Welcome to the Media Center's Reading, Raves and Moore!Your place for reading inspiration and research help!


Next Book Check Out:
PARCC testing has altered our May book check out schedule. Students will come to the media center with their English teachers the week of May 16th. If you need a new book before then make sure you stop in during homeroom, lunch or your advisory period.

Spring Reading Challenge
Did you pick up your Spring Reading Challenge form from the media center? Are you reading to complete the 10 challenges and win a prize? You have until May 6th to complete the reading challenges and earn the following incentives:
1. Extra recess during advisory period
2. First dibs on the new library MakerSpace during advisory time
3. A chance to win one of three AMC movie gift cards

Click here if you are ready to complete the review on the Rate Your Read page

Free Comic Book Day, May 7th, 2016


May 7th is national Free Comic Book Day! Comic book stores throughout our area will be celebrating with special events, promotions and free comic book giveaways. Participating comic book stores in our area include:
  • Comics to Astonish -1312 South Main Street, Mount Airy, MD
  • Beyond Comics, Inc. -5632 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick, MD
  • Gotham Comics -15 East Main Street, Westminster, MD
  • Comics to Astonish -9400 Snowden River Parkway Suite 112, Columbia, MD

Free Comic Book Titles Include: Archie, Camp Midnight, Doctor Who, Valiant, Pokemon, Assassin's Creed, Grumpy Cat, Oddly Normal, Pink Panther, Sonic and many more.

Visiting the Media Center during 2015-2016

You'll find that a few things have changed in the media center this year. Sadly, we no longer have Mrs. Edmonston with us during the day. She is still at GMS but reassigned to another position supporting instruction. This means that the times that you can come down to the media center have changed. Here's the scoop!

What hasn't changed:
  • 7:15 - homeroom - Come on in when you get to school! Check out a book, print, finish up an assignment or just hang out for a bit.
  • Advisory on Wednesdays - Get a pass from your advisory teacher to check out a book; get a pass from an academic teacher to work on an assignment.
  • Module classes - Some reading module teachers will bring classes down from time to time to check out books.
  • Mrs. Moore will still teach research lessons through your academic classes and help with National History Day.
  • Students may still check out 3 books for up to 3 weeks at a time. Books can be renewed if there is no waiting list for the title.

What has changed:
  • The media won't always be open during recess. If Mrs. Moore is teaching a class during recess the media center will be closed. Check for the sign on the media door in the morning to see if passes are available that day.lunchpass.png
  • Teachers won't be writing passes during class for students to come down to check out a book, print or work on an assignment.
  • Students will be coming down to the media center once a month (usually during the first week of the month) with a content teacher to check out. (Sept. - Eng., Oct. - Math, Nov. - Sci., Dec. - S.S.)
  • A self check out station to assist with book check out is being created.

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MackinVia is Here!
Have you heard? We've got MackinVia! We've started our own collection of e-books and audiobooks that you can check out and read or listen to on your tablet, smartphone, and computer. Get the free app for your iOS or Android platform by searching MackinVia in your App store. On the computer go to http://www.mackinvia.com. Log on using your computer log in/password. You can even access all of our online databases from MackinVia without needing to enter your passwords. BEYOND COOL!

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Follow us on Instagram....gmsmedia_hcpss. See yourself and your friends as you hang out in the library, work on research projects and participate in events.


Library In Your Pocket

Got a smart phone? Want an easy way to access all of the GMS Media Center's homework helpers? Down load a QR reader like I-nigma or Kaywa and click on the iphone image to download the Glenwood Middle School Library in Your Pocket resource page.

Accessing Google Applications for Education (GAFE)

Google Applications for Education (GAFE) is a HCPSS owned collaborative education tool.

1. Go to https://hcpss.me.

2. Click on Private.

3. Log into Google Drive using your computer log in and password.

Do You Have an eReader? Did You Know that You Can Check Out Books for your eReader from the Public Library?

Do you have a library card from the Howard County Public Library? If so, you can borrow ebooks and audiobooks from the Maryland Digital eLibrary Consortium. Audiobooks and ebooks circulate for 14 days at a time. You can also place holds, create wish lists and read reader reviews. It's quick, easy and best of all it's FREE! Check it out at the Maryland Digital eLibrary Consortium.

Howard County Public Library has great step by step instructions to help you load the software and download your borrowed eBook. There are instructions for every kind of reader and tablet. Check it out here.


Need a HCPL library card?

You can apply for one online at the HPCL website.

"Rate Your Read"

Looking for something different to read? Check out book reviews written by GMS students on the "rate your read" page. Fill out your own "rate your read" review to be entered in our monthly drawing for passes for extra recess during a quarterly advisory celebration.

2015-16 Black Eyed Susan Nominations

Want to get a jump start on this year's nominees? Look for these titles in our media center....

I Kill the Mockingbird by Paul Acampora
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
The Great Trouble: a Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel by Deborah Hopkinson
Ice Dogs by Terry Lynn Johnson
The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible... by Leon Leyson
Greenglass House by Kate Milford
The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel
Screaming at the Ump by Audrey Vernick
I am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World(young reader edition) by Malala Yousafzai

What Should I Read Next?

Need a great read but have no clue as to what to read next? Check out these links to see what's new, what's hot, and to find your next "gotta read" book.

Teen Reads Blog
Reading Rants: Out of the Ordinary Teen Booklists!
No Flying, No Tights (reviews of graphic novels)
ALA Teen Top Ten List (chosen by teens throughout the country)
JustineSpark "where girls and books ignite" (sponsored by Justine magazine)
Rhode Island Teen Book Award Nominees (a state YA contest similar to the MD Black Eyed Susan contest)
Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award (a Colorado state YA contest similar to the MD Black Eyed Susan contest)
Maryland Black Eyed Susan Young Adult Book Award