What's New in the IMC?
There's no trick: October is filled with all kinds of treats in the IMC! We are rolling out not one but two new features in the IMC this year: Booked for Lunch on Oct. 2, as well as Lunch and Learn on Oct. 13. Along with those events, we're looking forward to having some fun during Teen Read Week, which takes place this year from Oct. 18-24, and wrapping up with month with our annual Scholastic Book Fair on Oct. 23-30! Read more about these great events below.
Booked for Lunch!
Booked for Lunch is a book group open to students and teachers that meets over the lunch periods on the first Friday of each month. Be sure to stop by as you are able on October 2 to meet the Bloomington and Normal Public Library Teen Librarians and to hear about some of the newest young adult titles.
Lunch and Learn
Lunch and Learn will give students and teachers a chance to learn about some new and interesting information on the 2nd Tuesday of each month during the lunch periods. The University of Illinois Extension office in Bloomington is providing the local speakers, who will be talking about everything from student loans to locally grown food to 4-H to honeybees. Come by the IMC on October 13 to hear Tom Pankonen, Master Naturalist, speak about honeybees!
Teen Read Week
This annual event, scheduled for the week of October 18, promotes reading and literacy in young adults. Here in the IMC, we like to use this as an excuse for some fun games and activities. Included this week will be a library scavenger hunt, crafts (like the book-pumpkin pictured below), candy and prize giveaways, and MORE!
Scholastic Book Fair
Come visit the Fair in the IMC from Oct. 23-30. We will be set up in the atrium during Parent-Teacher conferences and back in the library for the rest of the week. We'll have a great selection of adult, teen, and kids' books, as well as cookbooks, nonfiction, and more! All purchases benefit the NCHS IMC!
Did You Know??
The IMC has several great subscription databases we keep for student and teacher research. The Gale databases, which include Opposing Viewpoints, the Gale Virtual Reference Library, Gale Student Resources, and Science in Context, now have a great new feature which allows students to download articles directly into their Google Drive. Students can access these articles easily any time without the hassle of having to re-search for them in the databases. They can also highlight and annotate these documents. Not only is it convenient, it cuts down on paper waste from printing articles. For more information, check out the Gale Tip Sheet explaining the new feature. I'm happy to talk to classes to demonstrate how to make this work, as well.
Teacher Book Groups
If you'd like to participate in a Teacher Book Group, please drop me an e-mail to let me know!