CHMS Library News

Winter 2015/16, vol. 2

Dug out? Dig this!

Well, we had a bit of a storm, but life and the library go on. Teachers are making adjustments to their scheduling and, with that, comes new ideas in the library. We've had to do our own rescheduling here, especially for the coloring club (more info below). Also on the horizon is the 2nd annual Testing Time Reading Challenge. Last year, dozens of students graffitied our glass, and we hope to have even more this year! Stay tuned for details towards the end of February. Even further down the road is Star Wars Night at the Library. This has been such a success the last two years that we are blowing it up! Mark your calendars for the afternoon of May 21st, when we will be hosting the Cougar Con Student Expo. There will be games, music, an art show, and, of course, all your favorite Star Wars activities. Keep an eye on this space and our Twitter page (see below) for more details.

The Library is on Twitter!

Are you looking for more up-to-date information? The library is posting on Twitter! Even if you don't have a Twitter account, you can go here to find news, features, and helpful information about books and technology at your library. If you're on Twitter, give us a follow @CHMS_Library!

Resource: Creative Commons

Do you need an image, video, or piece of music for a project? Are you worried about accidentally breaking copyright law online? (if you answered no to the second question, you kinda should be!).

Never fear! Creative Commons is here!

Creative Commons is a system of sharing, using, and reusing creative works through the internet. Students learn about this in the library, but it never hurts to have a refresher. Check out the video below and use to get started!

(Photo by GotCredit, via Flickr)

Creative Commons & Copyright Info

December & January, by the Numbers

  • School Days: 28
  • Items Checked Out: 1,525
  • Student Sign-ins: 793
  • Collaborating Classes: 85

(Photo by Stephen Coles, via Flickr)

Book Spotlight: The Crossover, by Kwame Alexander

Twin brothers Josh and Jordan Bell have got it goin' on. They're basketball stars, popular, and have loving parents (including a dad who used to play pro ball). In a hurry, though, things start to change. Rules get broken, consequences come down, relationships are tested, and lives are...lost.

Told from Josh's perspective through a series of poems, this is a really compelling verse novel. Basketball plays a major roll in the story, and Alexander writes some truly exciting game passages. Beyond that, however, it is the relationships which drive this story. The interplay of a family working out major changes is presented with heart, good humor, and love.

This is a Black Eyed Susan Award Nominee for this year and a great, great book.

Join the Library Coloring Club!!!

Thanks to the winter storm, the CHMS Coloring Club missed its first meeting, but we have rescheduled. Our new meeting date is February 29th!

Coloring books are making a comeback in a big way this year! From kids to adults, all kinds of people are rediscovering the simple joy of coloring. Our meetings will happen on the 4th Monday of the month in the library, from 2:40 until 3:30. Nothing fancy...just a time to relax, color, and enjoy some good company. We will have plenty of materials, but you are welcome to bring your own.

Please sign up with Mr. Bancells in the library if you want to attend.

(Photo by Johann Dréo, via Flickr)

Teacher Shout-Outs!

Thank you to all the teachers who collaborated with the Library in December & January.

  • Mr. Bennett--Book Selection
  • Mrs. Blum--Small group testing
  • Ms. Butera--Creative Commons Lesson, Nationalism project
  • Mrs. Gawel--Book Selection
  • Mrs. Heintzen--Challenge Student Projects
  • Mrs. Lee--Book Selection
  • Mrs. Pixler--Natural Disasters Project
  • Mrs. Rossman--Coding
  • Mrs. Stauffer--Book Selection & Biography Project
  • Ms. Tolley--Copyright & Creative Commons lessons
  • Mrs. Weaber--Book Selection
  • Mrs. Wein & Mrs. McBride--Book Selection

(Photo by IIP Photo Archive, via Flickr)

Student Policy Reminders

  • Students can check out 2 books at a time (6th graders are limited to 1 until Oct. 1)
  • Books are due after 3 weeks (21 days)
  • Magazines can be checked out for 5 school days
  • Nook e-readers circulate for 2 weeks
  • Overdue Fines are 10 cents per day, per item (except for Nooks--$1 per day)
  • There are a variety of ways to pay off an overdue fine, including Cougar Cash & canned goods.
  • Students can earn 1 Cougar Cash by turning their item in before the due date.
  • Students can earn 3 Cougar Cash by writing a review of their book and turning it in to Mr. Bancells
  • Students can recommend awesome books to their peers by turning in books to the Awesome Book Bin on the circulation counter.

Questions? Comments? Concerns?

Mr. Bancells was considering getting a drone to help shelve books, but is rethinking the idea now.

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