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DBMS Media Center

Hello parents, families, and friends of our awesome student Hawks! Allow me to be the first to welcome you to the Douglas Byrd Middle School Media Center web page. I am Douglas Ballard, your Media Center Coordinator (Librarian). Here, you will find information about the books in the Media Center, ebooks that are available to you 24/7, and some technology tips that can save you time and energy. We are committed to ensure that students are exposed to learning about and understanding the latest research techniques and technology from an educational standpoint. Our Media Center is the hub of the school for information and technology. It is the place for students to experience the love of reading, where students are encouraged to explore the 9,000 plus books and reading materials within the catalog. My aim for 2019-2020 school year is for all students to have the opportunity to interact with the various gadgets and technology in the media center. Whether it is learning to code spheros, going down a steep roller coaster via virtual reality goggles, or building R2-D2, the Star Wars droid, all students are welcome to access the Media Center and join the digital age, with learning as a priority.

Battle of the Books
We are currently seeking students to participate in the Battle of the Books (BOB) competition to be held next March 2020. If you are interested in being on our BOB team, see Mr. Ballard for the list of books or click here. Battle of the Books will have meetings after school, location to be announced.

 

Library Policies
Library hours: 7:00 a.m. until 2:40 p.m.
Students are allowed to check out up to two books at a time. Books are due three weeks from checkout and may be renewed if the student wants more time with the book. Books not returned eight weeks after the due date will switch to “lost” and the student will be charged the full price of the book. If the book is returned, the fee will be removed. We do not charge late fees, with the exception of lost book fees. If a student has fees from other schools, they may still check out books from the DBMS library. I want students to have access to books. If a student finds an old book from another school, please bring it in and I will make sure those fees are removed.

Catalog
To see what books are available for checkout in the DBMS library, click HERE to access the catalog. Click on Douglas Byrd Middle School, then click on the Catalog tab in the upper left hand corner.  In the search bar, you may search by topic, title, or author.

NCWiseOwl
NCWiseOwl is a resource provided by North Carolina Department Public Instruction. It is a collection of databases and is the first place you should visit when doing any school research.
Website: http://www.ncwiseowl.org/
Please see Mr. Ballard for the password.

Using Microsoft Word’s Citation Tool

ebooks
To access ebooks, go to library.esebco.com.  Your login is HAWKS and your password is HAWKS. Type in your Student ID number in the next screen and then you have access to all the ebooks on that site.

To contact Mr. Ballard, please e-mail him at douglasballard@ccs.k12.nc.us.

Image of students working on a puzzle in the library

 

Great Depression Digital Breakout

Poetry Digital Breakout

Lego Breakout

Digital Breakouts

Even more Digital Breakouts

Evaluating Online Resources

NCWiseOwl Scavenger Hunt

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Published by Douglas Ballard on September 12, 2019