Media Center

The Media Center at Abrams Elementary

Welcomes You to the 2019-2020 School Year!

Hello!  I am your Library Media Specialist.  My name is Jessetta Hosey.  


The school library program serves to instill a love of reading, inspire life-long learning, and foster independent library use. Students alternate weeks between the media center and counseling.  The students come to the media center with their class to check out materials and to practice information literacy skills and digital citizenship. The library is a special, inviting place where imagination, learning, fun, and exploration is expected.  Students acquire knowledge and gain insight while in a welcoming environment.  Children are encouraged to enjoy the library to take a break from a demanding day where they can relax and open their minds to the wonder of books.

The library recently purchased classroom sets of many books. This was made possible by the generosity of Federal Programs at the Bessemer City Board of Education and Ms. Brenda Rumley.  I appreciate the BCBOE's understanding of the necessity of children and classrooms to have access to good literature. These sets will be made available this school year along with Teacher Resources to help teachers in the classroom.  

I would like to say a special thank you to Dr. Armentress Robinson! She is has been a great principal and a advocate for the Library Media Center!  

Media Center Special Events:

  • 2 Scholastic Book Fairs in the Fall and Spring    
  • 2 Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) Distributions   
  • Dr. Seuss Activities-Read Across America  
  • Donuts for Dads   
  • Muffins for Mom   
  • Goodies for Grandparents   
  • Literacy Night at the Public Library   
  • Black History Month

A Few of the New Titles Available 2019-2020:

  • Wonder by R. J. Palacio   
  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson  
  • Miracle's Boys by Jacqueline Woodson   
  • The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin  
  • The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis   
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne  
  • Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes   
  • Plus many, many more!
Jessetta Hosey

Ms. Jessetta Hosey
(205) 432-3100    


OPAC-What Is Available in the Library


Search the OPAC to see what the library has to offer!

Teacher Resource Sites

Education World

Content about all subject areas.  It has many options and links for grades K-8.  Worksheets are available for copying.  Brian teasers and games are especially good for math.  Hints and solutions provided.

The Franklin Institute

Site provides great resources for learning about various topics in science.  For specific games and activities click on curricular companions to select the grade level and topic to be taught.  Grades 4-8

Google Earth

Teachers can view lesson plans for a variety of different grade levels, and subjects, see student created work, and communicate with other educators as to how to use Google Earth in your classroom.

Culture Quest

Site shares sample projects created by students grades 2 - College.  Sample projects can be used to provide students with an example or for introducing a topic for discussion.

This Day In History

Events are categorized on this site by the date in which they occurred.  It can be used to discuss what happened in the past on each day of the week.  Site contains videos and interactive games.  Any grade level

One World Classrooms

Tour foreign lands with students in other classes who live there.  (pay a $25 sign up fee and you can do something online live with another class for three months)  You may also travel in your own classroom with free online travel resources (games, activities, stories, recipes, maps, curriculum connections).  K-12 Classes

APT Plus

Contains content databases and is based on mastery learning.  This site also has videos approx. 30 min. long on many different subjects from Alabama Public Television.  Several have test that students can take online.  (Test results can be printed and added to parent folders for each student. - Representative will visit school to provide professional development for staff).

Tramline Virtual Field Trips

These annotated field trips support topics in social studies, science, literature, and the arts.  Students visit the best web sites supporting the subject assigned.  Each trip has an introduction, and a list of every field trip and its description is available.  Grades 1-12

ALEX Alabama Learning Exchange

Provided by the state for its educators, this is another site rich in information.  Here you can find the state courses of study, lesson plans, professional learning opportunities, and podcasts that can be used to support various subjects/skills.

Alabama Virtual Library

Provides a wealth of resources (encyclopedias, E books, dictionaries, games, magazines, maps, etc. for adults and children all all ages.

The Puzzle Maker

This site allows you to create customized puzzles to use in the classroom.  All levels

Teach Green

In keeping with our 2012-2013 school theme, "Abrams, Going, & Growing Green," this site is an excellent source for educatonal ideas.  It shares a variety of resources, a school report card quiz, and curriculum activities, games and songs.

Khan Academy

The best online tutorial program to date.  Provides students (K-College) support in math, science, history, and economics.


This site requires a subscription in order to have access to all areas of the site.  Some things are free!  Go ahead and give it a try.

On this site you will find: 

  • Downloadable books based on many topics for Social Studies, Science, Geography, etc.,    
  • Reading Comprehension,   
  • Puzzles,   
  • Lesson Plans,   
  • Units of Study,  
  • and so much more!

Teachers Pay Teachers

This site has many free resources for the classroom.  Some items are for sale, but are well worth the money.  I have personally used this site for years and would recommend it when you are needing something extra to add to your class when teaching.

This site contains:

  • Items for free,   
  • Items for a fee,  
  • Completed activities ready to use,   
  • Lesson Plans,  
  • Units of Study,   
  • Holiday Activities,  
  • Posters (all types) for display,   
  • Many other items from teachers all over the U.S.


Pinterest has a ton of activities and links to how to access them.

Librarian's Choice Student Sites

National Geographic for Kids

Really cool social studies games that teach children about the world they live in.  Ages 6-8

The Why ? Files

Site provides information on a variety of unusual topics and is also a great source for science research projects.  By clicking on VIRTUAL SCIENCE students can adjust the strength of a tornado, the speed and angle of a baseball, the intensity of lightening or the size of a snowflake.  Grades 3-12

Culture Quest World Tour

Tour countries on each of the continents.  Site has interactive games and information about holidays celebrated in each country.  Grades 2-12

Free Rice 2.0

Site allows students to take vocabulary quizzes (select language) that become progressively more difficult or easier based on how well they answer.  For each right answer 10 grains of rice are donated to the United Nations World Food Program.

Chemistry for Kids

This science web site focuses on chemistry for grades 5 and up.  It deals with matter, atoms, molecules, and chemical reactions.

National Wildlife Federation for Kids

This online magazine has stories, games, fun facts,and activities about wildlife and the environment.  Site can also be an excellent source for older students doing research.

Sound Safaris

Students can learn and listen to 15,000 wild animal sounds from around the world.  (updated version of quick time must be downloaded)

Fun Brain

Really great site.  Provides interactive educational games categorized by age.  Each game has a brief description and level of difficulty.  Grades K-6


This site is excellent for little learners.  It provides games, activities, and reading practice for pre-schoolers and kindergartners.

Cool Math

"An amusement park of math and more... Lessons and games designed for fun!"  Grades K-8


This is the official site of creator and author Dr. Seuss.  It provides games, stories, printable activities, information about story characters, and Theodore Suess Geisel's (Dr. Seuss) biography.

USGS (United States Geological Survey) Education

Site contains educational resources categorized by grade level (K-6, 7-12, undergraduate).  It provides videos, lectures, maps, lessons, and exciting 3D images taken in governmental parks.

Khan Academy

The best online tutorial program ever!  Provides support for students (K-College) in math, science, history, and economics.