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The Digital Shift at Cleveland Middle School Library Media Center's is here!  Explore our Digital Library through OverDrive...Click on the icon above and with your username and password you can access our extensive online library and soon be curled up with your next ebook in minutes!


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TeachThought:  We Grow Teachers:  50 Beginning of the School Year Procedures for a Stress-Free Classroom


BlackBoard Research Tutorials


KURZWEIL Accelerating Intelligence Videos

Selecting iPad Apps


Remix Resources:  Remix assembles a broad variety of tools in one place to help you find, mix, and create new digital media and visual material.

AASL Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2014


Kids Discover Teachers' Resources


Anti-Gravity Google

Try out what Jordan suggested is a cool way to search on Google!


Nathaniel Akiona, our CMS Principal with his family. 

Welcome CMS Raiders!

Book Request Form
Please fill out the form below to let us know what book you would like to read and we will be sure to get it directly to your homeroom teacher!
Thank you for submitting!

Find one of these in a book that you check out from the CMS LMC Library Media Center, consider its message as related to your life, choices, and purpose; then, return it with the book when you have finished reading it and receive a prize!

"Hidden Empowerment Cards" 

CMS LMC COVID-19 Orientation

Academic Year 2020-2021




EVENT DATES:  26 October - 9 November, 2020 for TWO WEEKS [24/7]

C.M.S. BOOK FAIR LINK: BookOutlet.com/BMBY

Due to COVID-19 concerns we are trying something new this year...an ONLINE BOOK FAIR with BOOK OUTLET! 

Book Outlet is an online retailer that offers thousands of new books for up to 90% off.  

  • There are over 6,900 Kids Books

  • There are over 4,100 Tweens Books

  • There are over 2,700 Young Adult Books

  • And thousands more for Adults in subjects like Gardening; Journals; Nature & Outdoors; Cooking, Food & Wine; Body, Mind & Spirit; True Crime; Architecture; Art; Mathematics; Technology; Poetry; Psychology; Photography; Pets, Performing Arts, Music, History, Biography, Education; Foreign Language Study; Science; Science Fiction, Fantasy; Romance; Thrillers, Horror, Holidays; Travel; Toys; Puzzles; Activity Kits...etc.

Be sure to check out the Sale items, Markdown and Clearance sections for even more great deals!

In time to help with early Christmas shopping, there’s something for everyone at this online Family Book Fair.  There’s free shipping on orders $35.00 or more.  $5.00 flat fee for shipping under $35.00!  All items purchased will be mailed directly to your home address.  


"eTravelers BCPEF Grant Presentation

Academic Year 2020-2021

Did you know that just 15 minutes of independent reading each day can expose you to more than a million words of text in a year?

Did You Know?


The best predictor of reading achievement is 
the amount of time students spend in 
independent reading...

Reading 20 minutes a day = 
1.8 million words a year = 
1000 new vocabulary words!!!

So ... pledge to TAKE 20! Reading 20 minutes a day can make a big difference!

  • Read at home.

  • Read wherever you are. Look around – read things like posters, billboards, signs.

  • Make it fun – pick out books purely for pleasure reading.

CMS LMC Orientation

Academic Year 2021-2022

A new graphic novel from the bestselling author of Roller Girl! Omar and his younger brother, Hassan, have spent most of their lives in Dadaab, a refugee camp in Kenya. Life is hard there: never enough food, achingly dull, and without access to the medical care Omar knows his nonverbal brother needs. So when Omar has the opportunity to go to school, he knows it might be a chance to change their future . . . but it would also mean leaving his brother, the only family member he has left, every day. Heartbreak, hope, and gentle humor exist together in this graphic novel about a childhood spent waiting, and a young man who is able to create a sense of family and home in the most difficult of settings. It’s an intimate, important, unforgettable look at the day-to-day life of a refugee, as told to Victoria Jamieson, the author of Roller Girl) by Omar Mohamed, the Somali man who lived the story.


"When Stars are Scattered" by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed

A little girl called Eva and her dad are hunting in a post-apocalyptic world. Eva slips away from her father and ends up stumbling into an underground library, where she makes a curious encounter...

The Simpsons - Edgar Allan Poe: The Raven

T.E.L. Database


CLASS SETS:  We have 35 copies of these titles on OverDrive!

An ancient curse sends a stone silo crashing across the countryside. Houses, barns, and cars are crushed in its path. The silo contains a giant scroll, sent by the foul Spellbinder to imprison the entire earth within its vast, unrolling page. Even the mighty Librarian is overpowered by the Spellbinder's steamrolling magic. Can anyone stop the smashing scroll?


This informative and accessible guide for young readers defines the coronavirus, explains why everyday routines have been disrupted, and lays out how everyone can do their part to help. With child-appropriate answers and explanations, the book addresses key questions, like: How do you catch coronavirus and what happens if you have it? Why are people so worried about it? Is there a cure? Why do we have to stay home? What can I do to help? And what happens next?

Our CMS LMC has 102 copies of this title for multiple simultaneous checkouts on OverDrive!

The Story of Human Rights...then check out the videoclips illustrating the 30 rights we all possess as human beings!


"This clay cylinder is inscribed in Babylonian cuneiform with an account by Cyrus, king of Persia (559-530 BC) of his conquest of Babylon in 539 BC and capture of Nabonidus, the last Babylonian king.  This cylinder has sometimes been described as the 'first charter of human rights', but it in fact reflects a long tradition in Mesopotamia where, from as early as the third millennium BC, kings began their reigns with declarations of reforms." ~ British Museum, where it is kept.

CMS LMC new technology toys:
lnvent, Create, and Dream...at CMS MakerSpace!  
zSpace: Join the VR Movement here at CMS...

Library Media Center News... 

Overdue Slips:

Students will receive overdue slips through their home room teachers every week on Tuesdays to remind them of overdue items.

CMS Library Media Center's After-School... every Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 3 p.m. until 5 p.m., unless Mrs. Dyrek has a meeting to attend.

Young Adult Designation:

Because the novels are getting grittier, and in some ways, more controversial...we want all students who want to read in YA titles to have a signed note from their parents.

Our Hours of Operation:

Monday and Friday,  7:50 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, our hours are extended until 5 p.m..  Closed on school holidays.

Library Rules:

...Remember to sign in when you come with a pass to our Library Media Center.
...No food or drinks allowed except at the "Traveler's Cafe".
...Please be courteous and respectful towards others.
...Please stay on bookmarked approved sites during the school day.
...If you have an overdue item, it must be returned to have your privileges restored.
...Remember to be productive with your time!


Our Library Policy:

Students may check out up to three items for two weeks with DVDs returned in two days from our physical library.  From our virtual library students may check out up to three streaming videos, ebooks and audiobooks.  We do not charge late fines, but encourage the responsible use of library materials and ask only that students pay full replacement cost for lost books or DVDs.

Digital Citizenship and You!
Be Internet S.M.A.R.T...

Visit the Cyber-Cafe & Be Internet Wise!  Be sure to visit the FBI Cyber Serf Island...

Digital citizenship education should be about protecting our students online. 


Common Sense Education and Remind have teamed up to build a weeklong unit that teaches the importance of safe digital communication, while also introducing the teacher, students and parents to Remind’s new tool, Chat. So, while you are teaching a well-structured, age-specific, unit on digital citizenship, you are also learning how to use Chat, a tool will be incredibly beneficial to your classroom communication beyond the unit.



Filled with lessons that include videos, articles and activities, InCtrl from Cable Impacts teaches key digital citizenship concepts. This series of lessons is geared towards grades 4 through 8. Focusing on this age group makes sense. As I mentioned above, the earlier you reach your students with digital citizenship education, the better.


Digizen has a wealth of resources that touch on topics from safe social networking to protecting your students from cyberbullying. While there are resources for teachers, Digizen has also provided information aimed at parents and students. While we as teachers can do everything in our power to teach digital citizenship, we are but one part of the puzzle of safe online activity.

Favorite Reads... 

The Hunger Games


“And while I was talking, the idea of actually losing Peeta hit me again and I realized how much I don't want him to die. And it's not about the sponsors. And it's not about what will happen when we get home. And it's not just that I don't want to be alone. It's him. I do not want to lose the boy with the bread.”
~ Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

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Remember...There's a BOOK for EVERYONE!

Common Beliefs...

As presented in the American Association of School Librarians’ Standards for the 21st Century Learner In Action:

  • Reading is a window to the world.
  • Inquiry provides a framework for learning.
  • Ethical behavior in the use of information must be taught.
  • Technology skills are crucial for future employment needs.
  • Equitable access is a key component for education.
  • The definition of information literacy has become more complex as resources and technologies have changed.
  • The continuing expansion of information demands that all individuals acquire the thinking skills that will enable them to learn on their own.
  • Learning has a social context.
  • School libraries are essential to the development of learning skills.

“Reading is the single most important skill necessary for a happy, productive and successful life.  A child that is an excellent reader is a confident child, has a high level of self esteem and is able to easily make the transition from learning to read to reading to learn.”

~National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD & EVIL | Official Book Trailer by Soman Chaining

"With early readers-turned-fans such as Wicked author Gregory Maguire, Goosebumps author R.L. Stine, and Life of Pi screenwriter David Magee, Soman Chainani's The School for Good and Evil is one of the most anticipated fantasy YA novels of the year." —EW's Shelf Life Blog

Watch the trailer for LEVIATHAN, the new book by bestselling author Scott Westerfeld.

Learn more about Leviathan at http://books.simonandschuster.ca/Levi... With the Great War brewing, Alek Ferdinand and Deryn Sharp cross paths in a most unexpected way.

THE GRAVEYARD BOOK by Neil Gaiman | Official Book Trailer

Nobody Owens is an unusual boy. He was raised in a graveyard by ghosts and has learned the secrets they keep, like the ability to fade and dream walk. And he'll need all of those skills to face what is waiting for him on the outside.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs.
It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. 


Learn more about A World Without Heroes at http://books.simonandschuster.com/A-W... Beyonders: A World Without Heroes book trailer
“An irresistible mix of adventure, humor, and magic.” -Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series

This Dark Endeavor Book Trailer

Learn more about This Dark Endeavor at http://books.simonandschuster.com/Thi... When 16-year-old Victor Frankenstein learns that his twin brother, Konrad, is dying he embarks on a treacherous quest in search of the forbidden Elixir of Life. Impossible odds, dangerous alchemy, and a bitter love triangle threaten their quest.

MIchael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans

Fourteen-year-old Michael discovers he has special electrical powers and, with the help of his best friends, becomes aware that there are other teens with similar powers, but something or someone is hunting them.

The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch

The Eleventh Plague 
By Jeff Hirsch  Twenty years after the start of the war that caused the Collapse, 15-year-old Stephen Quinn, his father and grandfather were among the few who survived and turned to scavenging in order to survive, but when his grandfather dies and his father decides to risk everything to save the lives of two strangers, Stephen's life is turned upside down.

WARRIORS Series by Erin Hunter | Official Book Trailer

The Warriors series by Erin Hunter has an all-new look! Return to the beginning of the worldwide phenomenon with new paperbacks covers for The Prophecies Begin, The New Prophecy, and Power of Three.

The world at your fingertips...
The world at your fingertips...

Imagine and explore...

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Exploring the Brain
Exploring the Brain

Model of human brain is taken apart.

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Making comparisons...
Making comparisons...

Between a Zombie's brain and a human's brain...

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Movement and Memory...
Movement and Memory...

The mysterious network of neurons make it all happen...

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Training on zSpace
Training on zSpace

Getting a feel for working in a virtual reality space...

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Seeing a beating heart...
Seeing a beating heart...

Experiencing it up close...

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A new dimension...
A new dimension...

From the flutter of a butterfly to a beating heart...

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Playing games...
Playing games...

With instruction so much is possible...

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Learning the parts of the heart...
Learning the parts of the heart...

Future doctors in training...

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"The Navigators"
Explore the Star Wars Universe...

A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, there were three movies. Then a holiday special. Then three more movies. And animated TV shows. And video games! And books! So many wonderful books! Over the decades, the beloved Star Wars universe became just that: a universe. Okay, so it’s technically a galaxy, but that’s still pretty darn big. Much of it spread through novels. Lucasfilm deemed Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn trilogy– Heir to the EmpireDark Force Rising, and The Last Command –the official continuation of the movies. These novels, and several after, were the next generation of the Star Wars saga.  Read more of the Star Wars Canon here...And check out more by visiting your CMS LMC!

The CMS LMC is committed to being not just a place to come and consume information, it is changing into a place to create, to innovate, and to inspire.  As lessons become increasingly interdisciplinary and project-based, more online resources will be used to give our students the tools to stretch their imaginations. insights and knowledge.  The role of the CMS LMC remains much the same, "to provide help and access to resources for our school community." This website is an extension of our mission here at CMS.

Lillie F. Fitzgerald's Award Artifact Collection

See what was purchased for the Cleveland Middle School's Library Media Center with the generous endowment of $2,000 from Dr. and Mrs. Rodney Fitzgerald, in honor of the memory of Lillie F. Fitzgerald who lived a life of purpose teaching and touching many with her mind and heart.  

The Dewey Decimal System - Infectious Singalong Rap

Ocoee Middle School - Gotta Keep Reading

Virtual School Visit with Comics Editor | Andrews McMeel Publishing

Ever wonder how your favorite comics and graphic novels are made? Meet Lucas Wetzel, the books editor for Big Nate, Phoebe and Her Unicorn, and other fan-favorites from the funny papers! Take a behind-the-scenes look at what it's like to make a book and work with cartoonists, with tips on how to start telling your own stories! Share this virtual "classroom visit" with a young reader in your life!

CMS LMC Allied Arts Council Grant

"Manga Mia" Workshop 2017-2018

An enjoyable week of learning for our sixth graders.  Special thanks to our guest artists, Mrs. Jennifer White and her daughter Kaedee White.  The workshop explored the strategies and techniques used in creating stories with pictures...all made possible through an Allied Arts Council Grant!

Meet ADAM, our very own CMS LMC  Lego Mindstorm robot and join in on the Genesis Project as you learn with other students how to program ADAM. 

"Explore new worlds...READ!

"You want weapons?  We're in a library! Books! The best weapons in the world!  This room's the greatest arsenal we could have--arm yourselves!" ~Doctor Who


Reading Tips:


Read at least 30 minutes a day.

Read a book that interests you!

Always read the book jacket or back of book for summary!

Find a favorite author! Get to know their books!

You Tube has lots of awesome book trailers - watch them and come check out the book @ the library!


Answer these questions and feed rice to the poor in the world!  For every answer that is correct, 10 grains of rice are donated through the World Food Programme!

Dramatic Readings by Kiera Cass | The Selection Series

CMS LMC After School Program...

Para-cord Activities

Para-cord Activities

Create an amazing bracelet or keychain...

Para-Cord Activities

Para-Cord Activities

Many colors, two sizes...

Banana Gram Game

Banana Gram Game

Can you come up with this many words?



Quick thinking pays off...

CMS Drone Aviators

CMS Drone Aviators

Consider joining the Drone club...

Programming "Dexter"

Programming "Dexter"

Syncing the drone's go pro hero camera to the iPhone...

Mrs. Hooks and Mrs. Rock

Mrs. Hooks and Mrs. Rock

The go-to people for assistance in the CMS LMC...

Read inspiring words about the pleasures of "reading"...

Book Trailers

Enjoy a selection of book trailers to help you choose your next book!


How to make reading magical again...

Click on the icon above and read from our selection of ebooks on Follett Shelf by using:  cms-lib​

Gone By Michael Grant ...
In a flash, your life can change forever...Something bizarre has happened in the town of San Perdido. In a flash, everyone over the age of fourteen has disappeared. Poof. Gone. 

Benefits Of Reading

Why is it that 75% of self-made millionaires report reading at least 2 books a month? The benefits of reading may be the cause of massive success for thousands of people.

"Reading Gives You Superpowers" PSA by Dav Pilkey

Dav Pilkey (author of Captain Underpants) draws and talks about the Power of READING!

Author Websites & Interviews...

Middle School: Get Me Out of Here by James Patterson

Listen to the NPR recording of Rick Riordan discussing The Red Pyramid.

Maggie Stiefvater's favorite book for 2012, Code Name Verity  by Elizabeth Wein

What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains!  Nicholas Carr, the author of, "The Shallows: how the Internet is influencing us, our creativity, our thought processes, our ideas, and how we think.  What do you think?

Are you a big "Harry Potter" fan?  See the new cover designs for the new release of this blockbuster series...then find out more at "Pottermore"...

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Isn’t that what they say? 
But how close is too close when they may be one in the same?  

 The Seven Stages War left much of the planet a charred wasteland. The future belongs to the next generation’s chosen few who must rebuild it.  But to enter this elite group, candidates must first pass The Testing—their one chance at a college education and a rewarding career.

Cia Vale is honored to be chosen as a Testing candidate; eager to prove her worthiness as a University student and future leader of the United Commonwealth. But on the eve of her departure, her father’s advice hints at a darker side to her upcoming studies – trust no one.

But surely she can trust Tomas, her handsome childhood friend who offers an alliance? Tomas, who seems to care more about her with the passing of every grueling (and deadly) day of the Testing. To survive, Cia must choose:  love without truth or life without trust.  READ it as an ebook in our new digital library!

Introducining a new series in our library media center...The Colossus Rises, the first book in the Seven Wonders series by Peter Lerangis.

The day after thirteen-year-old Jack McKinley is told he has six months to live, he awakens on a mysterious island, where a secret organization promises to save his life—with one condition. Jack and three other kids must lead a mission to retrieve seven lost magical Loculi, which can save their lives only when combined together correctly. The challenge: The Loculi have been missing for a thousand years, lost amongst the ruins and relics of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. With no one else to turn to and no escape in sight, the four kids have no choice but to undertake the quest. First stop: the Colossus of Rhodes, where they realize that there’s way more than just their lives at stake.


Spirit Animals Series Trailer

Published on Aug 12, 2013

Spirit Animals series by Brandon Mull, features a collection of books for kids, focusing on four young heroes and their spirit animals, on a quest to save Erdas. Scholastic is a leading provider of books for kids including Spirit Animals series and many more.

WONDER Trailer (2017)

Published on May 24, 2017

Official "Wonder" Movie Trailer 2017

From visionary director Ava DuVernay comes Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” an epic adventure based on Madeleine L’Engle’s timeless classic which takes audiences across dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus light and, ultimately, the triumph of love.

MIDDLE SCHOOL: The Worst Years of My Life - Teaser Movie Trailer HD

Rafe has an epic imagination...and a slight problem with authority. Both collide when he transfers to an oppressive, rule-crazy middle school. Drowning in do's and don'ts, Rafe and his scheming best friend Leo hatch a plan to break every rule in the school's Code of Conduct. It's Ferris Bueller meets Home Alone as their battle with Principal Dwight explodes into chaos both real and imagined. But Dwight displays his own fiendish creativity, striking back at the rulebreakers. Meanwhile, Rafe struggles to hide his misbehavior from Jeanne, the straight-A, overachieving girl of his dreams, and at home, his mother's boyfriend -- a moochy, jack-of-no-trades named Bear -- threatens to become his stepfather.

Among the Hidden Movie Trailer by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Published on Jul 2, 2013

FOLLOW "Among the Hidden" Movie GOOGLE PLUS:  http://bit.ly/12Fr9po

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