RCS Middle School Library Media Center

Welcome to the brand new RCS Middle School Library Website. 


To see the Seventh and Eighth Grade Semi-Formal Pictures - click here!  Please see Mrs. Buckley or Mrs. Crawford for the password to access the album.

Read all about what's going on in our Library Blog And don't forget to follow us to keep up with all the news. 

Click along the top menu to visit the different pages.  The Catalog tab has a link to our new web-based catalog. You can now sign into the catalog with your lunch account number and access your own account.  Databases & Other Sources are where you should go to find reliable articles for your research.  Our Research Help page is our 'how to' page to show you all the ins and outs of research.  Looking for a recommended website, visit the Search Engines & Websites link.  Webquests & Pathfinders are where you will find information about on-going projects.  The Reading Department has a new website, just click the link to visit.  And find out all about the library and the librarian at the About Us page.

Look up some great books in our online Catalog

Use your lunch account number to sign into your library account to see what items you have checked out and reserve materials.  See Mrs. Buckley in the library with any questions!

Catalog Basics

How to Search


Subscription Databases

You can find some interesting magazine articles, ebooks, encyclopedia articles and website links for assignments or fun.  Please keep in mind the links for the databases will only work at school.  See Mrs. Buckley in the library for usernames and passwords to be able use some of these databases at home!


Times Union e-Edition - click on the link, near the top of the page, you’ll find “Today’s e-Edition” within the menu choices. Hover over it and it will bring up a drop-down menu. In that drop-down menu, click on “For Teachers.” This will bring up a separate dialog box for your log-in and password. See Mrs. Buckley for your user name and password.

Kids Infobits - over 100 magazines for students

Rosen Digital Books - e-books on topics like Ancient Civilizations, NY, Bullying, Cars, and Cybersmarts. 

NovelNY - Grolier, an online encylopedia, magazine and website database for reliable articles for students.

Infobase Learning - five different database Ancient and Medival History Online; Issues and Controversies in American History; Health Reference Center; The World Almanac for Kids Online and Chelsea House Biographies Online


Digital Literacy - learn digital citizenship skills to navigate through today's digital landscape


Teen Health & Wellness - covers different topics about health and safety

NovelNY - Gale Databases, online magazine, encyclopedia and book articles.

EbscoHostdatabases for searching for magazines articles and encyclopedia articles


CareerCrusing Databases, a great way to search for different careers you might like to pursue.

NoodleTools Databases, helps you to keep track of the sources you use on your projects.

OverDrive Capital Region BOCES Overdrive - an electronic catalog of e-books you can put on your phone, computer or e-reader.  See Mrs. Buckley for a library card number to use.

Teaching Books - A website that contains multimedia resources about authors and books.



Online Reference Books

Oxford Dictionary


Cambridge Free English Dictionary

Macmillian Dictionary and Thesarus




Old Farmers Almanac

The Quotations Page


Other Libraries

RCS Community Library
Bethlehem Public Library
New York State Library
Library of Congress

Research Help

Note Sheet

Easybib - a website for help creating work cited/bibliography sheet

Work Cited Forms



Online Website

Encyclopedia Database

Periodical Database


Search Engines & Websites


Creative Commons Free Music Websites
Free Music Archive
Free Sound
Audio Archive

Wonderopolis - this website helps to answer all those buring questions you may have.

SlimeKids SlimeKids - website with some fun games, resources, and reference materials

Inner Body - a resource website for different parts of the human body.

  Q-Files - this website offers general information about a variety of subjects.

List of Gods and Goddesses

Library/Tech Class

Click on the link below and read through section 5

Choose between the following activities

Complete the word find - http://www.esolcourses.com/content/ict/vocab/computerwords/computer-words-wordsearch.html

Play the "find the technology" game -http://www.abcya.com/computer_vocabulary.htm


Webquests & Pathfinders

Grade 6

Otzi Webquest

Pathfinder - Ms Crawford - French
Pathfinder - Ms. Whyte - Spanish

Grade 7
Pathfinder - Ms. Sawyer - Social Studies

Grade 8

Pathfinder - Ms. Weiss - Soldiers Heart

TV/Media Club

TV/Media Club will meet in the library on Tuesdays's during 10th Period.  Check back for links to our student created movies and webpages.

This year one of our focus' will be on learning how to code.  Students go to Code.org to access your account.

Literacy Department

Click here to check out the Literacy Department's new website!

About us

strives to:

be a positive and welcoming environment where students and staff can learn and create.
create information literate students by teaching the the skills to effectively search, evaluate and use information in a responsible manner.
encourage life long independent learning and critical thinking.
encourage students to use technology in an effective and responsible manner.
promote the love of reading and literature.
provide physical and intellectual access to a variety of information.
sources in a variety of formats.
support and enhance learning and the curriculum.
support effective instruction by the staff.
create and support effective partnerships with the public library and other community resources.
is open from7:35 am to 2:45 pm Monday - Thursday and 7:35 am to 2:07 pm on Friday, when school is in session.
requires students to obtain passes from a teachers to come to the library.
does not allow food, drinks, ipods, cell phones, or computer game playing in the library.
allows materials to be borrowed for two weeks at a time.
allows materials to be renewed twice (unless their is a prior hold on the item).
does not charge for overdue items, but we do request volunteer hours as payment for items that are not returned or lost.
subscribes to over 30 periodical titles available for checkout by students and staff.
has access to over 9 databases for use by students and staff in school or at home.
has over 250 tapes, DVDs for use by the staff to enhance the curriculum.
has 6 computers that are available to students and staff for their use.
is able to obtain materials from other school libraries through interlibrary loan, since we are a member of the Capital Region BOCES School Library System.

Mrs. Buckley (aka "Queen of the Library") is the School Library Media Specialist at RCS Middle School. She received both her MLS (Library Science) and her BS (Biology) from SUNY Albany. In the past she has worked as a Library Media Specialist for Schenectady City Schools, Schodack Central School District, The Albany Academy and as at the circulation desk at Bethlehem Public Library. She lives in Delmar with her husband and three children.

Cara Buckley - Librarian
Copyright Date 2016
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