The Library Media Mission
The Annapolis Middle School Library Program exists to ensure that all students and staff are effective users of technology and information by providing access to information resources and literature, and by teaching 21st century skills that will empower them to create positive, global change.
Media Center Hours
Daily 7:50 – 3:05
- Students may visit the Library during the school day with a pass from their teacher.
- Students may elect to visit the Library during these times: ◦Lunch – Students may request a pass from Ms. Buck or from a teacher if they need to complete schoolwork in the library during lunch.
- Tuesday & Thursday – Students may sign up during the week to stay after school in the library on Thursdays.
- The Library is open to teachers daily between 7:30 and 3:15.
- Students may check out up to 4 books or magazines at a time. Books are checked out for 3 weeks, magazines for 1 week, & reference books for 1 school day.
- Students may use the computers for schoolwork or independent research. They are expected to follow AACPS guidelines for computer use.
- Students may print assignments if necessary. They may also request up to 5 pages of copies.
Catalog and Circulation
Students can access the Online Public Access Catalog in school from the Web Resources folder, or from home by visiting the link above. Passwords for databases are available on handouts in the library and on Blackboard and Edmodo so students can access those resources anywhere.
We also have ebook collections hosted on Follett Shelf and Mackin VIA. After following the links, students can log in using their SIF number as the user name and the last four digits of their SIF as their password.
Visit the AMS Library online at http://www.annapolismiddlelibrary.edublogs.com/ for online research pathfinders, the library blog, information on research skills, circulation, the Black-Eyed Susan program, and much more! Library Website & Blog
We also maintain a space on the school’s Blackboard site, and provide two-way communication through Edmodo. Students can join their grade level groups using the links below:
- Grade 6: https://edmo.do/j/e3txh5
- Grade 7: https://edmo.do/j/zmuivu
- Grade 8: https://edmo.do/j/i9hege
From home, students can access the databases from http://opac.aacps.org/school.asp?SchoolType=1&sID=124
and follow the directions on p. 19 of their agenda books. This page also gives user names and passwords for each database. Databases we offer include:
- EBSCO Databases: newspaper, magazine, and journal articles as well as multimedia. Also includes access to ERIC for professional development.
- World Book Online/Encyclopedia Estudantil Hallazgos: English and Spanish encyclopedias, atlas, dictionary, and current events information
- Grolier Databases: Encyclopedia articles on a wide variety of topics and reading levels, as well as multimedia information and web links.
- Grolier Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre: Spanish-language encyclopedia on general topics
- Rosen Financial Literacy: Information on all aspects of economics, including multimedia and interactive features. This database has everything from tips on financial management to articles on the broad economic impact of global issues.
- CultureGrams Online: high interest, kid-friendly information about countries of the world & states of the United States
- ABC-CLIO: offers a series of seven databases organized around familiar curriculum areas.
- Britannica databases: We provide access to Britannica Academic Edition, Britannica School, Annals of American History, World Data Analyst, Spanish Reference Center, and Global Reference Center. Providing encyclopedia articles on a variety of reading levels, primary source documents, statistics on countries, and information in French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese, these databases also offer multimedia content and web links.
- Thomson Gale Resource Center: offers huge databases in the areas of science & social studies. Resources include primary resources and full-text articles from academic journals and periodicals from around the world.
- SIRS (Social Issues Resource Series) Researcher & SKS WebSelect: newspaper, magazine, and journal articles as well as websites
- SIRS (Social Issues Resource Series) Discoverer & Discoverer WebFind: newspaper, magazine journal articles as well as websites generally easier to read that Researcher
- ImaegQuest: Thousands of images copyrighted for reproduction for educational purposes.
- World Almanac for Kids: A general encyclopedia at a lower reading level.
Access to these databases is for the Anne Arundel County Public School community, including all teachers, faculty, staff, students, and parents/guardians. Due to the nature of our contract with these companies we are unable to publish our user names and passwords on our website. However, user names and passwords are available in student agenda books. These databases provide current, reliable information and we encourage students and their families to use these resources for homework and research.
Anne Arundel County Public Library
Information for Students – Visit the AACPL homework center for access to MORE excellent virtual resources and live homework help online chat!
Amy McCarty, Media Specialist AMcCarty@aacps.org
Classes in the Library
Students have many opportunities throughout the school year to develop their information skills and their love of reading.
Each student visits the library during language arts class every three weeks to select new books to read.
We also work closely with each department to develop collaborative lessons that give students a deeper understanding of the research process and the ethical use of information resources. Some highlights are National History Day, Science Fair, and Hispanic Heritage Night projects.