Library Media Center

         Welcome to The Essex High School Library Media Center
     (Vacant) Media Specialist 

EHS Library News Letters

Library Media Center Mission

Our mission is to meet the individual needs of each student at Essex High School while fostering an environment of project-based, and student-centered learning. We strive to promote a culture of reading, learning, and collaboration while recognizing and embracing the cultural and socioeconomic diversity of our student body. We aim to teach our students better information-seeking behavior, as well as provide them with necessary career/workplace readiness skills.



Circulation Policies:

*Rule of 3
-Regular Book Circulation: 3 week loan- period
-3 item maximum
-3 or more weeks overdue= notice sent home
-Reference Books: overnight
-There will be no late fees charged to students for overdue books
-If books are more than three weeks overdue, notices will be sent home to parents/guardians
-English teachers will be expected to bring their students to the library media center for regular circulation practices, to encourage and foster good reading habits
-Books that are lost or damaged will be replaced at cost to the student, and a new copy of the book will be ordered to replace the lost or damaged copy
-If a lost book is found after the student has paid the replacement cost of the book, the student will be reimbursed for the replacement amount

Library Policies:

  • Open Door policy- If I’m here, and the door is open, you’re welcome in the library!
  • Students visiting the library without their class MUST bring a signed hallway pass from their teacher, or the teacher may call down to inform the library media specialist that they are sending a student
  • Students must sign in at the circulation desk when using the library
  • Students may eat lunch in the library if permission is obtained by teacher and library media specialist
  • Zero- Tolerance for cell phone use, unless library media specialist gives explicit permission
  • Students testing in the library must follow EHS Code of Conduct guidelines
  • Lessons- If the library media specialist is delivering a lesson to a class, all students MUST attempt to participate. Failure to attempt will be documented. 

Destiny Catalog Search

Collection Development Policy.pdf

Book Request Form

Reconsideration of Materials Form

Summer Reading Program:
If you are interested in participating in a summer reading program, please see Mrs. Thompson before the conclusion of the  school year. The corresponding forms are below:
Summer Reading Program Permission Slip.pdf
EHS summer reading program guidelines.pdf
2018 EHS Summer Reading List.pdf

Keep checking back for new programs we will be implementing in the Media Center. Below are some resources for both students and parents.

Reliable Resources:

Essex Public Library - Go to Teens, go to Academics. Place books on hold with your library card to have them delivered to our library on Friday.
FinditVA - Search books, newspapers, encyclopedias, multimedia.
Dewey Browse - Websites are classified by Dewey Decimal Classification.
Library of Congress - The National Library, Ask a Librarian, Digital Collections
PBS Learning Media- This website offers free access to educational videos, interactive activities, and resources for teachers!

Social Studies Resources:
History- This website is sponsored by the 'History' organization
National Geographic- Sponsored by the National Geographic Organization
Discovery Education- You may obtain login information for this website from your teachers

English Resources:
Teen Reads -The Book Report Network
Book SpotBooks by genres, awards, bestsellers 
Guys ReadBooks guys like
Teen InkWritten by teens, classroom sets are in print in the library.
Poetry Out LoudNational Recitation Contest, poems and performances
Poetry FoundationSearch poems, poets, videos.

Math Resources:
Dr. Math 
National Library of Virtual Manipulatives 

Science  Resources:
Chemical Education Xchange 
National Science Digital Library 
Smithsonian Institution
Discovery Education

Fine Arts:
K-12 Art Education Resources from the Walters Museum 
The Walters Art Museum 
Education from the Kennedy Center

Cite Your Sources:  
Citation Machine- Free to use with ads
Easybib- Free to use with adds

Resources for Teachers:
Discovery Education
Teachers First
Education World
Big 6 Information and Technology Skills
Library of Congress
Ask a Librarian, Digital Collections, Interlibrary Loan
Ultimate Guide To History Resources
PBS Learning Media

Standards of Learning (SOL) & Testing:
SOL ResourcesPractice items, online writing, released tests to study, standards and curriculum framework.

Rappahannock NewsLocal News
Times Dispatch- Regional News
NPR- National News
BBCfor world news

Additional Links and Resources:

Lifehack - 10 benefits to reading 

Virginia Department of Education 
Study Guide Zone
Apex Learning 
Virtual Virginia 

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