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METI PIE.JPG​Welcome to the Media Center!  My name is Sarah Severson and this is my eleventh year at Heards Ferry Elementary, but my first year as the school METI.  METI stands for Media and Educational Technology Instructor.  My job is twofold.  I promote and foster a love for reading through class checkout, ebooks, the book fair, and ordering new and relevant books that students are interested in.  The other portion of my job centers around creating a 21st century learning environment.  Click on this link: 21st Century Learner Standards to learn more!  I am so excited to work with all the students in the school this year!  I will be pushing into classrooms to lead and coteach lessons about educational technology, research skills, information literacy skills, digital citizenship, and more!  I am also working closely with the teachers to help integrate technology into daily lessons!

The Media Center is open from 7:10 - 2:10 Monday - Friday for students. Parents are welcome in the library after front desk check-in. Parents are able to check-out additional titles for their students to support reading at home and also volunteer in the library with shelving books, shelf reading and special projects throughout the year. Please feel free to contact Sarah Severson at seversons@fultonschools.org if you have any questions regarding library resources, the Accelerated Reader Program, Edmodo or any other library related question.


 Library Catalogs


Destiny Catalog

This catalog included all books in the library plus many e-books which can be downloaded to many devices. Destiny Quest also has a free app to use on your phone or other device.



Username is Student's Fulton County ID Number/Password is birthdate (mm/dd/yyyy). This catalog includes all our online research resources as well as non-fiction and fiction e-books and audio books. MackinVIA Research Resources include, GALILEO, Britannica, BrainPop, Animal Kingdom, CultureGrams, NetTrekker, Facts For Me, Kids Search, Kids.gov, Primary Search, Searchasaurus, PebbleGo, TumbleBooks, and OverDrive. MackinVIA also has a free app to use on your phone or device.



Library Card # is Student's Fulton County ID Number. This catalog includes over 500 e-books which can be checked-out on most devices for up to 21 days. You will need to download the OverDrive app to any device in which you wish to download a book.


AR Book Finder 

This is a great site to find books that have AR Quizzes associated with them. Most titles from your home library, public library and school library are listed on this site. Remember, many books have been re-published so the picture may not match the exact book cover your child is reading. That's okay, read the description and more than likely it is the same book.


Reading Level Conversion Chart


Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl

Many years ago, the media specialist, Mrs. Helen Ruffin, wanted a creative way to promote the Georgia Children's Book Award nominees and encourage her students to read. She did this by developing a reading competition, the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl. This annual event is open to 4th and 5th grade elementary students and middle school students who will compete separately. There are 17 titles and each student will specialize in 3-4 books for the competition. The competition will consist of questions about the books which the students will answer.

            The Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl uses the suggested GBA list of 17 titles (2015-2016) for elementary schools. The following list is for elementary schools.

Prairie Evers. Airgood, E. (2012). New York: Nancy Paulsen Books.

Ten-year-old Prairie is happy being home-schooled and raising her flock of chickens, so transferring to regular school is a big change, but fortunately she meets a wonderful friend.

This journal belongs to Ratchet. Cavanaugh, N. (2013) Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky.

Eleven-year-old Ratchet determines to make a friend, save a park, and find her own definition of normal. She tells her story through the assignments in her homeschool language arts journal.

The Saturday boy. Fleming, D. (2013). New York: Viking.

Ten-year-old Albie has never been the smartest, tallest, best at gym, greatest artist, or most musical in his class, as his parents keep reminding him, but new nanny Calista helps him uncover his strengths and take pride in himself.

Absolutely almost. Graff, L. (2014). New York: Philomel.

Ten-year-old Albie has never been the smartest, tallest, best at gym, greatest artist, or most musical in his class, as his parents keep reminding him, but new nanny Calista helps him uncover his strengths and take pride in himself.

Prisoner B-3087. Gratz, A. (2013). New York: Scholastic.

Based on the life of Jack Gruener, this book relates his story of survival from the Nazi occupation of Krakow, when he was eleven, through a succession of concentration camps, to the final liberation of Dachau.

Hope is a Ferris wheel. Herrera, R. (2014). New York: Amulet/Abrams.

After moving from Oregon to a trailer park in California, ten-year-old Star participates in a poetry club, where she learns some important lessons about herself and her own hopes and dreams for the future.

The fourteenth goldfish. Holm, J.L. (2014). New York: Random House.

Ellie's scientist grandfather has discovered a way to reverse aging, and consequently has turned into a teenager–which makes for complicated relationships when he moves in with Ellie and her mother, his daughter.

The mark of the dragonfly. Johnson, J. (2014). New York: Delacorte.

Since her father's death in a factory in the Dragonfly territories, thirteen-year-old Piper has eked out a living as a scrapper in Merrow Kingdom, but the arrival of a mysterious girl sends her on a dangerous journey to distant lands.

How to outrun a crocodile when your shoes are untied. Keating, J. (2014). Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky.

When twelve-year-old Ana's zoologist parents move the whole family into the zoo, the Sneerers–the clan of carnivorous female predators in her class–have even more ammunition to make her life miserable, although she tries to act like a chameleon and fade into the background.

Upside down in the middle of nowhere. Lamana, J.T. (2014). San Francisco, CA: Chronicle.

At the end of August 2005, ten-year-old Armani is looking forward to her birthday party in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, where she and her extended family live, but Hurricane Katrina is on the way, bringing destruction and tragedy in its wake.

The vine basket. La Valley, J. (2013). New York: Clarion.

Life has been hard for fourteen-year-old Mehrigul, a member of the Uyghur tribal group scorned by the Chinese communist regime, so when an American offers to buy all the baskets she can make in three weeks, Mehrigul strives for a better future for herself and her family despite her father's opposition.

A snicker of magic. Lloyd, N. (2014). New York: Scholastic.

The Pickles are new to Midnight Gulch, Tennessee, a town which legend says was once magic–but Felicity is convinced the magic is still there, and with the help of her new friend Jonah the Beedle she hopes to bring the magic back.

Half a chance. Lord, C. (2014). New York: Scholastic.

Lucy, with her mother and her photographer father, has just moved to a small rural community in New Hampshire, and with her new friend Nate she plans to spend the summer taking photos for a contest, but pictures sometimes reveal more than people are willing to see.

Nickel Bay Nick. Pitchford, D. (2013). New York: Putnam.

When eleven-year-old Sam gets into trouble and is forced to work for his reclusive neighbor Mr. Wells, he soon finds out that his mysterious new acquaintance hides many secrets of his own–including one that will change Sam's life forever.

The girl from Felony Bay. Thompson, J.E. (2013). Burlington, MA: Walden Pond Press.

When Abbey's father falls into a coma and is accused of a crime he didn't commit, Abbey sets out to prove his innocence–and repay a century-old debt.

Loot: How to steal a fortune. Watson, J. (2014). New York: Scholastic.

When Abbey's father falls into a coma and is accused of a crime he didn't commit, Abbey sets out to prove his innocence–and repay a century-old debt.

Brown girl dreaming. Woodson, J. (2014). New York: Nancy Paulsen Books.

The author shares her childhood memories and reveals the first sparks that ignited her writing career in free-verse poems about growing up in the North and South.



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Media Center Mission Statement


 The library media program provides intellectual and physical access to information, literature, and technological resources. By promoting the competency and independence of all students in the use of information and information technology, the program creates learning environments, which encourage lifelong learning in an ever-changing society to meet the needs of all learners.


Media Staff

Sarah Severson- METI (Media and Educational Technology Instructor)

Paulette Epps - Media Paraprofessional


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