Media Center


    Welcome to Parkwood Middle School's Media Center!

    We are excited to have this webpage and hope that you find it to be a valuable resource whether you are a teacher, a student or a parent. Please contact us if you ever have any questions or concerns.

    The Library Staff

    Lisa Chapman-  Media Coordinator

    Susie Rhoads- Media Assistant

    "The Mission of the library media program is to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information.  This mission is accomplished:
    • by providing intellectual and physical access to materials in all formats
    • by providing instruction to foster competence and stimulate interest in reading, viewing, and using information and ideas
    • by working with other educators to design learning strategies to meet the needs of individual students"
    American Association of School Libraries, and Association for Educational Communications and Technology. Information Power Building Partnerships for Learning. Chicago and London: American Library Association, 1998. Print. 
    The media center is open 8:30-3:30
    Library Policies:
    • Students can check out 4 books at a time; provided you don't have overdue books
    • If you have overdue books, you may only check out one until the others are returned
    • Students must have a pass to use the media center during the school day
    • Students are expected to pay for lost or damaged books
    • Overdue notices will be sent home with report cards               

                                DATABASES and Resources


     student edition

    Click here to access Student Edition 

    Information on high school research topics plus pop culture, sports, and more


     Citation Maker  Use the MLA citation maker to properly cite your sources used in your projects. Always cite the websites you visited for your information, pictures and music. 
    Search for books and begin your research using Destiny-our online catalog 
    Discovery Ed  
    Discovery Education provides high quality, dynamic and digital content. Discovery Education offers a breadth and depth of digital media content that is immersive, engaging and brings the world into the classroom to give every student a chance to experience fascinating people, places, and events. All content is aligned to state standards, can be aligned to custom curriculum, and supports classroom instruction regardless of the technology platform.
     NC WiseOwl
    NC WiseOwl (NC Online Windows for Learning) has been providing online subscription resources for our schools since 1999.  Our mission is to ensure that all of our public and charter school students have access to a collection of online resources for use in research projects and homework assignments. 
    Science Reference Center™ is a comprehensive research database that provides easy access to a multitude of full-text science-oriented content. Designed to meet every student's science research needs, Science Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources.
     Explora  Click here to access Explora.  Explora supports both student research and classroom instruction with rich, reliable content and easy-to-use functionality. Access articles, essays, and primary source documents along with 60,000 top videos from the Associated Press, the world's leading news agency.  
    Click here to access InfoBits  Kids InfoBits meets the research needs of students in Kindergarten through Grade 5. It features a developmentally appropriate, visually graphic interface, a subject-based topic tree search and full-text, age-appropriate, curriculum-related magazine, newspaper and reference content for information on current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more.
    research in context  
     Click here to access Research in Context  Created specifically for middle-schoolers, Research in Context combines the best of Gale's reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and much more. Students will find outstanding support to complete assignments in core subjects including literature, science, social studies, and history.
    encyclopedia  Encyclopedia Britannica is widely recognized as the ultimate reliable source for fast facts or deep research, Britannica also offers supplemental curriculum resources for language arts, science, social studies, and math, all accessible in the classroom, from the library, or at home.
     culturegrams The aim of CultureGrams is to foster understanding and appreciation of the world's countries and peoples by creating and publishing concise, reliable, and up-to-date cultural content.
    ABC-CLIO is an award-winning publisher of reference, contemporary thought, and professional development content, created to help students, educators, librarians, and general readers of all ages wrestle with complex challenges. Throughout our history, we have invested resources in the development of new content genres, giving our diverse customer and reader communities the opportunity to explore deep factual treatments of the topics that matter, and delivering the most current scholarship and perspectives on those topics.
    Charlotte Obs
     The Charlotte Observer's News in Education program is available for students, free of charge.  Instead of receiving printed copies of The Charlotte Observer, your students can have online access to the newspaper and all of its regular content seven days a week, 24 hours a day via an electronic edition subscription. Class library password books
      points of view
    Points of view is designed to assist researchers in understanding the full scope of controversial subjects.
    Click here to access all of the databases available from EbscoHost 
     Teaching Books is a licensed online database that can be used by teachers, students, librarians and families to explore children's books and young adult literature and their authors.
    NoveList K-8 Plus is a comprehensive reading resource for fiction and nonfiction. With a fun and intuitive interface, and extensive proprietary content, NoveList K-8 Plus will help you integrate reading across the curriculum and support your young readers. 
     Khan academy  KHAN ACADEMY This is a site for every subject.  It’s free and really good.  Their math missions guide students from Kindergarten to Calculus.  Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. 


     US Bureau of Statistics Ms. Rothrocks students can also use this website for your research
     While students are at school, there is no need for login or password information.  However, when students are at home, passwords and usernames may be required.  Please email Lisa Chapman for this information. 

Use these websites to find pictures and music for your school projects

  • GREAT news! Parkwood Middle now has access to thousands of eBooks through a program entitled Open eBooks.  Open eBooks is an app containing thousands of popular and award-winning titles that are free to Parkwood students. This is a brand new initiative so at this time, the books are only accessible through an app on a smart phone or tablet.  It can be downloaded on Apple and Android devices. Our students can access these eBooks using the Open eBooks app and read as many as they like without incurring any costs. The goal of Open eBooks is to encourage a love of reading and serve as a gateway to children reading even more often, whether in school, at libraries, or through other eBook reading apps.

    If you would like access to these free eBooks, please email for directions along with a code and PIN number. Be sure to include your name and grade level in the email. I hope ALL Parkwood families will take advantage of this awesome opportunity.