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Library Media Center
Instructor: Ms. Loy   
Heather Loy, MLIS
hloy @aiken.k12.sc.us
(803) 564 - 1102

Cindy Waller, Media Clerk
"There's no use going to school unless your final destination is the library." - Ray Bradbury

Mackinvia is one of the providers of our school's ebook collections.  See Ms. Loy for instructions on how you can access your account.
DISCUS is South Carolina's Virtual Library!
Here you will "find thousands of magazines, newspapers, and reference books
available 24/7 online!

Use NoveList to find the order of a series; other books by a favorite author; other books with similar themes to your favorite author/topics; or browse suggested lists.
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New Activites for 2014-15
We are very excited to announce two new programs for this year. In addition to our monthly book club (1st Friday of the month!) we have:

TED Tuesdays (2nd Tuesday of the month during lunch)

If you are not familiar with TEDTalks, take a moment to visit the TED-Ed site - http://ed.ted.com/series or the parent site TEDTalks - http://www.ted.com/. TED stands for technology, entertainment, and design. In their own words:

"TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.

Our Mission: Spread ideas

TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. On TED.com, we're building a clearinghouse of free knowledge from the world's most inspired thinkers — and a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other, both online and at TED and TEDx events around the world, all year long.

In fact, everything we do — from our TED Talks videos to the projects sparked by the TED Prize, from the global TEDx community to the TED-Ed lesson series — is driven by this goal: How can we best spread great ideas?"

On TED Tuesdays we will watch a selected TEDTalk video followed by a group discussion. Students ARE allowed to bring their lunch. The video will start at 12:00 pm. Be reminded that you cannot take trays out of the lunchroom!

Craft Thursday (3rd Thursday of the month during lunch)

During this activity we will provide resources and directions for students (and staff!) to create a craft item. In September the craft is the choice of making a on inch glass tile necklaces, button or magnet. Choose an image, glue to the tile and choose your fastening! It's that simple. A sample of each is on display in the library. In October we will be making "monster" page corner bookmarks. (sample forthcoming!)

YALLFest - November 7 & 8, 2014
Dozens of the best YA authors will be in Charleston on November 7 & 8, 2014 at YALLFest to present in panel presentations and signings.

Where: Blue Bicycle Books, the American Theatre, Charleston Music Hall, Upper King Street, Charleston, SC

Cost: FREE! However, there are three paid events and tickets are on sale now for the Opening & Closing Keynotes as well as the Smackdown ($7 each). Tickets go fast!

To see a line-up of events, visit the website: http://yallfest.org/

YALLFest 2014 Authors

Kwame Alexander- The Crossover

Jennifer Armentrout - Don’t Look Back

Leigh Bardugo – The Grisha Trilogy

Pseudonymous Bosch – The Secret Series

Alexandra Bracken – The Darkest Minds series

Ann Brashares - The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Libba Bray – Gemma Doyle Trilogy

Coe Booth - Bronxwood, Kinda Like Brothers

Kiera Cass - The Selection Trilogy

Ally Condie – Matched Trilogy

James Dashner - The Maze Runner series, The Mortality Doctrine series

John Parke Davis - Map to Everywhere

Melissa De La Cruz – Blue Bloods Series, The Ring and the Crown, Stolen, Vampires of Manhattan

Matt De La Pena - Mexican Whiteboy, The Living

Sarah Dessen - Along for the Ride, The Moon and More

Jim di Bartolo - In the Shadows

Susan Ee - Penryn & the End of Days series

Daniel Ehrenhaft - The Last Dog on Earth

Sarah Fine - Guards of the Shadowlands series

Becca Fitzpatrick - Hush, Hush series, Black Ice

Gayle Forman – If I Stay, Just One Day

Kami Garcia – The Beautiful Creatures Series, The Legion series

Adam Gidwitz – A Tale Dark and Grim Series

Ryan Graudin - The Walled City

Adele Griffin - The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone

Nikki Grimes - Bronx Masquerade, Words with Wings

Lev Grossman - The Magician’s Land

Aaron Hartzler – Rapture Practice

Michelle Hodkin - Mara Dyer series

Ellen Hopkins - Smoke, Crank

Varian Johnson - The Great Greene Heist

Mike Johnston – Frozen series

Christina Lauren - Sublime

David Levithan – Two Boys Kissing

E Lockhart - The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks, We Were Liars

Alexander London - Proxy

Marie Lu - Legend Series, The Young Elites

Sarah J Maas - Throne of Glass series

DJ MacHale - Sylo

Barnabas Miller - 7 Souls

Lauren Myracle - Twelve, Yolo, The Internet Girls series

Lauren Oliver – Delirium Series, Panic, Rooms

Danielle Paige – Dorothy Must Die series

Stephanie Perkins – Anna and the French Kiss, Isla and the Happily Ever After

Brendan Reichs -The Virals Series

Kathy Reichs - The Virals Series, The Temperance Brennan series

Morgan Rhodes - Falling Kingdoms, Rebel Spring

Veronica Roth – Divergent Series

Rainbow Rowell - Eleanor & Park, Fangirl

Carrie Ryan – The Forest of Hands and Teeth series, The Road to Everywhere

Kieran Scott - Private & Privilege, Only Everything, Complete Nothing

Jen E Smith - The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, The Geography of You and Me

Natalie Standiford - How to Say Goodbye in Robot, Switched at Birthday,

Margaret Stohl – The Beautiful Creatures Series, Icons series

Laini Taylor - Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy

JE Thompson – The Girl From Felony Bay

Maya Van Wagenen - Popular: Vintage Wisdom for the Modern Geek

Scott Westerfeld - Uglies, Leviathan series

Rita Williams-Garcia - One Crazy Summer

Sara Zarr - Story of a Girl, Roomies, The Lucy Variations

Book Club
  • The WSHS Book Club meets during lunch in the Media Center.
  • Students are allowed to bring their lunch.
  • Be prepared to discuss books, library events, and library programs.
  • The first meeting (Sept. 5th) is open to all; however, subsequent meetings are by membership only.
  • You must sign up to attend.
  • See Ms. Loy to sign up.

Saturday School Resources

Learning Express Library (see Ms. Loy for username & password)
A Powerpoint to help explain the Learning Express Library and resrouces for the SAT, ACT and other college exams can be found here!

Register with them to create an account. Once you do, you can take practice tests for all kinds of things: SAT, ACT, AP exams, etc. There are also other centers and tests you can take in career fields and college prep (math, English) that can help you, too!

SCOIS (see Ms. Loy for username & password)

You can create your own portfolio to store your data by clicking the create my portfolio link. Take assessments to see what career options might be best fits for you. Explore colleges and career information.

Collegeboard – SAT Practice

See question of the day and take free practice test questions. The site also provides some tips for taking the exam.

Mapping Your Future

Similar to SCOIS, this website is a "one stop site for students and parents with information on financial strategies, career options and college planning."

Free Rice

Test your vocabulary and help feed the world at the same time. Don’t spend TOO much time here. You really need to work on practice SAT!! The more you get right, the harder the words you’ll get!

WSHS Guidance Page

Visit the links on the right hand side of the page. They have provided a list of links that you will find useful:

The library has purchased an Easybib.com subscription. This will allow our students a more streamlined research process. They can now house their bibliography (works cited), notecards, outline, and link to their Google Docs paper all in one location.

Students who have not already created an account through their English classes may see Ms. Loy for an instruction sheet on how to sign up with our coupon code to receive the upgraded pro account.

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