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Dale County High School Media Center


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Our first priority is selling READING as the single most important thing students can do to enhance academic ability. Consider this, if a student reads twenty minutes outside of school every day, he or she will have read an additional 1,800,000 words in a year! Students who make daily reading a habit generally score in the 90th percentile on standardized tests (in reading)!  So, want to score higher on the ACT?  READ!!!

Now, if you're one of the ones thinking, "I hate reading!"  you just haven't found your perfect match. Visit the library today, and we will do our best to help you find it!


Most Popular Titles of 2017-2018 at DCHS      

  • The Selection series by Kierra Cass
  • The Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard
  • Leaving Paradise series and Perfect Chemistry series by Simone Elkeles
  • My Life with the Walter Boys by Ali Novak
  • Football Genius series by Tim Green
  • Of Poseidon trilogy by Anna Banks
  • Perfect Chemistry series by Simone Elkeles
  • The Cellar, Awake, and The Cabin  by Natasha Preston
  • The Hate List and other Jennifer Brown novels
  • Saint Anything and other Sarah Dessen novels
  • This is What Happy Looks Like and other Jennifer E. Smith novels
  • Mirrored and other Alex Flinn novels
  • Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby
  • Fire and Flood duo by Victoria Scott
  • The Raft and The Compound duo by S.A. Bodeen
  • Shelter series by Harlan Coben
  • Bluford High series

There are also all sorts of stand-alone titles you might love such as Don't Look Back, Where the Stars Still Shine, Where the Heart Is, Thirteen Reasons Why, Cruel Beauty, The Secret Life of Bees, The Help, The Promise of Amazing, The Graveyard Book, The Third Twin, The Fill-in Boyfriend, and Mrs. Paramore's pick for the most beautifully-written novel in two decades: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

In addition, come try such favorite authors as Mike Lupica, Sharon Draper, Anthony Horowitz, Lauren Oliver, Angela Johnson, Carl Deuker, Cassandra Clare, Jenny Hann, Scott Westerfeld, Nicholas Sparks, John Green, Lauren Kate, and Rick Riordan.


 "Everywhere I have sought rest and not found it, except sitting in a corner by myself with a book."                                              ~Thomas a Kempis



General Information About DCHS Media Center:

DCHS Media Center has a flexible schedule, in which teachers schedule blocks of time/selected days for their classes on an as needed basis for supporting and enhancing assignments and research projects. As needed, students have the opportunity to use the Media Center on an individual and small group basis for additional periods of research of book collections as well as accessing the internet on computers for research purposes. Also, students use Media Center computers for typing research papers, creating Power Point projects, and designing Publisher documents. In addition, students are permitted to come to Media Center individually and in small groups to check-in and check-out books for recreational reading.  


Do You Know That DCHS Media Center Has?:

6599 Books (including 1,373 fiction titles)

      *During the 2015-2016 school year, 3,189 books were checked out -- not bad considering we have only 470 students (give or take) in grades 9-12.  We're hoping to top that number this year.

11 Computers (Microsoft Windows 8 - Word, Excel, Power Point, Publisher; Internet Access; and Alabama Virtual Library databases.)

  Dell Computer Cart: Thirty Dell laptops which can be checked out by teachers for classroom use.

Newspapers and Magazines

An on-site English teacher who can help you if a research paper project has caused bewilderment.

Do You Know?

Alabama Virtual Library databases may be accessed by students at home as well as at school? This is an invaluable tool for the research-paper process. Remember:  Articles supporting research have to be scholarly in nature. (Wikipedia, while soooo helpful, is not scholarly enough for research purposes.)

Rules to READ By

Generally, we ask that students check out only one book at a time.  This helps maintain a ready supply of our favorites and also limits loss.  The exception is a student who establishes himself/herself as a frequent patron and returns books responsibly every time.