Media Center Mission Statement


    We, the media center staff, strive to

    • create a collaboratively planned, information literacy rich instructional program,
    • select effective curriculum support materials
    • provide ease of access and professional development to use those materials
    • lead students to become responsible and lifelong learners
  • Media Center Hours

    7:15 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Summer Reading

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    How to Raise a Reader

    Summer is the perfect time to get kids excited about reading.   Here are some of our favorite tips to encourage a lifelong love of reading.

    1.  Get a magazine or comic subscription for your child.  Everyone loves mail!  There are numerous magazines for children.  Some of our favorites are:  Ranger Rick, National Geographic Kids, Kids Discover, and American Girl.  For kids who love sports, try Sports Illustrated for Kids.  For young chefs, try Yum for Kids!  Comic book subscriptions are fun, too.  (Tip:  make sure your comics are rated E for everyone.)  

    2.  Get Cooking!   Cookbooks show a real world application for both reading and math.   Put your child in charge of reading the recipe.   

    3.   Put your children in charge of your grocery list at the store. They can read the list to you, help you find the correct aisle by reading the signs, and check off items as you find them.  

    With younger students, explore letters by asking questions such as, "What letter does "pepper" start with?" 

    4.  Start a collection or find a new interest!  Let your child become an expert on something this summer.   Help them visit web sites and look for books at the public library to learn more about their new hobby.  Some of our personal favorites are rock collecting, butterfly gardening, and planning trips.

    5.  Visit the local public library.   Sign up for the summer reading program, and check into free summer programs that are available.  Summer is a time for children to learn to enjoy reading.  Let them have fun making their own choices by picking out a book that is interesting to them.    

    6.   Let them see YOU reading.  Be a reading role model; if they see you reading for enjoyment, they will want to read, too. 



    Chuck E. Cheese's Reading Rewards Calendar

    Download and print out Chuck E.’s Rewards Calendar. Mark the days off with a pen or sticker as your child accomplishes their goals. Bring in a completed calendar to Chuck E. Cheese’s and receive 10 free tokens as a reward.  Click below to print the form. 

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    Read Bug

    Milton Library Summer Reading Kick-Off

    Books / Literature - Parade/Celebration

    Monday, June 3, 2019
    10:00 AM-2:00 PM

    Milton Branch Library 
    855 Mayfield Road
    Alpharetta, GA 30009
    Google Maps - MapQuest

    Summer reading Starts today! Get ready with the Milton Library!

    Sign up for our Summer Reading Program for babies, kids, teens, and adults! Read books, win prizes all summer long! Log your books with BEANSTACK, stop by the branch for details on PRIZES!

    Cost: Free!

    Sponsored by: Friends of the Milton Library, Bach 2 Rock & My Clayground

    Suggested Audiences: Elders, Adult, College, High School, Middle School, Elementary, Preschool, Toddler, Infant

    Register for the Summer Reading Program here:



    2019 ALSC Summer Reading Lists

    The Association for Library Service to Children has updated their Summer Reading Lists with new and exciting titles!

    The lists are full of book titles to keep children engaged in reading throughout the summer. Four Summer Reading book lists are available for Birth-Preschool, K-2nd, 3rd- 5th and 6th-8th grade students.

    Each list is available download for free.  Titles on the 2019 Summer Reading List were compiled and annotated by members of ALSC’s Quicklists Consulting Committee.



    Summer Reading 

    Need a way to entice your child to read this summer? Play a game of BINGO! Agree on a small reward for any completed row, column, or diagonal, and then a super treat if they finish the entire card.   Have fun!!

     Bingo Image

    Color Bingo Card

    Blank Bingo Card - create your own!

    Read Across the Genres Bingo


    Fulton County Schools Summer Reading Resources  

    A committee of media and educational technology instructors worked to compile the summer reading list. The summer reading committee selected titles based on their appeal to students. The goal of the summer reading list is to provide students with a wide variety of books to enjoy during the summer months. Students may wish to read works from other level lists as appropriate. It is our hope that the summer reading list will encourage students to make reading an essential part of summer vacation

    Recommended Elementary Picture Books

    Recommended Elementary Chapter Books

    Recommended Middle School Books


    Fulton County Schools

    Additional Summer Reading Options

    Archived from Previous Summers


    The suggested summer reading lists are the result of collaboration between all Fulton County Elementary media center personnel, and represent our personal choices for wonderful summer reading for our students.   All books were read by media staff who made the recommendations.  The lists do not contain any duplicates, so we are including lists from past years.  Enjoy!


    Butterfly PK - 1    Monarch Butterfly 2 - 3      Butterfly 4 - 5


    Your student has access to MackinVIA eBooks.  This platform contains our databases, as well.  There are some really great titles available.  To log-in, you should type in Hembree Springs, select our school, use your child's school ID (lunch card #).   The password is your child's birthdate in an 8 digit format, i.e. 06012015    To make searching for titles easier, try clicking the red "Groups" tab on the far left.


     Mackin Via


    Through a partnership between Get Georgia Reading – Campaign for Grade-Level Reading andRenaissance, all educators, librarians, students and parents in Georgia have free access to thousands of enhanced digital books plus daily news articles available in myON starting May 6, 2019 through August 31, 2019.

    Get Georgia Reading makes it easy to keep your students learning all summer long.

    • Enhanced digital books from Renaissance myON® Reader include fiction, nonfiction, classics, and graphic novels in English and Spanish.
    • Age-appropriate news articles from Renaissance myON® News, powered by News-O-Matic include US and world events, arts and entertainment, sports, science, and technology–written in English, Spanish, and French.
    • Digital books in the award-winning myON®personalized literacy platform provide flexible reading scaffolds, embedded tools, and metrics to support and track student reading and growth. 

    Getting Started is Quick and Easy! 

    1.    Go to and click the myON Login button. 
    2.    Enter the following login information:
    a.    School Name: Get Georgia Reading (Don't  Cut & Paste from this page, type the first few letters and select from the drop-down menu.)
    b.    Username: fultoncounty
    c.    Password: read
    3.    Click on the Sign In button, select a book and start reading!
    Watch this short video with your students for tips on finding great books in myON. 
    Read anywhere, anytime with online and offline access! 
    ·      Anywhere – at home or school, in the library, Y or other community settings
    ·      Anytime – days, evenings, weekends, holidays and school breaks 
    ·      Online – via any Internet-enabled device
    ·      Offline – via free mobile apps for Kindle Fire HD, Android Devices, iPads and Google Chrome                             


    Go Noodle Go Summer


    School’s out for summer, but we’re keeping the energy UP with GoNoodle GoSummer, an experience created especially for kids at home! Make screen time active with NEW How-To videos, dance-alongs, and stretch-alongs for the whole family!

    We hope you have a GREAT summer!  Play some games, play outside, read books, learn something new, and go somewhere you've never been.   We will be waiting to hear all about it in August when you come back to school! 

Media Specialist

  • Jenny Soberanis

    Hello Hembree Springs Family! I am beyond excited to be the Media Educational and Technology Instructor for Hembree Springs! I have been at Hembree Springs for seven years, and I am happy to call it home! I started my teaching journey as a 2nd grade teacher and then became the S.T.E.M. teacher where I had the opportunity to work with grades K-5.

    I obtained my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Kennesaw State University and recently obtained my Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology from there as well.

    On a personal note, I have two amazing children! One is currently a First grade Hembree Springs Hawk, and the other is a future Hawk!

    I look forward to working with students, parents, and teachers in my new role in the Media Center. I will be working with classes and focusing on information literacy to help strengthen and support the curriculum. I’m looking forward to helping prepare students for the 21st century and inspiring a love and appreciation for reading. If you ever have any questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact me at

  • Bev Shiotelis  

    Bev Shiotellis

    About Me:

    I grew up in a very small town located in northern Michigan.  Here is a map showing my hometown of Boyne Falls. 


    I attended North Central Michigan College in Petoskey, Michigan.   I moved to Roswell in 1998, and I love living here with my husband and three kids.  

    As you might have guessed, I love to read!  My favorite genres are mystery and fantasy.  In my free time, I also enjoy traveling, gardening, and volunteering.  

    Contact me at


    Highly Recommended Series:

    • Theodosia
    • Percy Jackson
    • Heroes of Olympus
    • The Kane Chronicles
    • Harry Potter
    • The Brixton Brothers
    • The Mysterious Benedict Society
    • The Sherlock Files
    • Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist
    • Artemis Fowl
    • Katie Kazoo Switcheroo
    • Carole Marsh mysteries
    • Geronimo Stilton
    • A Whole Nother Story
    • The Name of This Book is Secret


    Caterpillars & Butterflies

    Why do I bring in caterpillars?  Where do I get them?

    When I was a kid, I used to LOVE to catch butterflies -- especially monarchs.   I realized that I hardly ever see monarch butterflies here, and started doing some research.  Monarchs are truly amazing creatures!    

    I learned that monarchs can only lay their eggs on milkweed.   It is the only food their caterpillars will eat.  

    I planted some milkweed & the monarch butterflies have found it.   They lay eggs in my yard in the spring & in the fall, on their migration path.   I now have tons of milkweed in my yard, as well as many other plants to attract butterflies.

    Here is a photo of two monarch butterflies I raised at my house.



    Tadpoles & Frogs

    Why do I bring in tadpoles?  Where do I get them?   

    I made a little container water garden for fun & the treefrogs that live around my house love it!  Every spring, they come and hang out by my pond and lay lots of eggs.   I love to bring in the tadpoles to show everyone how cool they are.  

    Here is a picture of my "pond" -- it even has a waterfall!


    When the tadpoles finish their metamorphosis, they leave the pond as very tiny, perfect little frogs.  

    Hereis a picture I took of a brand new little frog.