Media Center

The Prince Avenue Christian School Media Center provides the students, faculty, and staff with print and non-print materials for research or the simple enjoyment of reading. 

The 16,000 volume book collection is primarily from Christian publishers, but also includes classics and other secular titles.  All books have been read prior to placement in our Media Center, and the collections are divided into age appropriate sections.

The Media Center also has four computers and a printer designated for student use.  An IPAD Cart housing IPADS for Middle School and Lower School classroom use is available, as well as an 820 DVD/Video collection for classroom use. 

Meet Our Staff

Nancy Simpson

Media Specialist, Barnabas Mentor Program
nsimpson@princeave.org
23 years at Prince , 23 years in education

 

Karla Wooten

Media Center Staff 
kwooten@princeave.org 
10 years at Prince, 14 years in Education

 

Media Center Programs

Media Center Class Visits

All lower school classes from Pre-Kindergarten to fifth grade have a scheduled time to visit the Media Center each week. The Media Center Director reads a story and the students check out books.  Biblical truth and application are discussed with each story. 

Students in the fourth and fifth grades may check out two books each week.   Kindergarten through third students are allowed to check one book each week . (Kindergarten students may check out 2 books each week until January.)  If any student finishes reading a book before their next scheduled library time, they may exchange it for another book title.

Students are taught the Dewey Decimal classification system, different genres of literature, research techniques, basic book care and an introduction to the reference materials available in the Media Center.

Reading Buddies

The focus of the Reading Buddy Program is to encourage reading and to help kindergarten students establish relationships with older peers who are positive role models.  The program also teaches students about service and developing a servant heart.  Each kindergarten student is paired with a fifth grade student, and they meet twice per month during the fifth grade library class time.  The program typically begins in September and runs through the end of the month of April. 

Book Fairs

The Media Center hosts two book fairs each year, usually in November and late April or early May.  The purpose of the book fairs is to earn funds to purchase new books for the Media Center collection.  In the Spring, the book fair generally includes titles on the Prince Avenue Christian School Summer Reading List. 

Lower School Resources

RenWeb Parents Web Library Book List

Parents can check to see which books their student has checked out from the school media center by logging on to their Parents Web account and selecting Student/Library.

 

Lower School Recommended Resources

Many of these recommended websites are secular, and are not written and developed from a Christian perspective or worldview.  Please use caution when directing your children to these websites.

Accelerated Reader:  www.arbookfind.com
Selecting the right books for your child to read is easier than ever by accessing the access AR BookFinder. With a few clicks of a mouse, you can search for titles at the appropriate level that your child will find interesting and enjoyable.

Dictionary.com:  www.dictionary.com

Galileo for Kids (accessible through http://www.athenslibrary.org/athens)
A password is required to logon, but you just need a library card to obtain the password.  In order to find Galileo, click on the Children’s Area. Galileo is a series of databases that have been filtered and should be age appropriate for your child to use when doing research.  Make sure to click the button for full-text articles once inside the Galileo website.

Thesaurus: www.thesaurus.com

 

Internet Research sites for Kids

Discoveryhttp://www.discoveryeducation.com/students/index.cfm
The student homework help section is free, and when searching, be sure to select grades K-5.  This site contains help in English, fine arts, health, math, science, social studies and world languages.

Kidrexhttp://www.kidrex.org/ 

Kidzsearchhttp://www.kidzsearch.com/

Kidsclickhttp://www.kidsclick.org/  
This site includes a searchable web directory created by librarians at the Ramapo Catskill Library System.

InfoPleasewww.infoplease.com/yearbyyear.html
This site includes an online almanac, encyclopedia and dictionary along with some fun educational items.

Kids.Govhttp://kids.usa.gov/grown-ups/index.shtml 
This site includes a variety of topics in art, history, animals divided into grades kindergarten – 5th, and 6th -8th.  It does include links to government and commercial web sites.

Kids Yahoohttp://www.kids.yahoo.com
This site includes educational resource and games.

Kidsiteshttp://www.kidsites.com
This page contains a limited number of sites, but includes good information.

Kids National Geographichttp://www.kids.nationalgeographic.com
This site includes games, animal information, videos, news and a “little kids” tab.

American Museum of Natural Historyhttp://www.amnh.org/explore/ology
This site provides an introduction to many branches of science,  but not from a Christian perspective.

FactMonsterwww.factmonster.com/
This site includes an online almanac, dictionary and encyclopedia, and provides homework  help and some fun games links.

Ivy’s Search Enginehttp://ivyjoy.com/rayne/kidssearch.html
This site provides easy to use search engines and specialized search engine links.

FunBrain www.funbrain.com
This site includes games, arcades, books, comics and more.

Nova video programshttp://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/ 
This is a secular site which includes science videos.

Ben’s Guide to the US Government for Kidshttp://bensguide.gpo.gov/ 
This site is a good secular guide for how the various branches of government operate.  Select grades kindergarten-2 or 3-5.

Kidipede http://quatr.us/
This site includes information about World and US History for students by grade level.

Middle School Resources

General Research:

Galileo:  accessible through http://www.athenslibrary.org/athens
A password required to logon, but you just need a library card to obtain the password.   In order to find Galileo, click on the Teen Scene Area on right. At the bottom of the screen you may select Teens grades 6-8 before beginning your search.  Galileo is a series of databases that have been filtered and should be age appropriate for your child to use when doing research.  Make sure to click the button for full-text articles once inside the Galileo website.

Infoplease www.infoplease.com/yearbyyear.html
This site includes an online almanac, encyclopedia and dictionary along with some fun educational items.

Discovery http://www.discoveryeducation.com/students/index.cfm
The student homework help section free, when searching be sure to select grades 6-8.  This site contains help in English, Fine Arts, Health, Math, Science, Social Studies and World Languages.

 

Language Arts:

Dictionarywww.dictionary.com

Merriam-Webster Visual Dictionary Online http://visual.merriam-webster.com/
This site is a great help if you need to know what something looks like when you look up a word, but there are a lot of other links from this page.

Thesauruswww.thesaurus.com

BartleBaywww.bartleby.com
This page is a reference for classic books, poetry, reference books search for quotes, etc.

Grammarbookhttp://www.grammarbook.com/
The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation includes what to do about pronouns, commas and other writing problems.

 

Online study-guides for literary classics

Free Book Noteshttp://www.freebooknotes.com

Spark Noteswww.sparknotes.com

Pink Monkey:   http://www.pinkmonkey.com/

 

Book Recommendations

Kids Readhttp://www.kidsreads.com/

Plugged-In Online:  http://www.pluggedin.com/

TeenReads.com:   http://www.teenreads.com/

Representative Poetry Onlinehttp://rpo.library.utoronto.ca
Free software download which includes anything you need related to poetry, such as biographies of poets, a timeline and a lot of poems which you can search by title or by keyword.

 

Science:

Science News for Kids http://www.sciencenewsforkids.com
This site includes articles, science fair ideas, science games

The Why Fileshttp://whyfiles.org/
Current events in Science, research, great pictures as well as search engine are within the site.

How Stuff Workshttp://www.howstuffworks.com/ 
A search engine is included with this site.

Ologyhttp://www.amnh.org/explore/ology
This site is an introduction to many branches of science.  This site is by the American Museum of Natural History, and is not a Christian-based resource.  This site includes and activities link.

 

History:

Kids.govhttp://kids.usa.gov/grown-ups/index.shtml 
This site includes a variety of topics in art, history, animals divided into grades k-5 and 6-8.  It also includes links to government and commercial web sites.

Ben’s Guide to the US Government for Kidshttp://bensguide.gpo.gov/ 
Within this site you may select content by grade levels.  It is a good guide to how the various branches of the government operate.

The White House:  http://www.whitehouse.gov/  
This site provides information about the president and the members of his cabinet, photos, videos, and issues.

The History Channelhttp://www.history.com/
This site includes full episodes of shows shown on the history channel.  It includes videos, topics, and games.   You may search under topics and a large variety of other websites are made available to you.

US History.orghttp://www.ushistory.org
This site includes information on colonial Philadelphia and includes a lot of links to other American History sites  put out by the Independence Hall Association of Philadelphia)

America’s storyhttp://www.americaslibrary.gov/
Produced by the Library of Congress, this site is very interactive, including an introduction to history of America and geography, meet amazing Americans, states, even music).  This site includes free streaming videos about many events in American history with facts and a search bar a large selection of topics.   Links are also provided.

The American Memoryhttp://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html
This site addresses a variety of topics in American history with illustrations and other materials.  The site is produced by the Library of Congress.

History Worldhttp://www.historyworld.net/
This site includes articles, timelines, and multiple links.

Kidipede: http://quatr.us/
This is a World and US History site for students divided by grade levels.  It includes information about US History, European History, History Games, Wars & Museums, Ancient History and History trivia.

High School Resources

General Research:

Galileo:  accessible through http://www.athenslibrary.org/athens
A password required to logon, but you just need a library card to obtain the password.   In order to find Galileo, click on the Teen Scene Area on right. At the bottom of the screen you may select Teens grades 6-8 before beginning your search.  Galileo is a series of databases that have been filtered and should be age appropriate for your child to use when doing research.  Make sure to click the button for full-text articles once inside the Galileo website.

Infopleasewww.infoplease.com/yearbyyear.html
This site includes an online almanac, encyclopedia and dictionary along with some fun educational items.

Discoveryhttp://www.discoveryeducation.com/students/index.cfm
The student homework help section free, when searching be sure to select grades 6-8.  This site contains help in English, Fine Arts, Health, Math, Science, Social Studies and World Languages.

College Board (SAT)www.collegeboard.com
This is the site that includes everything related to the SAT, and a variety of other college prep topics.

FASTWEBwww.fastweb.com
This site is filled with all sorts of internships, scholarships and free aid applications.

FAFSAhttps://fafsa.ed.gov
This site is the place to file your federal financial aid form.

OWLowl.english.purdue.edu 
This site helps students with writing formats, ALA, MLA, etc.

 

Language Arts:

Dictionarywww.dictionary.com

Merriam-Webster Visual Dictionary Onlinehttp://visual.merriam-webster.com/
This site is a great help if you need to know what something looks like when you look up a word, but there are a lot of other links from this page.

Thesauruswww.thesaurus.com

BartleBaywww.bartleby.com
This page is a reference for classic books, poetry, reference books search for quotes, etc.

Grammarbookhttp://www.grammarbook.com/
The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation includes what to do about pronouns, commas and other writing problems.

 

Online study-guides for literary classics:

Free Book Noteshttp://www.freebooknotes.com

Spark Noteswww.sparknotes.com

Pink Monkey:   http://www.pinkmonkey.com/

 

Book Recommendations

Kids Readhttp://www.kidsreads.com/

Focus on the Family book reviews by titlewww.pluggedin.com/book-reviews​

TeenReads.com:   http://www.teenreads.com/

Representative Poetry Onlinehttp://rpo.library.utoronto.ca
Free software download which includes anything you need related to poetry, such as biographies of poets, a timeline and a lot of poems which you can search by title or by keyword.

The Online Books Page: http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu
This site is an index of more than 35,000 free English works in various formats.

Project Gutenbergwww.gutenberg.org
This site includes over 42,000 free ebooks.  You may choose among free epub books, free Kindle books which can be downloaded or read  online.

 

Science:

The Why Fileshttp://whyfiles.org/
Current events in Science, research, great pictures as well as search engine are within the site.

How Stuff Workshttp://www.howstuffworks.com/ 
A search engine is included with this site.

Ologyhttp://www.amnh.org/explore/ology
This site is an introduction to many branches of science.  This site is by the American Museum of Natural History, and is not a Christian-based resource.  This site includes and activities link.

 

History:

The White Househttp://www.whitehouse.gov/  
This site provides information about the president and the members of his cabinet, photos, videos, and issues.

The History Channelhttp://www.history.com/
This site includes full episodes of shows shown on the history channel.  It includes videos, topics, and games.   You may search under topics and a large variety of other websites are made available to you.

US History.orghttp://www.ushistory.org
This site includes information on colonial Philadelphia and includes a lot of links to other American History sites  put out by the Independence Hall Association of Philadelphia)

America’s storyhttp://www.americaslibrary.gov/
Produced by the Library of Congress, this site is very interactive, including an introduction to history of America and geography, meet amazing Americans, states, even music.  This site includes free streaming videos about many events in American history with facts and a search bar a large selection of topics.   Links are also provided.

The American Memoryhttp://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html
This site addresses a variety of topics in American history with illustrations and other materials.  The site is produced by the Library of Congress.

History Worldhttp://www.historyworld.net/
This site includes articles, timelines, and multiple links.

 

Additional links:

Brain Tunehttp://www.music.brain-tune.com/
This interesting site offers students music aimed at boosting brain power while studying.