About the Media Center
Accessing the Media Center
The Media Center is open before school each day and during classes to students on a pass from their teacher (except for when the Media Center is closed for testing, meetings, or other reasons). The Media Center is not currently open to students after school.
Books Check Out
Students may check out up to two print library books from the Media Center (for ninth graders, one book if they have any library books still checked out from middle school until they can bring middle school book/s in). Library books are checked out for two weeks. If a student is not finished with a book by the end of the two weeks, he or she may bring it in and request for it to be renewed for *one* additional two-week check out period (which is allowed as long as another student hasn't put a "Hold" request in on that same book).
Placing "Hold Requests" (Print library books)
Students can go to the Spoto Online Library Catalog and place hold requests on library books (Spoto library books only). All they have to do is find a book they want, click on the "Place Hold" button, put in their student number, and it will place a hold on that book. Mr. Young will then either deliver the book to them in class or send them a message via Canvas that they can come to pick the book up from the Media Center. To find the Spoto Online Library Catalog click on the Spoto High School Media Center Homepage link above and select the link on the "White Board" there. Or via links here on this page to the right.
Interlibrary Loan Requests
Students can also request to borrow print library books from other schools in Hillsborough County via "interlibrary loan". Students must not have any overdue library books on their account to submit an interlibrary loan request. Interlibrary loan books can *not* be renewed and must be returned by the return date. To search for library books in other Hillsborough County school media centers, go to the Online Catalog and Virtual Library Page and click on the "Search All HCPS Libraries" link. Do *not* try to place a hold for an interlibrary loan book online through the catalog website. Instead, once you find the book you are looking for send Mr. Young a message through Canvas requesting to borrow the book. Include the book's title and author and one of the schools that has the book (although that might not actually be the school we borrow it from if there are more than one that have the book).
eBooks Check Out and Online Resources
Students can also check out eBooks using their student ID number (even if they already have two Spoto print library books checked out) through the Spoto Axis360 eBooks Library Page and also from the Hillsborough County Public Library's "HAAL Pass" (student number and default "4321" PIN). They can also access online resources for research papers and other class assignments at both the school district's online Virtual Library page and also the Hillsborough County Public Library's online resources via the student's HAAL Pass login. To find the links to these sites, click on the Spoto High School Media Center Homepage link above and select one of the links on the "White Board" there. Or via links here on this page to the right.
Library Book Return Boxes
There are library book return boxes both inside the Media Center (at the main circulation counter) and also outside of the entrance doors. (Outside book return box can not be left outside overnight and therefore will not be available on days that Mr. Young is off campus.)
Media Specialist: David Young
Education: Brandon High School Class of 1990; University of South Florida 1994 (undergraduate degree in English-Creative Writing) and 1997 (graduate degree in Library and Information Science)
Years as Spoto High School Media Specialist: 2011-2021+
Prior librarian work experience: Media Specialist: DeSoto County High School (Arcadia, Florida), Inverness Primary School (Inverness, Florida); College Librarian: Truett-McConnell University (Cleveland, Georgia); Public Library: Children's Librarian, Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library System (Atlanta, Georgia)
Reading interests: Comic books/graphic novels (including history and making of books and also superhero prose novels), Star Trek, Star Wars, Television and movies (the history and making of tv shows and movies), Science fiction, Alternate history (fiction), American History and Biography
When I'm not reading I'm... Watching TV shows and movies on CW (DC Comics shows), Disney+ (Marvel and Star Wars), Paramount+ (Star Trek), ABC ("The Rookie"), or classic tv shows (1950s-1980s); on Facebook; listening to podcasts (about all of the above stuff); on computer (figuring out what books or comics to buy or check out from public library next) or on phone (addicted to Township); spending time with my four girls (two in college, one high school, and one middle school).
Contacting Mr. Young: Students can send messages to Mr. Young through Canvas (once they have accepted the invite to the Spoto High School Library Media Center course; Mr. Young sends invites to all students at start of school year and then to newly enrolled students roughly once a week or every other week throughout the remainder of the school year). Students who do not accept Canvas Media Center course invite can not send messages to Mr. Young through Canvas, but they (and parents) can email Mr. Young at email@example.com .