Making Connections

The Rockwood Library Newsletter - November 2017

A Busy Month in Rockwood Libraries

Rockwood libraries were busy places during the month of November! RSD librarians collaborated with teachers to promote inquiry, challenged students to think creatively through innovative activities, and got students excited about reading by hosting author visits. Here's a snapshot of some of the events, lessons, and activities.

Investigating Popular Culture of the 1920s

LHS Librarians Nichole Ballard-Long and Melissa Twombly, collaborated with US History teacher Amy Merriott on a 1920s popular culture inquiry. In groups, students became anthropologists, investigating a topic from 1920s popular culture such as fashion, innovation, movies, sports, music, recreation, and consumerism. After researching, each group produced a digital poster identifying the important people, places ,and events as well as the cultural shifts that took place during the 1920s. Students participated in a digital gallery walk of the posters. (See student-created poster on advertising & consumerism below.) The inquiry culminated when students wrote a paragraph arguing whether the cultural shifts that took place in the 1920s have impacted American society today, citing evidence from their class investigation.
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High School Author Visit

Award-winning YA author Alex London (pictured above in the red shirt) visited Marquette High School on November 16. He spoke to two creative writing classes, where he conducted a mini-writing workshop with students. He also spoke to a large group of students, telling them about being a reluctant reader when he was a teenager. This message resonated with many members of his audience, some of whom are now communicating with him via social media. Mr. London even ate lunch with several students and teachers, who enjoyed chatting with him in a small group setting. Both students and teachers commented on how personable and down-to-earth the author is. The visit was arranged by Marquette librarian Lee Mitchell in cooperation with Main Street Books in St. Charles.

Margaret Sullivan, Rockwood Lead Librarian