Library Staff:
  Ms. Bagherzadeh - Library Media Specialist
  Mr. Floyd     - Library Media Assistant  


The Questioning, Understanding, Extrapolating, Synthesizing, Theorizing Center


The vision of the library media center is to create a warm and welcoming learning environment that fosters a love of reading, high academic achievement and literate 21st century learners. Our intent is to empower students and staff to become critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information.

Mission Statement:

The library program will:

  • support instruction and help to create a community of lifelong independent learners
  • provide relevant and current information in a variety of media formats
  • provide instruction for information use, access and delivery
  • maintain a collection that reflects the cultural and ethnic diversity of the school community
  • provide opportunities for global outreach and learning
  • foster the lifelong love of reading and appreciation of literature

Library Staff     
                Ms. Shereen Bagherzadeh - Library Media Specialist
                   Mr. Stennis Floyd - Library Media Assistant


Library Hours   
  7:55 - 2:55

Check Out Policy
Students may check out books and eBooks for a
two-week time period.

Library Links - See library staff for access information
PTMS Library Databases and Research Links
PTMS Library Destiny Discover Catalog - Print, eBooks, Web Sites
PWC Public Library Electronic Resources -
   Use public library card number to access
World Book Online
Culture Grams 
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Panther students--the Adopt-a-Shelf Program is up and running.  If you are interested in discovering new books to read and share, taking responsibility in the Quest Center, helping to keep shelves neat and tidy, earning rewards, and earning volunteer hours, please stop by the Library Media Center and pick up an application! 

Along with the application, you must also complete three on-line quizzes to have your own shelf. The quizzes can be found at: 

**Be sure to print your certificates after completing the quizzes.

Also, take a look at the Adopt-A-Shelf PowerPoint in the Media Center Files below to better understand what the program entails.  We look forward to working together in the QUEST Center this year! Go Panthers!


E Books 

E Books Now Available!

That's right Panthers, the library media center is now featuring thirty-five
electronic books (eBooks) for your enjoyment and use in instruction. Please
"check out" our eBook display and contact the library for access information.


Web 2.0 Tools 

Links to Animoto, Glogster, Tagxedo, Prezi, Storybird,
Wordle, and many more


"Celebrate with a Book Club"

Honor your student with the "Celebrate with a Book Club"

Library Links - See Library Destiny Catalog for additional links

An interactive website designed to inform teachers, students, and administrators about countries all over the world. See the library for passwords.
Book Browse
Teens can write and submit reviews about their favorite books.
The CollegeNET search engine helps you quickly find the ideal college. Narrow down by region, college sports, major, tuition, and several other criteria.
Teen Reads
A fabulous website to visit to check out what teens are reading.
Word Smiths
Sponsored by the NY Public Library, WordSmiths is a site where teens can publish their own creative writing.
Young Author's Cafe
Want to know what's happening with some of your favorite young adult authors? YA Authors Cafe will host a regularly scheduled chat session where participants can discuss latest releases and talk directly to the authors.
If you like Harry Potter, try some of these books!
You can access the online subscription databases from these links. Please contact library for passwords for home use.
Biography Resource Center
This database combines award-winning biographies from respected Gale Group sources. Biography Resource Center also includes full-text articles from hundreds of periodicals.
Gale Virtual Reference Student Edition
Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.
Junior Edition Infotrac
This periodical database is designed for students in junior high and middle school, with magazines, newspapers and reference books (most are full-text) for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more.
You can access the online subscription databases from these links. Please contact library for passwords for home use.
Expanded Academic ASAP
From arts and the humanities to social sciences, science and technology, this database meets research needs across all academic disciplines. Access scholarly journals, news magazines, and newspapers - many with full text and images!
General Reference Gold
A general interest database that integrates a variety of sources in one easy-to-use interface. Use General Reference Center Gold to find articles from newspapers, reference books, and periodicals, many with full-text and images.
Health and Wellness Center
Find alternative medicine-focused magazines, journals, newspapers, definitions, directories, videos, & reference information on: Medicine, Nutrition, Diseases, Public Health, Pregnancy, Herbal remedies, etc. Included are links to diet, cancer, health assessment sites & government databases.
What do I read next?
What Do I Read Next? includes over 119,700 recommended titles, more than 65,100 plot summaries, and awards information from 566 awards, all to help users uncover new reading adventures, find long-remembered favorites, and discover award-winning titles. Search by genre, subject, author, title, series, and more.
Renew your PWC library books, put books on hold, access the county's online databases, all from this link. Users must have a PWC library card.
The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution, and it serves as the research arm of Congress.
Look here for more search engines to use for your researcy.
A search engine that categorizes your search
The mother of all search engines
A special place for the gentlemen of Potomac Middle School to search for books and other interesting topics.
Dave Pilkey
(Official site) Author/illustrator Dav Pilkey of "The Adventures of Captain Underpants" has a predictably unpredictable website with lots of interesting
Jon Scieszka
Guys Read is web-based literacy program designed by Scieszka's to help boys find stuff they like to read.
Contains World Book Kids (Student Discovery Encyclopedia), World Book Online Reference Center (including Spanish encyclopedia), and World Book Advanced (279,000 primary documents and 5,500 ebooks).
Check out these websites to find new titles for books, how to share your opinons, and much more about young adult reading!
Don Gallo's Author Site
A site about contemporary authors whose books explore all aspects of teenage life.
Nancy Keane's Literature Page
Up to date reviews with lots of personality aimed particulary at teen readers.
Teen links
Lists from the New York Public Library's "Books for the Teen Age"
Teen Reads bring teens info and features about their favorite authors, books, series and characters.
Young Adult Library Service Association
Here you will find many booklists for young adults, such as Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers, Best Books, Popular Paperback, etc.
"Works Cited" Information
Use CITATION BUILDER in World Book Discover for "Works Cited."

Class Quizzes