Peters Twp. Middle School Library

February 2016 Happenings

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Monthly Library Use

Classes held in the library: 109

Students visiting the library during study lab: 812

Library database searches performed: 187

Books checked out: 425

AR tests taken: 613


PTMS Library Receives Grant from the Peters Township Education Foundation

The PTMS Library was recently selected as a GEO Grant award winner by the Peters Township Education Foundation. The library will receive 22 PlayAway audiobook devices for our students that will enhance our Accelerated Reader program. The audiobooks will also help improve fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, and literature appreciation with struggling readers. We are very excited to offer books in a new format to our students. A huge thanks to the board members of the Peters Township Education Foundation!

Benefits of Audiobooks for All Readers

The PTMS Library will soon be receiving PlayAway audiobooks through the Peters Township Education Foundation (see above: "PTMS Library Receives Grant from the Peters Township Education Foundation"). This article gives great insight into how effective audiobooks can be for students of all learning abilities.

Fun Activities Happening in the PTMS Library

One of the goals of the PTMS Library is to get great books into the hands of our students.

We have created several fun experiences for the students so they don't always have to "surf" the shelves looking for a book. This month, around Valentine's Day, we set up half of the library with approximately 100 books wrapped in red paper. The summaries and Accelerated Reader information for the books were included on a heart that was attached to the front of the book. If the student liked the summary, they were able to check the book out of the library and go on a "blind date" with that book. It was a fun take on "don't judge a book by its cover." The students had a lot of fun, and many were able to find a book that they really enjoyed.

We are also gearing up for March Madness in the library! The students have already begun submitting their brackets for the PTMS Tournament of Books. Starting in early March and continuing into the beginning of April, the students can vote online for the books they feel should move on in the tournament. The link for voting will be posted on the PTMS Virtual Library on March 7th. The Elite 8 winners will be announced on March 24th!

**You can see a few images of these events in the pictures below.

Highlighted Library Lesson - 7th Grade Shakespeare/Elizabethan Era Research Project

Shakespeare is one of the most famous and alluded to writers in history. Because of this, the seventh grade students are introduced to his life and works in their Language Arts classes.

In mid-February, the 7th graders began researching a topic that was assigned to them by their Language Arts teacher pertaining to Shakespeare or the Elizabethan Era. Then they began their journey researching online and in books. The students received several lessons about the research process, including finding online and print resources, creating citations, taking notes, creating an outline, writing a research essay, and creating a presentation.

This Language Arts unit is a terrific opportunity for our 7th grade students to learn how to be independent researchers.

Upcoming Dates to Know:

3/7 - PTMS Tournament of Books Voting opens (on the Virtual Library) for the Elite 8

3/24 - PTMS Tournament of Books Elite 8 winners announced

3/25 - No School

4/1 - 7th Grade AR Due Date!

4/5 - Ms. Brown's (8th Grade) AR Due Date!

4/6 - Ms. McCue's AR Due Date!

4/7 - Ms. Mitchell's AR Due Date!

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PTMS Library Media Center

Mrs. Katie Stouden, Library Media Specialist

Mrs. Sharon Pampena, Library Secretary