Library & Media Center
The mission of the Preston High School Library/Media Center is to support the curriculum of a college preparatory school and to ensure that all students and staff are effective users of ideas and information. The Center provides an atmosphere of quiet, where the students are able to access information to support and enhance the work in their individual subject areas. The students receive instruction and guidance in the use of both print and electronic resources in the Center. The collection in the Library/Media Center supports the philosophy of a school based on holistic, value-centered education and academic excellence. Books and periodicals in the collection are provided to empower our students to develop as life-long learners. Special attention is given to provide a diversity of material for our multicultural student population as well as giving special interest to the many achievements of women past and present.
The Library/Media Center is open each day from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday – Friday. During the school day students may come to the Library/Media Center with a teacher. Students may also come during their study block, but they must pick up a pass before school starts to do so. Students using the Media Center before school, after school and at lunch do not need a pass.
The Library/Media Center is located on the first floor of the Main Building, two doors to the left of the Main Office.
Collections at a Glance
The Library/Media Center’s current collection includes approximately 11,373 books (18.9 books per student). The Center houses about 500 videos/DVDs as well. The staff always welcomes student/faculty suggestions as to purchase of new materials.
Programs and Resources
Collaborative teaching with classroom teachers in all grade levels and subject areas
Assistance to students and faculty with all phases of their information literacy needs
New York Public Library Comprehensive databases:
(These databases may be accessed at school as well as from home with a NYPL Card Number.)
- Academic Search Premier (A multi-disciplinary database of more than 4,600 magazines and journals, including full text for nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles, in addition to the full-text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for 8,470 journals)
- History Resource Center: US History (Variety of historical data from primary sources and reference documents, also includes photographs, illustrations, and maps)
- History Resource Center: World History (Variety of historical data from primary sources and reference documents, also includes photographs, illustrations, and maps)
- Literature Resource Center(Features information on literary figures from all time periods in such genres as fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, history, and journalism)
- Science Online (Covers fields of Animal Anatomy, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Science, General Science, Genetics and Cell Biology, Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Life Science, Marine Science, Physical Science, Physics, Space & Astronomy, and Weather & Climate)
- Twayne's Author Series (Contains the full text of frequently-used Twayne Literary Masters books on individual World, US, or English authors)
Content area specific databases:
(These databases may be accessed at school as well as from home with a password given out by the Librarian.)
- InfoBaseLearning (US Government, Issues and Controversies, Health Reference Center, Bloom’s Literary Reference Online, Modern World History Online, Physics in Action, and World Religions Online)
- Salem Press (Great Lives and Events from History-Ancient History to Present, Milestone Documents in US History, Milestone Documents of American Leader)
- Health on Salem Press (Cancer).
Circulation books may be borrowed for 2-week periods and may be renewed unless the book is on reserve. Reference books and periodicals are limited to overnight or weekend use. Books should be returned to the Book Return receptacle found opposite the Library/Media Center. Students are fined five cents per day for late returns. The maximum fine for any overdue item is $3.00. If a book is lost, stolen or damaged, the person who checked it out is responsible for paying for it.
A copy machine and a black & white printer are available for student use, for a small fee.
All Library/Media Center computers have internet access for student/faculty use. Each student, as well as her parent or guardian, must read and sign the Acceptable Use Policy before being allowed to “log-on.”
Research Paper Resources
Citation Machine—This site creates the citation and the parenthetical reference for you after you enter the necessary information. It makes Works Cited pages a breeze.
Citation Style for Research Papers—A web page that shows examples from the five citation formats: APA, MLA, AMAM, Chicago and Turabian.
OWL (Online Writing Lab) at Purdue University—This is the best source on the web for MLA format.
Book Reviews—Reviews, interviews, and booklists are available by subject.
Grouchy.com—Suggested books for teens.
National Book Foundation—Listing of the National Book Award winners.
NY Times Best Sellers List—See the books that made the NY Times Best Sellers list this week.
Reads 4 Teens—Great site to see what books other teens are reading.
Young Adult Booklists—Award winning books for young adults.