Monday, October 12, 2015

Five Magnificent Things

Good Day Panther People!

Here's some great news in library land and a couple reminders so our school year continues to be magnificent.

Book Fairs - We had a TERRIFIC book fair at the elementary Oct 6-8, raising over $3000 for our school. This money goes towards providing books for students and teachers, books for the library, as well as two great online databases, TrueFlix and FreedomFlix. We will be having our first middle school book fair the last week in October, a second elementary book fair the end of February, and a second middle school fair in May.

Ebook Use - Our ebook and digital audiobook use at the middle school is up 730% from last year for the first six weeks of school. This is mainly due to the increased number of devices in that students have access to during the day. It also reflects well on the collection of ebooks and digital audiobooks we have. You can find our collection on the middle school FollettShelf.

Banned Books Week - The sophomores at the high school got a visit from me during this week. Students learned about the historical context of banned books week (including the defining Supreme Court case), I highlighted some of the books we have in the library that have been banned in other schools, and we read the book And Tango Makes Three and discussed what people might object to in the book. The book emphasis though was that we live in a country where you always have the option to read what you want to.

One School One Book - Middle school students should read our selected first quarter title, Juice, and complete the library activity by October 30 to get entered in the prize drawing. One winner from each grade will get a hand boiler and one grand prize winner will receive a strandbeest model kit. I don't have the numbers, but I've seen LOTS of kids reading the book. Great job!

Game Nights - Don't forget that there will be game nights at the middle school and high school once per month. You can click here for the middle school schedule and here for the high school schedule.

If you have questions about theses or anything else relating to the SCC libraries, please contact me at aolson[@] (without the brackets).


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