Media Center Hours

Monday – Friday

8:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Our Mission

James Blair Middle School fosters lifelong learning by providing access to information, knowledge, and ideas. The mission of the Media Center is to provide resources to students, teachers, administrators, and parents. Resources include fiction and non-fiction books for checkout, print and digital reference materials, computers for Internet and online database research, audiovisual equipment, and access to our makerspace tools and resources.

END OF THE YEAR SCHEDULE

May 24 – Last day to check out books

May 29 – All library books due

June 3 – Overdue notices/bills sent home

June 7 – Teacher materials due

Additional Resources

News & Newspapers

Online Newspapers

  • WY Daily – Williamsburg/Yorktown daily is a regional online newspaper contains daily news and stories of local interest
  • Virginia Gazette – Williamsburg/James City County’s online version of the news updated every Wednesday and Saturday.
  • The Daily Press – Regional newspaper that covers the Hampton Roads area
  • The Washington Post – News of national, state, and regional interest originating from Washington D. C.
  • New York Times – National news from a distinguished news organization
  • USA Today – National newspaper covering a wide array of topics in addition to the news
  • The Wall Street Journal –  Leading financial news and more
  • Refdesk Newspapers – Refdesk Newspapers is a newspaper database that links to hundreds of newspapers in the United States and the world

News Networks

Local

National & World

Databases

WRL Databases – All WJCC students have access to more than 50 databases available online through the Williamsburg Regional Library (WRL).  No library card is needed.  When prompted to enter a library card barcode number at any of the databases, enter “wjcc” followed immediately by your school id number.  Example: wjcc10000111. If you do not know your school ID, it is listed on your StudentVue under Student Info.

Copyright-Free Music & Images

Remember when you use any image or music as part of your school work you must cite your sources. The easiest way to do this is to name the artist and the website where you copied or downloaded the intellectual property. Please check each site for terms of use.

Music Sites:

Free Music Archives -Free MP3 downloadable music scores from all genres. CLICK “GENRES” AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE TO LOCATE THE MUSIC YOU WANT QUICKLY

Bensound – Royalty-free instrumentals you may use as long as you credit bensound.com as the creator

Soundation – Create your own music file to download

FreePlayMusic

Incompetech

Image Sites:

WikiMedia Commons – Most are freely reusable as long as you give the creator credit in your work. The copyright info is located below each image.

The Artchive – Recognizable artwork from the public domain and copyrighted artwork. Follow the instructions to use in an educational purpose.

Life By Google – Images from Life Magazine may be used for personal, non-commercial use only. Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive from the 1750s to today. Remember to give credit to Life Magazine!

NASA Images – Large collection of images featuring stars, galaxies, planets, space equipment are fair use except for the NASA logo. Always cite your source as NASA.

Pics4Learning – Offers copyright-friendly images to teachers and students in an educational setting.

Copyright & Fair Use

Copying words, images, audio and video CAN BE A VIOLATION OF COPYRIGHT LAW.  Check the information below to to see if you are able to use another’s intellectual property as part of the FAIR USE DOCTRINE. Also, you can always check the U.S. Copyright office and/or read up on Fair Usage.