Middle School Library / Media Center
The joy of reading and more...
All English teachers will be in the library with their students every two weeks. Students may browse the library for books to check out, renew their books, and/or return them. VMS students may check out two books as long as they have no outstanding materials.
VMS students may find great books from Vicksburg Middle School Library from home by utilizing: Destiny Discover, the Library's catalog, or the link found in their English teacher's Google Classroom. Students may browse library books and place a title on hold. Remember to sign in using your Vicksburg Community Schools Google Account. The following video tutorial will lead you through how to access the library catalog and place a Hold on a book for checkout: Vicksburg Middle School Library: How to Hold and Checkout a Library Book. Library materials requested by students through Destiny Discover will be processed by the library staff and delivered to the student's English teacher's classroom.
If you are unsure of the library materials your child has checked out from the VMS library please have your child check their school email, their library account (checkouts area), or please email email@example.com.
If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Staunton at 269-321-1185.
The middle school library is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- 6th grade – 2 books
- 7th grade – 2 books
- 8th grade – 2 books
Materials are checked out for a 2-week time period. Students may renew their materials for another two weeks if they are still needed. Students must have the books they wish to renew with them in order for a renewal to occur.
Students are not charged overdue fines; however, their borrowing privileges may be suspended or restricted until the overdue materials are returned or payment of material has begun. If a book is lost or damaged, a replacement fee will be charged.
The library media specialists will work closely with all teachers and continue to engage in lessons cooperatively taught with classroom teachers. These lessons enrich research skills and support the classroom curriculum with library resources. If your child needs direction in choosing books that are "just right," please encourage him/her to ask for help. The library is full of great resources and reads for all levels and interests. Please contact Margo Staunton at firstname.lastname@example.org
Battle of the Books
Battle of the Books (BOTB) is a yearly competition previously sponsored by Schoolcraft Library, but starting this year will be coordinated by Sunset Lake’s Mrs. Young and Vicksburg Community Schools. Groups of 5-7 students (6 is ideal) form teams to compete. Students may be in 4-6th grades. The only restriction is no more than four students per team can be in 6th grade. Vicksburg Community Schools publishes a list of 12 books which range from 4-6th grade reading levels in October. All books will be on AR, so no need to worry about reaching those goals. Books from many genres are chosen, including non-fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, realistic fiction, and many more. The teams have from October through January to read and study these 12 books. Students do not need to read all 12. The team will divide the books so that one or more team members cover all 12 books. The competition is very steep and the questions on the battle day are very specific. The preliminary and semifinal battles will be held on February 5, and the Grand Battle will be held on February 10. The Battle of the Books list of titles is located under Vicksburg Middle School library Online Line Tools. Good luck Vicksburg Teams!
Vicksburg District Library
Did you know that every student in Vicksburg Community Schools is able to check out books and ebooks from the Vicksburg District Library regardless of where they live? Just drop by the Vicksburg District library and sign up for a library card.
Online Public Access Catalog
The library uses a management system called Follett Destiny Discover. The best thing about this program is you can now access the library's holdings from any computer...in the library, in the classroom, or at home. Click on this link, Middle School's library collection, to view what materials are available in your school library. Be sure your student logs into the catalog using their school Google account. Then begin browsing the library's collection by performing a search by author, title, series, or keywords to see what is available. Please feel free to contact the library if you have any questions.
New Fiction Books
'Donut Go Breaking My Heart' by Suzanne Nelson
"Sheyda is a behind-the-scenes kind of girl. She loves helping out in the kitchen of Doughlicious, the New York City donut shop run by her best friend Kiri's parents. And Sheyda loves designing stage sets! Kiri is sure this will lead to stardom... and perhaps even a date with Cabe. But somehow it's Sheyda who gets picked to be an extra. To make matters worse, Cabe is spoiled and rude. Too bad he's so cute. Can Sheyda overcome her stage fright to get to know the real Cabe... and find her own kind of stardom?"--Provided by publisher.
'Spirit Animals (bk. 5): Heart Of The Land' by Sarah Prineas
"Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan are young heroes who stopped an unstoppable monster. They are Greencloaks--guardians chosen from every nation of Erdas--and together with their powerful spirit animals, they fight to protect their world. But in the ashes of this destruction, there are some who ask: Are the Greencloaks to blame? The young heroes are shocked to find themselves on trial, judged by a council of the world's leaders. Then the unthinkable happens. The council is attacked from within--by Greencloaks--and an important leader lies slain. In the blink of an eye, Erdas's saviors become wanted fugitives. Someone is trying to frame them as traitors, but why? As the four friends race to uncover this mystery, only one thing is clear... the war is far from over"--Back cover.
'Jacky Ha Ha (bk. 2) : My Life Is A Joke' by James Patterson
"Jacky Hart has found a hidden talent in the performing arts, and she's a triple threat onstage! She wants nothing more than to act and sing all summer--but her parents have other plans for her. Jacky reluctantly signs up for a summer job in her resort town of Seaside Heights, New Jersey, where tourists come to enjoy the beach and fun carnival atmosphere.
Now she has serious responsibilities like her job and babysitting her younger sisters, but Jacky longs to perform in the summer stock performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Can she handle all of her important commitments and still have fun with her friends--or will she learn that juggling isn't one of her many talents?
"--Provided by publisher.
'Rise Of The Wolf' (bk. 2) by Jennifer Nielsen
"Nic may have escaped enslavement in the mines outside of Rome, but his troubles are far from over. The Praetor War -- the battle to destroy Rome from within -- is in full force, and Nic is caught in the crossfire. The secretive Praetors are determined to unlock a powerful amulet -- one sure to bring the empire to its knees. Worse, the Praetors believe Nic holds the key to finding this amulet, and they will stop at nothing to steal it, even if that means harming the people Nic holds most dear. When the Praetors capture Nic's mother, Nic knows he must do anything to save her. He challenges the Praetors to a chariot race. If he wins, they will release his mother. But if he loses, he must hand over a magic that will certainly destroy Rome and end his own life. Can Nic once again harness his magic and gather the strength to defeat his enemies? Or will he lose his mother and bear witness to Rome's destruction?"--Provided by publisher.
'Michael Vey (bk. 7) : The Final Spark' by Richard Paul Evans
"The final book in the Michael Vey series opens with the Electroclan facing a devastating loss: Michael is missing. He made the ultimate sacrifice to save his friends and now he's gone. What is next for them and the revolution?
The battle on the island of Hades ended with a devastating explosion that left the island a smoking ruin and much of Hatch's army dead. However, Hatch survived and while his plans have certainly suffered a setback, he's more determined than ever to bring the world's governments under his control. But first, he wants to wipe out the Resistance and capture the remaining members of the Electroclan.
As Hatch's forces storm into action, it seems nothing can stand in their way. The Electroclan is divided. The voice is captured, and Michael's mother is being used as bait to lure the leader of the Resistance out of hiding. Can anything--or anyone--stop the Elgen? Or is this the end?"--Provided by publisher.
New Nonfiction Books
'Who was Alexander Graham Bell?' by Bonnie Bader
"An illustrated biography of the inventor of the telephone"--Provided by publisher.
'Who were the Three Stooges?' by Pam Pollack
"A biography of the Three Stooges, the screwball slapstick trio known for their eye-poking, head-bopping, pie-throwing zaniness."--Provided by publisher.
'Who was Laura Ingalls Wilder?" by Patricia Demuth
"Chronicles the life and career of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the author of the Little House on the Prairie books, which she based on her own experiences while growing up on the wild frontier"--Provided by publisher.
'What was the Underground Railroad?' by Yona McDonough
"Provides an account of the Underground Railroad, explaining what it was, describing the roles of key individuals, and discussing the impact of the Underground Railroad on the history and development of the United States"--Provided by publisher.
'Who was Ernest Shackleton?' by James Buckley Jr.
"A brief biography of Ernest Shackleton, famous for his historic 1914 journey to the South Pole aboard the Endurance"--Provided by publisher.