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

    Support the NGMS Book Fair!

    The Spring Book Fair will be held March 15-19 from 8:30-4:00 daily. Shop the latest in children's and young adult books! Options for summer reading will also be available for purchase. All purchases support the Media Center. Here's what parents and students need to know about the Book Fair:
    1. Payment options include eWallet, cash, checks made out to Scholastic, and credit cards. eWallet is Scholastic's online payment platform and is a great option for families who wish to have a contactless experience. Parents can load funds into the eWallet, and students can access the funds at school. Any amount not utilized during the Book Fair will roll into an online account on Scholastic's website for you to use for online shopping. To load money into your child's eWallet, click here and scroll to the eWallet section. Cash, checks, and credit cards will also be accepted.

    2. Plan to shop on the Digital Learning Day! March 16th is an asynchronous digital learning day. If you prefer to shop with your child, sign up to visit the Book Fair on March 16th. This shopping opportunity will be open to all families (digital learners and in-person students). Learn more and reserve a shopping time here. 

    3. Prefer to shop online? Visit our Book Fair home page! Online sales support our school. Purchases over $25 will ship to your home free of charge! Shop online here

  • 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

    NGMS Required Summer Reading 

    We encourage all students to read, read, read during the summer months. This year, the required summer reading for each grade level encourages student choice of TWO books. Each grade level is required to read specific types of books. We encourage students to use these parameters to locate books that align with their interests and reading levels. 

    Students do NOT need to submit a formal written assignment as part of the summer reading program; however, students must fully read their selected books and be prepared to use knowledge from those books in their Language Arts classes when they return to school in the fall. 

    Rising 6th Grade

    Incoming 6th grade students should read one non-fiction book on any subject AND a fiction book. The fiction book can be either historical fiction or fantasy

    What is non-fiction?
    Non-fiction books are based on facts, real events, and real people. You may choose any non-fiction book that interests you!

    What is historical fiction? What is fantasy?

    Historical fiction is a literary genre in which the plot takes place in a setting located in the past.  Fantasy is a genre of literature that features magical and supernatural elements that do not exist in the real world. Remember, you can choose your own historical fiction or fantasy book!

    Rising 7th Grade

    Incoming 7th grade students should read one non-fiction book on any subject AND a fiction book. The fiction book can be either realistic fiction or mystery/horror.

    What is non-fiction?
    Non-fiction books are based on facts, real events, and real people. You may choose any non-fiction book that interests you!

    What is realistic fiction? What is mystery/horror?

    Realistic fiction is a genre consisting of stories that could have actually occurred to people or animals in a believable setting. Mystery is a genre of literature whose stories focus on a puzzling crime, situation, or circumstance that needs to be solved. Horror is a genre of fiction which is intended to frighten, scare, or disgust. Remember, you can choose your own realistic fiction or mystery/horror book!

    Rising 8th Grade

    Incoming 8th-grade students should read one memoir of their choosing AND a realistic fiction book. A list of memoir EXAMPLES has been provided to give students an idea of the types of books that qualify as memoirs. Students are welcome to select a memoir from this list or they may choose to select a memoir that is not on the list. 

    What is a memoir?

    A memoir is a narrative, written from the perspective of the author, about an important part of their life. Need help choosing a memoir? Consider our suggested list!

    What is realistic fiction?

    Realistic fiction is a genre consisting of stories that could have actually occurred to people or animals in a believable setting. Remember, you can choose your own realistic fiction book!

  • 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.