboard.com/for-education
Mind42:A collaborative browser-based online mind mapping tool @ http://mind42.com/
Mindomo:With seamless desktop and online functionality, design, and interoperability, Mindomo takes the brain teasing out of brainstorming @ http://www.mindomo.com/edu/exercise/seven-ideas-on-topic.htm
Mindmeister:Allows for real-time brainstorming sessions between an unlimited number of users and requires only a standard web browser @ http://www.mindmeister.com/
Bubbl.Us:Create colorful online mind maps. It’s great for class discussions and brainstorming sessions @ http://bubbl.us/
Tripline:Your maps are your stories @ http://www.tripline.net/
Animaps:Animaps extends the My Maps feature of Google Maps by letting you create maps with markers that move, images and text that pop up on cue, and lines and shapes that change over time. When you send your Animap to friends it appears like a video - they can play, pause, slow and speed up the action! @ http://www.animaps.com/#!home
HistoryPin:Pin your history to the world @ http://www.historypin.com/
TimeToast:Create timelines, share them on the web @ http://www.timetoast.com/
iCreate to Educate:Use stop-motion as a learning tool (free and paid versions) @ http://icreatetoeducate.com/home/
Glogster:Create online, interactive posters (school account available) @ http://icreatetoeducate.com/home/
JellyCam:Stop-motion maker @ http://www.ticklypictures.com/
LetterPop:A web-based newsletter publishing center @ http://letterpop.com/
ProjectNoah:Project Noah was created to provide people of all ages with a simple, easy-to-use way to share their experiences with wildlife. By encouraging your students to share their observations and contribute to Project Noah missions, you not only help students to reconnect with nature, you provide them with real opportunities to make a difference. @ http://www.projectnoah.org/education
Smore:Create online flyers @ http://www.smore.com/
Trading Card Creator:Create a trading card about a real or fictional person, place, object, event, or abstract concept @ http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/trading_cards_2/
Woices:Listen, create and share FREE geolocalized audioguides @ http://woices.com/
Magnoto:A “magnetic” display where you can post and share text, audio, video, and pictures @ http://www.magnoto.com/
Slidestory:Audio slideshows & podcasts - tell a story; share your photos; narrate in your own voice @ http://www.slidestory.com/
StoryJumper:StoryJumper is a website that allows kids to build their own books. You can easily create cover pages, add text, upload drawings or photos to illustrate your story, and you can use the StoryJumper clipart gallery, too. When you re done, you can order your own professionally published hardback book @ http://www.storyjumper.com/
Zinepal:Create great looking magazines or newsletters with website links or RSS feeds @ http://www.zinepal.com/
Empressr:Tell your story anyway you like. Add photos, music, video, and audio, and share it publicly or privately in an instant @ http://www.empressr.com/
Welcome to the Sterling Media Center where students and their families, staff, community members and guests come to find and share information and promote the love of reading and learning. Our mission is to ensure that students and teachers can locate, evaluate and use information effectively, to foster a love of reading, and to create lifelong learners who are able to use their information skills to pursue their personal and academic interests. We follow the National School Library Standards to ensure that our students are learning the skills they will need to be independent, productive adults. Please come visit us and see what we have to offer.
Media Center Policies
AvailabilityHours: 7:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. most schools days
Exceptions: Although rare, library use for testing or special events may result in inaccessibility for students part of the day.
Before and After School:To ensure adequate supervision and student safety, students wishing to visit the library after their dismissal time need to provide a parent note at least 1 school day in advance. ANY student planning to visit the library after school dismisses up until 3:00 p.m. must provide a signed parent note that includes:
During the School Day:While the library is available for all students to use throughout the day, the library currently operates as part of the related arts rotation with scheduled elementary classes each morning. Library staff request teachers send no more than two students at a time to visit the library independently. Larger groups are welcome with prior notice to ensure adequate supervision is available.
Classes/Groups:The media center provides an optimum learning environment when teachers pre-arrange whole class or large group visits with library staff. Studies show student achievement increases when teachers and the school librarian plan and instruct collaboratively. Faculty are always encouraged to collaborate on research, reading or technology instruction with the media specialist.
Special Events/MeetingsThe Sterling Media Center hosts various events and groups throughout the year. To best meet our users' needs and collect required data regarding library usage, please stop by the circulation desk or email library staff when using the library space.
The Sterling Media Center has several Barnes & Noble Simple Touch e-reader devices for students in grades 3-8 to check out. Checkout will occur on a first come, first served basis. The opportunity to check out a Nook is a privilege for students; as such, we expect students to use extra caution and act responsibly with these devices. Because the replacement value of each device is $130.00, we ask that each student requesting to check out a Nook first submit a signed permission form to be filed with media center staff in the school library before a Nook can be checked out to him/her.
Battle of the Books (BoB)
Battle of the Books (BoB) is a challenging book trivia competition between numerous elementary schools in Greenville County. Students may begin reading the ten BoB titles determined by a district committee of school librarians once the list is announced around September 1st each year. Competition questions take the form of: "in which book...?" where one of the ten book titles and corresponding author is the correct answer. Fourth and fifth grade students wishing to represent Sterling School at the district competition need to begin reading as many titles as possible once the list is announced. To attend practice sessions beginning in November, students must have read a minimum of 3 BoB titles and show continued progress towards reading all ten books. District competition is fierce and teams are highly competitive. If there should be more students interested than allowed on a competition team, it may be necessary to eliminate some students based on practice attendance, number of titles read, and knowledge of the books. Books may be found in the school library, OverDrive, or the public library, or students may choose to purchase their own copies.