Media Center Information

  • Media Specialist:  Jenny Stark
    Media Clerk:  Rhonda Honea

    Phone:  (678) 745-2300
    Fax:  (678) 745-2348
    E-Mail Ms. Stark

Welcome!

  • The mission of the North Gwinnett Middle School media program is to pursue excellence in all areas by encouraging reading for pleasure as well as for information acquisition; building responsible creators and consumers of information; providing collaborative, inquiry-driven learning experiences; and creating a welcoming environment designed to encourage exploration and discovery.

  • General Information

    MEDIA CENTER HOURS

    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    Tuesdays & Fridays: 8:55 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

     

    CHECKOUT

    • Students may check out five items at a time. Books are loaned for three weeks. Students may place items on hold in the media center.
    • We encourage students to return books within the three week check-out period as a courtesy to other students who may be waiting to utilize those items. Overdue fines will not be charged; however, students will be expected to pay fines for lost books. Hardbacks are $20.00. Paperbacks are $10.00.
    • NEW THIS YEAR:  The curbside library program allows digital learners to check out media center books.  More information can be found on the NGMS Media Center eCLASS page.
  • Book Fair

    Shop the Fall 2020 Book Fair!

    November 9-13, 2020

    The Book Fair is the main fundraiser for the media center each year. We appreciate your support of this event.

    For In-Person Students:

    • The Book Fair is open daily from 8:30-4. Students will visit with their Language Arts class or individually with teacher permission.
    • Payment options include eWallet, checks made out to Scholastic, and credit cards. To prioritize the safety of students and staff, we will not accept cash payments this year.
    • eWallet allows you to pre-load funds for your child to use at school. Think of this like a restaurant or store app where you can load funds and then are charged only for what you purchase. Example: If you add $30 to your account, and your child spends $27.88, you will be charged $27.88. To load funds into your child’s eWallet, follow these steps:
    1. Visit the North Gwinnett Middle School Book Fair homepage.
    2. Scroll down to the bottom to find the eWallet section.
    3. Click “Get Started” to begin.
    4. Note: The eWallet site will tell you to print your receipt to send with your child. You do not have to do this. We can search for your child by name.

    For Digital Students:

    • We invite you to shop online through Scholastic! Online shopping will be available here by November 1st. Please use this direct link to ensure your purchase benefits our school.
    • Shop a wide selection of books. Items will be shipped directly to your home (free shipping for $25+ orders).
    • Want to shop in person? We have a LIMITED number of in-person shopping spots open on November 10th and 12th from 4:30-6 p.m. Shop in a socially-distanced environment. Advance sign-up is required; please click here to reserve a shopping spot.
    • Payment options for in-person shopping include eWallet, checks made out to Scholastic, and credit cards. To prioritize the safety of students and staff, we will not accept cash payments this year.
  • Reading Clubs and Activities

    It has been decided that the Gwinnett County Readers Rally event for February 2021 be postponed until 2022. As disappointing as this news might be for avid participants of our annual event, the safety and concern for all students, coaches, and volunteers was the committee’s main priority. The book lists for this school year will remain the same at all levels for the 2022 event. We encourage our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Readers Rally members to participate next year.

  • Summer Reading

    Summer Reading

    Summer Reading information will be added in April for the 2021-2022 school year.

  • Research Assistance

    SCRIBLE RESEARCH TOOL

    Scrible can assist you in many areas of research:

    • Citations for all resources including websites, databases, encyclopedias, books, and more.
    • Export citations into a clean Works Cited page
    • Annotate websites and other digital content with notes, comments, and interactions with other students
    • Take notes on resources that are saved and tied to original resource

    Scrible 101 Tutorial: Visit the Media Center eClass page for a FULL TUTORIAL on using Scrible.com. Note: You must use your student Google account to for Scrible.


    ONLINE RESEARCH LIBRARY

    The Online Research Library is a collection of 50+ databases designed for student exploration and research. Sample databases include ABC-CLIO, Britannica Online School Edition, ScienceFLIX, Biography in Context, and more! To access:

    • From home: Log in to your student portal. Select "Online Research Library" from the list of apps on the right.
    • From school: Double-click the "Online Research Library" icon on your desktop.

    Additional information about the Online Research Library is located on the Media Center eClass page.

  • Copyright Q & A

    COPYRIGHT RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS

    Copyright is the exclusive legal right to reproduce, publish, sell, or distribute the matter and form of something (such as a literary, musical, or artistic work). Source: Merriam Webster

    Copyright and fair use should always be considered when creating or consuming information.

    U.S. Copyright Office: Explore frequently asked questions related to copyright and fair use.

    Copyright for Kids: Interactive website to help you navigate tricky copyright questions.

  • Helpful Parent Information

    Welcome! Thank you for visiting the Media Center page. Below is helpful information for you to reference as you assist your child at NGMS.


    How can I help my child become a better reader?

    1. Encourage your child to find books that interest him/her. Ask Mrs. Stark or a librarian at the public library for help matching books and interests!
    2. Set aside 20 minutes per day for your child to read for pleasure. Let them read any item of their choice during this time.
    3. Engage with your child about what he/she is reading. Read together or ask questions about the characters!
    4. Make reading a highlight of the day. Reading should never feel like a chore or a task to be completed.
    5. Read with your student! Look for the Article of the Week in the parent newsletter each week.  

    Volunteer Opportunities

    Parent volunteers make a difference in the Media Center. Volunteer responsibilities include assisting with check-out/check-in, shelving books, helping with special projects or displays, staffing the bi-annual book fairs. Volunteers are needed on a regular or one-time basis. Contact Mrs. Stark at for more information.