Summer Reading & More
One Book, One School Summer Read
This year's selection is The Summer I Saved the World in 65 Days by Michele Weber Hurwitz. In this novel, the main character Nina has just finished her eighth grade year and looking forward to high school. As she lounges in her hammock on her first day of summer, she watches as a neighbor struggles to plant her marigolds despite a broken leg. Nina remembers the words of her eighth grade teacher Mr. Pontello, "It is very often the ordinary things that go unnoticed that end up making a difference. As you embark upon your high school careers, be unntoices, but be remarkable." [p.4] This prompts Nina to get out of the hammock and help her neighbor. This small kindness sparks many more as Nina explores her world, meets a special boy, and learns more about herself and her community. To learn more about our One Book, One School novel, click on the book cover to visit a book blog where you can watch the book trailer and read an interview with the author.
Students will receive an activity packet with their report cards this summer. The activities are to be completed as students read the book and will be turned in to the English Language Arts teacher for a grade. If you are interested in getting a head start on activities, you can follow this link
to our school's website.
Public Library Summer Reading and Bookmobile Schedule
To participate in the York County Library's Summer Reading Program, please click here
. Students who participate are invited and encouraged to turn in a copy of their reading record to Mrs. McManus in Sullivan's Library Media Center for a chance to win a prize when the school year begins. Students CAN count their One Book, One School novel as part of their summer reading for the public library.
The York County Bookmobile will visit Sullivan Middle school on Tuesdays from 10:30 AM until 11:00 AM. Dates are June 9 & 23, July 7 & 21, and August 4 & 18. For a printable schedule of Sullivan visits, click here
. To visit the Bookmobile's website, please click on the picture to your left.
Scholastic Summer Reading Fun
Students can register with Scholastic to log their reading time this summer as Scholastic attempts to set a new world record for the number of minutes read. It is FREE to set up an account and students can use the same titles they use for One Book, One School and the York County Library's reading program. To learn more, click here.
Sync Audio is once again offering FREE digital downloads of Young Adult audiobooks throughout the summer. If you enjoy listening to books on your iPod, iPhone, computer, or other digital device, sign up now! Click on the SYNC banner above to learn more.
Summer Reading Links:
Northwestern High School Summer Reading Website: http://trojansread.weebly.com/
Bluford Series Audiobooks (FREE): http://bluford.org/audiobooks/
Book Lists for Tweens and Teens: http://successinthemiddle.org/reading-lists/
Library of Congress for Teens: http://www.read.gov/teens/
New York Times Best Sellers for Middle Grades: http://www.nytimes.com/best-sellers-books/childrens-middle-grade/list.html
Simon & Schuester Publishing PulseIt for Teens (some books may not be suitable for younger readers): http://www.pulseit.com/
Sullivan Library Media Center's Digital Content
Sullivan Library Media Center extends use of our library materials beyond the school walls through the use of three Apps. To learn more about each one, click on the icon below. You will be taken to directions on how to download and use the App you choose.
All of our library content can be viewed on any device or on a desktop computer via the internet by clicking on your choice below:
- Destiny Quest - Online Library Catalog - Students can look up, reserve, and renew materials.
- Destiny FollettShelf - eBook Collection - Students can check out and read digital books.
- MackinVIA - eBook Collection - Students can check out and read digital books.
Our school participates in the South Carolina Junior Book Award program. The 2015-2016 book award nominees can be viewed here. Books are available for checkout in our library, at the public library, and some are also available from our FollettShelf collection. Our voting party will be held in February 2016. Students must read at least three of these titles to participate in the voting party. Futher information will be available in our library media center when school begins in the fall.
The mission of Sullivan Middle School Media Center is to assist students in gaining knowledge through inquiry and critical thinking by using information ethically to create new learning opportunities through collaboration in order to become productive in a global society.
Library Media Center Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM during the school year.
Students are provided access to the library media center before school, during lunch, and after school as well as during class time. All ELA classes are scheduled to visit the media center to check out materials. Sixth grade visits weekly and grades seven and eight visit every other week.
To access the library media center's online catalog and resources, use the links below. We are in the process of updating resources, so please check this web page and the online catalog often. Thanks!
Visiting the Media Center: Students may visit the library media center before school, during lunch, and after school as well as during class time. Students must have a pass to visit the media center and can get a pass from Assistant Principals on duty in student areas or from a classroom teacher. After school, students must have transportation and must leave the media center promptly at 4:00 PM. Sixth grade students will visit the library each week during ELA class for book check out. Seventh and eighth grade ELA classes visit on an alternate week schedule.
Circulation Policy: Students may check out a variety of materials from the library media center including books, magazines, reference materials, audio books, and Kindle Readers. Students are expected to return all materials in good condition and on time. Fees are charged for lost and damaged items. The amount charged depends on the damage. Students must pay the original cost for lost items. Students may be denied checkout privileges until late materials are returned and any fees are paid. All students have access to our digital content at all times, even during holidays and summer vacation.
If you have questions or concerns, please e-mail Mrs. McManus or call (803)981-1465. Voice mail messaging is available.