The Media Center at Bethesda’s main objective is to provide carefully chosen, high-interest fiction, nonfiction, and reference materials in several formats. Given the school’s use of APEX to deliver our curriculum, the main purpose of our hardcopy collection is to encourage students to develop their personal interests through reading. At present, we have five Nook Readers available for checkout, as well as a selection of popular magazines. In addition, the Media Center now provides a greater depth of materials for student and staff research, beginning with our new subscription to GALILEO through the University of Georgia, which offers provides direct access to databases, journals, magazines and articles.
For students’ use of online materials through GALILEO, please see the Bethesda Academy Acceptable Use Policy.
In addition to classics and Accelerated Reading titles, the Media Center has added over a thousand titles chosen, based on research identifying high interest, well-regarded texts at a range of reading levels. Our choices have usually been based on reviews written by other librarians and teachers, especially by the American Library Association (ALA.) And often, students request certain titles they have read or heard about, and those titles are procured when possible.
Not all titles in the Media Center are appropriate for every boy grades 6-12, but the obligation of the Media Center is to provide materials that reach a range of interests and experience. What text a student chooses from the Media Center is up to the student and his family. In our Media Center, however, most students check out books after a conversation with our Media Specialist about their interests and reading level. In that way, younger students can be steered to books that are better suited to them..
If you would ever like to discuss your son’s reading choices, or if you would like suggestions for titles that might interest him, please contact us!
If you or your son is looking for recommendations for great summer reading, the American Library Association offers a number of different lists, including “Outstanding Books for the College Bound” and “Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers.”
Go to http://www.ala.org/yalsa/booklistsawards/booklists for these and other options.
SAT and other College Prep
The College Board, which administers the SAT and AP tests, has an extensive website that offers a range of college planning and preparation tools, especially free test practice materials.