Stillwater MS/HS Library Update

Monthly Report - December 2014

December was another busy month in the library!

Each month in our library is busy, and December was no exception. We continue to see increases in the number of students and staff utilizing the library. We saw nearly twice as many classes in the library this December as compared to last! Mrs. Scarchilli, Mrs. Eggleston and Ms. Buyce all brought their students in to borrow books, and Mrs. Carpenter taught a number of classes both in and out of the library. She visited Mrs. Jackson's class both in their classroom and in a lab to talk about advocacy and lobbying. She also went to Ms. Buyce's kids in their classroom to begin their country research project with a lesson on using Noodletools for citations and note-taking. Finally, Mrs. Scarchilli's students visited the library lab and learned about which sources would be most beneficial for their researched argument paper.

In addition to our many classes and study hall visitors, we also played host again to the monthly Game Night, and an Odyssey of the Mind practice group.

ENCOURAGING A COMMUNITY OF READERS

We continue to work to create a community of readers, and also encourage a sense of community overall. This month our students helped us put together some nifty holiday decorations! Several students volunteered in the library--putting books away, watering the plants, working on special projects--all contributing to our community. Once again, we had several great displays. The displays really liven up the space! Two favorites were the holiday and winter sports cases.
Our 2014 reading initiative, #StillwaterReads and #WarriorsRead continues on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter! Join in!
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So, what ARE they reading?

Our most popular books checked out in December were Ryan Smithson's Ghosts of War, and several of our graphic novels, including Black Butler and Maximum Ride.

Also continuing to be popular in our checkouts for use within the library were the three Chromebooks that we have on extended loan from the Technology Department. These have proven quite popular, particularly with so many of our teachers embracing Google Apps for Education. We enjoyed ending December with excitement about the upcoming holiday break, and look forward to returning in the new year.

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December Statistics

We were open to students 15 days in the month of November. We saw a tremendous number of people during that time, including 49 class visits (a 60% increase from December 2013!).

About Us

The Stillwater MS/HS Library is a dynamic, ever-changing space for learning, reading and exploration. We serve all students, staff and faculty in the Stillwater Middle-High School.