Library Media Center
Anderson's Media Center is a very busy place! Students visit our library media center to read, check out books, complete an assignment, research a topic, type a document, create a PowerPoint slideshow, edit a video, or just look for the latest new books!
The 2018 Summer Reading Assignment
The summer reading expectation has changed with the discontinuation of Accelerated Reader quizzes. This summer, each student is required to read TWO (2) books of their choice that are middle school reading level appropriate. Students need to start the 2018-19 school year with titles, authors, and notes for both books and should have this information with them the first day of school. Notes should include mini chapter summaries and thoughts/reactions to the text. Students will need this information for an ELA assignment that will vary by grade level and will be fully explained on the day the task is assigned. Having the proper notes will ensure students’ success for the assignment.
Summer Reading Suggestions:
Ebooks and Audiobooks
Check out an eBook using Destiny Discover:
- Download the free Destiny Discover app onto your handheld device.
- Open the app, search for Michigan > enter Anderson Middle School, Berkley MI.
- Log In into Destiny using your library username and password (hint – username and password are the same) press Submit.
Search and download tips:
- This app will search up all books in our catalog, pay attention to the type icon (book, eBook, Audio).
- To search only eBooks or Audiobooks, tap the box below the search button.
- To download, scroll down the list to find the books that are available for checkout.
- Feel free to contact Mrs. Watson with questions.
Helpful Video Links
Click on a link below for a "How to" tutorial.
Google for Education - Login to your Google classroom account
Novell Login - login to your Novell account
Change your Novell Password - After first login, you can change your password
Place a Hold in Destiny - How to hold a book from the library catalog
Take an AR Quiz - A step by step tutorial on how to take a quiz
Save to Flash Drive - Save your work to your flash drive
Save to your H Drive - Save your work to your Novell server space
Send Document via Email - How to attach and send your work to your email
Homework Help Links
Click on the links below for help with your homework.
BJ Pinchbeck’s Homework Helper has been the curator of the best free education and homework resources for students, teachers and parents.
Factmonster helps you find information about a variety of subjects ranging from weather facts to homework help to quizzes and games.
Jefferson Labs Science Education Site offers science and math homework help, video resources and educational games.
KhanAcademy offers video tutoring for math, science, economics, arts and humanities, computing, test prep and more.
Kidspoint includes book reviews, holiday information, self-quiz on books you read, homework help, program scrapbooks, an activity section and more.
New York Public Library’s site includes many booklists and an easy-to-use design.
School Center offers middle school and high school skills improvement in math, writing and grammar, reading comprehension, social studies, and vocabulary and spelling.
Time for Kids Magazine offers news articles about many topics including the country, the world and trends. Plus Time for Kids offers a homework help section.
Hours and Service
7:35 – 8:05 AM: Morning Assistance Team (MAT). MAT meets in the Media Center and is supervised by Ms. Joseph, Paraeducator. It is open to all AMS students to do homework, take an Accelerated Reading quiz, or read a book before school begins.
8:05 AM – 3:30 PM: Regular library services are offered by Ms. Watson, Library Media Specialist, during school hours. Students will come to the Media Center from class individually, in small groups, or with their classroom teacher. The Media Center is usually open during both lunch recesses. However, it may be closed to lunch drop-in when a class is in session.
3:30 - 4:30 PM: Homework Club meets in the Media Center after school. Students receive help with their homework from our Intervention Specialists, Mr. Bengry and Ms. Wilt.
Research Help and Resources
Use the links below to conduct research or to write a research paper.
The CIA World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.
Easy Bib is an Online bibliography generator.
Encyclopedia Britannica Online offers research articles, multimedia resources and more.
The Library of Congress in the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps and manuscripts.
Library Kids Page is a homework center with more than 500 sites, the Beverly Cleary Sculpture site and the Library Joke of the Month (usually a groaner),
The Michigan eLibrary (MeL) provides all Michigan residents with free access to online full-text articles, full-text books, digital images, and other valuable research information at any time via the Internet. Databases recommended for student research are:
Merriam-Webster Dictionary - Aside from the wonderful access to the dictionary, this site offers words games and a word for the day.
MLA Formatting Guide - Create a Works Cited list for your research from Purdue Owl.
Pics4Learning is a huge image library that is safe and free for student multimedia projects.
The Purdue Writing Lab offers free resources for writing and teaching writing including grammar, punctuation, research and more.
Smart History covers the history of art and enriches the social studies curriculum with information sorted by essays, cultures and themes.
Resources for Parents
Accelerated Reader Program
AR Bookfinder - Search for books that have an Accelerated Reading quiz, search by title or author.
Middle School Book Lists
Destiny Library is our school library catalog, sign in to view your account, place a hold, create lists, make recommendations, checkout/download digital books.
Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media helps families make smart media choices. We offer the largest, most trusted library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books, and music.