Jen Matthews, Media SpecialistE-mail: email@example.com
Ms. Matthew's Website
Maxi Henry, Media ClerkE-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Media Center Phone: 864-355-4698
Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
- How to Use the OverDrive App
- Using OverDrive on Specific Devices
- Need help? Visit help.overdrive.com
Greenville County Public Library
SC Book Awards
- SC Discus
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
- Soundzabound District sponsored subscription for free music to use in presentations. See library staff for login information.
- Audacity Audio editing tool
- Animoto: Video Slideshows
- Voicethread: Collaborative multimedia slideshows
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 @ http://glogster.com/
- 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
Hours: 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:
- student's name,
- date and purpose of visit
- pick up time (at or before 3:00 p.m.)
- method of transportation home and
- a parent name and contact number.
Students without a note will dismiss as usual. Students without transportation by the pre-arranged pick up time will wait in the front office.
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 day. 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 library staff in order to ensure adequate supervision.
The media center provides an optimum learning environment when teachers schedule pre-arranged whole class or large group visits. Studies show student achievement increases when the classroom teacher and school librarian collaborate. Faculty are encouraged to communicate with and utilize the media specialist when planning research, reading and/or technology-based instruction.
The 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.
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.
Banned Books Week
Since 1982, Banned Books Week has rallied librarians, booksellers, authors, publishers, teachers, and readers of all types to celebrate and defend the freedom to read. As we commemorate 30 years of Banned Books Week and enter our 31st year of protecting readers' rights, ALA is pleased to unveil this timeline of significant banned and challenged books.
Fifth through eighth grade students may apply to become Library Cadets. Cadets work a minimum of one morning or afternoon per week helping with deliveries of library materials, checking items in/out using the circulation software system, assisting patrons, maintaining an inviting environment conducive to learning and reading and promoting library services. Accepted students must be able to alphabetize books and have basic knowledge of how the library is organized.
Sterling Tech Team
The Sterling Tech Team is a group of tech-savvy middle school students who help troubleshoot technology issues as needed throughout the school, aid in the installation, repair and breaking down of equipment, and insure that computer labs are up and running and shut down daily.
Middle School Reading News
Teens Top Teen Winners TBA During Teen Read Week
The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list sponsored by YALSA, a subdivision of the American Library Association. The Young Adult Library Services Association hosts the Teens Top Ten where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in sixteen school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted on Support Teen Literature Day, the Thursday of National Library Week in the spring, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year. Readers ages twelve to eighteen vote online in August and September; the winners are announced during Teen Read Week.
Ever craved a good book and just not been inspired by anything you see? Or felt annoyed that you bought a book that was merely so-so? Or closed a book and JUST wanted to talk about it? Or wished you had a place to discover new books?
The Book Report Network knows what that feels like. They aim to solve these reader dilemmas with thoughtful book reviews, compelling features, in-depth author profiles and interviews, excerpts of the hottest new releases, contests and more every week through sites such as Teenreads. And, if you are 13 or older, you may want to consider becoming a member of the Teenreads Teen Board. Teen Board members write reviews, write blog posts, answer the monthly Teen Board questions, participate in special features and give much-needed feedback about the Teenread site, publishing trends and pop culture.