Media Center


    Welcome to Parkwood Middle School's Media Center!Mrs. Sanford's Bitmoji


    The Library Staff

    Meghan Sanford-  Media Coordinator

    Susie Rhoads- Media Assistant

    "The mission of the school library program is to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information. The school librarian empowers students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information by:

    • collaborating with educators and students to design and teach engaging learning experiences that meet individual needs
    • instructing students and assisting educators in using, evaluating, and producing information and ideas through active use of a broad range of appropriate tools, resources, and information technologies
    • providing access to materials in all formats, including up-to-date, high-quality, varied literature to develop and strengthen a love of reading
    • providing students and staff with instruction and resources that reflect current information needs and anticipate changes in technology and education
    • providing leadership in the total education program and advocating for strong school library programs as essential to meeting local, state, and national education goals"
    American Association of School Librarians. Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs. American Library Association, 2013. ProQuest Ebook Central,
    The media center is open 8:00am-3:45pm.
    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 two more until the others are returned
    • Books can be checked out for two weeks and renewed once
    • Students can place books on hold if they are not available in the library - once holds are ready, students have 48 hours to pick them up before they are re-shelved
    • Students must have a pass to use the media center during the school day and sign in and out using the black binder
    • Students are expected to pay for lost or damaged books
    • Overdue notices will be sent home with report cards

    Book Recommendations for PWMS

    Want to request a book we don't already carry? Go to this form here - teachers and students are welcome to recommend titles! 

    Distance Learning

    •  How to access Sora for ebooks and audiobooks
    •  How to acess Union County Public Library w/o a library card

    Databases and Resources

    Search for books and begin your research using Destiny-our online catalog 
    Directions on how to access UCPL ebooks, audiobooks, and more here! 

     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. 
    We Need Diverse Books
    We Need Diverse Books is an amazing resource that connects children, middle grade, and young adult readers with books with diverse characters. People can search for resources and book titles with descriptions by ethnicity or ability or in the multicultural category. Reviews are updated regularly with articles on new recommendations. This is highly recommended as research studies have shown that reading diverse literature teaches empathy to children.
    NPR Book Concierge  
    The NPR Book Concierge is a collection produced annually by staffers and book reviewers of the best books of the year. People can filter by multiple categories at a time, including such diverse options as Eye-Opening Reads, For Music Lovers, For History Lovers, Comics & Graphic Novels, Kids' Books, and Young Adult. Visually browse options by book cover and link to reviews, book excerpts, author interviews, and why the staffer picked it as a Best Book of the Year. Note - this site includes books for early readers on up to adults.
    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.
    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.
    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 
     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. 
    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. 


     US Bureau of Statistics This website can also be used 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 Meghan Sanford for this information. 
  • Battle of the Books is a competition program celebrating the love of reading and encouraging students to explore new genres and authors. Only 12 students can participate in the competing team. Sign-ups start early in the fall and we first compete in spring, 2021. See the link on the tab on the left for more information and to sign up for interest in joining the team!

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