Welcome to the Library Media Center

Student Survey for Library Magazines
What magazines do you want to read in the library? Take this survey and let your Library Media Specialist, Mrs. Bell, know what to purchase for 2017-2018. 
Free Audiobooks ALL Summer Long!!!
SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens. SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week - pairs of high-interest titles, based on weekly themes. Sign up for email or text alerts and be first to know when new titles are available to download at www.audiobooksync.com or text syncya to 25827. Check out the weekly pairs HERE. 
New Magazines in the Library
New Books for April from JLG
Red Queen Wins Kentucky Bluegrass Award for Grades 9-12

The Kentucky Bluegrass Award Program, a children’s choice voting initiative, has announced the 2016-2017 winners for this prestigious award as chosen by K-12 students from throughout the state.  Janet Wells, KBA State Coordinator, noted she was “pleased with the excitement and turnout of student voting.”  She went on to thank “the dedicated school and public librarians who encourage the reading of quality literature and participation in this statewide program.”

High school students in grades 9-12 chose The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard and published by HarperTeen.  Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old born a red-blood who serves the silver bloods in a futuristic society, winds up in the palace of the ruling family and discovers she has amazing abilities like the silver bloods do.  She must choose between a life of silver-blood luxury and being betrothed to a prince, or using her new influence to assist the Scarlet Guard as they plan to overthrow the ruling silver bloods.

This year a total of 58,145 students voted through their school or public library.  Kentucky’s librarians have these and many other great books for readers of all ages.  They often have bookmarks, PowerPoints, and other information about the KBA books.   

The Kentucky Bluegrass Award program was established in 1982 and has grown each year.  Dedicated school and pubic librarians, teachers, and university professionals comprise the committees set with the task of choosing ten outstanding books in each division for students to read and vote on in the coming year.  More information about the KBA program can be found on the Kentucky Association of School Librarians’ website www.kasl.us .  For the 2017-2018 school year, KBA has expanded to five divisions, adding a Preschool list for Kentucky’s youngest readers.  

KYVL - New Image and a New Website

The Kentucky Virtual Library has a new image and a new website. The resources available to students and teachers include Britannica Digital Learning, EBSCOhost Research Databases, Learning Express Library, Pro Quest databases, Scholastic GO!, and the OCLC WorldCat just to name a few. Students who want to access any of the KYVL resources outside of the Franklin County School District will need to use a login and password at this website: www.kyvl.org Please ask Mrs. Bell in the library or one of your teachers for the login and password. These are the same for ALL students in grades k-12 who are enrolled in the Franklin County Public School District.

Recycle Items and Earn Money for the WHHS Library Media Center
If you have any old or new ink cartridges, toner cartridges, or cellphones, that you no longer use, please consider donating them to the Western Hills High School Library Media Center. It doesn't matter what size the ink or toner cartridges are. We will gladly take any and all. These items are recycled, and the money is given to the WHHS Library Media Center to be used for reading incentives for our students. Please drop items off in the library or the front office. Thank you for your donations!
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Meet the Library Media Specialist

Hi! My name is Rhonda Spence Bell, and I am the library media specialist at Western Hills High School. Allow me to tell you a little about myself.
 This is my fourth year as a high school library media specialist and my second year serving as School Technology Coordinator for Western Hills High School. Four years ago I worked as a library media specialist at Grant County Middle School where I also served as School Technology Coordinator. I taught 6th grade library technology skills classes and math intervention for both 7th and 8th graders at GCMS.
Prior to becoming a library media specialist I taught high school mathematics for 17 years. Scott County High School was my home for 15 of those years. For the first two years of my career I taught math at Grant County High School.
I loved my time as a math teacher, but I am more than excited about my role as library media specialist at Western Hills High School. I look forward to working with students, teachers, parents, and community members to make the library media center the hub of our school.  
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