WHS Library Media Center & Learning Commons

Cherish the means of knowledge. Dare to read, think, speak, and write. ~John Adams

The mission of the library media center and its staff is to create an environment rich in digital and print resources that is also conducive to students’ and staff’s pursuit and development of 21st century skills, ultimately enabling students and staff to be effective, independent, and responsible users of information.

Library Staff

Teacher-Librarian: Nella Szilagyi

Library Assistant: Colleen Harding

Computer/Tech Assistant: Gail Griffin

WHS Read Woke Challenge

What is Read Woke?

“It’s a feeling. A form of education. A call to action, and our right as lifelong learners. It means arming yourself with knowledge to better protect your rights. Learning about others so you treat people with respect and dignity, no matter their religion, race, creed, size, gender or color.” – Cicely Lewis, 2020 School Librarian of the Year

Participate at your comfort level! Join our book discussions, write a book review, record a book talk on Flipgrid, select a quote to share and tell us why you thought it was woke, or just share the title and author of the book you read. Complete the participation form to qualify for prizes!

We look forward to restarting our Read Woke book discussions in the fall. The first book we will be reading and discussing will be:Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X Kendi

WHS Ebooks, Audiobooks, Print Books & More

The Sora App is designed to provide students and teachers the optimal reading experience of our OverDrive digital book collection. The app embeds tools to customize ebooks and audiobooks, as well as to annotate and highlight. To log into Sora, click on "My school is Wethersfield Public Schools." Then, click on "Sign in using Wethersfield Public Schools," and select or enter your school Gmail login. Check out the links below if you need help getting started or for tips to maximize your reading or listening experience.

Intro to Sora (OverDrive)

WPS Sora (OverDrive) FAQs

Getting Started with Sora

Borrowing, Holding, and Returning Books

Use your school login to access Public Library Connect Feature

Ebook Tools (Updated 2/2021) - Annotate, Highlight and Export Annotations

Audiobooks, Graphic Novels, & Read-Along Book Tools

Sora (OverDrive) Help

Sora for Students/Families Webinar (August 2020) & Slide Presentation

Our Destiny Discover Catalog allows you to log in with your school Gmail credentials to search, hold and borrow our print books as well as many ebooks and audiobooks. A new feature we are using this year is "Collections" which allows you to browse ebooks, audiobooks, print books and websites by theme; for example, our Read Woke Collection which provides access to a range of #ownvoice social justice books and web links, including a direct link to Sora's Read Woke collection.

See the Destiny Discover Tutorial for how to search and access ebooks and audiobooks available within Destiny.

See Steps for Holds in Destiny for instructions on how to request/hold print copies of books. Holds will be delivered to the first period class the day after we process them, typically one - two days after request.

Find your next great read!

The job of books is help us be more empathetic, more human. ~Leah Johnson, You Should See Me In a Crown __________________________________________________________________________

2021 High School Nutmeg Nominees Padlet

2021 Teen Nutmeg Nominees Padlet

Past High School and Teen Nutmeg Book Awards

Destiny Discover Collections by Theme

Everywhere Book Fest Author & Book List

Y'all Stay Home Book Fest Author & Book List

Book Connections- Pronunciations of author's name, book trailers, and more.

National Book Awards (Titles in Sora)

2020 Summer Reading Book Recommendations

Many of the books in these links are available digitally in Sora/OverDrive with your Google sign-in

or in Hoopla, or Freading with your public library card.

Can't find a book? Email me at nszilagyi@wethersfield.me for help!

Digital Research Subscriptions & Tools

Our Magazine Subscriptions Are Now Online! Username and Password for Remote Access.

Read our magazines from your mobile device:

  1. Download the Flipster app from your mobile device’s app store

  2. Search and select your school “WETHERSFIELD HIGH SCHOOL”

  3. Enter our EBSCO user id and password

  4. These instructions only need to be done the first time. After that opening the app will bring you to the magazines.

Use EBSCO Discovery to search for archived academic journals, magazines, and reference books!

Refer to the Username and Password List for remote access. EBSCO Discovery bar allows you to do an integrated search for archived articles in periodicals (journals, magazines, newspapers, etc) and reference ebooks in our school subscription databases and those of the Connecticut Digital Library, ResearchITCT.org.

Screencast Tutorials:

Use the links below to quickly access and search even more online sources. Access to many of these resources may require you to enter login credentials, especially if you're accessing them remotely (from outside the school). Refer to the Username and Password list for a full list of our subscription resources and their login credentials.

Introducing NewsBank Historical Newspaper Databases!

See Black Life in America (as recorded in the news, 1704-today) or America's Historical Newspapers (1690-2000)

Click on the image above to see the descriptions and links.

Announcements, Programs, and Events

Need help solving a math problem, understanding a new concept introduced in science, writing an essay or just a study buddy? Meet some of our peer tutors here or check out our flyer to see how we can help you!

Check back in the fall for updated Peer Tutoring Team schedule.

Use this link to schedule a personal tutoring session or be matched to a tutoring mentor.

For any problems accessing the links above email Mrs. Szilagyi at nszilagyi@wethersfield.me.



What is Read Woke?

“It’s a feeling. A form of education. A call to action, and our right as lifelong learners. It means arming yourself with knowledge to better protect your rights. Learning about others so you treat people with respect and dignity, no matter their religion, race, creed, size, gender or color.” – Cicely Lewis, School Librarian of the Year

Checkout some of the books in our Destiny Discover Read Woke collection.

Black History Montage -LMC TV Display

February is Black History Month

Thank you to everyone that attended and shared at our last book discussion!

Here are the books we shared:

  • The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace

  • The New Kid by Jerry Kraft

  • Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

  • The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person by Frederick Joseph

  • Stamped: Racism, Anti Racism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram Kendi

Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month

(September 15 - October 15)

Join our virtual celebration of Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month through October 15th! Explore any of the books and resources shared in Destiny, Sora or the Library of Congress. Then, share your thoughts by recording a Flipgrid or responding to this Google Form. All complete responses will be entered into a drawing for a gift certificate to Barnes and Noble.

Note: If you would like a copy of a print book, you can browse the Destiny Collection and place a hold on any of the available books. We'll make sure to deliver it the next class on your schedule.

Email Mrs. Szilagyi with any questions!

The LMC will open for study halls on Monday, September 21st. At this time, we will be limiting the number of study hall students to 20 per period.

The following pass procedures and safety guidelines are meant to assure that all students and staff have a safe and positive study hall experience in the library :

  • All study hall students must have a digital pass to come to the LMC. Use the link below to access the LMC Digital Pass Kiosk which opens daily at 5:00 a.m.

LMC Study Hall Pass Kiosk

  • Once students have signed up for a digital pass, they will report directly to the LMC for attendance.

  • Students that have problems accessing or completing the digital pass form should email Mrs. Szilagyi (nszilagyi@wethersfield.me) AND Ms. Harding (charding@wthersfield.me). Students should report to their study hall unless we have responded and resolved their pass issue.

  • While waiting to check in or while in the LMC, please make sure to keep your masks on and follow social distancing and seating guidelines for the designated areas.

Note: At this time, we are not able to accept students with late arrival/early dismissal privileges. Students that are consistently tardy or do not comply with safety protocols will lose LMC pass privileges.

Research & Tech Tips:

  • When printing from chromebooks, only select the "WPS CloudPrint" AFTER you've clicked "See More" on the print screen. Printing will not work if you click it before. Get Cloudprint link here.

  • When citing digital sources from the web or library databases, cite the PDF version whenever it is available.

  • When citing online journals, instead of the URL, use a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) or the article Permalink whenever available.

  • UConn ECE students, here are instructions to link UConn Library to Google Scholar!

Study smarter, not harder!

  • The hardest part of completing assignments and studying is getting started. Don't procrastinate. Here's a short video from Thomas Frank explaining strategies he uses to avoid procrastination .

  • For most of us time is scarce. Study smarter, not longer. Here's another short video by Thomas Frank summarizing Dr. Marty Lobdell's smart study tips:

    1. Break studying into 20-30 minute sessions.

    2. Study actively. Identify facts and concepts. Put them into your own words. Test yourself.

    3. Summarize or teach what you learned to someone else.

    4. Use mnemonics for studying facts.

  • When struggling with any subject, get help from a teacher or a peer.

Nutmeg Cafe Book Club News

The 2019 Nutmeg Book Award Winners are:

Teen Award Winner: Ghost by Jason Reynolds

High School Award Winner: Scythe by Neal Shusterman

2020 Teen/Middle School Nominees Flyer

2020 High School Nominees Flyer

2020 Nutmeg nominees are now available digitally in OverDrive/Sora.

The 2018 Nutmeg Book Award Winners are:

Teen Award Winner: Orbiting Jupiter by Gary Schmidt

High School Award Winner: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

2019 Teen Nominees Flyer* 2019 High School Nominees Flyer*

*2019 Nutmeg Nominee titles are now available in OverDrive.

Join our group in Google Classroom to get announcements and join online discussions. Use code: 2afrmcc

2018 Nutmeg Award Nominees lists are now available on the Nutmeg Book Award website!

Check them out on Overdrive or visit Wethersfield Public Library.

2017 Nutmeg Award Winners are:

High School: I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Teen: The Iron Trial by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare

The Library Media Center in collaboration with Mrs. Duggins' Sociology Classes presents WHS Talks: Cultural Awareness Series aimed at building a greater understanding and appreciation for the diversity that makes up our school community.

2019 WHS Summer Reading

Handwritten Reading Log- turn in to your Language Arts teacher OR

Online Reading Log- available once you register for Wethersfield Library Teen Summer Reading.

The online reading log will automatically be submitted to the high school.

Registration opens June 17th

Summer Reading Suggestions Presentation with Nutmeg Nominee book talks and book trailers

Teachers and staff share what they're reading this summer and make some recommendations for students!

Email me at nszilagyi@wethersfield.me with any summer reading question. Have a great summer and happy reading!


2018 Summer Reading

It's August and we've got more for a no stress, fun, summer reading experience, even if you haven't thought about summer reading yet!!

For the first time ever, Mrs. Szilagyi will be offering two summer reading check out days!

When: Wednesday, August 1st and Tuesday, August 14th from 11:00-2:00

Where: Wethersfield High School LMC

Hope to see you all there!!

Of course, the Wethersfield Public Library also has a great selection of print and digital books and is ready to help you with all your summer reading needs.

2018 Summer Reading Presentation

includes Wethersfield Public Library summer reading incentives, 2019 High School Nutmeg Book trailers and summaries, and much more.

2018 WHS Summer Reading Brochure (Requirements)

For level 1 and 2 students entering grade 11, one of your choice books must be a National Book Award Fiction Finalist from 1990 to the present. Use the links below to research titles by decades:

I will be checking in periodically, so feel free to email me if you have any special questions or concerns at nszilagyi@wethersfield.me.

Happy Summer Reading! Mrs. Szilagyi

Welcome to WHS Summer Reading Center

This Summer, Read To


Summer is a great time to escape: to the beach, to the mountains, or to the world of a great book.

~ Bill Gates, Time Magazine

The high school summer reading requirements provide a lot of flexibility and opportunity for choice so you can choose books you enjoy even as you meet reading requirements.

The WHS Summer Reading Requirements Presentation includes:

  • Reading requirement by grade and ECE courses

  • Titles available as ebooks and audiobooks with links to our electronic collections

  • Details on how to win prizes while you track your participation online by registering for the Wethersfield Public Library Teen Summer Reading Program.

If you prefer to use a paper log, you can use the one that was included with your report card. If you misplaced the log, you can download a copy at the following link for the WHS Summer Reading Brochure.

This summer's book club title is one of the 2018 Nutmeg High School Nominees,

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera.

Email your questions or RSVP to participate to Mrs. Szilagyi at nszilagyi@wethersfield.me.

Book club meeting dates are:

Wednesday, July 12th, 2:30-4:00

Wednesday, August 9th, 2:30-4:00

Guidelines

  • Enter quietly.

  • Show pass. Sign in or out, as necessary.

  • Sit 2-3 students per table, maximum of 4.

  • Take out and start work promptly.

  • Study groups are expected to engage in quiet discussion.

  • Technology use must be consistent with learning expectations.

The media center runs quiet study periods. It’s an ideal place for studying, completing assignments or a quiet place to read a magazine or pleasure book. Students that are disruptive or do not follow media center guidelines will be asked to leave, and their study hall teacher and subject teacher will be notified.

Collection

The WHS Library Media Center collection balances a variety of print and electronic resources to support content curriculum, student and staff interests, and 21st century information literacy skills. It consists of approximately 16,000 books, over 50 print periodicals, and 29 electronic subscriptions from 7 different publishers. The high school collection, as well as the collection of all other district school libraries may be accessed through the district’s online collection management software, Destiny, on any networked computer in the school library, classroom, or computer labs.