Vicksburg Middle School

348 East Prairie St
· Vicksburg, MI 49097

Library | Media Center

The joy of reading and more...

In the library, we find great books, magazines and websites to use for learning and pleasure. We learn how to access, use and present information safely and accurately. We work with our classroom teacher on projects that extend what we are studying in the classroom.

About the Library/Media Center

Welcome

The middle school library is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Library Media Specialist
Margo Staunton
mstaunton@vicksburgschools.org
(269) 321-1185

Library Paraprofessional
Sharon Moyle
smoyle@vicksburgschools.org
(269) 321-1381

Circulation Policy

6th grade – 2 books

7th grade – 3 books

8th grade – 3 books

7th & 8th Grade students may check out 3 books total. One required book and two other books. Materials are checked out for a 2-week time period. Students may renew their materials for another 2 weeks if they are still needed. Children must bring the book that they wish to renew into the library in order to renew it.

Students are not charged overdue fines; however their borrowing privileges may be suspended or restricted until the overdue materials are returned. If a book is lost or damaged, a replacement fee will be charged.

Schedule

Students visit the library with their English classroom on a bi-weekly basis to exchange books or on their own time.

Students need not wait for “library day” to visit the library, but may use a pass at anytime with their teacher’s permission.

Classrooms often have the opportunity to come to the library and engage in lessons cooperatively taught by the media specialist and the classroom teacher that enrich and support classroom curriculum with library resources.

Online Tools

Online Tools

There are a number of free resources available to help you look up a fact, study for an exam or just find a good book to read. Explore our new electronic card catalog right from home!

MeL Databases

The Michigan electronic Library (MeL)
A Library of Michigan service which provides a number of resources to Michigan Residents. Here is an example of what you may find:

  • Britannica School
    Each contains resources at the appropriate learning and skill level including primary sources in subjects such as people, countries, science, animals, current events, and biographies. School code is mel5

  • Kid InfoBits
    An easy to use reference source for student research.

  • Research in Context
    Includes the most-studied topics for grades 6-8 - literature, science, social studies, and U.S. and world history. Written specifically for middle school students this information comes from authoritative sources including Gale, National Geographic and Scholastic and is aligned to national and state curriculum standards. Designed to develop learning skills to launch 6-8 graders into high school and beyond.

Other Resources

  • Vicksburg Middle School Library Catalog
    Easy access to the Middle School Library Card Catalog. Just click on Vicksburg Middle School and begin your search.

  • Famous Biographies and TV Shows
    A website which contains biographies about famous people and TV shows. Sponsored by A&E Network.

  • Easy Bib
    EasyBib is a citation generator for MLA, APA, and other formats.

  • Fact Monster
    An excellent online research tool for students to use. It includes an Almanac, Dictionary, Encyclopedia, Thesaurus, and homework help features.

  • KidRex
    KidRex is a fun and safe search for kids, by kids! KidRex searches emphasize kid-related webpages from across the entire web and are powered by Google Custom Search™ and use Google SafeSearch™ technology.--From the Publisher

  • KidzSearch
    KidzSearch is a fun and safe search for kids! KidzSearch is specifically devoted to providing safe search for kids with a higher level of filtering. The searches are powered by Google Safe Search™ and use Google SafeSearch™ technology.--From the Publisher

  • NASA
    An excellent online research tool for students to use when looking for information related to Space and Space travel.

  • National Geographic for Kids
    A website where you will find information and tools related to animals, countries, and people of the world.

  • Purdue Owl
    Resource on how to write a research paper, grammar tips, and MLA, APA formatting links.

  • Sweet Search
    Sweet Search is a search engine that is specifically designed for student use and each web site has been examined by search experts.

  • Vicksburg District Library
    A great resource for Vicksburg families.

Reading Suggestion Sites


New Books

New Books

The following are new titles that have recently been added to the library and are located in the NEW FICTION and NON FICTION Display areas.

Fiction

'The Eighth Day' by Dianne K. Salerni
Book 1 of a new series in the library. "Orphan Jax Aubrey doesn't expect much on his thirteenth birthday, but when he discovers there's an extra day squeezed between Wednesday and Thursday whose origins are rooted in Arthurian legend, it's clear his life will never be the same"--Provided by publisher.

'Brightwood' by Tania Unsworth
When her mother disappears and a menacing stranger tries to claim her home, Brightwood Hall, for himself, Daisy must use her wits, courage, and help from her imaginary friends to survive.

'Crenshaw' by Katherine Applegate
"A story about a homeless boy and his imaginary friend that proves in unexpected ways that friends matter, whether real or imaginary"--Provided by publisher.

'The Testing' by Joelle Charbonneau
Sixteen-year-old Malencia (Cia) Vale is chosen to participate in The Testing to attend the University; however, Cia is fearful when she figures out that her friends who do not pass The Testing are disappearing.

'Project Alpha' by Jeanne DuPrau
In the new series Voyager, eight boys and girls compete for a spot on the space voyage that will search for a solution to Earth's energy crisis.

Non Fiction Books

'First Flight Around The World: The Adventures of the American Fliers Who Won the Race' by Tim Grove
In 1924, the U.S. Army sent eight young men on a grand adventure around the world. It was not a trip of exploration but, rather, a bold attempt to be the first to circumnavigate the globe by flight. Airmen from five other countries - Great Britain, France, Portugal, Italy, and Argentina - had the same goal, and so the quest became a race. Who would win?

'Get to Know Cat Breeds: 40 Best-Known Breeds' by Gabriele Metz
"Discusses the appearance, origin, and temperament of more than forty cat breeds grouped into categories established by the Fédération Internationale Féline (FIFe): Persians and exotic shorthairs, semi-longhair cats, short-haired cats and Somali, the Oriental family, and breeds recognized by the World Cat Federation (WCF). Includes a chapter on cat care"--Provided by publisher.

'Terrible Typhoid Mary: A true story of the deadliest cook in America' by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Tells the story of early-twentieth-century Irish-American cook Mary Mallon, who was immortalized as "Typhoid Mary" after a sanitary engineer traced a 1904 typhoid fever outbreak back to her Long Island kitchen.

'What was Ellis Island' by Patricia Brennan Demuth
This book examines Ellis Island, exploring the history of the immigration processing that took place there.

'Who was Seabiscuit?' by James Buckley Jr.
In the middle of the worst depression in U.S. history, one young racehorse lifted a nation's spirits. Seabiscuit was born in 1933 on a farm in Kentucky. Seabiscuit's undying spirit and come-from-behind story made him a celebrity and a hero for millions.


Events & Activities

Events & Activities

Middle School Book Fair

The Middle School Book Fair will take place in the Library the week of February 20th through February, 23rd. This year we are excited to be partnering with Lowry Books from Three Rivers. The library will be open daily Monday thorugh Thrusday from 7:30am until 3pm. The book fair will also be available during parent/teacher conferences on Tuesday, February 21st and Thursday, February 23rd beginning at 4pm and ending at 7pm. Please make checks payable to Vicksburg Middle School. We welcome cash and/or checks as payent.

Battle of the Books

2016-2017 Book List

'Who was Muhammad Ali' by James Buckley Jr.
'What was the Great Depression' by Janet Pascal
'The Secret School' by Avi
'Family Under the Bridge' by Natalie Savage Carlson
'The Map Trap' by Andrew Clements'
'Because of Winn Dixie' by Kate DiCamillo
'Stella by Starlight' by Sharon Draper
'Death by Toilet Paper' by Donna Gephart
'The Island of Dr. Libris' by Chris Grabenstein
'Dash' by Kirby Larson
'Rules' by Cynthia Lord
'Fires of Invention' by J. Scott Savage


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