Welcome to the Ashley River Creative Arts Media Center
Our mission is to inspire a love of reading, the arts, and lifelong learning in all of our students. On a typical day in the media center, students may be writing or performing a puppet show, using research databases to gather information, learning about new books and authors, or using iPads to film commercials to convince settlers to travel on the Oregon Trail. We strive to make the media center a welcoming, friendly place.
The media center is open every school day from 8:30 to 4:00 PM. Many of our digital resources are available online and can be accessed from home. Some require passwords. Please contact Mr. Grayson for help logging in.
Online Library Catalog (Destiny): Our catalog is available 24/7. Students can access a personalized version of the catalog, Destiny Quest, which can be found on the left hand side of the catalog's homepage. Contact Mr. Grayson for login information for Destiny Quest. No logins are required for our main catalog.
DISCUS: DISCUS is a large collection of research databases and educational apps available free to all South Carolina residents. Databases and apps include BrainPop Jr., Britannica School, Study SC, CultureGrams, Animal Kingdom, Biography in Context, and more. Accessing DISCUS from home requires a password. Contact Mr. Grayson for more information.
MackinVIA: MackinVIA contains a large collection of eBooks, audiobooks, databases, and education apps. It contains all of the databases and apps listed above for DISCUS, plus BrainPOP, PebbleGo, MyOn Reader, TeachingBooks, and
MyOn Reader. MackinVIA requires a password. Please contact Mr. Grayson for more information.
Nominees for the South Carolina Picture Book Award: Each year, a team of media specialists nominate 20 books to compete for the S.C. Picture Book Award. Students from Kindergarten to Third Grade who read at least five nominees can vote for their favorite book. The winning book is announced in February.
Nominees for the South Carolina Children's Book Award: These 20 books are competing for this year's S.C. Children's Book Award. Students from Third Grade to Fifth can vote for their favorite children's book. A student must read at least three nominees before they can vote.
AR Book Finder: Students at Ashley River use Accelerated Reader (AR) as a reading promotion and assessment program. AR Book Finder allows students to check if there is a quiz available for a book. For general information about the Accelerated Reader program, please check the For Parents section of the website.
Lexile Book Finder: Students can find the Lexile level of a book on this website. The Lexile level is a measure of the complexity of a text. It also measures the reading level of a student. Finding books which fall within a student's Lexile level range ensures that the book will be challenging but not too complex for the student.
Did You Know?
- The media center has over 7,000 books.
- There were over 17,000 circulations during the 2015-16 school year.
- Students can trade their gently used books in our Book Swap area.
- Teams of fifth-graders produce and star in our morning news show, WUNI News.
- Ashley River is part of a small group of U.S. schools invited to participate in Panasonic's international Kid Witness News contest.
- Students read over 150,000 pages in our Summer Reading program and the top student read nearly 17,000.
- The media center received an arts grant (2016-17) to purchase a set of iPads and a 3-D printer.
- Parents and other community members are welcomed to volunteer in our media center.
"There is an art of reading, as well as an art of thinking, and an art of writing."