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"Welcome eTravelers" 

The Digital Shift at Cleveland Middle School Library Media Center's is here!  Explore our Digital Library through the SORA App in ClassLink...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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Favorite Databases.

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CLICK on Icon to access S.T.E.A.M. website!
CLICK on Icon to access Social Studies website!

CLICK on Icon to access Language Arts website!


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!

Welcome to the
"Genius Hour" @

Find out more by clicking HERE!

CMS LMC Orientation

Academic Year 2023-2024

People are sometimes afraid of what they don’t know… From the mind of Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and award-winning stop-motion legend Mark Gustafson, GUILLERMO DEL TORO'S PINOCCHIO is a story you think you may know… but you don’t.  A father's wish magically brings a wooden boy to life in Italy, giving him a chance to care for the child. Pinocchio is a fictional character and the protagonist of the children's novel The Adventures of Pinocchio (1883) by Italian writer Carlo Collodi of Florence, Tuscany.

Guillermo Del Toro's Pinocchio

The Magician’s Elephant | Official Trailer 

Based on the book by Kate DiCamillo, tells the story of Peter an orphan, who is searching for his long-lost sister, and when he crosses paths with a fortune teller in the market square there is only one question on his mind: is his sister still alive? The answer - that he must find a mysterious elephant and the magician who will conjure it - sets Peter off on a harrowing journey to complete three seemingly impossible tasks that will change the face of his town forever, and take him on the adventure of a lifetime.

"ClassVR Portal" BCPEF Grant 2022 2023

Over the years our library media center at Cleveland Middle School has taken risks, experimenting with the educational benefits of developing technologies.  From eBooks to iPads to 3D computers and laser printers, we’ve acquired through generous grants, such digital tools to enhance our students’ learning, with an enthusiastic compulsion.  Our latest endeavor “ClassVR Portal” An Educational Focused Virtual Reality Solution… is certainly no exception.  We wanted to introduce our students to augmented reality, simulations that could transport them into the past where they could meet historical figures, stand under Juliet’s balcony or witness firsthand, an asteroid striking Planet Earth. Studies show that by adding such incredible virtual reality experiences to daily lessons, there’s improvements in student’s comprehension, collaboration and sense of well-being.  
Please listen and watch and judge for yourself the level of student’s engagement with this hands on, curriculum aligned, intuitive learning tool.  And as always, we deeply appreciate our generous donors...

It focuses on best friends Agatha and Sophie, who are kidnapped to The School for Good and Evil - when their fortunes are reversed and their friendship is put to the test, will they be able to find their way home?  Agatha will be played by Andi Mack star Sofia Wylie while Broadway's Sophia Anne Caruso is taking on the role of Sophie... plus the extended cast includes the likes of Charlize Theron, Kerry Washington, Laurence Fishburne and Michelle Yeoh. 

The School for Good and Evil

From Book to the Theater...
When Enola Holmes—Sherlock’s teen sister—discovers her mother missing, she sets off to find her, becoming a super-sleuth in her own right as she outwits her famous brother and unravels a dangerous conspiracy around a mysterious young Lord. The Enola Holmes Mysteries is a young adult fiction series of detective novels by American author Nancy Springer, starring Enola Holmes as the 14-year-old sister of an already famous Sherlock Holmes, twenty years her senior. 

Enola Holmes

PLEASE help us to get the word out to everyone that CMS LMC 2nd ANNUAL ONLINE SPARK Book Fair is coming soon!  Our site will be activated on the 5th of November, 2023 and will run for two weeks up until midnight of the 18th of November.


Far too often the price of books can often prohibit students from participating in a school’s book fair. Not anymore. With Spark, books are offered at a fraction of the retail price so everyone can participate.

Spark's inventory is made up of excess inventory and store returns purchased directly from various publishers at discounted prices. SPARK passes along these savings to us so we can make available a wide assortment of choices for our students and their families.  
Be sure to check out the unbeatable prices of your favorite titles!

T.E.L. Database

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?

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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.

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,  7:30 a.m. until 3:30 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 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.

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NEW FEATURED OverDrive eBook series...

"Masie Dobbs" series by New York Times Bestselling Author:  Jacqueline Winspear is a recent acquisition recommended by one of our teachers.  This is a story about a cute, clever, and plucky young woman named Maisie Dobbs. Maisie is setting up her own private investigation practice in London. The year is 1929, and everyone we meet is still coping with the effects of the world war, including Maisie.  To get the most out of her character, reading the books in order, since each book loosely builds upon the other one. The reader learns something about Maisie and the time period from every book.  We now have Book 1 and Book 2 for your reading pleasure on OverDrive.



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

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.

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.

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

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...

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.

The Simpsons - Edgar Allan Poe: The Raven

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


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!

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

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

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.

Virtual School Visit with Comics Editor | Andrews McMeel Publishing

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)

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!

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

Learn more about Leviathan at With the Great War brewing, Alek Ferdinand and Deryn Sharp cross paths in a most unexpected way.

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...

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?

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

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.

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
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 Beyonders: A World Without Heroes book trailer
“An irresistible mix of adventure, humor, and magic.” -Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series

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
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

This Dark Endeavor Book Trailer

Learn more about This Dark Endeavor at 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.

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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"...

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.

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!

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.

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.


White Bird by R.J. Palacio (2023) New Trailer - GRAPHIC BOOK GENRE
WONDER Trailer by R.J. Palacio (2017) - REALISTIC FICTION GENRE

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 by James Patterson - Teaser Movie Trailer HD - HUMOR GENRE

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.

The Book Thief Trailer by Markus Zusak - HISTORICAL FICTION
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan Teaser Trailer - FANTASY FICTION
Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz Teaser Trailer - MYSTERY/THRILLER GENRE
IRONMAN 4 – TRAILER | Robert Downey Jr. Returns as Tony Stark | Marvel Studios - ADVENTURE GENRE
Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical | Official Trailer - MUSICAL  ADAPTATION

A brand new take on the Tony and Olivier award-winning musical. Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical tells the story of an extraordinary girl, with a vivid imagination, who dares to take a stand to change her story with miraculous results.

Nightbooks by J.A. White | Official Trailer  - SUPERNATURAL

When Alex (Winslow Fegley), a boy obsessed with scary stories, is trapped by an evil witch (Krysten Ritter) in her magical apartment, and must tell a scary story every night to stay alive, he teams up with another prisoner, Yasmin (Lidya Jewett), to find a way to escape.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid | Official Trailer  - ANIMATION

The first book in Jeff Kinney’s worldwide bestselling series comes to Disney+ in the all-new animated adventure “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.” Greg Heffley is a scrawny but ambitious kid with an active imagination and big plans to be rich and famous – he just has to survive middle school first. To make matters worse, Greg’s lovable best friend Rowley seems to coast through life and succeed at everything without even trying! As details of his hilarious – and often disastrous – attempts to fit in fill the pages of his journal, Greg learns to appreciate true friends and the satisfaction that comes from standing up for what is right. 

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