New Salem Scholars! We miss you so much! Ms. Higgins has updated the Media Center website to share resources and activities with you all! To the right are online resources for e-books and media center announcements. Also to the right is information for next year's Battle of the Books! I added both the elementary and middle school lists (for our rising 6th graders)! Stay safe and healthy!

    ***Make sure to check Fun Family Links on the right to find online activities!***

    Please let me know if you need any help with online resources! natasha.higgins@ucps.k12.nc.us 


    Media Center Mission Statement

    New Salem’s Media Center, in collaboration with teachers and staff, strives to empower students to be critical thinkers in a changing world. Proud of our history but with our eyes toward the future, we will prepare scholars with 21st Century skills and a love of learning.


    • The Media Center is open for circulation all day. (7:30-2:00)
    • Individual students may use the media center anytime during the day.
    • Small groups (5 students or less) may use the media center without a teacher or assistant and do not need to be scheduled.
    • Large groups (6 students or more) should be scheduled with the media coordinator.  Depending on the activity planned the teacher and/or assistant may be required to stay with the class.
    • Resources: Students, teachers and parents have access to a variety of resources in several formats: Books, magazines, DVDs, audiobooks, ebooks, and internet resources.

    Policies for Students

    • Students are not limited in the number of books they may check out.  
    • Books are checked out for two weeks.
    • Students are encouraged to check out books on a daily basis.
    • Overdue lists will be sent out regularly.
    • Students must return overdue books before checking out more books. 

    Policies for Teachers

    • Teachers may check out materials for an indefinite period of time as long as others do not need the material. 
    • Teachers may ask the media center staff to gather materials for units of study. When possible, request the materials at least one week in advance.
    • Equipment will be checked out to each teacher for the school year. At the end of the year the equipment will be inventoried but will remain in the classroom.
    • Teaching and Learning -The Media Center follows a combined fixed/flexible schedule. The media coordinator and teacher will plan activities and projects that integrate the classroom curriculum with information and technology skills taught in the media center. These activities and projects will provide students with real-life learning experiences that encourage the use of a variety of formats to address the different learning styles.


Elementary Battle of the Books

  • The purpose of the Elementary Battle of the Books (EBOB) program is to get our scholars reading. Through EBOB, students are exposed to quality literature representing a variety of literary styles. The game format creates interest and excitement in reading. Through the fun and excitement of the competition, students improve reading skills, mature in their choices of reading materials, and acquire a broader knowledge base. The EBOB program is open to 4th and 5th-grade students. 

    Interest letters for the 2020-2021 team will go home in September! Practices will be on Mondays from 2:00-3:30.

    Next year's book list is below! All are available through the Sora app in Clever!

    2020-2021 EBOB Book List


    Rising 6th graders! If you are interested in participating in the Middle School Battle of the Books competiton. Here is the book list for the 2020-2021 season!

    2020-2021 MSBOB Book List