We recently updated our magazine area with new display boxes that will enable you to quickly browse covers to find something that appeals to your interests. The KMH Media Center subscribes to over 40 print magazines. Current issues may only be checked out overnight, but you may check out back issues for three weeks at a time. If you are interested in viewing digital copies of magazines on your phone or tablet, take a look at the eMagazine collection offered by Cobb County Public Library, which all students may access using their Library PASS account.
Enjoy this special opportunity on Wednesday evening, October 10. Thursday is a half-day, so don’t worry too much about being out on a school night. Meet Nic Stone, NY Times bestselling YA author of Dear Martin, at the Sewell Mill Library and Cultural Arts Center. It is a bit of a drive, but if you can make it, you will find the SM Library is an exceptional facility. They have a special teen area, which includes audio recording booths, Mac computers with great software for creating projects, and much more to explore. The pre-event reception, with refreshments and live music, starts at 6pm.
Love reading? Meet other students who also do, at KM Media Center’s next Book Info Talk, scheduled once each month during all lunches. Come talk to other book enthusiasts about what you are currently reading, or a favorite past read; or join us to listen and learn what makes others enjoy reading.
We discuss what draws us in to the books that we enjoy. Those interested in sharing may briefly describe a book that captures you, focusing on what makes it appealing to you personally. Dr. Bryan suggests a different focus for each month's discussion, but the gatherings are very informal so the conversation will go wherever the group takes it. Click on the Book Info Talk event on the KM Media Center calendar for details about the suggested focus for each month's conversation.
Please join us in the Media Center Conference Room, with your lunch at the beginning of lunch A, B, C, or D, and help us develop a community of readers, who share interests and information about books in all forms: print, ebooks, audiobooks.
See Dr. Bryan in the Media Center for more information, or if you have any questions.
Don’t miss out! Add the next session to your calendar…
Event: Book Info Talk
Date: Thursday, November 1 & Tuesday, December 18
Time: Lunch Block A, B, C, or D
Where: Media Center Conference Room
(bring your lunch, tell desk staff you are going to Book IT)
Want a reminder sent to your phone, so you don't forget? Sign up at remind.com/join/bookinf
to receive messages about upcoming Book IT gatherings. Join our online community of KM reading enthusiasts at Goodreads.com.
Office 365 allows each student to install Microsoft Office on up to five PCs or Macs and five mobile devices, and enables students to use Microsoft Office online applications. Students may access all of the resources by signing in at login.microsoftonline.com, using the following format: First.Last@students.cobbk12.org and their CCSD computer login password.
OneDrive is one of the many useful features that comes with online access to CCSD’s Office 365. When students use their @students.cobbk12.org account to access OneDrive, they have 1TB of storage in the cloud. They can easily save files to their OneDrive from the menus in Microsoft programs, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher. Files saved to OneDrive may be retrieved on any device with Internet access. Students may ask any KMHMC staff member for assistance using OneDrive or the other features of Office 365.
See ManeMedia.info’s Technology webpage for more information about Office 365 for Students including a link to tutorials.
Students can view the status of their KM library account by logging into the media center’s Book Catalog Search using their student number and KM computer password. To view current checkouts and fines click on My Info at the top of the screen. Extend the checkout period for a borrowed book by clicking the Renew button; this option will only be available before the original due date and will provide an extra three weeks from the date that you click renew. After the original due date for a book, or using the renew option, the book must be brought to the library for further renewals, to extend the checkout period without incurring a fine.
To check the status of a Cobb County Public Library account, students may use their Library PASS login.
Students and staff may use the CCSDWireless network for free internet access on their personal devices! To get started
Can’t make it to a library to satisfy your craving for new reading material during the summer? You can access all of the following digital resources online, using your favorite tech device. Once you check an item out you can read or listen even when your device is offline. You may use a Cobb County Public Library card number to access the following ebooks, emagazines and audiobooks, or try using your student number for access via Cobb's Library PASS.
Audacity® is free, open source, cross-platform audio software for multi-track recording and editing. You can download the version that we use on Kennesaw Mountain High computers from SourceForge, or find the latest version for your device offered through AudacityTeam.org. Use the quick start guide from ManeMedia.info to learn the basics of recording, playing back, editing and saving project files and finalized WAV or MP3 files. Become a pro by reading the manual or viewing tutorials to learn about advanced features, such as noise reduction, fade in, or studio fade out.
With Audacity you can record narration for a multi-media project, edit out the narrator’s errors and then add a track with imported background music from your computer’s music library. The final audio file can then be used within other applications such as Windows Movie Maker,or a narrated PowerPoint presentation. You may schedule a space in the KMH Media Center to record; or, talk to Dr. Bryan for assistance getting familiar with the basic features of Audacity.
Find more ideas for using technology to produce creative digital projects on ManeMedia.info’s Technology Tools & Tips page, see the Online Presentation Tools & Digital Maker Spaces section.
SYNC gives away two FREE audiobook downloads every week starting on Thursday, April 26 thru July 25. Sign up for email or text alerts and learn more at www.audiobooksync.com. Each week features one current release and one classic book, which are only available for one week. For example, How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather and The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne will be available from July 12 – July 18. See the dates of availability for each of the 26 free audiobooks, for 2018, by visiting https://www.audiobooksync.com/2018-sync-titles. Once downloaded these audiobooks are yours to keep, so stock up while they are free!
Whether you enjoy reading informative magazine articles or just swiping through to look at pictures, the Cobb County Public Library eMagazine collection is sure to have a publication that will match your interests. Students can use their student number to set up an account providing free access to over 130 eMagazine titles available on smart phones, tablets, or computers. Both current and past issues are available; once you download an issue it is yours to keep, and it may be viewed offline. We recommend that you checkout and download a magazine while on Wi-Fi to avoid consuming costly mobile data. View our one page quick reference list of eMagazines offered through CCPL, and then search for the magazine of your choice in the CCPL’s eMagazine database. Stop by the media center if you would like a demonstration or further information about accessing Cobb’s eMagazine collection; or contact the Cobb County Public Library offices by calling (770) 528-2326, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
For easy access to CCPL’s eMagazines, and other leisure reading and listening options, scroll to the bottom of the ManeMedia.info homepage.
For those who prefer to flip through the pages of a print magazine, stop by the KMHS Media Center to enjoy any of the 43 magazines listed below. Magazines from the KMHS print collection are available for overnight checkout.
Don’t miss it! Ms. Garrett’s creative BHM display features ten of many notable black men and women who have made significant contributions to American history and culture. Stop by the media center to see who you recognize and learn about those you don’t. Next to each featured contributor you will find a biography or other books connecting their life to our history and culture. The media center shelves have a variety of books available that highlight many other blacks who have made outstanding contributions to society. Search the catalog and eBook collections on ManeMedia.info, or stop by the media center for help finding the right book for you.
Interested in writing fiction, do you hope that someday you will publish a novel? Our eBook Collections have resources may help you reach your goal; take a look at the titles linked below. These books are available to you through GALILEO, so you will need the current GALILEO password for access.
Thanks to Katherine, Lucas, Matthew, Kehla, and others for completing the 1,000 piece “Best Sellers” puzzle on our coffee table. It is nice to see one finished! The next one is 2,000 pieces, we just put it out today.
The Cobb County Public Library System now provides an easy method for all Cobb County students to access the public library system's digital resources! Login information and direct links to some of CCPL’s most popular electronic resources appear on ManeMedia.info’s Library PASS page. Discover resources for learning technology or a foreign language, read today’s Atlanta Journal Constitution, or enjoy multiple options for leisure reading and listening. Explore CobbCat.org Research & Resources to find more, items pictured below are under Downloads or Databases & Electronic Resources. Stop by the KMH Media Center for assistance logging in or using any of the CCPL digital resources.
As things slow down towards the end of the semester, or during the upcoming holiday break, we hope that you will have time to enjoy reading, or listening to, a book. Stop by the media center to browse our displays and shelves; books checked out now will not be due until January 2018. We continually add to our collection, and KMH Media Center staff members are eager to provide assistance in locating something to capture your interest! If you want more over the break and cannot get to a library, try some of our digital options for leisure reading and listening. If you prefer to spend your extra time prepping for a standardized test scheduled for the upcoming semester, try our test prep resources.
Take a look at our list of Online Presentation Tools & Digital Makerspaces on ManeMedia.info’s Technology Tools & Tips page. We link to multiple options that are available online, for free, that can be used to produce presentations, websites, brochures, videos, crossword puzzles, online exercises and more. Using digital options for producing your project or presentation materials will help you to strengthen technology skills required for college and careers, and it may save you money because all of the resources that we recommend are free! KMH media center staff members can provide support if you have questions about any of the resources listed on ManeMedia.info.
Feast your eyes on our display of new books and check out enough to keep you reading through the November break! Let us know if you do not see something that suits your appetite, and we will either help you find it on the shelves or we will add what you would like to our next book order. Remember you can recommend books for us to purchase at anytime by using our online suggestion form.
Thanks to Mrs. Garrett for creating the beautiful turkey for our display from an outdated book! We appreciate all of her creative displays.
Skype with a YA Author and Enjoy a Pizza Party at West Cobb Regional Library on Your Day Off – Tuesday, November 7
West Cobb Regional Library is hosting a teen pizza party and author Skype visit on Tuesday, November 7th, from 1:30-2:30pm, to celebrate National Novel Writing Month (#NaNoWriMo). This event provides a great opportunity for young writers or fans of YA fiction to chat with a New York Times Bestselling YA author. Don’t miss out! Registration is recommended, see the flyers below for more info.
All Cobb students have access to Word Online, so the next time that you are working on a group project, try using a shared document to make life easier! See our instructions on how to create and share a document to get started. The same process can be used for sharing PowerPoint and Excel files. You may also share your document to get editing assistance from another student. We strongly suggest that you keep a personal back up copy of any work that you contribute to a shared document, so there are no regrets if something goes wrong.
If you would like further assistance stop by the media center, we are always happy to assist students in using collaborative technologies! See the Technology section of ManeMedia.info to learn more about Microsoft’s Office 365 free online tools.
When you need to study for the SAT, a Georgia Milestones End of Course Test, or a driver’s learning permit test, take a look at the digital resources available under the More For Students section of ManeMedia.info. Find additional practice and learning resources for a variety of academic subjects through the links to USA TestPrep or Khan Academy.
We’ve just placed an order to add new SAT and ACT prep books to the KMH Media Center Collection, so if you prefer a book watch for an announcement about when the new books arrive. If an ebook format will work for you, our subscription to Ebook Central provides unlimited access to online or downloadable copies of well-known SAT and ACT test prep books, including:
You will need the GALILEO password to access books provided through Ebook Central, password assistance is available on the MC Info page of ManeMedia.info. Stop by the KMH Media Center for assistance with any of these resources or to check out a book!
NoveList is an online readers’ advisory tool, provided by Georgia’s virtual library, GALILEO. Use NoveList to find lists of fiction books based on genre or similarity to other books. Here are a few of NoveList’s features that you may find helpful:
After you identify something that you would like to read, search the KMHMC Book Collection to see if we have the book. If the book that you are looking for is not already part of the KMHMC collection, then use the Suggest a New Book for the KMHMC Collection link under the Leisure Reading section of ManeMedia.info and we will consider adding it to our next order.
You will need the GALILEO password to search NoveList off campus, stop by the media center for password information, or find password assistance on the MC Info page of ManeMedia.info. See the Leisure Reading & Listening section on ManeMedia.info for easy access to NoveList along with links to access eBooks and audiobooks. KMH media center staff members will be happy to assist you with using NoveList to help you discover something new!
Do you have a favorite author or type of book, but what you would like is not available in the media center book collection? Saw something you would like to read in a book store, but the KMH Media Center does not have a copy? Let us know about books that you would like us to add to our collection by using the Suggest a New Book for the KMHMC Collection form, linked under the Leisure Reading & Listening section of ManeMedia.info. Other students are likely to share your interests, so we want your input! Once the book arrives, the student who suggested the purchase will have the first opportunity to check it out. Please use the KMHMC Book Collection link on ManeMedia.info to access the search screen and see what books are available in the media center right now.
If you want access to the great digital resources offered by CCPL that you have read about in this blog, but you do not have a Cobb County Public Library card, start by completing the CCPL Card Application. Then bring your completed application by any of the 16 CCPL locations, along with acceptable identification as proof of residency, if you are 16 years of age or under, you must have a parent or guardian present. If you have any questions as you prepare to visit the library to apply for your card, you may call (770) 528-2326, or email email@example.com for assistance. Your library card will be issued during your visit on the day that you present the required application items.