FHC Central Middle School Media Center News


This summer I read a lot of books. 21, in fact. I’ll admit, about half of them were graphic novels, which made my total rise more quickly. I probably couldn’t have read that many otherwise. 


Of all the books I read, are any worth recommending? Absolutely! Probably the best book I read this summer was about baseball legend Pete Rose. Pete was a professional baseball player throughout the 70s and into the 80s. For the most part, he played for the Cincinnati Reds. Now he’s banned from baseball for gambling on games that he managed. The book, called Pete Rose: an American Dilemma by Kostya Kennedy, does a great job of providing a complete picture of Pete Rose the person and Pete Rose the ballplayer and discussing his place in Major League Baseball. I have the book on order for high school biography collections.

I also read a fun (and gruesome!) graphic novel called Afterlife with Archie: Escape from Riverdale. Yes, zombies have invaded Riverdale, and Archie, Betty, and Veronica are in danger! It’s really good (especially if you like zombie stories), and on order for the high school graphic novel collections.

The latest Stephen King novel, Mr. Mercedes, is not a work of horror. Instead, it’s a mystery-thriller. Mr. King does a really great job of building suspense with the cat-and-mouse game between former detective Bill Hodges and the notorious Mercedes Killer. This book is on order for high school fiction collections.

Other than that, if you have the chance to read Raina Telgemeier’s new graphic novel, Sisters, I highlyrecommend you do so. The book is appropriate for all age levels.

Now that you’ve learned about some of the books I read this summer, can you tell me what you read?

And remember, if you want to talk books or find the latest greatest read, visit your school library! 

~ Mr. Patrick




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As we roll into May, June is right around the corner, and it’s not too early to start thinking about your “non-required reading list” for the summer of 2014. Let’s be honest, summer is a great time to read the things that YOU want to read. Whether you’re at the beach, out by the pool, or in the shade of a tree, it seems like there’s nothing more rewarding than getting lost in a good book on a lazy summer day.

Because we want you to find the perfect book, we’ve put together a list of great titles from which to choose. The list contains something for everyone: mysteries, historical fiction, romances, and many other genres. If you take some time to read through the list, chances are you’ll a few books that appeal to your reading preferences.

We’ve divided the books up by grade levels. Start by looking at the books recommended for your grade. Of course, not everyone reads at grade level. If that’s the case with you, feel free to look at the other lists (above and below) as well. Our goal is to help you find a book that you don’t want to put down, no matter what list it’s from.

Several of the books that we are recommended are available to FHPS students through Overdrive, our eBook and audiobook lender. You’ll notice on the lists that our Overdrive titles are indicated with the Overdrive logo. Every FHPS student can access Overdrive with their student ID and password. One of the great things about Overdrive is that the titles are always available (24/7/365). If the book you’re looking for is not available through Overdrive, KDL or GRPL are sure to have the titles available on their shelves during the summer months.

If you or a parent would like to take a closer look at a book’s content, try visiting the websitehttp://www.commonsensemedia.org That site gives potential readers more information about many of the books on these lists.

Good luck finding that perfect book!

Summer Reads 2014 .pdf

Summer Reads 2014 .ibooks


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Our high school book clubs have joined forces.  Last month, students from Central, Eastern, and Northern all met together in the Northern High School media center for our first collective book club. During the meeting, we beamed in author Leigh Bardugo from Hollywood, California. Leigh, the creator of the young adult fantasy novels Shadow and BoneSiege and Storm, and the forthcoming Ruin and Rising, joined us in a Google Hangout to talk about her first book. It was an amazing experience. Leigh made it memorable by being open, engaging, informational, funny, and interesting. Our members thought it was a great experience. That afternoon, we decided to have all of our book clubs together. That’s how we became FHPS Book Clubs United.

Moving forward, we will continue to try to read a new title (from a range of different genres) every month. We have our next three books already selected, which takes us to the end of the school year. If there is enough interest, we’ll continue to read throughout the summer.  We use a list of potential books and the website Survey Monkey to vote on what to read. We’re currently reading Cinder by Marissa Meyer. After that, we’ll read The Sea of Tranquillity by Katya Millay (April), and finally Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (May). We’re going to try to rotate the location of our meetings between the three buildings. Perhaps we’ll have our last meeting outside. Of course, we always have food at our book club meetings. 

In many ways, we’re a book club for the 21st century as I keep in touch with group members and they with each other through email, Facebook, Google +, and Remind 101. 

If you’re interested in participating in FHPS Book Clubs United please send me an email at cpatrick@fhps.net or find on us Facebook. You can also stop by your school library and inquire with the media clerk. We look forward to hearing from you! 



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We’ve just added 34 new titles to our Overdrive collection and there’s something for everyone! Remember, all FHPS students have their own Overdrive account. Your school ID and password is the key to checking out any of our great digital titles. You can read on your computer or just about any type of digital device. If you run into questions while trying to download an eBook, ask your school librarian for help. 

See if we have something for you! 

34 newest FHPS Overdrive titles.




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If you're interested in reading current magazines (such as Newseek, National Geographic, Girl's Life, ESPN, and more) on your computer, tablet or smartphone, you should pay a visit to your public library website. Both the Kent District Library and the Grand Rapids Public Library have digital magazines that are available for checkout. All you need is a valid library card.

If you're interested in learning how to do this, you can either view this introductory video:

Or, you can access the introductory guides provided by each library district:

GRPL - Zinio quick start guide

KDL - Zinio quick start guide

After you have further questions after viewing the video or reading the quick start guide, feel free to contact Mr. Patrick at cpatrick@fhps.net, or contact your public librarian. They will be more than happy to help you download your first magazine.



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Talking Books with Teachers (and other important people) - FHN principal Mr. Gregory takes time to talk about VIII, a young adult historical fiction novel by H. M. Castor. Watch and decide if it’s something you’d like to read as well. If so, you can find it at your FHPS high school library, send for it via inter-library loan, or access it from our Overdrive collection.



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Yeah, having your schoolwork posted on the fridge at home is cool. But having a video you made posted on the White House website and screened at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue? We think that’s pretty cool, too. That’s why we’re super-excited to announce the first-ever White House Student Film Festival: a video contest created just for K-12 students, and whose finalists will have their short films shown at the White House. Finalist videos may also be featured on the White House website, YouTube channel, and social media pages.

Learn more about the White House Student Film Festival.



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On November 21, 2013, our middle schoolers will have the opportunity to meet with author Cynthia Lord.  Ms. Lord is the author of five books, including the 2007 Newbery Honor and Schneider Family Award Winner, Rules.  Ms. Lord’s visit to Grand Rapids was sponsored by Kent District Library and our invitation comes through the generous financial support of The Cascade Friends of the Library.  The presentation/workshop will be approximately 45 minutes and students need to find their own transportation to and from Central Middle School.


When Ms. Lord meets with our students, she will discuss her approach to writing, often referred to as “writer’s craft.”  Specifically, she’ll talk about where her ideas come from, how she develops an idea, she will show students the book draft, complete with editor’s notes, and tell a story about the cover of her book, Rules.  


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When you visit any of our media centers, please take a moment to introduce yourselves to the staff.  We may be behind the desk, shelving books, or otherwise busy. . . but we are happy to stop and help you.  We love to talk about the new books we're reading, reference resources available, or how to use Overdrive.  


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During the first week of October, ten heavy boxes of Chinese language books arrived at Northern Trails.  These fiction, non-fiction, and biography books are the beginning of the Chinese section of the NT media center.  The pioneer Chinese Immersion class of 33 fifth graders enthusiastically helped open the boxes.

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