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Welcome to the MS Library

13 days ago

The purpose of the Bangor Area Middle School Library is to ensure that students, faculty and staff are effective users of ideas, information and technology and to encourage a lifelong appreciation of reading for pleasure. The library supports the curriculum and encourages the use of all materials located in the library.

The BAMS Library provides accurate and current information in a wide variety of formats: print, audiovisual and electronic. Traditional print sources include books and periodicals, while audiovisual sources include videos, audio books, and CD's. Electronic sources include the online catalog, a selection of ebooks, and databases to support the curriculum.

Don't forget to check out the Recommended Sites for Teaching and Learning link on this page! You will find lots of good resources about every subject!

SLATERCat Online Catalog - Search for books and online materials here!


Power Library Network logo


Worldbook online logo

FactCite logo

Middle School (Gale In Context) Web Icon

Office 365 Access: Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.

Recommended search engines for students: -- A research-friendly alternative to Google

VMware Instructions - For students to access all school documents

BAMS Library Research Guide -- See document file below.

Copyright Explained--Can I Use It? -- An online tool for citing sources!

MLA Ebook HERE--Quick reference for tricky citation issues!

Webcheck -- website evaluation questions and analysis

Library Hours
Monday--Friday  7:00 AM-2:40 PM

To stay after school, a paper note of parental permission is required.

Section Links

Recommended Sites for Teaching and Learning

over 2 years ago

These sites are recommended sites from BooklistSchool Library Journal, and Mrs. McLeod:


Bartlett's Familiar Quotations -- More than 11,00 quotations from the 1919 10th edition. Search by subject, title, and author.

Citation Machine -- "...So easy for student researchers to cite their information sources, reason not to."

Grammar Handbook, grades 6 and up: Definitions and examples of "basic grammatical rules" move from parts of speech to clauses and sentences and include homophones, run-on sentences, and more -- James Patterson's website that helps parents, teachers, and librarians find books that "will ignite a love for reading in children and teens."

OWL--Purdue Online Writing Lab -- Click on "Grades 7-12 Instructors and Students" for brief, direct discussions that include prewriting, writer's block, and searching the web. Links lead to an MLA style guide and more.

A.Word.A.Day -- This can help build vocabulary with a daily or weekly visit to the site. Look for a theme uniting the daily words.
Writing with Writers (Teachers): Familiar authors present nine step-by-step genre workshops, including biography, myth, news, and poetry, accompanied by lesson plans. Elementary and middle grade students can work independently or teachers can use assessment and rubric info for classroom projects.

MATH: -- Lessons and help with prealgebra, algebra, and higher math. Includes puzzles, games, a calculator, and a Math Survival Guide.

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics -- Middle School Lessons and Resources


Astronomy Picture of the Day -- A different daily image or photo with brief explanation by professional astronomer.

Bozeman Science - Excellent videos for all areas of science!

NOAA -- For all sources about climate science

How Stuff Works -- In categories such as "Adventure," "Animals," and more

"...offers modules, detailed lesson plans with objectives, activities, assessment suggestions." And much more!
NOVA -- Provides users access to articles, audio slide shows, audio stories, expert Q&A, interactive segments, quizzes, time lines, and video shorts related to this TV series.

Our Library -- Supported by Visionlearning and the National Science Foundation, this site provides high-quality science modules in biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, and more.


The American Folklife Center - "provides comprehensive research and also guides teachers in creating oral history projects with their students..."

EDSITEment -- "The Best of the Humanities on the Web" enables searches by grades, keyword, or topic for website, lesson plans, and more

History Channel Classroom Study Guides

History Education from Stanford University - History lesson plans, curriculum planning and more

On This Day in History -- A unique perspective for history classes and in students' own lives; Enter a date between 1800 and 2002 to discover headlines of the day, top songs, average wages, and more.

Smithsonian's History Explorer -- lessons for school or activities to do at home

U.S. Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets, also called Background Notes on Countries of the World

World Wise Schools from -- Excellent world geography lesson plans and other resources.

The Artist's Toolkit -- Wow, this is awesome. Learn about how artists do what they do and create your own work too!

Teacher resources from -- Very good resources here for everything from exploration to Reconstruction
Federal Resources for Educational Excellence -- All subjects here with interactives, lesson plans, and more!
Information Please Almanac -- Quick reference for a variety of topics and includes such tools as a perpetual calendar.
Seriously Amazing -- Smithsonian's six "explorers" answer questions about different topics. Fun stuff!
Teach-nology: The Online Teacher Resource -- A Web portal site for teaching with technology that includes all subjects. Free lesson plans, tips, printable worksheets, and games and you can create your own graphic organizers and rubrics using templates.

Landmark Sites for Teaching and Learning -- From American Association of School Librarians. These are the best of the best for all media projects, teaching tools, and research. Includes Standards for 21st Century Learning AND


Bangor Public Library

about 1 year ago

The Bangor Public Library is the only public library serving the residents of the Bangor Area School District. In addition to a wonderful collection of books for all ages, the library provides public Internet access, books on tape, videos (without a fee), reference materials, telephone books, fax service, tax forms, access to the Daily News and Homefront magazines, convenient hours, interlibrary loan capability, and participates in Access Pennsylvania.

Click on Bangor Public Library to take advantage of PA POWER LIBRARY. Simply look at your libray card and enter the number. Do not include any spaces. If you do not have a library card, go to the library and get one. They are FREE!!

Your library card gives you access to the wonderful collection of information found in Power Library. You can also use your library card to check out books at any library in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that participates in Access Pennsylvania through Easton Public Library and all libraries in Monroe County.

PA Power Library gives free access to the databases listed below:

AP Multimedia Archive: More than 500,000 current and historical photographs and graphics can be searched by date, place and subject. More than 800 photographs are added to the archive daily.

BookSource: Nonfiction: A research database containing full text and abstracts for 1000 popular nonfiction books. Full text articles on literature, social studies, history and science are available and career, health, sports, adventure and technology information is also included.

Business Source Premier: Provides full text articles from general business magazines, trade publications, business journals and business publications with an international scope. Over 10,000 company profiles are included.

EBSCO Animals: Find in-depth information including the nature and habitat of familiar animals. Indexes, abstracts and full text formats are available.

EBSCOHost: Click on this link to access all the EBSCOHost databases, including ERIC, MasterFILE Premier, Middle Search Plus, Newspaper Source.

ERIC: The Educational Resource Information Center (ERIC) provides full text of 2,200 digests in addition to citations and abstracts from over 980 education or education-related journals.

MasterFILE Premier: Covering virtually every general interest subject area, this database provides full text information dating as far back as 1975. Reference books, biographies, primary source documents, and a collection of photos, maps and flags are included.

Middle Search Plus: Suggested for middle and junior high research, full text information is available from more than 150 magazines -- some from as far back as 1990. All articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexile).

Newpaper Source: Selected full text articles are available from over 180 regional U.S. newspapers, international newspapers, newswires, newspaper columns and other sources. Indexing and abstracts are available for national newspapers.

History Reference Center: This database features cover-to-cover full text for more than 750 historical encyclopedias and other non-fiction books, full text for nearly 60 leading history periodicals, 58,000 historical documents, 43,000 biographies of historical figures, more than 12,000 historical photos and maps, and 87 hours of historical film and video.

NoveList K-8: Information about more than 38,000 fiction titles of interest to students in grades K-8. Full text reviews from professional journals and book talks for selected titles are available in this database. A good resource to expand student reading interest by introducing new authors or additional books in a subject area.

Student Research Center (6-12): Designed for students in grades 6 through 12, SRC provides students in secondary schools with the most appropriate research tools to easily obtain the information that they need from their EBSCO databases. Students can easily pre-determine which content sources (e.g. magazines, newspapers, biographies, country reports, film and video) will be included with their search. They can also search databases by topic heading, make use of an online dictionary and encyclopedia, explore the top searches of the day, and even limit their search according to appropriate Lexile reading levels.

Facts for Learning: The Middle School Module provides content written for students in grades 5-8 and is designed for students able to use a more sophisticated format.

Grove Art Online: Provides access to the complete text of the 34-volume Dictionary of Art. Newly-commissioned articles and links to images from galleries and museums from around the world are included.

Grove Music Online: Provides access to the complete text of the 29-volume New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and the New Grove Dictionaries of Opera and Jazz. Links are available to musical sites on the Internet; some examples use Sibelius (music notation software).

Biography Reference Bank: Links to biographical articles on over 470,000 individuals. Full text articles, abstracts and photographs are available from periodicals, feature articles, interviews, essays, performance reviews, speeches and obituaries.

netLibrary: Electronic books (eBooks) are available through this link. netLibrary eBooks are full text searchable and available for use on personal computers in online formats. AND NOW AVAILABLE: AUDIOBOOKS TO DOWNLOAD TO YOUR COMPUTER OR PORTABLE DEVICE! SEE THE BANGOR PUBLIC LIBRARY SITE FOR DETAILS!

SIRS Discoverer: Includes full text articles and images from over 1,600 domestic and international newspapers, magazines and government documents. Articles are assigned a reading level -- Easy, Moderate or Challenging -- based on age-appropriateness, educational content, interest and reading level. This database is an excellent student resource.

Contemporary Authors: A guide to current writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, journalism, drama, motion pictures and televisions. Biographies of these authors are included.