About our Media Center

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Who do we serve?

George Jenkins Media Center serves approximately 2,400 students in grades 9-12.

Size of our collection?

32,000 Books (approx.)
5,000 Audiovisuals (approx.)
25 Magazines
1 Newspaper

What about computers?

60 computers have Internet access and are equipped with the Microsoft Office package – 30 in our media skills lab, and 30 on our floor. We have wireless carts of computers that are checked out for classroom use.

Who can use the computers?

In compliance with the Polk County School Board policy, all students at GJHS are allowed to use computers unless their parent has completed and returned an Opt Out form from the PCSB Code of Conduct. All computers are available for educational use only.


The media center opens daily at 6:30 AM. It remains open until 2:30 PM Monday – Thursday and 2:00 PM on Fridays. We are also open during all lunch periods. Students may eat in the media center. See Mrs. Iatarola for a lunch pass. Occasionally, there will be changes to the Media Center hours and availability, or Mrs. Iatarola will host special events. If you would like to stay informed, join Mrs. Iatarola’s Remind 101! To join, click here!


Students may check out all books at GJHS: Students may check out five books at a time; if more books are desired, let Mrs. Iatarola know. The traditional amount of time allowed to check out a book is three weeks, however if you would like to keep a book longer, just let Mrs. Iatarola know when you check the book out and she will adjust the date for you.

We use the Follett Software Destiny program as a catalog/circulation system. Students may login to the system with their six digit student ID number. See Mrs. Iatarola for your password.


All items may be renewed unless on hold for another patron.


If a book is checked out, a student may request the book to be put on hold for checkout once it becomes available. Students should not add holds to Destiny.The student should pick up the book within one week after being notified, or the book will be returned to the shelf.

Overdue Books

It is the student’s responsibility to return books on time. Date due cards are located in the book pocket to serve as a reminder. Overdue notices are sent to first period teachers for distribution, but whether the student receives the notice or not, he/she is responsible for returning the book in a timely manner. Once the book is one month overdue, the student’s name is added to the school’s obligation list.