Media Center


The "Library Ladies" -

Mrs. Suzanne Hardison,

Media Specialist 

Mrs. Jamie Richards,

Media Center Paraprofessional




Welcome to the HCES

Media Center

Pickens Virtual Academy Students: You can check out books too!  See below for more details.

Search for books in


E-Books (or electronic books) are always available. Click HERE to watch a video on how to find and read them!


Username: hillcity

Password: hawks

Pebble Go

Username: hillcity

Password: learn


Shelver Game

*CLICK on the picture to play*

Play this game to practice how books are shelved in the Fiction and Non-fiction sections of the media center.

Get Georgia Reading!

Unlimited FREE access to thousands of digital books through July 31, 2021

Click HERE to get started!

School Name: Get Georgia Reading

Username: pickenscounty

Password: read


Storyline Online

Story Time From Space

KidLit TV - Read Out Loud

Reading Resources

Accelerated Reader Bookfinder

Lexile Find A Book

Scholastic Book Wizard

Reference & Research

GALILEO Elementary

Current password: harp

Merriam-Webster Word Central

Kid Thesaurus

Accelerated Reader

AR is now available for ALL students to take tests at home for this school year. Simply log-in at home through CLEVER as you do at school. 

Need help? Scroll down to the AR information below.

Educational Streaming & Movies

Brain Pop

Students should use CLEVER on their Chromebooks to access Brain Pop. Just select the Brain Pop app. This gives access to Brain Pop and Brain Pop, Jr. Their username and password is saved for them in CLEVER.

Principals' Reading Challenge

Video: Reading Dragons Children's Book Awards

Take Care of Those Books, Please!

Video: Pigeon Checks Out Library Books!

A.R. 2020-2021: The Greatest Mystery Begins... 

Video: Ret's Read!



Accelerated Reader

Hey Hawks! All students (Yes, Pickens Virtual Academy, too!) can take A.R. quizzes from home this year. 

So, read some great books! Sign in to Renaissance Place, select Accelerated Reader, and get taking quizzes. We can't wait to celebrate your reading success!

Need some help logging-in to AR for the FIRST TIME?

Select HERE for tips.



Pickens Virtual Academy students:

Watch this VIDEO to see how to place books on hold for curbside pick up. 


Pickens Virtual Academy students: Let's Check Out Library Books! Select the images below for details.


About Mrs. Hardison

My husband, Barry, and I are proud to call Pickens County our home. Our daughter, Hannah, is a sophomore at Georgia Southern University and our son, Reagan, is in 11th grade at Pickens High School. As a family, we are active in our church, enjoy running, and like to visit the beach as often as possible. Of course, my favorite pastime is reading a good book!

Being a part of the inaugural teaching staff at Hill City Elementary has been my honor. I have taught grades first through fourth and in 2005 was selected as Hill City's Teacher of the Year. In 2015, I became the Media Specialist and  I am THRILLED to serve in that position again this school year.


  • Bachelor of Arts, Michigan State University, College of Business, East Lansing, MI
  • Master of Education, Georgia State University, College of Education, Atlanta, GA
  • Education Specialist, Piedmont University, Demorest, GA
  • School Library Media Non-degree Certification, University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA 


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