Welcome to the GMS Media Center's Reads, Raves, and Moore!Your place for reading inspiration and research information !



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.

          • Click on the link below to complete the Peer Editing Tally Form:

https://docs.google.com/a/hcpss.org/forms/d/1diMQ-jr65VMemY6kGJxhOl7HHPJ2Dcd0xorHUkrEg20/viewform




Welcome Back! Wondering When You Can Come to the Media Center?:


The media center is open throughout the school day for student use. You may come in to check out or return books, to work on print or online research, and to collaborate with others on group assignments. In addition to our "brick and mortar" library, you can access our virtual resources online anytime through the media wiki.

AM - Media Center opens at 7:15 and remains open for students through homeroom. Make sure your homeroom teacher knows that you are with us so that you are not marked absent.

Lunches - The Media Center will be open during all lunch periods. Sign up for a lunch pass in the morning and present it to the teachers in the cafeteria AFTER you have eaten your lunch.

PM - The media center is open until 3:30 pm on Wednesdays. You must have a signed note from your parent/guardian stating that you may stay and they will either pick you up at 3:30 or allow you to walk to the Community Center.

Advisory Period - Ask your advisory teacher for a pass to the media center during this special period on Wednesday afternoons.

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.

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Need a HCPL library card?

You can apply for one online at the HPCL website.
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.





Audiobooks on iPods

Through a grant through the HCPSS Office of Media and Educational Technology, we have received 6 iPods that students may borrow to listen to audiobooks from our collection. Currently, the iPods have the 2010 Black Eyed Susan nominees; we plan to add all of the audiobooks that GMS has on CD. Interested in viewing our iPod library? Check it out here. Interested in checking out an iPod? Stop by the media center to pick up an iPod Use Agreement or download the agreement here. Turn in the completed agreement to check out an iPod kit. iPods will circulate for three weeks at a time.




"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 giftcards to iTunes, AMC theaters, Coldstone Creamery and Starbucks.



2013-2014 Black Eyed Susan Nominations

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


The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Almost Home by Joan Bauer
Chomp by Carl Hiaasen
See You at Harry's by Jo Knowles
The Limit by Kristen Landon
The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine
The False Princess by Ellis O'Neal
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman
Curveball: the Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick


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 2011 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